Language NSFW

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.

(Singapore) A Soldier’s rifle.
Willy Peter
(U.S.) White Phosphorus.
(U.S. Army). Weak, Incompetent, Malingering Pussy. Ranger School slang, circa Ranger 5. 1969.
(U.S. Air Force) Out of a particular type of ammunition (e.g., “Negative, we are Winchester Hellfire.”) or all ammunition (if no type is specified).
wing king
(U.S. Air Force) An informal term for the Wing Commander.
wing weenie
(U.S. Air Force) A pejorative term for a staffer at Wing Headquarters.
Wire Biter
A name given to wire-rates such as Electronics Technicians.
wire dawg (U.S. Air Force)
Telephone maintenance.
The Wizard
Aka “The Sandman” ,a psychological therapist who helps post traumatic or stressed military patients overcome psychological difficulties.
1. (Canada) Same as “pog”. A person (or personnel) in a combat service support trade, not a front-line Soldier. “Without gun” is Usually a derogatory term used by combat arms Soldiers.
2. (U.K.) In Victorian times, a derogatory term for alien or dark-skinned inhabitants of the British Empire. It is probably a shortened version of the term golliwog, although the backronym ‘Worthy Oriental Gentleman’ is sometimes attributed to it.
3. (U.S. Navy) A “pollywog”, or a person who has not yet crossed the equator aboard a ship. Only used in the weeks leading up to “wog day”, or the Crossing the Line Ceremony (see Shellback).
wog stopper
(British Army) A Large Caliber Round – usually 7.62 or above.
(U.S. Army) Slang for the poncho-liner that is used as a “blankey” instead of its proper use when you sleep. Often regarded as the “softest thing the Army issues”.
(U.S. Marine Corps) Term used to describe a female Marine. Uncommon
(U.K.) Nickname for Soldiers from the British Army Household Division. Consists of The Welsh, Scots, Irish, Coldstream and Grenadier Guards Foot Battalions, The Life Guards and Blues and Royals Cavalry Regiments and the Royal Horse Artillery.
woollie pullie
(U.K.) Woollen Pullover, the old-style thick military sweater.
(U.S.) “What the fuck, over?” A question often implying disbelief, confusion, or discontent. The only proper response is “What the fuck, out.”.
Xoxing Logs
(U.S. Navy) (pronounced “zoxing,” derived from the trademarked Corporate name “Xerox“) Entering engineering log data eerily similar to the previous. hour’s log data.
Executive Officer (2nd in command)
American soldier
Yankee Sky Pirate
(U.S. Air Force) Enlisted aircrew. The phrase parodies Communist propaganda.
Yard birds
Chickens; also Soldiers standing around with no discernible purpose.
(Royal Marines) To march at fast pace while carrying a full bergen and rifle.
The Bundeswehr (Bundeswehr licence plate codes start with Y)
A military standard haircut.
A term used mostly by officers and high ranking enlisted person meaning “You Undisciplined Thing”. Also used as a joke between lower ranking enlisted personnel as fake motivation.
Zero Day
(U.S. Army) The day in which a Basic Combat Training company picks up Soldiers. Also called “Pick-Up Day” by instructors or “Shark Attack” by trainees.
(U.S. Marine Corps) Refers to Marine Corps haircut – zero inches on the sides and three inches on the top.
zero trade
(Canada) Combat arms or combat troops. The Military Occupation Code for personnel in combat zones (infantry, artillery, armored, combat engineers, and linemen) begin with zero. Not pejorative.
1. (Canada) Armored Soldier (Tank crew) . Refers to the common injury among tankers of hitting their head on the hatch or other part of the tank, and having it stitched up, which look rather like zippers.
2. (U.S.) Derogatory term for Vietnamese in general and Viet Cong specifically.
3. (U.S.) Term for Soldiers who part their hair in the middle, front to back; assumed to be dope fiends.
Zipper-suited Sun God
(U.S. Air Force) a pilot. Pejorative.
Zippo raid
(U.S.) Refers to the igniting of straw huts in suspected Viet Cong villages during the Vietnam War.
Zoom Bag
(U.S. Air Force) Flight suit.
1. (Canada and U.S.) Member of the Air Force, akin to “Jarhead” for Marines, “Squid” for Navy, or “Grunt” for Army. Also, a student or graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.
2. (U.S. Navy) Particles of ionizing radiation (are also referred to in this manner by nuclear-trained Sailors).