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Life in the Military

Veterans in Sefton have put together a glossary of words used while they were in service.

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7 p’s
Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance


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A

Ablutions
Place to go Wash, Shave, Piss , Sh*t and be sick in the RAF


A smoke
p*** up after an exercise


Adrift
Being late (Navy)


AK
automatic kalashnikov. Derived from the AK – 47 and the popular culture surrounding it, generic reference to enemy small arms.


ALL FAIR AND ABOVE BOARD
Utterly fair, nothing hidden – things “above board” were on or above the upper deck and so open for all to see.


ARAB
Arrogant Regular Army Bastard


AWOL
Absent Without Leave


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B

Babies Heads
Steak and Kidney Pudding


The Badgeman
the RSM or Regimental Sergeant Major (Army and royal Marines)


BACKING AND FILLING
constantly changing your mind


Ball of chalk
Situation deteriorated beyond repair, about as much use as a ball of chalk


Basher
Shelter


Bed legged
Getting a kicking while in bed


BFT
Basic fitness test


Blag
To acquire something


Bodysnatcher
(Army) stretcher bearer


Buzz
gossip, rumours


bootneck (bootie)
Royal Marine


Brew
(Army/RAF) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee.


Buckshee
easy/free “ie I’ve just got a buckshee daysack”

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C

Cannon fodder
Infantry (front line troops)


Crab Air
RAF


Casevac
Casualty Evacuation


Charlie Foxtrot/Cluster F***
Chaotic situation with all plans disintegrating in all directions


CFT
Combat fitness test


Chin strapped
Tired


COY
short for company. ie A COY, B COY


CRABS
RAF personnel


Civies
Civilian clothing


Crow
Cant Read Or Write. Derived from a term used with WW1 recruits, now refers to a new recruit or inexperienced soldier


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D

Daisy cutter
(RAF) faultless landing


Dhobie Dust
(Navy/RM/Army) washing powder; derived from the Malay word dobi, meaning “washing” or “laundry”


Dhobie rash
Not washing your pants properly and it giving you a rash


Diggers
Knife, Fork, Spoon


Dip stick
(RM) idiot


Drop shorts
Mortar platoon


Dropping a link
Going to the toilet


DZ
Drop Zone


DS
Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors


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E

Egg Bango
A fried egg sandwich so called because when it is eaten, generally with the one hand that is free


EOD
Explosive Ordnance Disposal


ETA
Estimated Time of Arrival


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F

FAC
Forward Air Controller


Fat Albert
The nickname for the Hercules plane of the RAF


FOB
Forward Operating Base


Full screw
Corporal


FUBAR
(Army) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. “The situation’s gone FUBAR!” = it’s a mess!


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G

Gat
(Army) derived from Gatling Gun, infantryman’s personal weapon (rifle)


Getting a beasting
Getting punished in double quick time


Glass House
(Army) military prison


Gongs
Medals


Greenfly
The nickname of the British Army Intelligence Corps


Guz
(RN/RM) Plymouth, said to have originated from World War I radio ID letters for the city’s port (GUZ)


GIMPY
The L7A2 GPMG, or ‘GIMPY’, is a 7.62x61mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun


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H

HLS
Helicopter landing site


Hot bagging
Sharing a sleeping bag whilst on duty


Hurry up and wait
Being made to rush, getting ready but only to sit about waiting for ages


Headshed
Planning room, part of military intelligence


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I

Int Det
14th Intelligence Company

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J

Jack Tar
(RN) A sailor, sometimes ‘Jolly Jack Tar’


Jankers
Extra duties


Jenny, Jenny Wrens
members of the (former) Women’s Royal Naval Service


Jock
(Army) A Scottish soldier


Joe
The political correct version of Crow

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K

KFS
knife,fork,spoon


Kiwi
Member of the New Zealand military


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L

Lance Jack
Lance Corporal


Lumpy Jumper
A female member of the Forces


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M

Maggot or Doss Bag
Sleeping bag


Minging
Dirty


Matelot
A Sailor


Mucker
A comrade a friend brother in arms. brought back with the Army from India


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N

NAAFI
Navy, Army, Air Force Institute


NFI
Not F****** Interested


NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation


Nato (2)
How do you want your brew? NATO! Milk +2 sugars, standard(NATO) issue


Nutty
(RN/RM) term for Chocolate


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O

On Me
Come here


Oppo
A friend an associate someone who does back to back tasks with you your opposite number


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P

Padre
generic term for chaplain


Pan Bashing
Washing pots in the cookhouse


Pokey Drill
Rifle exercises


Pongo
Royal Marines for Army


PONTI
Person Of No Tactical Importance. A more polite form of REMF (unpopular)


PUFO
Pack Up – F*** Off


Para
A member of the Parachute Regiment


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Q

QM
Quartermaster


QMS
Quartermaster Sergeant (usually a WO2)


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R

Rag Order
Looking like S***, Scruffy B******


Regimental Bath
Thrown in a bath of p*** and s*** and cleaner for being a meff


REMF
Rear Echlon Mother F***** (people at the back when going into battle – originally American)


Rubber dagger
Royal Marines Reservist


Rupert
a commissioned officer, including medical officers (physicians)


Rupert
Rock Ape
Member of the RAF Regiment


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S

Sanger
Watch tower or Lookout post


Scoff House
Dinner Hall


Scran/Scoff
Food


Slop Jocky
Army Chef


SNAFU
Situation Normal All F***** Up


SNLR
Service No Longer Required (kicked out of service)


SOPs
Standard Operational Procedures


spin a dit
(RN) tell a story


Square Bashing
Drill or Marching


STAB
(Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard


Snowdrop
Military Police (Specifically Royal Air Force Police – in relation to their white SD caps)


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T

TAB
Tactile advanced to Battle (Para’s version of Yomp)


The NAAFI
The bar


TO SWALLOW THE ANCHOR
To leave the Navy for good


Trogg
A new recruit


Tom
Young soldiers (Parachute Regiment)


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W

Walt
A fanatsist who makes up stories about their time in service, or pretending to have served and won unearned medals)


wooden-top
(Army) a soldier from the Guards Division


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Y

Yomp
(RM) To force march with a heavy load
YoYo
Young Officer, an officer in training


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