Last ated 1 October Notes: -'RN' denotes Royal Navy usage. manner of speech. The traditions and origins remain. While I have attempted to present things with a bit of humor, if you are easily offended this FAQ may not be for you.
As provided by Electric Boat EB Corporation, green rather than gray. ECMO - Electronic CounterMeasures Officer, an NFO aboard an electronic warfare aircraft such as an EA-6B Prowler. Aka "Mushroom" or "Toadstool" i. kept in the dark and fed bullshit due to the poor outward visibility of the after 2 seats in the Prowler. Eight o'clock Reports - Reports made by all department heads to the XO, who then takes them to the CO.
The reports usually consist of equipment reports and position reports, significant events of the day or of the day to come, etc. ELSA - RN Emergency Life Support Apparatus.
Consists of a clear plastic hood and an air bottle, used to escape from smoke-filled spaces. EMCON - EMissions CONtrol. Various conditions of electronic silence. EMI - Extra Military Instruction. Duties assigned as punishment which are also intended to improve one's military knowledge. Chipping paint would not qualify as EMI, while inventorying the ship's pubs publications would. EOS - Enclosed Operating Space.
Space from which engineering spaces are controlled. Generally air-conditioned and soundproofed, the wimps. Essence - Good, pleasant, or attractive. Evap - Distilling unit, aka 'the still'. Used to produce fresh water at sea, both for the boilers and for potable usage. For many years, vacuum "flash" evaps were used; reverse osmosis systems are becoming more common now.
poorly organized or not organized at alldrunkex q. Fairwater - 1 Submarine The more modern term for the conning tower of a submarine. Fake Down - To lay out a line to permit free running while maintaining seamanlike appearance. Generally used for large-diameter lines. The line is laid out in long parallel lines, generally starting up against a bulwark or deck edge and working inboard from there. Fanny - UK A mess tin. Named for Fanny Adams, a girl who was murdered and dismembered about the same time that tinned meat was introduced into the Royal Navy.
Fart Sack - Sleeping bag. common usage among ground forces of various countries Can also refer to fitted mattress covers aboard ship. Fast Attack - Refers to submarines whose primary missions are sealane control, anti-shipping operations, anti-submarine warfare, and intelligence operations. Fast Cruise - A training exercise whereby the ship simulates being underway while remaining tied to the pier.
Generally the brow and all shore services are secured and the ship is on internal systems only. FBM - Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine; an earlier term for a Ballistic Missile Submarine, i. Feather - In an aircraft, to rotate the propeller blades of a stopped engine into the wind. This reduces the drag of the stopped propeller by a tremendous amount. Feather Merchant - A lightweight, i.
An older term, circa WW II, not frequently seen now. Similar to CANDYASS. FESTA - Fire Extinguishing System, Twin Agent. An installation which pairs an AFFF-dispensing system with a PKP-dispensing system. Often found in engineering spaces. An obsolete term; replaced with TAU q. Field Day - To scrub or otherwise clean a ship's spaces.
Usually ordered when the COB or the XO thinks morale is low. FIFI - "Fuck It-Fly It. FIGMO - Fuck It, I Got My Orders. Final Diameter - The diameter of a circle inscribed by a turning ship once it has stabilized in its turn. Fire For Effect - A signal indicating that the correct spots have been applied and rounds are falling on target; the firing battery should begin rapid fire. First Lieutenant - 1 USN Deck Division officer aboard ship, or officer responsible for general seamanship and deck evolutions.
In a ship with a large deck department, especially where it is key to the ship's mission, such as a carrier or amphib, generally the deck department head. For an officer, one step up from the bottom, rankwise. Fish - 1 Torpedo. Fist - RN To make a 'good' fist of something is to do it well. To make a 'real' fist of something is to do it badly. Flag - An admiral, aka "Flag Officer" because such officers are entitled to fly a flag denoting their rank.
Flashing - A navigational light whether buoy or lighthouse which is off longer than it is on. See also OCCULTING. Flemish - To coil a line on deck so that it can run freely while maintaining a seamanlike appearance. Generally used for lines of small diameter.
The line is laid in a flat, close-coiled spiral on the deck. Float Test - Testing the buoyant qualities of unwanted material while at sea. Whether it passes the test or not, it is outta here.
Floor - In naval architecture, a horizontal structural surface which does not extend the full length of the ship. Think of it as a deck which does not run the full length of the ship. FOD - Foreign Object Damage. Can be used as a noun "Look at the piece of FOD I picked up. FOD Walkdown - 1 Unpopular activity aboard aviation ships where all personnel not on watch line up and walk the flight deck from end to end, picking up any object that might damage an engine or, if picked up by jet blast, an eye.
The human broom picking up any and every small item on the flight deck. Fougasse - The combination of an explosive charge and a container of gasoline. Used as an antipersonnel weapon. Foul Bore - 1 In gunnery, an unsafe condition where the bore of the gun is not clear after firing. It may be obstructed by a stuck shell casing, an entire round, or other unwanted foreign material. Foul Deck - A flight deck which is unsafe for landings.
May be due to a crash, location of an aircraft, gear or personnel, or the condition of the deck surface. Foul Line - Painted lines on the flight deck which delineate an area which must be kept clear for flight operations to proceed safely. Fox One Two, Three, Four - Used to report the launch of a air-to-air missile, from the 'Foxtrot' F of the phonetic alphabet.
