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Old December 8th, 2017, 01:25 PM
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Default military slang and sayings (Some may be mildly offensive)

since we have a large number of former and currently serving soldiers here, I thought it might be a nice idea to collect some of the vast amount of military slang that exists, for use as flavour for roleplaying (since a large number of Travellers are also ex-forces)

I'll start with a few form the british army, in no particular order:

Admin: used as a verb (as in "use this afternoon to Admin yourselves"), covers anything you do to look after yourself. washing, shaving, eating, all count as admin, having good admin means your clean shaven, your uniform is clean, your bedspace is packed away and tidy, ect. field admin means the same, just doing it in a muddy hole in a field. good field admin is prized, as a solider who cant look after himself is no use to man or beast.

Scoff/scran: synomns for food, or eating. also used to refer to the canteen ("we'll be waiting here for a while, so get some scran on". or "coming to scoff? they have roast chicken today")

Rupert: officer, espically a newly commissioned 2nd Lt form a upper class background. somewhat Pejorative, implies the rupert has better breeding than sense. "Rupert" is sterotypically a "posh" mans name.

PONTI: Person Of No Tactical Importance. Pejorative term for non infantry, espocially when attached to infantry, who feel that anyone not also a infantryman is useless in a firefight, and thus are a liability that will need sheparding.

Badge: a Sargent Major, derived form the large and fance badge of rank they were to denote thier status ("get that hair cut, the badge is on the warpath over haircuts!")

Fill your boots: help yourself ("can i have some of that?" "fill ya boots, its not mine")

Gucci: derived the luxury brand, refers to anything that is better than standard issue ("ooh, check you out with your Gucci spec-ops boots! bet they must have cost a pretty penny!")

Outside the wire: refers to the perimeter fence of a base. "going outside the wire" implies entering a unsecured, tactical environment, as opposed to the safety of a base area. ("your a clark, why would you need night vision goggles? Its not like you go outside the wire!")

i invite the members of the forum to share and add their own. i;m sure i will remember plenty more later.

Last edited by aramis; February 15th, 2018 at 05:08 PM.. Reason: Adjusting title (to allow for the often mildly offensive terms used by many military troops.)
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PONTI: Person Of No Tactical Importance. Pejorative term for non infantry, espocially when attached to infantry, who feel that anyone not also a infantryman is useless in a firefight, and thus are a liability that will need sheparding.
I have to remember that one.

Like you I will remember more and post them later but here are a few of my favorites.

SELFCON: Derived from the acronyms for operational control (OPCON) and tactical control (TACON), this term describes a junior leader who has determined his higher HQ is useless and becomes an independent actor on the battlefield. Also describes all air defense artillery formations.

Be▮▮▮▮▮▮led: A profound state of disorientation and confusion; the perpetual state of all chemical units.

Mop Up: A task assigned to infantry units after the armor forces have conducted a bypass / avoided confrontation.

Take Down: A term for an assault used by those with a complete disregard for the enemy's defensive capabilities.

FNG: Effing New Guy

PSYOP Shot Group: Cross-cultural communication accomplished by placing two shots in the heart followed by one to the mind.

Downrange: Deployed

Movement to Daylight: An infantry mission to infiltrate enemy defenses and breach obstacles the night before an armor attack.

ODF: Out 'Dere Flappin'; a paratrooper being towed by his static line after his parachute failed to deploy.

Good Idea Fairy: Mythical being that inflicts those susceptible with stupid ideas that result in last-minute changes to plans that would otherwise have worked.

Haul Ass: An order to a unit requiring them to cross the line of departure or get to an objective yesterday.

I've got more but most had words that I can't post here. I hope the two in that category that I included didn't break board rules.

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I found a whole book of military slang and terms on archive.org. I will have to go back and find it again to post it. It makes for interesting reading.
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Here's a great list of naval slang...

http://goatlocker.org/resources/nav/navyslang.pdf
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Here is a good collection of World War 2 service slang.

https://archive.org/details/DictionaryOfServiceSlang
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Vietnam War era slang in the link below. It also has some historical pictures which is nice. The APC entry has a picture of well, an APC, etc.

https://cherrieswriter.wordpress.com...e-vietnam-war/

As I assume most slang from the service(s) it is uh, not family friendly.
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Jildy File: a smart well turned out soldier.

Mingy men: from the Congo, where Irish military personnel served in the 1960's. The traders who set up their stalls near the camp were often asked if they had a particular item in stock. Their standard reply was "mingy, mingy" meaning "many" or "plenty. Now used to describe traders that set up near a military camp to sell to soldiers.

Dohbe dust: laundry powder, from the hindi dhobe, to wash.

Let the cat out of the bag: from the age-of-sail when the cat'o'nine was removed from its red velvet bag to administer punishment.

Going for a 10 degree down bubble: going for a nap. Sounds like a submariner thing but I'm told that it relates to finishing a mortar fire-mission.

Coming the hound: Excessive use of authority

Proper order: Quite correct as it should be

All edge: Very smart and conscientious

Eighty-six it: To loose a piece of unwanted military equipment on purpose. The name relates to the reporting form for loss of property that had to be filled out.
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The US Navy uses a lot of abbreviations and acronyms, which can be found here: http://abbreviations.yourdictionary....-acronyms.html
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Here's a great list of naval slang...

http://goatlocker.org/resources/nav/navyslang.pdf
Beat me to it. Great site.

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The US Navy uses a lot of abbreviations and acronyms, which can be found here: http://abbreviations.yourdictionary....-acronyms.html
https://www.navy.com/glossary.html has an official list of tested terms. Missing most of the more colorful ones.
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Beat me to it. Great site.
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