If you have a favorite piece of jargon or want to suggest a correction, let us know in the comments below. The U. Because of this and the need for expedient, clear communication, service members are immersed in a linguistic world apart from the daily life of a civilian. Some are self-explanatory and others are completely cryptic, but they each have a specific and important sometimes meaning.
Be sure to check out Military. If you want to know more about the military alphabet, check out our complete guide. Recommended by user NGH Air Picket — Any airborne system tasked with detecting, reporting, and tracking enemy aerial movements within a certain area of operation. Defines getting verbally reprimanded.
Recommended by user Joe Trejo. Ate-Up — Describes a servicemember who follows regulations so closely that they disregard the context of the situation. Conversely, may describe a servicemember who doesn't understand regulations at all.
The Big Voice warns of everything from incoming attacks to scheduled ordnance disposal. Bitchin' Betty — Most U. The phrase is derived from the same anthropmorphizing many apply to GPS units in cars, only Bitchin' Betty's alert pilots to life-threatening situations.
Recommended by user jpchopper. Bolo — A derogatory remark for recruits who cannot pass marksmanship training. The idea being that if one cannot use a rifle, one most resort to a bolo. Recommended by user Steve Neal. May also refer to a useless person. Recommended by user Gregory Waugh. Cannibalize — The act of taking workable parts of one item and using them in another. Recommended by user jloman Often the source of fruitless hunts embarked upon by hapless privates. Chest Candy — Slang for ribbons and medals worn on a uniform.
Can be insulting or applauding. Chicken plates — Sheets of protective material, called Small Arms Protective Inserts, which are used in the Interceptor body armor system. The term is fairly derogatory in nature as a slight against the accuracy of the maps. It also refers to the brightly colored layouts and symbols usually included. Usually given to Communications Officers on U.
Navy vessels. The hat's wide top brim would need to be crushed down to allow for headsets to be worn. Recommended by user wilburbythepsea. Demilitarized Zone — A specific area in which any type of military force including but not limited to personnel, hardware, and infrastructure are banned. X digit midget refers to the number of days till an individual goes on leave or retires.
Recommended by user Steve Pinder. Dittybopper — A term in the Army refering to signals intelligence radio operators trained to utilize Morse Code. Also used as a verb to describe soldiers marching out of synch with a cadence. Dynamited Chicken — Term originating in the Navy referring to either chicken cacciatore or chicken a la king. They are typically provided with security and basic necessities provided by the unit they are embedded with.
Fart Sack — Refers to either a sleeping bag or an airman's flight suit. Aptly named due to the rapidity of a Jet Fighter's movement. First Light — The time of nautical twilight when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon. Force Projection — The ability of a nation-state to extend military force beyond their borders. Fourth Point of Contact — From rolling after a successful parachute drop: a term to describe an individual's buttocks. The first three points are feet, calves, and back of the thigh. Recommended by user elisemorgan.
This term originated during the Vietnam War and experienced limited use by civilians. Associated with the Navy, and can be used in the phrase "gedunk sailor" as a pejorative remark for inexperienced sailors. Recommended by user bensonmccloud. A Navy Grape is an individual who refuels aircraft.
An Air Force Grape, on the other hand, refers to an easy assignment, and can be used as a compliment when a service member makes something look easy.
It references the closing of two other training facilities in San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida which are both feature far more enjoyable weather. The first CT school was located on top of a building where tar would get stuck to the bottom of students' shoes. Must never be used within the military to describe a pistol or rifle.
Recommended by user John Alfred. Recommended by Steve Pinder. Hardened Site — A structure usually built under rock or concrete designed to withstand conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical attack.
Refers to the need to wear a hat for the intended destination. Recommended by user JimBrown High Speed — An individual who his highly motivated and at or near peak efficacy. Can be used sarcastically. Recommended by user sara. Inactive Status — Members of the Reserves who are unable to train for points, receive pay, and cannot be considered for promotion. Jawa — Term for an Army Soldier who is stationed in a desert area, named after the desert-dwelling aliens of "Star Wars. Joint Operation Planning — All type of planning involving joint military forces in regards to military operations including, but not limited to, mobilization, deployment, and sustainment.
Latrine Queen — Air Force specific term for a trainee in basic who is in charge of the team responsible for cleaning bathrooms. Often the object of fruitless searches undertaken by recruits at the behest of more experienced servicemembers. Typically this happens in extremely desperate situations.
Major Nuclear Power — Any nation-state with a nuclear arsenal capable of being delivered to any other nation in the world. For example, cranberry sauce indicates turkey while applesauce indicates pork chops.
Recommended by user Moving Like Pond Water — Moving so slowly that at unique term is required to describe it. Can be used respectfully or perjoratively. Nut to Butt — The instruction used to tell Soldiers to line up in tight, forward facing line wherein one's nuts are in extreme proximity to the butt of Soldier before them.
Officer of the Deck — Any officer charged with the operation of a ship. Reports to the commanding officer, executive officer, and navigator for relevant issues and concerns. Over the Hill — Missing in action or someone who has officially gone missing from their post. Pad-eyes are used to secure airplanes with chains. A "pogue" is an individual who does not serve on the frontlines and performs non-combat oriented roles. Pollywog — A sailor who has not crossed the equator on a U. Navy ship.
Recommended by user Terry Thomason. Puddle Pirate — Member of the Coast Guard. So called due to a fallacious belief that the Coast Guard never operates in deep water. Recommended by mw Quay — A man-made structure between a shore and land which can be used by ships to berth and is typically an area for handling cargo.
Recommended by user wilburbythespea. Red Team — A body of experts on a specific topic who are instructed to research and suggest alternative methods regarding a planned course of action. Remington Raider — A somewhat derogatory term used for Marines given the harrowing task of performing office duties. Recommended by user Bob Pante.
To "ruck up" is to get through a particularly challenging or stressful situation. Recommended by user Nathan King. Shavetail — A term referring to second lieutenants in the U. It primarily refers to the haircuts received in Officer Candidate School.
Shellback — A sailor who has crossed the equator on a U. Responsible for turning all Pollywog's into Shellbacks once they cross the equator themselves. Recommended by user Mike W. Smoke — To punish a servicemember with excessive physical work due to a minor infraction.