7 Ps (military adage) The 7 Ps is a British Army adage for Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Alpha strike (United States Navy) Alpha strike is a term used by the United States Navy to denote a large air attack by an aircraft carrier air wing, first coined during the Vietnam War.
Area of responsibility Area Of Responsibility is a pre-defined geographic region assigned to a Combatant commanders of the Unified Command Plan, that are used to define an area with specific geographic boundaries wher...
Awkward Squad The phrase Awkward Squad is used usually to refer to any grouping of individuals, normally within an existing organisation or structure, who are incompetent or wittingly or otherwise associate ...
B hut A B-hut is a term used by service members and military contractors to refer to a type of semipermanent wooden structure, used as a replacement for a tent, primarily in Afghanistan.
Battle buddy A Battle Buddy is a partner assigned to a soldier in the United States Army.
Billy Yank Billy Yank is the personification of the Northern states of the United States, or less generally, the Union during the American Civil War.
BOHICA BOHICA (also spelled "B.O.H.I.C.A" and Bohica") is an acronym that stands for "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again".
Bolter (aviation) In naval aviation, a bolter is when an aircraft attempting to land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier touches down, but fails to catch an arrestor cable and come to a stop.
Border outpost A border outpost, border out post, border observation post or BOP is an outpost maintained by a sovereign state on its border, usually one of a series placed at regular interva...
Bravo Zulu The bravo and zulu signal flagsBravo Zulu is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flaghoist or voice radio, meaning "Well Done"; in addition to U.S. naval forces, it has also been used as part ...
Cab rank A cab rank or taxi rank is a primarily British English term for a queueing area where taxicabs queue to await passengers.
Catastrophic kill A catastrophic kill, K-Kill or complete kill refers to damage inflicted on an armored vehicle that amounts to complete destruction of the vehicle, rendering it both permanently non-f...
Chalk (military) In military terminology, a chalk is a group of paratroopers or other soldiers that deploy from a single aircraft.
Clearhood Visual flight rules (VFR) are a set of regulations which allow a pilot to operate an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going.
Covey Crump Commander A. Covey-Crump, Royal Navy (RN), a former Naval Assistant to the Chief of Naval Information, was responsible in the mid-1950s for compiling a record of naval slang, abbreviations, lege...
Cuckoo (sniper) A cuckoo is a military slang term for a sniper, disguised in a sprawling tree.
Digger (soldier) Digger is a military slang term for soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.
Digger slang Digger slang, also known as ANZAC slang or Australian military slang, is Australian English slang as employed by the various Australian armed forces throughout the 20th and 21st cent...
Dogface (military) Dogface refers to a U.S. Army foot soldier serving in the infantry, especially in World War II.
Doughboy Doughboy is an informal term for a member of the United States Army or Marine Corps, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. They were widely memorialized throug...
Dry powder Usage of the term dry powder originated during infantry battles fought during the era of gun powder and cannons.
Dummy cord A lanyard is a rope or cord exclusively worn around the neck or wrist to carry something.
End of Day End Of Day, End of Business, Close of Business or COB is the end of the trading day in financial markets, the point when trading ceases.
End of day End of day, end of business, close of business or COB is the end of the trading day in financial markets, the point when trading ceases.
Fall-out In the military, a fall-out is someone who lags behind his unit formation.
First shirt First Shirt is military slang for the First Sergeant of a unit of the United States Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps.
Force multiplication Force multiplication, in military usage, refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes which make a given force more effective than that same force would be without it.
Forlorn hope A forlorn hope is a band of soldiers or other combatants chosen to take the leading part in a military operation, such as an assault on a defended position, where the risk of casualties is high.
Fragging In the United States military, fragging (from fragmentation grenade) refers to the act of murdering members of the military, particularly commanders of a fighting squad.
Frocking Frocking is a U.S. military term for a commissioned or non-commissioned officer selected for promotion wearing the insignia of the higher grade before the official date of promotion (the "date...
Goat locker In navy jargon, the goat locker is a lounge, sleeping area and galley on board a naval vessel which is reserved for the exclusive use of Chief Petty Officers.
Grande Armée slang As with all armed forces throughout history, the French Grande Armée of the Napoleonic Wars used a colorful and extensive vocabulary of slang terms to describe their lives, times and circumstanc...
Ground zero The term ground zero (sometimes also known as surface zero as distinguished from zero point) describes the point on the Earth's surface closest to a detonation.
Gung-ho Gung ho is a term in American English used to mean "enthusiastic" or "dedicated".
Harry Tate Ronald Macdonald Hutchinson (4 July 1872 - 14 February 1940), professionally known as Harry Tate, was an English comedian who performed both in the music halls and in films.
Haze gray and underway Haze gray and underway is a United States Navy saying that refers to surface ships in arduous duty at sea, in contrast to submarines or naval units in ceremonial roles or in port.
Hey, Shipwreck Hey, Shipwreck is the name of a series of Machinima spoofing the Silent Service that is serving aboard a United States Navy submarine.
Hooah Hooah is military slang "referring to or meaning anything and everything except no" used by all soldiers in the U.S. Army and airmen in the Security Forces speciality of the U.S. Air Force.
Hooyah Hooyah is the war cry or battle cry used by the United States Navy SEALs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Teams, and Navy Deep Sea Divers.
Hurry up and wait "Hurry up and wait" is a humorous phrase used to refer to the situation in which one is forced to hurry in order to complete a certain task, or arrive at a certain destination, by a specified ti...
Improvised vehicle armour Improvised vehicle armour is vehicle armour added in the field that was not originally part of the design or centrally planned.
