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34 military terms and their meanings

Stacker Logo By Mel Holohan of Stacker | Slide 1 of 34: "Alfa, Bravo, Charlie..." is an alphabet that you may already know and understand. These words represent the letters "A," "B," and "C" in the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, or more commonly known as the NATO phonetic alphabet used by the military to omit misunderstandings over radio. If you aren't using it already, this would be a good one to adopt for those customer service calls where you need to read your 17 digit confirmation code that somehow has all letters that sounds the same.Or how about when someone says "meet me here at 1400?" The military time system (which uses the 24-hour clock) is another method used to prevent mistakes or confusion between a.m. and p.m. times, as critical missions leave no room for miscommunications. This is another one that may come in handy to us civilians with a propensity for showing up to appointments at 7 p.m. instead of 7 a.m.In addition to uniform systems such as these, there is plenty more to unpack in the language of military men and women. Stacker consulted members of various military branches as well as existing military dictionaries to find 34 terms, phrases, acronyms, and nicknames that you may want to add to your repertoire. Perhaps you are already using some of this lingo and don't even realize the military origins. Read on to make your communication more efficient or in many cases just more fun!

34 military terms and their meanings

"Alfa, Bravo, Charlie..." is an alphabet that you may already know and understand. These words represent the letters "A," "B," and "C" in the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, or more commonly known as the NATO phonetic alphabet used by the military to omit misunderstandings over radio. If you aren't using it already, this would be a good one to adopt for those customer service calls where you need to read your 17 digit confirmation code that somehow has all letters that sounds the same.

Or how about when someone says "meet me here at 1400?" The military time system (which uses the 24-hour clock) is another method used to prevent mistakes or confusion between a.m. and p.m. times, as critical missions leave no room for miscommunications. This is another one that may come in handy to us civilians with a propensity for showing up to appointments at 7 p.m. instead of 7 a.m.

In addition to uniform systems such as these, there is plenty more to unpack in the language of military men and women. Stacker consulted members of various military branches as well as existing military dictionaries to find 34 terms, phrases, acronyms, and nicknames that you may want to add to your repertoire. Perhaps you are already using some of this lingo and don't even realize the military origins. Read on to make your communication more efficient or in many cases just more fun!

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