What does it mean to be a grunt? Let's first start by defining what a grunt is. The Urban Dictionary nailed it spot on when they defined a grunt as: A term of affection for that tired, filthy, thirsty, hungry, footsore, ripped-trouser, camouflage-painted, lean, mean, SOB who has kept the wolf away from the door for over two hundred years.
A grunt is a general term given to the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) labeled Infantry. Ask any Marine grunt an (03 MOS) or and Army grunt (11 Bravo) what it means to be a grunt and you will get a lot of different answers.
I was a grunt in the Army an 11B1V, which is an Airborne Ranger. I have been out of the military now for close to 14 years and I still have so much pride in my days as a grunt. There is no other feeling in the world can replace the closeness you have with your squad in a combat. If you been there in the thick of things. Deep down you might be scared to death, but strangely you feel really at ease.
This is because you are a grunt and you know the guy next to you is right there with you every step of the way. He will fight with you. He will fight for you, when you can't fight anymore. He will pick you up when you get knocked down. If need be he will die for you and his country.
That's what it means to be a grunt.