Military Slang Terms - Learn them, Know them, Use them!
Plus you get to confuse your friends and sound OPAF!
Do like watching military movies but can't understand some of those acronyms? Or want to just sound OPAF? Here's the list of the most useful terms for the everyday man. Use them wisely to confuse your friends and loved ones, insult others without their knowledge, learn some useful slang or just converse casually with active and veteran military personnel. However you use them- enjoy!
- List below has been tailored down to include the most interesting, most common or fun new names for everyday situations! Full list can be found on ITSTactical.com -
AO: Area of Operations
AOR: Area of Responsibility
AWOL: Absent With Out Leave
AWR: Alpha Whiskey Romeo - the place your enemy flees to in times of combat
Bang Switch: Trigger
Battle Rattle: Full field gear
BOLO: Be On the Look Out. Slang for "No Good". Can also be used instead of "F'd up"
ie: "I bolo'd that up!"
BOHICA: Bend Over Here It Comes Again!
Booger Hook: Trigger finger
Bird: Anything that flies
Blue Canoe: Portable toilet
Blue Falcon: Someone willing screw over his buddy. Also known as Bravo Foxtrot.
Boot: Basic trainee or someone who acts like one
Bradley: Armored Personnel Carrier
Bunk: What one sleeps on
Butter Bar: 2nd Lieutenant. Refers to the gold bar of rank
CCP: Casualty Collection Point
CP: Check Point
Cannon-Cocker: In a really bad mood
Charlie Foxtrot: A nice way to say Cluster F**k
Charlie Mike: Continue Mission. Keep doing what you were doing
Cheese Eater: Guy who sucks up to make himself look better
COB: Close of business. End of the working day
DFAC: Dining Facility. The dedicated place you eat
Death Blossom: Spray fire indiscriminately in all directions
DILLIGAF: Do I Look Like I Give A F**k
Drive On: Suck it up and keep going
Field Day: Marine speak for cleaning one's room and work area
Fire Watch: Guard duty
FNG: F**king New Guy
FOB: Forward Operating Base. Where troops primarily stay
FOD: Foreign Objects or Debris
FOBBERS: Describes someone who never leaves the base
Fourth Point of Contact: Airborne term for ass
Glass House: Mock up of the layout for the target house
Goat Trail: Dirt or unpaved road
Go-Fasters: Running shoes
Hardball: Paved road
Hardened Building: Building with sandbags and a roof, preferably made of concrete
Hesco: Big bin filled with dirt to absorb explosions
Hooch: Where one sleeps
Hot-A's: Hot chow/food
IED: Improvised Explosive Device
Ink Stick: Pen
INTSUM: Intelligence summary
Imshi: Arabic for "move along"
Indirect: Indirect fire
Insh'allah: Arabic for "Will of God" kinda like "So be it"
Lima Charlie: Loud and Clear
M240: Machine gun
MRE: Meal Ready to Eat or Meal Refusing to Exit
MSR: Main Supply Route
MWR: Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Area of the FOB set up for games, internet, TV
Mid Rats: Late night chow
Mike Mike: Millimeter. Used mainly in reference to a caliber of ammo
Mike: Minute. As in "I'll be there in 5 mikes"
Mu Zien: No good
Muj: (pronounced Mooj): Short for Mujahideen. Person who wages jihad
NCO: Non-Commissioned Officer. Sergeant
NCOIC: Officer in charge
Net: Radio network
Oscar Mike: On the Move
O' Dark Thirty: WAY too early in the morning
OPORD: Operations Order.
OPSEC: Operational Security
OTV: Outer Tactical Vest
PCC/PCI: Pre-Combat Check/Inspection. Check your gear before operation
POG: Someone who's no good. A poor excuse for a soldier.
POO Site: Point of origin site. Where enemy fire is coming from
PSD: Personal Security Detail
Pogey Bait: Any food the Army doesn't issue
Pop Smoke: Leave
Pucker Factor: Refers to the intensity of fear felt in a situation
QRF: Quick Reaction Force. On standby to reach to any situation
ROE: Rules of Engagement
RPG: Rocket Propelled Grenade
Red on Red: Enemy on Enemy fire
Roger That: Radio word for "understood"
Ruck Up: Grab your ruck sack and get moving
SAPI: Small arms protective insert. Ceramic plates inserted into a chest plate
Salaam Aleikim: Formal Arabic phrase for "Hello"
Sandbox: Almost any desert area of operations
Shake and Bake: Attacks using a combo of bombs, cluster bombs and napalm
Sham: Shirk one's duties
Snivel Gear: Article of clothing to prevent troops from sniveling when weather is too hot or cold (parkas, gloves, balaclavas, etc)
Soft-Skin: An unarmored vehicle
Spoon: A cook or someone who serves food as their job
STEAL: Strategic Transfer of Equipment to Alternative Locations
Steel Rain: Arty or mortar fire for effect
STRAC: Strategic Army Command. Slang for "Having it all together & looking good"
TARFU: Things Are Really F**ked Up. (Condition after SNAFU but before FUBAR)
TOC: Tactical Operations Center.
Tent City: Large collection of tents
TIC: Troops in Contact. A Firefight
Un-ass the AO: Leave the area
UXO: Unexploded Ordnance
VBIED: Car bomb
Washington's Driver: Someone who's been in the service a VERY long time
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, over?: What the f**k, over?
Wileys: Protective eyewear
Winchester: Pilot speak for "Out of Ammo"
XO: Executive Order
Yardbird: Derogatory term for a trainee
Zipper the Mike: To wordlessly acknowledge a radio transmission by double clicking the transmit button
Zulu Time: Greenwich Mean Time. (The time zone all others are based from)
Alrighty now... Imshi ya Boots!