Sparrow AIM Sidewinder AIM Fresh Air Snipe - Rates which spend at least some of their time in the engineering spaces, and are members of the Engineering Dept. Includes rates such as IC Interior Communications Electrician and EM Electrician's Matethough nuke EMs are seldom seen outside the plant. Fresnel Lens - aka The Lens, a gyro-stabilized arrangement of lights that gives a carrier pilot glideslope information during his approach to landing, or when simulating same ashore.
A glowing yellow image, 'THE BALL,' is visible to the pilot on approach. The ball moves vertically on the Fresnel lens array as the aircraft moves up and down the glideslope; a high ball-i.
the ball is above the datum lights-indicates that the aircraft is above the optimum glideslope. If the ball is lined up with the datum lights, the aircraft is correctly positioned on the glideslope. The ball appears red if the pilot gets dangerously low. The lens also has red lights mounted on it which can be used to give WAVEOFF and CUT commands. Fresnel lens installations are also found on almost all Naval Air Station runways. A simplified form of the lens is mounted on ships which operate helicopters.
A cake or a couple of cases of beer are awarded to the cleanest mess on the ship. Fritz - US Army, Marines Term for the modern Kevlar helmet worn by US forces, which bears a strong resemblance to the helmets worn by the German military during WW II.
FTN - 'Fuck The Navy.
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Facetiously, Fun-Time Navy. FTN Space the - An obscure, hard-to-get-to space, compartment, or void; used to hide from officers or chiefs. According to legend, some ships have had such spaces which do not show up on the official blueprints at all.
Fun Boss - Person in change of setting up recreational opportunities during a port call or shore det. Gash - 1 Garbage or rubbish. Also used to refer to any unwanted item. Gawkers, Walkers, and Talkers - Off-duty personnel. They can usually be found cluttering up passageways or decks where real work is being done. Aka 'pogey bait'. Can be used as noun or verb. This supposedly goes back to when bread was usually pretty stale and its taste could be improved by dunking it in milk.
It was carried over to the practice of putting ice cream into soda. Gedunk apparently was first used specifically to refer to ice cream sodas.
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Gedunk Medal - National Defense Service Medal. Considered meaningless, it was awarded to anyone who served in a certain time frame during and subsequent to the Vietnam War. GIB - "Guy In Back". In S- Vikings, more properly an Overwater Jet Navigator OJN. Gig - 1 Small boat carried aboard ship, e. Usually green with a wine or cocktail glass on it. Give Way - 1 An order to oarsmen to begin pulling. GLOC - G-induced Loss Of Consciousness. Pronounced 'gee-lock'. Can be induced by magnitude or duration of the G load, the rate at which G's are applied, or a combination of these factors.
GMT - General Military Training. Non-specific training on military matters, often assigned as NJP. Goat Locker - Chiefs' Quarters and Mess. The term originated during the era of wooden ships, when Chiefs were given charge of the milk goats on board.
Nowadays more a term of respect for the age of its denizens. See also MENOPAUSE MANOR. Golden Rivet - The mythical last rivet which completes a ship. Generally found in the depths of the engineering spaces, a maneuver used to get a female guest to bend over. Gonzo Station - The rendezvous point for aircraft carrier battle groups off the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Gouge the - 1 Information, or the 'inside scoop'.
Aka 'the poop', 'the gen' USAF. Grannie or Granny - 1 A mis-tied square knot. gogreenbabyshop.com - General Quarters. The call for all hands to man battle stations.
Often used prepare the crew to react to a potential emergency. For example, a ship will call away general quarters for a major fuel or oil leak in the engineering spaces to prepare in case a fire results.
RN form is Action Stations. Grand Slam - Radio call for the successful SPLASH destruction of an air contact. Grape - 1 Easy pickings, esp. in ACM, or a PQS signature obtained from a friend. Grape Sig - An easy signature on your qual card, generally given in return for a favor.
The signature is traditionally in purple ink, and the practice is frowned upon. Grease the Skids - Refers to the practice of lubricating the ways or skids upon which a ship was built, just prior to her launching. Now used to refer to facilitating something. Green Board - An obsolete term used in submarines to indicate status of various hull openings, and therefore the ability of the boat to submerge safely.
A properly closed hull opening was indicated by a green light. An open, or unsafe, closure was indicated by a red light.
The more modern, safer "STRAIGHT BOARD" report came into use because when a sub was "RIGGED FOR RED", red unsafe indications were not readily visible on the monitor panel. Greenie - RN 1 Electrician. So called from the name of the officer that regularized the issue of watered rum aboard British ships.
Admiral Vernon was referred to as "Old Grog" for his habit of wearing overcoats made of a material called grogram.
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G-suit - A piece of gear worn by flight crews in tactical aircraft. Uses compressed air to squeeze the calves, thighs, and stomach to reduce the blood-pooling effects of hard maneuvering.
Guard - 1 International distress radio frequencies, including Gundeck - To mark a maintenance or PMS ck as complete without doing the work. Aka 'Pencil-whipping,' especially when intentionally falsifying logs or records, filling in the blanks just before an inspection.
Aka 'Radioing in' a report. Gunner - 1 Aviation: the CAG Weapons Officer. Responsible for the air-laund weapons. Hack - 1 Informal confinement to quarters or to squadron spaces.
