When we turn our minds to military history, many names come to mind. What is crazy is how many of those names were either nicknames, or variations on the names of the leaders in question. Peter the Great was in fact named Peter, but his last name was not "the Great". Genghis Khan's name was neither Genghis nor Khan. It was Temüjin. Does the name Bennosuke sound familair? How about Bennosuke's later nom de guerre, Miyamoto Musashi, a name synonymous with sword mastery and military strategy in Japan? The Desert Fox was the name bestowed on Irwin Rommel by the British, just as Charles Martel's "surname" translates as "hammer" and refers to his battle prowess, not his heritage.
Military nicknames can come from anywhere. Watch the credits of Top Gun and you'll read the call signs of the pilots who flew the aircraft in the film. Watch the film Full Metal Jacket and you'll see a representation of how some soldiers get their nicknames in the cruelest way possible. We came up with a gentle, fun way for you to find your military nickname! You don't need a Parris Island haircut or a wingman to get one anymore! Just take this quiz, and we'll give you a unique nickname that reflects your soldierly qualities!