There are codes that cannot be revealed to the public because they are top-secret and can compromise military operations. However, there are conversational military terms that will sound funny to civilian ears, but to our modern day heroes, mean something quite serious.
This refers to the military alphabet A and C. It stands for ass chewing or in formal terms, a verbal reprimand.
These are armored vehicles (e.g. Strykers, tanks, etc).
This term refers to a medic. It was used by the troops during the Vietnam war.
This refers to the loudspeaker in a military base. It is the voice that warns everyone if there is an incoming attack or a schedule that needs to be attended to.
This refers to the military alphabet T and U that stands for “tits up”. This describes the position of dead bodies or broken pieces of equipment.
‘Black’ on ____ (ammo, water, etc)
This is a phrase that is used to describe a lack of resource.
An insult used on recruits who have a hard time passing the training in marksmanship. It comes from the idea that those who cannot pass will resort to using a bolo in combat instead of a rifle.
This is a slang for a B-1 bomber.
This is a military slang that describes medals and ribbons worn on a uniform.
These are maps that come from the military intelligence. It is actually a bit of an insult because this term was used to describe how these maps are not as accurate as they should be. It also helps that the maps have bright and colorful layouts and symbols.
X Digit Midget
X actually refers to a number. This indicates the number of days before someone goes on leave or retires.
This is a term used to describe a breakup with a significant other through a letter. Usually, it is the significant other that broke up with the service member.
This refers to a medical evacuation done through a helicopter.
This refers to the F-15’s maintenance crew chief.
This refers to a situation wherein a military unit provides security and basic necessities to a reporter while they are conducting their business as a journalist.
Flight Suit Insert
This is the Air Force slang for pilots.
This is the military slang for an M2 .50 caliber machine gun.
Five-Sided Puzzle Palace
This is the military slang for the Pentagon.
This is the term they use to describe a service member who has gone missing in action.
This is an Army term used to describe a soldier who spends too much money on gear even if it is needed or not.
Hit the Silk
This is the military term used to describe ejecting from an aircraft and using a parachute.
This refers to the aircraft used for spare parts in order to repair other broken planes.
This is the short term for a helicopter.
This refers to the rations that the military use during an emergency survival situation.
This is a term used to describe something violent.
This is a term used on new recruits going through basic training.
This refers to the embellishments that can be found on the cap of an officer.
This refers to any member of the US Army Special Forces.
This refers to a parachute that was deployed.
This refers to the psychological operations (PSYOPS) tactic that involves fake sentimental letters from an enemy’s home country. It is written and placed on bodies and battle wreckages to hint the infidelity of loved ones back home. It is meant to demoralize those in combat.
This refers to the female voice that can be heard in the warning system of a US military aircraft. The voice alerts pilots to any life-threatening situations.
Here is Leslie Shook, the voice behind Bitchin’ Betty.