Hail and Farewell - A party at which a soon-to-be-detad officer the farewell and his replacement the hail are feted. H and I - A military mission emphasizing Harassment and Interdiction of enemy forces and supply routes. Hangar Queen - Aviation An aircraft that never seems to be in flyable condition, it often sits in a corner and provides spare parts for serviceable aircraft instead. Hanging Garden - Berths suspended from the overhead in a torpedo room in diesel-electric and older nuke subs.
Hard Deck - Aviation A safety altitude expressed as AGL. If an aircraft breaks the hard deck, it is considered a safety-of-flight violation a serious transgression. Commonly feet AGL. See also SOFT DECK. Hashmarks - 1 vrons or stripes worn on the sleeve to signify years of service.
Hatch - An opening in the deck, and its closure. Sometimes incorrectly used to mean a watertight door, which is mounted vertically in a bulkhead.
Head - Marine toilet. In its original form, toilet facilities were found right forward in the bows, so that the smell would be blown downwind and away from the ship since sailing ships could not lie directly into the wind when underway.
The extreme fore part of a ship was known as the "beakhead," which may have been shortened to "head" over time. Heave Around - The order to haul in on a line, wire, or anchor chain, whether with power windlass or capstan or by hand.
Heaving Deck - Call from the LSO to a pilot on approach to the carrier that the vertical movement of the deck due to the action of wind and wave is sufficient to be a factor in the approach. Not only may BALL indications be erroneous, but upward deck movement combined with aircraft descent rate may result in damaging impact at touchdown. Among other things, it reduced the splinters produced when a cannon ball hit the wooden rail. Heave to - In a sailing ship, to come into the wind and essentially stop, with minimum sail area exposed.
Used to wait out a squall or storm. High Order - In general usage, performing calibration on someone by yelling or other attention-getting activity. Basically, yelling and screaming. Often referred to as "going high order. High Speed, Low Drag - 1 A HOT RUNNER a very strong performer.
Hogging - The behavior of a ship where the midships area is supported by the crest of a wave but the bow and stern are less supported due to the troughs of the wave. See also SAGGING. Hold Down - In ASW, to hold contact on a sub long enough to force it to surface due to battery exhaustion or lack of oxygen aboard.
Only applies to non-nuke subs. The name stems from the size and shape of the stones, which closely resembled bibles. Generally used by fitting a wooden stick into a socket in the top surface of the stone.
Before the advent of the stick, the man using the stone would kneel as if in prayer, aiding in the development of the nickname. Hook Point - The part of the tailhook that actually engages the wires. It is replaced periodically, as it is worn down by contact with the deck or by field arrestment. Field traps are particularly rough on the hook point, as it is common practice to touch down well prior to the gear and roll into it.
As the hook is held down on the deck by a gas-pressurized snubber, wear is accelerated. Hoover - 1 S- Viking, so called for the vacuum cleaner-like sound of its turbofan engines.
Horse-cock - Sandwich meat, usually served at MIDRATS or during relaxed states of gogreenbabyshop.com, made with mystery meat masquerading as bologna or other lunch meat. The legendary 'tube steak.
Horse Latitudes - An area of variable and fickle winds in the region of the doldrums. Sailing ships which were becalmed here often had to throw live cargo such as livestock over the side to conserve water.
The bloated carcasses sometimes floated for quite some time, and were often seen by other ships. Hot Run - A torpedo which lodges in its tube when fired, or which activates itself without being fired. Hot, Straight, and Normal - Submarine A report from the sonar operator that torpedoes just fired are running hot proper ignition of the engine has occurre straight not malfunctioning and steering in a circular runand normal no unusual noise are being emitted.
Originally used to report performance of steam torpedoes, ca. Hotel Services - Power, water, and steam used for cooking, heating, laundry, or other non-engineering or non-propulsion purposes.
Hull Down - The term for a ship when viewed at such a distance that only her upper works structure above the weather deck level can be seen. Hummer - 1 E-2 Hawkeye, so-called for the sound of its turboprop engines. Hunter-killer - 1 A SAG whose primary mission is ASW; a term coined in WWII. IFR - 1 Instrument Flight Rules. Derisively, 'I Follow Roads'. An FAA-defined set of flight rules where the aircraft is under positive radar control.
Legal responsibility for safe flight and collision avoidance rests with the Air Traffic Control center, although a certain amount of legal and moral responsibility always rests with the pilot s. Has nothing to do with meteorological conditions. Illuminate, illumination - 1 The targeting of an object with radar, especially for weapons guidance purposes. Differs from 'PAINT' q. IMC - Instrument Meteorological Conditions. A set of FAA-defined criteria for inflight visibility.
It is generally only active while the landing gear are deployed. The same light pattern is sometimes echoed on an external array on or near the nose gear, so that aircraft AOA can be determined by the LSO. Indirect Fire - Gunnery and fire control where the fall of shot is not directly visible from the firing unit. Shell impacts must be observed by someone other than the firing unit, whether an aircraft or a team on the ground.
In-flight Arrestment - Occurs during an arrested landing if the hook engages the CROSSDECK PENDANT while the main landing gear are not on deck. Generally the result of a significantly non-excellent approach or a too-close waveoff, visually it looks like what happens to the running cartoon dog when he reas the end of the chain.
