The U.S military is a slang-strewn organization, one laden with all sorts of esoteric acronyms and informal terms used by both enlisted men and high-ranking officers. Whether you’re a green recruit or a hardened veteran of the Gulf War, you’re expected to communicate in slang … or be ridiculed as an outcast. Do you think you really know all of the military lingo in this armor-plated quiz?
A lot of terms are associated with a short era in military history. For example, you don’t call soldiers “GIs” anymore — that was a shortened term for “general infantry,” particularly during the World War II period. Do you know the term or terms used for modern soldiers, both those in the infantry and those who serve in the special forces?
In some cases, you can deduce the meaning of a slang term pretty easily. If you get “blowed up,” you know you’ve been struck by an “IED.” And you can probably guess that a “bang-bang” is a type of firearm. But hardly anyone outside the military would know that “Bone” refers to the B-1 bomber. And how many people really know that “dope on a rope” would be a rather insensitive term for an air assault soldier? Do you think you can rattle off the other major slang terms from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines?
Take a stroll out of the DMZ and try the FAB on for size in our hardened military slang quiz! We’ll find out soon enough if you’re the kind of guy or gal who can put together a real “fruit salad” or if you’ll be a “slick sleeved” amateur until the end of time.