How Well Do You Know Army Lingo?

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Annette

5 Min Quiz

Firewatch Ribbon

Everyone gets a firewatch ribbon, so it ain't that big of a deal. The National Defense Service Medal is given out to all those in boot camp.

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To hump

When you walk with a pack half your body weight over a long distance, you're humping. Not to be confused with humping in the Biblical sense.

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Oscar-Mike

Oscar-Mike means on the move. This comes from the military phonetic alphabet.

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Perfect For Cleaning

Perfect For Cleaning stands for Private First Class. As you can see, the Army uses a lot of acronyms.

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Since Jesus was a corporal

When you say you haven't been home since Jesus was a corporal, you mean that you haven't been home in a long time. Marines use this expression as well.

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Sh*tbird

The sh*tbird in the group is the one who makes everyone else's life a living hell. He's the guy that just makes things harder than they should be.

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Chest candy

Chest candy is slang for ribbons and medals worn on a uniform. This can be demeaning or complimentary.

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Digies

These days, soldiers wear digital camouflage. These uniforms are known as digies.

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Five-Sided Puzzle Palace

In the Army, many soldiers refer to the Pentagon as the Five-Sided Puzzle Palace. It's pretty clear how they came up with this name.

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Bullet Catcher

An infantryman is called a bullet catcher. Some may also call him a bang-bang.

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Alpha Charlie

When someone faces Alpha Charlie, they're getting a serious a** chewing. This means that they're getting verbally reprimanded.

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Crumb catcher

A crumb catcher is a mouth. If you say something stupid in the Army, someone might tell you to shut your crumb catcher.

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Dittybopper

A dittybopper is someone who is trained in Morse Code. Dittybopper can also refer to a soldier that can't step in line with a cadence.

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Dustoff

A dustoff refers to a medical evaluation by helicopter. Someone lifted out of a war zone is getting a dustoff.

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Eagle Keeper

An Eagle Keeper is a maintenance crew chief for an F-15. They Eagle Keeper has a most important job.

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Fart Sack

Fart sack is used to refer to a sleeping bag. It can also refer to an airman's flight suit.

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Fitty

Fitty is slang for an M2 .50 caliber machine gun. Ammunition can be fed from the left or from the right.

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Galloping Dandruff

Since World War I, galloping dandruff has been used to describe crab lice. That stuff has been around for a long time.

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GOFO

When you GOFO, you're a little behind on the curve, but you finally catch up. That means that you have a Grasp Of the F***ing Obvious.

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Hat up

To hat up is to change one's location. It comes from needing to wear the proper hat when changing your destination.

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Top

In the Army, the top refers to either the First Sergeant or the senior enlisted man at company level. You don't want to displease the top.

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Unf***

When you unf*** something, you make it right and in accord with SOP. SOP stands for Standard Operating Procedure.

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Mike-Mike

Mike-Mike refers to an M203 grenade launcher. This is usually mounted under an M-16 or similar weapon.

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Band-aid

The term band-aid started in Vietnam. It refers to an army medic.

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Big Voice

The loudspeaker on a military base is referred to as the big voice. This can warn about anything from incoming attacks to something much more mundane.

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What does "black" on ammo mean?

When you're black on ammo or anything else, it means that it's totally gone. This term can apply to fuel, water or other resources.

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Chicken Plates

Chicken plates are protective inserts, or sheets of protective material called Small Arms Protective Inserts. They are used in the Interceptor body armor system.

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Dear John

Whenever a significant other writes a letter to someone in the army to break up with them, that's a Dear John situation. No one should break up that way!

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Football Bat

Any individual or way of doing things that is strange is known as a football bat. A soldier that wears his pants backwards is a football bat.

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Fruit Salad

When a service member displays many ribbons and medals on a dress uniform, it's known as a fruit salad. It makes sense when you think of all those colors!

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Hardball

A hard-surfaced road is referred to as a hardball. It's easier to ride on a hardball than it is through sand.

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High-speed

A soldier who is high-speed is highly motivated and very efficient. This term can be used sarcastically.

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Jawa

Jawa is a term used for a soldier that is stationed in the desert. It comes from the desert-dwelling aliens in "Star Wars."

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Left-Handed Monkey Wrench

This is a mystery object that servicemen send recruits to find. The left-handed monkey wrench is never found, of course.

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Meat identifier

The meat identifier may be cranberry sauce (we've got turkey!) or applesauce (pork chops). This is a humorous term, referring to how un meat-like military meat is.

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Soldiers, get your vocab in check. We're going to be doing a serious test of your army lingo. And if you get one wrong, we're going to be throwing the bullsh*t flag at you. Lock and load.

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