Aircraft damage can result. US Navy systems as well those of numerous other countries use the "probe and drogue" system where a hose is streamed aft of the tanker aircraft. The US Air Force uses the "boom" method, which has a much higher rate of fuel delivery. In this method, the receiving aircraft flies in close formation aft of and just below the tanker aircraft. A boom operator "boomer" aboard the tanker aligns the boom via control surfaces and plugs it into a receptacle on the receiving aircraft.
Influence Mine - A mine which does not require physical contact to detonate. A magnetic or acoustic mine. Influence Pistol - An exploder for a mine or torpedo which uses acoustic or magnetic sensing to activate. INT - Spoken as "eye-en-tee.
Navy issue ass (U.S.) Term used for female Navy members in reference to their reputation of having large posteriors. NJP (U.S.) Refers to Non-Judicial Punishment under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Essentially, legal punishment imposed by a unit commander in lieu of a trial Aluminum Cloud: slang for the F Tomcat. "Another Fine Navy Day!": an expression voiced (in a very sarcastic ery manner) on occasions when, in fact, it's not that much of a Fine Navy Day at all. Anti-smack or Anti-smash: Anti-collision strobe light on an aircraft. Also called simply "Smacks." Anymouse: Slang for anonymous "Nut to Butt" - Standing very close together, usually in a single line, also called a "file." O Dark Thirty- Very early in the morning, any time before sunrise. OPORD - Operations gogreenbabyshop.comted Reading Time: mins
Also used as a phrase in flag or Morse comms. Irish Pennant - 1 RN Loose mop strings left in the flat. Jack - 1 UK General nickname for Royal Navy sailors. obsolete, from 'Jack Tar' 2 The Union Jack, a small flag flown from the jackstaff on the bow of USN ships inport; has a blue field and 50 white stars. It is also flown from the yardarm when a court martial or court of inquiry is in session aboard. Jackass - A conical bag stuffed into the hawsepipes to stop the entry of seawater.
Usually filled with oakum. Some have wooden steps, others have knotted horizontal ropes for that purpose. Jarhead - GRUNT, or Marine. Jetsam - Objects thrown over the side to lighten ship. Jetsam does not float. See also FLOTSAM. Joe - As in "cup of Joe," refers to coffee.
Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, on July 1,issued general order 99, which rescinded Article Alcoholic beverages were thereby prohibited aboard ship.
Henceforth, the strongest drink to be had was coffee. Joe Shit the Ragman - The generic US Navy dirtbag or screwup. Also seen as 'J. Joss, Jossman - RN Master at Arms. The 'Fleet Joss' was the Fleet Chief Petty Officer Master at Arms. Judy - Radio call signifying that the fighter has radar contact on the BOGEY or BANDIT and can complete the intercept without further assistance from the controller.
Kapok - USN Life jacket, so called for the highly buoyant material originally used for the floatation filling. These lifejackets have an orange canvas cover which leaves nasty stains on white uniforms, even when not covered with grease or other crud. Keelhaul - Ancient form of punishment from the days of sail, in which a sailor was thrown overboard and dragged under the ship to the other side with a line.
Usually fatal, and if not, then causing serious injury due to the barnacles and other hard objects encrusting the hull. Kevlar - 1 A synthetic Aramid fiber used for body and splinter armor. See "FRITZ. Ki, kai, kye - RN Hot chocolate made from slab chocolate shavings mixed with water into a cloyingly sweet drink.
Pronounced to rhyme with 'try'. Killick - RN, RCN Leading rate. Often used with the branch name or nickname, e. Killick Stoker, Killick Bunting Tosser. King Neptune - The mythological God of the Sea. He always presides, with his court, at the LINE-CROSSING CEREMONY.
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Kipper - UK 1 Obsolete term for torpedo. a slur the early twentieth century for recruits who could not attain an adequate degree of marksmanship. It comes from the idea that they should grab a bolo and attack hand-to-hand. BOLO all caps Be On the Look Out booger hook U. The index or trigger finger of either hand. boomer 1. Navy A nuclear ballistic missile submarine, or personnel serving aboard same.
Air Force An enlisted aircrew member serving on either a KC 'Stratotanker' or KC 'Extender' primarily responsible for refueling other aircraft in flight. Derived from "boom operator. Make sure you bring plenty of shells for the boomstick. boot, booter U. A new join to a particular unit, probably coming from Boot Camp see below. This person often has an overly enthusiastic yet naive disposition. boot camp U. Navy Initial training of new recruits. Booter U. Royal Marines, from the leather stock they used to wear around their necks same origin as Leathernecks for the U.
Marine Corps. boots and utes or "boots'n'utes" U. Marine Corps Combat boots and utility uniform, minus the blouse; sometimes used for physical training or working in hot environments.
boot bands or "blousing bands" U. Marine Corps and Canada Elastic straps or coiled springs used to roll trouser legging under at the boot and simulate tucking into the boot itself; used in blousing boots. BOSNIA U. Navy Big Old Standard Navy-Issue Ass. Applies especially to desk-bound female enlisted. bought the farm U. Originally comes from the U.
