WORD OF the Day: 1 March 2016


Pop smoke
Pop smoke

POP SMOKE

pop smoke ‎(third-person singular simple present pops smoke, present participle popping smoke, simple past and past participle popped smoke)

(military slang) To call for air extract with a smoke grenade.
(slang, figuratively) To leave a place

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Word of the Day: 28 February 2016

Fobbit

FOBBIT

A term used to describe soldiers in Iraq that rarely if ever leave the relative safety of the Forward Operating Base (FOB). This is a perjoritive term used by soldiers that spend a lot of time outside the wire being shot at and dodging road-side bombs, for those soldiers that live a safer and more comfortable life.

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The damn fobbits all seem to be getting the new armor before we do, and they don’t even need it.

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Word of the Day: 27 February 2016


SORTIE

In military aviation, a sortie is a combat mission of an individual aircraft, starting when the aircraft takes off and ending on its return. For example, one mission involving six aircraft would tally six sorties.

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Murphy’s Military Laws


 

  • No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.
  • Friendly fire ain’t 
  • The most dangerous thing in the combat zone is an officer with a map.

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  • The problem with taking the easy way out is that the
  • enemy has already mined it .
  • The buddy system is essential to your survival; it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at.
  • The further you are in advance of your own positions, the more likely your artillery will shoot short.
  • Incoming fire has the right of way.
  • If your advance is going well, you are walking into an ambush.
  • The quartermaster has only two sizes, too large and too small.
  • If you really need an officer in a hurry, take a nap.
  • The only time suppressive fire works is when it is used on abandoned positions.
  • The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.
  • There is nothing more satisfying that having someone take a shot at you, and miss.
  • Don’t be conspicuous. In the combat zone, it draws fire. Out of the combat zone, it draws sergeants.
  • If your sergeant can see you, so can the enemy.

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10 Ways Your Civilian Friends Differ From Your Battle Buddies


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There are some things your civilian friends will just never understand.

It’s probably fair to say that anyone reading this has a fair share of both civilian and military acquaintances. Friends even, if you don’t happen to be overly unlikable or unhygienic. And, while veterans and civilians are equally swell types of chums to have, there are more than a few differences between them. The way you interact, relate, and occasionally frolic with your battle buddies will not always be the same as with your friends who never bore the responsibilities and bad haircuts of military service.

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How Well Do You Know Military Slang? (Part I)


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Military Slang

You can’t walk the walk unless you can talk the talk. How well do you know your military slang?

What does “CRANK”  stand for?
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The Top 10 Phrases Your First Sergeant Is Saying Wrong


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[We’ve] all heard these phrases, but it may have taken us a while to decipher them.
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Most of you have numerous memories of early mornings and late evenings spent standing at parade rest or in a “school circle” for what felt like an eternity — often in blazing heat or freezing precipitation — to hear the nerve-racking voice of your first sergeant. (For you Navy/Coast Guard folks, that would be a senior chief. For my Air Force brethren, I have no idea.  A “Senior Grand Webelo 3rd Class,” or something?). His meandering oratory always rife with twists and turns, the tone jumping from accusatory to encouraging to humorous with no warning or discernable sense to those who heard it. And at the end of each such speech, whether daily, weekly, or otherwise, the majority of you probably had two questions in your head: “Why is that officer over there laughing so hard? And what the hell did first sergeant actually say?”

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Monday MILspeak


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Here’s another list of lingo used by our military. Some of the words/phrases have endured  history but the post 911 veterans have made their mark on the language by adding a few more while revising some that were a little outdated.  I  never get tired of these, Enjoy! 

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.  

Funny Military Pictures (10)  Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.

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  1. COP: Combat Outpost. A small base, usually housing between 40 and 150 soldiers, often in a particularly hostile area. Life at a COP is often austere and demanding, with every soldier responsible for both guard duty and patrolling.

  2. DFAC: (pronounced dee-fack) Dining Facility, aka Chow Hall. Where soldiers eat. At larger bases the meals are served by contracted employees, often from Bangladesh or India. These employees are called TCNs, or Third-Country Nationals. Read more

18 Terms Only Soldiers Will Understand


Soldier lingo has a tendency to reference things that only exist in the Army. Here are some terms outsiders probably don’t know.

  • Private News Network: The rumor mill or soldier gossip.
  • Grab some real estate: This is a command to get on the ground and start exercising, usually with pushups. It’s issued as a punishment for a minor infraction. The command can also be stated as, “beat your face.”

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Military MILspeak


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Today is #ThrowbackThursday and I thought I’d share posts that I’ve previously published. My Military Milspeak always went over well, so I thought I’d start off with this! Enjoy!

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.  

Funny Military Pictures (10)  Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.

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  1.    Habeeb (U.S.) A general term for Iraqis during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. From Arabic for ‘friend.’ Somewhat pejorative or dismissive.
  2. Habeebatee (U.S.) A term for an attractive Arab female. Somewhat pejorative or dismissive and frowned upon given current events.
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41 Phrases Only People In The Military Will Understand


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Every region of the US has its own unique phrases, but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.

