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May 19

Comparative US Military Terms

When dealing with the various US Military services it is very important that you understand the specific lingo for the particular person you are talking to at the time.  This is especially true when dealing with the United States Air Force.

I have put together this handy reference list for everyone who might find themselves in need.

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NAVY / MARINES US ARMY US AIR FORCE
HEAD LATRINE POWDER ROOM
MESS DECK / CHOW HALL MESS HALL / MESS TENT DINING FACILITY / CAFE’
RACK BUNK SINGLE BED WITH RUFFLE & DUVET
“COOKIE” MESS COOK CONTRACT CHEF
COFFEE / MUD CUP OF JOE VANILLA LATTE’
BUG JUICE KOOL AID SHIRLEY TEMPLE
UTILITIES BATTLE DRESS UNIFORM (BDU) CASUAL WEAR
SEAMAN / PRIVATE PRIVATE BOBBY OR JIMMY
CHIEF / GUNNY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS BOB OR JIM
CAPTAIN / SKIPPER COLONEL ROBERT OR JAMES
CAPTAIN’S MAST ARTICLE 15 TIME OUT
BERTHING / BARRACKS BARRACKS APARTMENT
SKIVVIES / U-TRAU UNDERWEAR T-SHIRT & PANTIES
THROWN IN THE BRIG PUT IN CONFINEMENT GROUNDED
ZOOM BAG FLIGHT SUIT BUSINESS CASUAL
COVER BERET OPTIONAL
SHIP’S STORE / PX PX THE MALL
TAD TDY PCS WITH FAMILY
CRUISE / AFLOAT DEPLOY HUH?
GROUND GRABBERS ATHLETIC SHOES FLIP FLOPS
BOONDOCKERS JUMP BOOTS BIRKENSTOCKS
LOW QUARTERS LOW QUARTERS PATENT LEATHER PUMPS
SEAL / FORCE RECON SPECIAL FORCES LIBRARIAN
OOO-RAH! HOOO-AAH! UH-OH!
MRE MRE #3 WITH COKE
GRINDER DRILL FIELD WHAT?
GE-DUNK SNACK BAR CHUCKY CHEESE
MIDSHIPMAN CADET DEBUTANT
HARDCORE STRIKE WAY TOO SERIOUS

 

 

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