Air Force, where it was slang for a fatal crash, wherein the "farm" referred to the small plot of land at the cemetery where the individual was laid to rest, then generally any KIA G. whose insurance money pays the family funeral bills. Bouncing bomb U. Issue sleeping bag Boss U. Informal yet respectful address for an officer - especially used in situations where disclosure of military status is not advisable.
Box Kicker U. Navy A term used, sometimes derogatorily, for a Supply Officer. The term implies that all a Supply Officer does is go around the warehouse kicking boxes, doing no other work. Marine Corps A warehouseman, MOS Box Nasty U. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps Box Lunch served in-flight.
BPAG AUS Black Plastic Army Gun. The M16 rifle. brass U. Top-ranking officers; The Powers That Be. Bravo Foxtrot Worldwide Navies BF Means 'Ready to xxx at yyy ' general 'Ready for Action'. Comes from the Allied Maritime Tactical and Maneuvering Book, conveyed by flag hoist or voice radio. Bravo Zulu Worldwide Navies BZ Means 'Well Done'. brain bucket U. brain sponge U. Any combat hat that does not provide protection.
Navy Describes a Sailor or Marine who often frequents the brig military jailtypically as a prisoner. broke-dick U. A Soldier with a medical condition that would hinder the Soldier's ability to perform certain tasks; alternatively, equipment that is not operationally ready. broken TV U. Army The rd Infantry Division crest, a blue square with three diagonal white stripes. broom U.
Army Army talk for 'sweep'. used in the similar sense that you mop with a mop, hence, you broom with a broom. brownjob RAF Member of the British Army, from the khaki uniforms. Brown Water Navy U. The fleet of riverine vessels - fast patrol boats, amphibious. landing craftshallow-draft supply and maintenance ships, U. Coast Guard cutters and the like - which had been deployed to control the rivers and coasts of Vietnam during the Vietnam Warso noted for the mud-brown color of the water.
Today any such riverine naval force. brown shoe 1. Air Force Things and people related to the time when the Air Corps was a subsidiary unit of the U. When the Air Force became independent, black shoes replaced the brown shoes worn by the Army at that time. Also refers to U. Navy Things and people related to the naval aviation community. From the time when brown shoes were authorized only for aviation ratings and officers. brown star cluster 1.
US A metaphorical scatological reference describing a panicked reaction. A play on red star cluster ; the humorous implication being that the subject's frightened defecation serves as a substitute distress call. US Alternately, can refer to warning or signalling others that things being said or done are "bullshit". Brylcreem Boys U. Royal Air Force pilots, who were renowned for wearing brylcreem on their hair "A little dab'll do ya! bubblehead Any person serving on a submarine or in the Submarine Service a reference to decompression sickness.
buddy spike U. Navy used during flight operations. In air exercises, it is common to "spike" or lock onto a friendly without engaging. This causes the targeted aircraft's defense systems to warn of active targeting.
For example: Suppose you were fighting in an exercise as blue air with opposing red air trying to shoot you. If you got notification on your RWR that an aircraft had locked you, you would want to know if it was from red air or just your wingman. So you might call out "HOOTER 01, spiked from degrees " and Hooter 02 might call out "Buddy spike!
This term was used, somewhat incorrectly, in the movie The Incredibles. Buck Sergeant U. Army Referring to a newly promoted Sergeant E Can be used in different contexts, good or demeaning. buckshee U. Buckshee equipment or ammunition is outside the normal accounting system and is often bartered by those who find themselves in possession of it. The origin and nature of the stores determines whether this is a serious.
From World War One, when spare bits of shaving soap where called "buckshees". Derived from Baksheesh and the British Army in India BUFF U. Big Ugly Fat Fucker. Clean: Big Ugly Fat Fellow. Slang for the B 'Stratofortress'. Buffer U. and Canada Chief Bosun's Mate, Senior Boatswain Seamanship specialist on a warship, usually having the rank of a Chief Petty Officer. Bug Company U. Navy In boot camp, a company group of recruits who are incapable of performing any task correctly, regardless of the rewards or consequences.
Generally the individuals who make up these companies will leave boot camp in top physical shape, because they are always being punished with physical training, also known as "cycling".
Bug Juice U. The nickname given to the powdered drink served with MRE's on onboard ships. Virtually any powdered, artificially flavored, juice-like substance served in the mess hall of almost any group male environment from Scout Camp through the Military. bulkhead U. Navy, Marines, RCN The interior structural divider of a ship; used ashore to refer to the interior walls of a building, as well. bullet sponge or bullet stopper U.
An infantryman, MOS 11B "Eleven Bulletstopper" most commonly the point man of an infantry fire team who is usually the first member of the team to engage, or be engaged by, the enemy. Bull Ensign U. Navy Senior junior officer of the rank of Ensign o-1 in a ship's compliment. The bull Ensign often is tasked by the Commanding Officer with unsavory tasks that other junior officers would rather avoid. Bull Nuke U. Bullshit flag, throwing the U.
Challenging the factual accuracy of another's statement. Bum Chum U. Refers to the stereotypical seaman's homosexuality. bumf U. Paperwork, especially useless paperwork; comes from bum fodder i.
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Bundeswehr gloves U. Pockets, from the perception that members of the German Army often walk around with their hands in them prohibited in most NATO armed services - including the Bundeswehr. Because you're holding your candle. Army Bed. Bunker Bunny U. bunny suit Canada CBRN mical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear suit Bunting Tosser Royal Navy and Commonwealth Navies A signalman.