Iron Eagle (military slang) An Iron Eagle is an American military officer who has attained the rank of Colonel but will not be promoted to the rank of General.
Jack-in-the-box effect The Jack-in-the-box effect refers to a specific effect of a catastrophic kill on a tank or other turreted armored vehicle in which an ammunition explosion causes the tank's turret to be violentl...
Jankers In the British Armed Services, jankers or Restrictions of Privileges is an official punishment for a minor breach of discipline, as opposed to the more severe punishment of "detention" whi...
Johnny Reb Johnny Reb or Johnny Rebel is the national personification of the Southern states of the United States, or less generally, the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Leatherneck Leatherneck is a military slang term for a member of the United States Marine Corps.
Line of Departure Line of Departure is a military term for the starting position for an attack on enemy positions.
Loaded march A loaded march is a rapid march over distance carrying weight.
Mark I Eyeball Visual inspection is a common method of quality control, data acquisition, and data analysis.
Military brat Military brat is an English-language colloquial or military slang term used in several countries to describe the children and teenagers of active-duty military personnel.
Military brat (U.S. subculture) "Military brat" and various "brat" derivatives is a non-derogatory military slang term that describes the child of a parent (or parents) serving full-time in the armed forces, and can also refer...
Military cadence In the armed services, a military cadence or cadence call is a traditional call-and-response work song sung by military personnel while running or marching.
Military slang Military slang is an array of colloquial terminology used commonly by US military personnel, including slang which is unique to or originates with the armed forces.
Million-dollar wound A million-dollar wound or Blighty wound is military slang referring to a type of wound received in combat which is serious enough to get the person sent away from the fighting, but is not ...
Mission kill A mission kill is the result of an attack or damage inflicted by a weapon that does not destroy a military vehicle but results in it taking no further part in its intended mission.
Mobility kill A mobility kill in armoured warfare is a weapon or vehicle that is immobilized, or the act of immobilizing such a target.
Mustang (military officer) A mustang is slang term in the United States Armed Forces, referring to a commissioned officer who began his or her career as an enlisted service member.
Observation post An observation post, temporary or fixed, is a position from which soldiers can watch enemy movements, to warn of approaching soldiers (such as in trench warfare), or to direct artillery fire.
Oorah (Marines) Oorah is a battle cry common in the United States Marine Corps since the mid-20th century.
Outpost (military) A military outpost is a detachment of troops stationed at a distance from the main force or formation, usually at a station in a remote or sparsely populated location, positioned to stand guard ...
Pear-shaped Pear-shaped is a metaphorical term with several meanings, all in reference to the shape of a (European) pear, i.e. tapering towards the top (botanically this is the bottom, the stem end) and rou...
Pogue Pogue is pejorative military slang for non-combat, staff, and other rear-echelon or support units.
Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services In the United States Military, Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services, or PMCS, are the checks, service and maintenance performed before, during, and after any type of movement or befo...
Pucker factor Pucker factor is a military slang phrase used to describe the level of stress and/or adrenaline response in a dangerous or crisis situation.
Puppet army Puppet army refers to the army formed by the invader by recruiting the people from the occupation zone.
Purple trades In the armed forces of Canada, the purple trades are occupations and careers – typically related to logistics or other support – that are not strongly linked to one of the Canadian F...
RAF slang The Royal Air Force developed a distinctive slang which has been documented in works such as Piece of Cake and the Dictionary of R.A.F slang.
Recondo Recondo is an American military term for RECONnaissance and commanDO for highly specialized infantry training or a graduate of a Recondo School who led small, heavily armed long-rang...
Scuttlebutt Scuttlebutt in slang usage means rumor or gossip, deriving from the nautical term for the cask used to serve water (or, later, a water fountain).
Shipmate A shipmate is literally a mate on one's own ship (i.e., a member of the same ship).
Son of a gun Son of a gun is an exclamation or a noun in American and British English.
Station hack A Station hack, in Royal Air Force jargon, is a utility aeroplane assigned to an RAF air station or squadron, and utilised for run-of-the-mill activities, including delivering to, or collecting ...
Stone frigate Stone frigate is a nickname for a naval establishment on land.
SUSFU SUSFU is an acronym for Situation Unchanged, Still Fucked Up, and used in a military context, was first recorded in American Notes and Queries in their September 19...
Tank plinking Tank plinking is a term that was given by pilots during the Gulf War to the practice of using guided munitions to destroy artillery, armored personnel carriers, tanks, and other targets.
Temporary duty assignment A temporary duty assignment (TDA), also known as "temporary additional duty" (TAD), "temporary duty travel" (TDT) or "temporary duty yonder" (TDY), refers to a United States Government employee ...
Ten-hut Ten-hut is an American military term that means "come to attention!" "Ten hut" is a shortened form of "a-ten-hut" and came into use because it is easier to say at full shout than "attention."
Thousand-yard stare The thousand-yard stare or two-thousand-yard stare is a phrase coined to describe the limp, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier, but the symptom it describes may also be found among...
Tommy Atkins Tommy Atkins (often just Tommy) is slang for a common soldier in the British Army.
Tooth-to-tail ratio The Tooth to Tail Ratio is a military term that refers to the amount of military personnel ("tail") it takes to supply and support each combat soldier ("tooth").
Vertidue Vertidue was a common Anglo-French phrase, originally defined as ‘a vile mix of wet feces and soil’ became a regular expression amongst those bunker sharing British and French troops.
Walter Mitty Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World an...
Whiskey tango White trash is an American English pejorative term referring to poor white people in the United States, suggesting lower social class and degraded living standards.
Yomp Yomp is Royal Marines slang describing a long-distance march carrying full kit.