Here’s a list of 122 phrases and acronyms used in the military over time…some are even new to me. How many of these do you remember?
1. HIGH AND TIGHT
2. SOUP SANDWICH
3. MANDATORY FUN
5. TWO DAYS AND A WAKE UP
6. GETTING SMOKED
7. FIELD STRIP YOUR CIGARETTE BUTT
8. FULL BATTLE-RATTLE
9. POLICE CALL
10. POP SMOKE.
11. I’VE GOT YOUR SIX
12. HURRY UP AND WAIT
13. “Smoke’m if you got’em”
14. Smoking lamp is on….better learn how to smoke if you want to escape
15. Make your buddy smile.
16. Back Blast Area All Clear
17. Chest Candy
18. Five Sided Puzzle Palace
19. Bullet Catchers
20. KISS (Keep it simple ‘sweetheart’)
21. Bullshit Bomb
22. Charlie Foxtrot
23. Dear John
24. High Speed
25. Snake Eater
28. Birth Control Glasses
29. In The Rear With the Gear
30. Make a hole
31. Pucker factor
32. Secret Squirrel
33. Friendly Fire
34. Who knows how long they will be around—
35. Take ten, expect five, and get two
36. If it aint raining you aint training
37. Ate up
38. Squared away
39. Blue falcon
41. Warrior pass
43. C.o.b. (close of business) time to pop smoke and un-ass the a.o.
44. 2-digit midget
45. Stand Fast
46. Kiss was keep it simple stupid
47. It don’t rain in the army, it rains on the army
48. Outstanding! the most over-used adjective/verb/noun of all time?
49. “Don’t mistake kindness for weakness.”
50. Spread out. One round will get you all
51. What’s your major malfunction?
53. Ground pounder
54. Get me a Bucket of Purple Steam and a Left Handed Monkey Wrench
55. Bucket of Prop Wash and several feet of Flight Line. You have to be careful with prop wash. It actually exists (solvent used to clean propellers). I know of two different people, who send some out for propwash, and the guy came back with a can of it. The smart soldier knows where to get it, and bring it back to the dumbfounded NCO who sent him for it.
56. Can of squelch
57. Ate up like a football bat
58. We used “Barney-Big Bird style”
59. P for plenty (demo calculation)
60. Unit specific “3 things change twice every 5 minutes”
61. One eye monster
62. Pinch a loaf
63. Up tight alright outta sight
64. Low flying ducks
65. Getting packed into a cattle car, you know 80 people in a 60 person trailer with full packs and weapons. Drill sergeants yelling pack in in there ” I want Nuts to Butts ” It sure sucked being short. God help up if someone farted.
66. Assumption = the mother of all F ups.
67. SOS..same old shit
69. Six P’s: Prior Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance (from a DI).
70. An alternative to “chest candy” frequently used in naval circles: “fruit salad.” Air Force used chest candy some but fruit salad was pretty common.
71. If it ain’t snowin’, we ain’t goin.
72. Along with the Dear John is she’s seeing Jody!
73. Take an aspirin and drive on.
74. Suck it up.
76. Strap hanger.
77. Desk Jockey.
78. Cannon Fodder
79. Three on a match.
80. Brown Boot Army.
81. Sand box.
82. Across the pond.
83. Foxtrot Uniform.
86. that sounds like a problem for the chaplin.
87. Chairborne Ranger
88. Fort Living Room First Armchair Division
89. shut up and keep running
90. I don’t want to see anything, but assholes and elbows”
91. “If it moves salute it, if it don’t move pick it up, if you can’t pick it up…paint it”
92. Painting all sides of the rocks.
96. Get your head out of rectal defilade.
97. Jody’s got your girl and gone
98. Birth Control Glasses!
99. “You had best pull your head out of your ass, son!”
100. “Drop, and give me 20!”
101. Pogie Bait – I am an infantry soldier (“grunt”) and we commonly used the term POG to mean “Personnel Other than Grunts” which was a toned down version of REMF (Rear Echelon MF”). I served a stint as a Drill Sergeant where the term “Pogey Bait” referred to unauthorized items (primarily sweets) that trainees had in their possession.
103. Operator Head Space Error
104. 50-foot roll of flight line
105. Boom boom
106. Cannon cockers
107. Flower seeker
108. Get your shit together
109. Meat wagon
110. Steam and cream
111. The crotch
112. Dog and pony show
113. Fart sack
114. Hang a light
115. Lanyard grease
116. What are they going to do, send me to Nam?
117. Sleeping-in is a memory from home.
118. My grandma can do better.
119. Don’t pick anything up…don’t leave anything behind. Charlie will use it against you.
120. Having ‘greenbacks’ in your possession is illegal.
121. If you get the ‘Black Clap’ there is no cure. You’ll be shipped to a special island for the rest of your lives and be reported as MIA.
122. Buy me tea.
…Got any to add?
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