This term originated in the days when signals between ships were sent by flying signals flags still done for ceremonaial purposes today and when signalmen would wave hand-held flags when using semaphore. buttcrack nasty U. C Usually a particularly sloppy, unkempt Marine see 'shitbird' butterbar U.
A second lieutenant or ensignin reference to the rank insignia - a single gold bar. butterfly stripes U. Air Force Term used to refer to the two-striped vron of Airman First Classusually awarded to a six-year enlistee immediately after his technical school or to a four-year enlistee after 10 months in the rank of Airman also see "dragonfly wings".
BZ Navy Also, Bravo Zulu. Allied Signals Book ATP 1 for "Well done". Stackers U. Air Force Ammo troops. Navy Aviation Ordnancemen. K Canada Confirmation of Combat Knowledge, a play-on from the more acceptable vernacular - AAR After action review. Now it's time for some COCK!! Cable Stretr U.
Air Force A "tool" that a new or troublesome Airman is sent to find for that "little bit extra" of cable needed to finish a run. Primarily used in Communication career fields. cadidiot U. Army and Air Force, Canada kah-DID-iot Slang term for an officer cadet. In Canada, term also used to indicate youth cadets of all brans. See also "cadink", below. cadink U. Air Force Slang term for an officer cadet.
Slightly less pejorative than "cadidiot". Cadillac U. Navy A mop bucket. Named after the mop squeezer, which resembles a Cadillac grill. Coalition Forces A toilet facility, a. Cadot U. Army Slang term used to identify cadets in the U. Military Academy that briefly train with Regular Army officers. The dot refers to their rank. Cage Kicker U. Army Slang term used for Military Police corrections soldiers. Cambro U. Army Officially called the "Insulated Food Container" or "IFC," which is plastic with stainless steel inserts.
Not to be confused with the all-metal "Food Container, Insulated" or "FCI" which is commonly called a "mermite can. cammies U. Navy and U. Marines Camouflage utility uniform. What are referred to as "BDUs" in the Army and Air Force now "ACUs" and "ABUs," respectively.
Camp U. Coast Guard U. Coast Guard The United States Coast Guard Academy at New London. used when referring to the Academy in a derogatory manner. Also: Connecticut University of Nautical Technology.
Canary Club U. Air Force used when identifying parking spaces or areas reserved for officers with the rank of O-6 "bird" Colonel cannon cocker U.
An artilleryman. Also a U. Coast Guard Gunner's Mate. cannon fodder U. formerly An infantryman sent into battle with the expectation that he will be killed.
Canoe U The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Jocular when used by graduates, pejorative when used by outsiders. canopy lights U.
Army Airborne An item new recruits are sent to find; a form of snipe hunt. Refers to an imaginary set of lights to attach to a parachute canopy for use during night jumps. Captain Jack U. Is the military equivalent to the civilian Jodies in cadences, and always a tough guy. Illustrated in the song lyrics: "Hey, hey, Captain Jack, meet me down by the railroad tracks.
Navy Non-Judicial Punishment imposed under Article 15 of the UCMJ. CATFU U. KAT-foo- ed Completely And Totally Fuck ed Up i. Army, Canada A helmetband with two pieces of luminous. material at the rear. cat hole U. Army A hole dug in the ground in which to defecate. CBed Canada confined to barracks, a form of punishment.
Pronounced "see-beed". CBPO U. Air Force used to mean the Consolidated Base Personnel Office, now if a member states they are going to CBPO or C-BO it means Commissary BX Post Office CCB Singapore Phonetic rendition of a Hokkien swear word referring to a smelly female reproductive orifice CFB U. Clear as a Fucking Bell, i. Canadian Gay Guard, Canadian Girl Guides Canada Derogatory term used to refer to the Canadian Grenadier Guard CGG Chairborne Ranger U.
Army Pretty much anyone in the Adjutant General's Corps, referring to someone who works a desk, in comparison to an Airborne Ranger. During the Vietnam era also referred to as "Remington's Raiders" a reference to the manufacturer of a popular brand of typewriter. Chair Force U. Air ForceCanadian Air Force The Air Force, referring to the perception that many Air Force personnel spend their time "flying a desk", i. chalk U. Army A specific aircraft load, especially a group of airborne Soldiers which deploy from a single aircraft, typically a platoon for air assaults, or company-minus.
sized for airborne drops. Originates from Vietnam War practice of chalking identifying marks on aircraft sides involved in such operations. Chancre Mechanic U. Navy Hospital Corpsman. Also called Pecker cker, Dick Smith, or Pill Pusher. Charlie U. NATO phonetic alphabet for the letter C. During the Vietnam War was a general term for the Vietcong by shortening of "Victor Charlie. Charlie Gulf One U. Navy NATO phonetic alphabet for "Standing By to Assist".
The standard phrase of U. Navy medical teams. Charlie Mike U. NATO phonetic alphabet for "continue mission" Charlie's Chicken Farm U.
Army Corruption of Correctional Custody Facility CCF. A minimum security military prison for lesser offenses; Usually no more than a fenced-in barracks building and small surrounding area. Sentences to the CCF are Usually as a result of an Article 15 and are generally not career-ending in nature. to a city, county, or state prison in civilian life and houses serious offenders, some awaiting transport to military prisons like Fort Leavenworth Kansas or Mannheim Germany.
