Army Slang & Acronyms:
Everything You Need to Know from Wikipedia, heavily edited for family reading!
- BOG - Boots On the Ground. Number of soldiers available.
- BTDT - Been There, Done That
- BTDTBTTS - Been There, Done That, Bought The T-Shirt
- FUBAR - F**ked Up Beyond All Recognition/Repair
- GI - Government Issue; originally used for government supplied equipment, often used by soldiers to refer to themselves.
- KP - Kitchen Patrol.
- LPCs - Leather Personnel Carriers, or combat boots.
- RnR - Rest and Relaxation (also R&R).
- SNAFU - Situation Normal: All F**ked Up
Non-Acronym Slang and Expressions
- Bird Colonel - a full Colonel, from the eagle insignia of grade, to distinguish from the one-grade-lower Lieutenant Colonel, whose insignia is a silver leaf; also known as a "Full-Bird" Colonel, or simply, a "Full Bull"
- Black Diamond - a first sergeant, for the black diamond between the chevrons and rockers of subdued rank
- Brass, Brass Hats - Colonels and Generals
- Butter Bar - a Second Lieutenant, as well as their rank insignia; from the appearance of the yellow rectangle of the rank
- Buck Sergeant - Sergeant (E-5)
- Chicken in a Frypan - a Specialist (E-4) rank insignia, which has an eagle inside a shield
- Chief - the unofficial form of address for any Warrant Officer (WO-1 to CW-5)
- Company-grade (officer) - the ranks of Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, and Captain
- Command Specialist Major - Corporals (Specialist and Corporal are both E-4s, but Corporals are NCOs, and Specialists are just enlisted.)
- Enlisted Personnel (man or woman) - generic term for anyone who is not a Warrant Officer or commissioned officer
- Field-grade (officer) - the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel
- First Lieutenant, Second Award - a Captain, so named because the insignia of grade consists of two parallel silver bars
- First Shirt - First Sergeant
- Full-Bird Colonel - see Bird Colonel, above
- Full-Bird Private - Specialist, from the eagle on the Specialist's insignia patch; similar to Full-Bird Colonel, see above
- Full Bull - see Bird Colonel, above
- Grade - pay-grade of a soldier, currently E-1 - E-9 for enlisted soldiers, W-1 - W-5 for Warrant Officers, O-1 - O-10 for Officers; each grade may translate to several ranks; i.e., Grade E-4 may be a Corporal (command position) or Specialist (Spec-4) (non-command)
- Hard Stripes - used to describe Corporal (CPL) stripes
- Light Colonel - Lieutenant Colonel; contrast with Bird Colonel, above
- Mosquito Wings - E-2 rank insignia (one chevron)
- Platoon Daddy - refers to the Platoon Sergeant, who is the lead NCO in a platoon
- Private Major - Private or Specialist who tries to act with authority they do not have
- Rank - named title of soldier with a particular grade and responsibility, such as Private, Specialist, Staff Sergeant, Captain, etc; see also grade, above
- Recruit - new soldier in training, esp. basic training; once the description of the lowest rank, which is now simply Private
- Sergeant Major - the First Sergeant's wife
- Battle-Rattle - combat gear
- Brown Round - Drill Sergeant's hat
- Bunk - bunkbed
- Civvies - civilian clothing
- Class-A Uniform - the dress uniform (jacket and tie) sometimes worn in office
- Dash-Ten - an operator's manual for any piece of military equipment, vehicle or aircraft; all operator's manuals' reference numbers end in "-10."
- Dome of Obedience - slang for a Kevlar helmet
- Fast-Mover - a jet aircraft, especially one equipped to make runs
- Fatigues - an archaic term for the work/combat uniform
- Fatigue Jacket - the shirt of the fatigue uniform
- Full Battle-Rattle - the complete set of combat gear
- Gore-Tex - camouflaged, hooded outer jacket replacing traditional field jacket
- Hillbilly Armor - improvised vehicle armor
- John Wayne Bar - chocolate and toffee candybar found in C-Rations/MREs
- K-Pot - the ground troops' ballistic helmet; a contraction of "Kevlar" and "pot,"
- Ma Deuce - the Browning .50 caliber machinegun; from the weapon's actual designation, the "M2"
- Mickey Mouse Boots - 1) WWII term for the early issue lined combat boots;
- Salad - ribbons and medals, named for the color differences, just like a salad
- BB Stacker soldiers involved with ordnance
- Brown Hat - Drill Sergeant
- Cadidiot - derogatory term for West Point and ROTC cadets; from the combination of the words "cadet" and "idiot"
- Cannon Fodder - Infantrymen
- Chair-borne Ranger - 1) a paper-pusher with Jump wings;
- Cookie - Mess Sergeant
- Crunchie Mechanized infantry, because when they get run over by their APC's, them make a crunch sound.
- Drill - Drill Sergeant
- Greenie Beanie - Green Beret
- Ground-Pounder - see Grunt, below
- Grunt - Infantryman; historically associated with the sound a soldier makes when shouldering his field pack.
- Lifer - career military person
- Doc - a term of respect for medical professionals; generally used for medics
- Mud Puppy - military policemen
- Sparky - radio operator
- Zero dark thirty, zero beer thirty - Slang terms for having to wake up very early in the morning and quitting time, respectively.
- Army Brat - the son or daughter of a career soldier
- Bennie - a benefit, a good surprise
- Bugout - a hasty retreat
- Chow - food, or "breakfast/lunch/dinner," as in, "Is it time for chow yet?"
- Fort Living Room - civilian life referred to when leaving the service
- Front-Leaning Rest - the push-up position
- GI Party - after-hours barracks cleaning detail
- Gut Truck - food vendor on wheels, esp. in training areas
- Hurry Up and Wait - describes the hurry to get ready and the early wake up times that lead to sitting around for hours with nothing to do.
- Klicks - kilometers; .6214 mile each
- John Wayne - act of improperly wearing a helmet with the chinstrap unfastened
- Land of the Big PX - refers to the United States of America
- Mess - meal
- Mess Hall - dining facility
- Re-up - to re-enlist
- Real World - return to civilian life; return to USA from overseas
- Roger - "I understand," used for radio communication
- Sandbox or Box - training area
- Side-Straddle Hop - jumping-jacks
- Time hack - a rough schedule of the day's events
- Wall-to-Wall Counseling - to physically beat a subordinate in order to impress
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