Our service members already set themselves apart by speaking in acronyms like, “I was on the FOB when the IDF hit, so I radioed the TOC.” Aside from their acronyms, members of the military also have their own special phrases that caught our attention. Read more

Military Mumbo Jumbo: MILspeak-10 October 2014


It’s been awhile…

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.

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CAB: Combat Action Badge (ARMY). Developed in response to number of soldiers performing in a infantry or infantry-like position under the same conditions as the infantry, but do not hold an infantry MOS Read more

Midweek MIL-speak: 19 August 2014


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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. Read more

Midweek MIL-speak: 3 July 2014


 

NOTE: NSFW; language may be offensive to some. 

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.

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Vandoo or Van Doo
(Canada) Nickname for the Royal 22e Régiment, based on the English perception of the French pronunciation for “22” (Vingt-deux); said to have lead the Germans to believe the regiment was named Voodoo Regiment during WWI or WWII. Read more

Monday MIL-speak: 9 June 2014


NOTE: NSFW; language may be offensive to some. 

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.

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Tooth Fairy
(U.S. Navy) a.k.a. “Fang Fairy”. Slang for a Sailor in the DT (Dental Technician) rating. Self-explanatory.
Top
(U.S. Army and Marines) The First Sergeant or Master Sergeant (U.S. Marine Corps), senior enlisted man at company level.
Tore Up
(U.S. Army) A person, object or situation in disarray. Also, used as “Tore up from the floor up.”
Track Pad
1. (Canada) boil-in-the-bag omelet from ration pack. Similar in size and (reputedly) texture to the rubber pads fitted to AV tracks 2. (Canada) the rubber pad insert fitted to steel armored vehicle tracks to prevent damage to asphalt or concrete road surfaces.
Travelling Around Drunk
(U.S. Navy) On detached duty, officially termed “Temporary Additional Duty”.
Tread
(U.S. Army) An officer or NCO, especially one seen as oppressing enlisted personnel.

Trench monkey
(U.S.) A member of the Army infantry. Mostly used in a derogatory way by members of other services.
trigger puller
(U.S.) A Soldier or Marine who is regularly involved in actual combat. I wouldn’t want to be out in the shit without the trigger pullers with U.S..
Triple Threat
(U.S. Army) A Soldier who has the Special Forces Tab, Ranger School Tab, and Airborne Tab (worn as an integral part of the SSI) and wears all three tabs on his uniform. Also known as the “Tower of Power” due to the extreme difficulty involved in the military schools, and the “Triple Canopy” as a reference to parachuting.
TROBA
(U.S. Air Force) When ABORT is improbable, but desired. Sometimes TROBA dances are initiated, to increase the chance of an aircraft RTB.
Tube stroker
A common nickname given to mortar-men by rival units to playfully mock the mortar-man job.
Turd Chaser
(U.S. Navy) Slang for a Sailor in the HT (Hull Technician) rating. So named because most of their job aboard ship consists of fixing sewage pipe blockages.
Turd Herder
(U.S. Navy) Slang for a Seabee in the UT (Utilitiesman) rating, tasked with building and maintaining camp water supply and sanitation systems. Turd herders only need to know three things – hot on the left, shit flows downhill, and quittin’ time is 1500.

Turtle fuck(ing)
(U.S. Marine Corps) Striking a Marine on his helmet with another helmet. The clunking of the two Kevlar helmets sounds like two empty shells hitting. Sometimes done deliberately among friends, but often as a joke to an unsuspecting trooper.
Twenty-nine Stumps
(U.S. Marine Corps) Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, California. Often simply referred to as “the Stumps.”
Two beer queer
(U.S.) A man who can’t handle his liquor. Implies that he’s ready to perform homosexual favors after his second beer.
Two digit midget
(U.S.) A G.I. who has less than 100 days ‘in country’ left before they rotate back to the U.S.A and/or before discharge. Coined during Vietnam War. See “short”.

Uniform
(U.S.) NATO phonetic alphabet for the letter ‘U’. Stands for “Unidentified”. Can be an unidentified object, person, vehicle, etc. Example: “We have a Uniform dead ahead, someone move in and check it.”
(U.K.) Means “Undercover”, usually means a camouflaged object, vehicle or person, or a covert operative behind enemy lines. Can jokingly refer to an enemy mistakenly firing at his own people. Example: “We gotta’ retrieve that Uniform without them noticing.”, or “Look at that Uniform there, is he blind?!”
Un-ass
(U.S. Army) Meaning to get out of an area. As in, “Un-ass my AO.” Originally Used to mean simply, “Get off your butt.” Also, to dismount rapidly from a vehicle, “We un-assed the APC.”
Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club
(U.S.) The United States Navy.
Uncle Sam’s Confused Group
(U.S.) The United States U.S. Coast Guard.
Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
(U.S.) Ironic term for the United States Marine Corps. Sometimes also the “University of Science, Music, and Culture”, “U Suckers Missed Christmas”, and “U Signed the Motherfuckin’ Contract”.
Unfuck
(U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps) To bring something or someone into proper order and accord with SOP.
Unsat
(U.S.) Unsatisfactory.
US
(U.K., WWII, until 1944) Un Serviceable. Since this acronym was also used to identify a major ally, this particular usage became politically unacceptable but unofficially continued in use.

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