Also "Charlie Charlie Foxtrot", from phonetic alphabet. charts and darts U. Manual field artillery firing calculations performed with paper chartspencil, and pins darts ck six U. Air Force Term for "watch out behind you" or "watch your ass", based on looking for enemy aircraft or missiles to the rear 6 o-clock position.
Army A suck-up or brown-noser.
Topic navy slang for ass have
Air Force A rat or tattletale, usually someone who runs to the commander or other ranking member to get another in trouble. esedick U. Marine Corps To do something with minimal effort. As in "He esedicked his way through it. Marine Corps A form of snipe hunt. To have a new Marine search for obviously non-existent batteries for mical light sticks. rry U. New recruit still in Basic Training, or newly-minted service member officer or enlisted just arrived at first duty assignment after completion of training.
st candy U. Another term to describe ribbons or medals that are worn. It can be pejorative or appreciative, depending on Usage. wed up or wey U. See ate up. wbacca U. Comes from "wed up" Chicken colonel U. A full colonel, named for the eagle insignia. Also known as "full bull," "Full bird," or "Bird colonel" as opposed to "light colonel," which is a lieutenant colonel. chicken plates U. Army Small Arms Protective Inserts SAPI which fit into the Interceptor body armor system.
Chief U. The familiar form of address for any U. Army warrant officer or U. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer. Also, a section leader in the U. Army, and a familiar term for Chief Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank in the U. Air Force. Chief of Smoke U. The senior enlisted man of an artillery battery or platoon, after the First Sergeantthe "Chief of Firing Battery".
Also, "Smoke. Navy Senior enlisted man onboard a submarine, responsible for manning, training, order and discipline of the enlisted crew. This equates with the Command Master Chief CMC onboard a surface ship or shore unit.
In this position, the man is often casually referred to passively and in-person as "COB". chocko Australia An Army Reservist. Pejorative term dating back to World War 2, used by Soldiers of the 2nd AIF to imply incompetence on the part of Reservists who in their view were 'Chocolate Soldiers', likely to melt at the first application of the 'heat of battle'.
Choggy UK a citizen of Afghanistan. chopped up Same as ate up. chopper U. Army Helicopter. Chow U. Military Food. Navy particularly used by Reactor Department personnel on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers A derogatory term for the Airmen airdales attad to the various. squadrons who seem to never-endingly stand in meal lines, make them longer for ship's crew. Chow keng Singapore Malingerer.
Chow Runner U. Air Force A trainee in basic training that announces their respective flight into the dining facility. CHT U. Navy Sewage. Named after the ship's waste system Collection, Holding, and Transfer CHT systems.
Pronounced "C-H-T" or "chit".
Naval method of indicating the time of day aboard ship, usually over the 1MC. One bell corresponds to 0 minutes past the hour. Bells will only be rung as a single strike, or a closely spaced double strike, with a maximum of eight bells (4 sets of 2). Bells repeat themselves every 4 hours. For example 2 sets of 2 bells, followed by a single bell Anymouse - A lockbox on Navy ships where sailors may drop anonymous suggestions. Ass - Armored vehicles such as Strykers and Tanks. Ate-Up - Describes a servicemember who follows regulations so Estimated Reading Time: 8 mins BOSNIA - Big Old Standard Navy Issue Ass. Refers to the size of the sterns of some (usually female) navy personnel. Boss - Short for AIR BOSS. Bosun - The phonetic spelling of 'boatswain.' Bosun's Whistle (or Pipe) - A small metal whistle used to signal the announcement of important messages, or for ceremonial purposes
CHT is Usually found splashing across ship's head floors because the designated ship's crew Usually aren't real excited about fixing a toilet problem. CHU U. Containerized Housing Unit. Common housing unit used on long-term deployments on built-up bases.
Cigarette Soup U. Army Onion Soup, because it looks like what you get when you fill an ashtray with water.
Battalion Canada Play on Service Battalion Logistics and Supply due to the excessive number of tents used in its deployment and the general state of coordination among its personnel. Generally pejorative, when used outside the company of said personnel. Battery U. Army The Service Battery of an Artillery Battalion. So named for its propensity to collect "misfits", and therefore to become a "Circus. CIU Canada Civilian In Uniform, Person using the CF Canadian Forces as way to pay for school, person who does not belong in the Service.
Army Containerized Kitn used for preparing and serving meals in the field. clearing barrel A promiscuous female soldier. It is in reference to the red, sand filled barrels used to verify that small arms are unloaded before turn in.
Soldiers preparing to turn in weapons line up and dry fire their rifles into the barrel. Extremely derogatory. See also "regimental groundsheet". Close of Business or COB U. ARMY The time of day when all sduled training and administrative work stops. The unit's senior NCO may hold a formation at this time. During this formation, guidance is given to the enlisted members, the unit commander may publish information and the unit is released.
However, some members of the unit, especially maintenance crews, may continue working. Also called end of day. Club Ed Canada The Canadian Forces Service Prison and Detention Barracks in Edmonton, Alberta. An ironic play on " Club Med ". clusterfuck A disastrous. situation that results from the cumulative errors of several people or groups. In semi-polite company this is referred to as a Charlie Foxtrot from the NATO phonetic alphabet.
Also used as a slang term to describe the area effect nature of artillery or cluster bombs. CMFWIC Chief Mother Fucker Who's in Charge. Also "Chief Mother Fucker What's In Charge. Military Commanding Officer cock holster U. Military one's mouth, as in "Everybody, shut your cock holsters and listen up. Military Derogatory term for promiscuous female aircrew, generally Army or Marine referring to Air Force female crew members.
cockster Singapore a person who is habitually confused or amusing in a weird way. May derive from cock-up.
Cock stiff Canada something that is solid. my gloves were frozen cock stiff. Colonel Sanders U. National Guard Catered meals served in lieu of meals prepared by Army cooks. Obviously a reference to American fast-food icon Colonel Harlan Sandersa founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Colonel Sanders Award U. Army See "KP", below. Combat Jack U. C The act of masturbating in a combat area. Command Private Major U. Army Derogatory slang for the rank of Specialist E Commo In reference to communications equipment or those who operate them. A title Usually given to the Communications Officer or Communicator aboard U.
Navy vessels. companionway U. Navy, Marines A staircase. From the term for a ladder or staircase aboard a ship. Company grade weather U. Air Force Exceptionally poor weather; all the senior pilots sit the day out and let the junior company grade guys who are still trying to build hours fly in the bad weather.
Coner U. Navy, Submarines Term of derision used by nuclear trained engineering personnel to refer to rest of crew that live and work forward. The term refers to the cone shape of the sonar bow cap. usage example "We just lowered the anchor 15 minutes ago and those damn coners are already on liberty! Navy and Air Force A naval term referencing the Conning Tower; where the Conning Team gives navigational instructions for a ship conns the vessel.
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 referring 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 chicken cacciatore or chicken a la king. Embed - When a reporter stays with the military in order to conduct journalistic business.
They typically are provided with security and basic necessities provided by the unit they are embedded with. Eagle Keeper - Maintenance crew chief of an F Fangs - A Marine Corps term for one's teeth. Fart Sack - Refers to a sleeping bag or an airman's flight suit. Farts and Darts - Refers to the clouds and lightning bolt embellishments found on Air Force officer caps. Fashion Show - A Naval punishment where a sailor is required to dress in each of his uniforms over a period of several hours.
Fast Mover - Slang for a jet fighter. 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. Fruit Salad - Slang for a service member's display of medals and ribbons on a dress uniform. This term originated during the Vietnam War and experienced limited use by civilians. Galloping Dandruff - An Army term used since World War I to refer to crab lice. Geardo - An Army term for a soldier who spends an inordinate amount of money on gear, regardless of actual need.
Gedunk - Refers to snack foods, such as candy and chips, as well as the place they're sold. Associated with the Navy and can be used in the phrase "gedunk sailor" as a pejorative remark for inexperienced sailors. Recommended by user bensonmccloud.
Grape - A term with two meanings; one for the Air Force and one for the Navy. 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. Great Mistakes - The name sailors have given the Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago.
It references the closing of two other training facilities in San Diego and Orlando, which both feature far more enjoyable weather. Groundhog Day - Term originating from the titular movie that refers to deployment s that seem to proceed in the exact same way despite attempts to change them. Gum Shoe - Navy slang for a sailor cryptology technician.
The first CT school was located on top of a building where tar would get stuck to the bottom of students' shoes. Gun - Term for a mortar or artillery piece. Must never be used within the military to describe a pistol or rifle. Gunner - A service member who operates a crew-served weapon, such as a piece of artillery or ship's cannon.
Recommended by user John Alfred. Hangar Queen - An aircraft that is used primarily for spare parts to repair other planes. Recommended by Steve Pinder. Hardened Site - A structure usually built under rock or concrete designed to withstand conventional, nuclear, biological and mical attack. Hat Up - To change one's location. Refers to the need to wear a hat for the intended destination. Recommended by user JimBrown High Speed - An individual who is 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. Jockstrap Medal - Derogatory term for medals given by the military to active CIA members. Joint Operation Planning - All type of planning involving joint military forces in regard 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. Left-Handed Monkey Wrench - A nonexistent tool. Often the object of fruitless sears undertaken by recruits at the behest of more experienced service members. Long Pig - Slang for when a human being is used as a source of food. 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. Meat Identifier - A dish or sauce that identifies what type of meat is being served. For example, cranberry sauce indicates turkey while applesauce indicates pork chops.
Meat Wagon - Slang for an ambulance or any other medical emergency vehicle. Recommended by user Moving Like Pond Water - Moving so slowly that a unique term is required to describe it.
Mustang - Term referring to any officer who was promoted from the enlisted ranks. Can be used respectfully or pejoratively.
Nut to Butt - The instruction used to tell soldiers to line up in a tight, forward-facing line wherein one's nuts are in extreme proximity to the butt of the soldier before them. Officer's Candy - Navy term used by sailors to describe the scented cake placed in urinals. 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 officially has gone missing from their post.
Oxygen Thief - A biting piece of slang for someone who's useless or talks too much.
Pad Eye Remover - A nonexistent item used by sailors to trick new service members into a fruitless search. Pad-eyes are used to secure airplanes with chains.
Pogey Bait - Snack food. 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.