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Military Lingo, Part 2

The AAR on this publication’s first story on Military Lingo has led my editorial CO to ask for another SITREP.

To be HIGH SPEED – LOW DRAG, this writer will DRIVE ON in accomplishing the mission.

Bear in mind that the military’s acronyms are pronounceable words, initialisms are unpronounceable words, and that expressions a unique group of words.


  • ALCON (All concerned)
  • AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave)
  • BRAC (Base Realignm
    ent and Closure)
  • BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fu**er)
  • CHT (Pronounced “chit”, it means the Collection, Holding and Transfer of sewage from Navy ships)
  • COB (Chief of the Boat)
  • COP (Combat Outpost)
  • FIDO (Fire Direction Officer)
  • FOD (Foreign Object Damage)
  • FRAGO (A change to an operational order, or OPORD)
  • HALO (High Altitude Low Opening)
  • INTEL (Short for intelligence)
  • JAG (Judge Advocate General)
  • OPORD (Operational Order)
  • POG (Person Other Than Grunt)
  • SAM (Surface-to-Air Missile)
  • SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape)
  • SITREP (Situation Report)
  • UNSAT (Unsatisfactory)
  • WAG (Wild Ass Guess)
  • WILCO (Will comply)


  • AAR (After Action Report)
  • APC (Armored Personnel Carrier)
  • BDU (Battle Dress Uniform)
  • BFT (Blue Force Tracker)
  • CCP (Casualty Collection Point)
  • CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge)
  • CID (Criminal Investigative Division)
  • CO (Commanding Officer)
  • CP (Check Point)
  • CSH (Combat Support Hospital)
  • DZ (Drop Zone)
  • FMC (Fully Mission Capable)
  • FST (Forward Surgical Team)
  • HE (High Explosive)
  • KIA (Killed in Action)
  • MIA (Missing in Action)
  • MI (Military Intelligence)
  • MOS (Military Occupation Specialty)
  • MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)
  • NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
  • OSI (Office of Special Investigations)
  • OSM (Oh S**t Moment)
  • QRF (Quick Reaction Force)
  • RTO (Radio Telephone Operator)
  • SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
  • SP (Start Point)
  • TFOA (Things Fall Off Aircraft
  • UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)
  • WTF (See Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot)


  • Birth Control Glasses (Unflattering eyewear given out during basic training)
  • Camelback (Water bladder carried on back)
  • Chair Force (Personnel who fly a desk rather than an aircraft)
  • Check You
    r Six
    (Watch out behind you)
  • Dirt Sailor (Navy Seabee)
  • Drive On (Keep moving forward)
  • Embrace the Suck (Some things are unpleasant; embrace them)
  • Fast Mover (Close air support)
  • Field Strip (Taking something apart in the field)
  • Fruit Salad (Medals and ribbons on dress uniform)
  • Grunt (Infantryman)
  • Hardball (A hard surfaced road)
  • High Speed – Low Drag (Describes a person or gear that does well)
  • Hurry Up and Wait (Strongly suggests a waste of time)
  • Light It Up (Bring firepower to bear on a target)
  • Make a Hole (Get out of the way)
  • Mustang (Officer promoted from enlisted ranks)
  • Nut to Butt (When male servicemembers are lined up in very close quarters)
  • Out Here (Acknowledgement the conversation is over)
  • Pop Smoke (Smoke normally used to signal helicopters)
  • Power Point Ranger (Service member who creates Power Point presentations)
  • Secret Squirrel (Intelligence personnel or communications)
  • Spoon (A cook)
  • Squared Away (A compliment)
  • Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot (What The F**k!)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Very early in the morning)

As t

he military changes, so too will its use of the language to facilitate communication. Out here.

Read part 1 of our military lingo here

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