The anal orientation of this circuit explains the oddity of military speech first noted by Norman Mailer: "Ass" means one's whole self and Shit means all surrounding circumstance
Example: (quotes from Full Metal Jacket) --- Sgt. Hartman: How tall are you, private? "Cowboy": Sir, five foot, nine, sir! Sgt. Hartman: Five foot, nine, I didn't know they stacked shit that high. --- Private Joker: Leonard, if Hartman finds us here, we'll be in a world of shit. Private Gomer Pyle: I *am*... in a world... of shit. --- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Drill Instructor: Who said that? Who the fuck said that? Who's the slimy communist shit twinkle-toed cocksucker who just signed his own death warrant?
On the other hand:
The Military might define this as: