Military By The Baron
If you’ve ever watched a film or read a book about the military, you know that they use a lot of strange and interesting words and phrases that uneducated people have a hard time understanding. I have written this glossary to help those people. These particular terms come from the Vietnam War. I am an expert on military terms and tactics. I have never been in the military, but this is only because they don’t seem to understand that I am not your average grunt. I attempted to explain that with my above-average intellect, I would be of more use as an officer, and that I would not need to go through basic training, but the man I spoke to was quite obtuse.

But, I have seen every military film you can possibly imagine, some even two or three times. I also play many PC games which simulate the frightening experience of combat flawlessly, like the Unreal Tournament and Counterstrike games (I am in a top 10 world-ranked CS clan).
I might also add that I’m not just looking this stuff up and copying it down here, this information is all given off the top of my head.



A.
AAR:
Old Man
American Association of Retired people who used to be in the military (I don’t know why they just don’t call themselves veterans).

Airborne:
Soldiers who fly planes or helicopters

AIT:
Anti-tank gun

ALPHA:
The leader of a squad

AWOL:
Prisoner Of War
A prisoner of war who has managed to escape



B.
B-52:
A bomber (Named after the rock band the B-52s)

Bandolier:
Ammunition which is carried over the shoulder

Battalion:
A large group of soldiers

Beans & Mother****ers:
Crude racist terms for Hispanic and Asian soldiers (there are some racists in the army, unfortunately)

Big Red One:
Castro
Slang for Soviet Russia (Red means communist, and Russia is a very large country)

BRAVO:
The second in command in a squad

Brown Water Navy:
A derogatory term for the Navy, given because Navy boats must bathe in and drink their own recycled waste water



C.
C-4:
Dynamite

Chopper:
Helicopter
A Helicopter

Clutch Belt:
Slang for “really cool belt”

Country Team:
A group of soldiers who is trained to work in barren lands or territories

C-Rations:
Ration
Rations; called C-Rations because they are C grade in quality. Officers get B-Rations. A-Rations are for special occasions only



D.
Diddy Bopping:
Walking while listening to headphones (dangerous in a warzone)

Dink:
Dwarf
A midget or dwarf

DMZ:
Dangerous Military Zone



F.
Fatigues:
Tiredness

Firefight:
Flamethrower
When flamethrower soldiers engage the enemy

Frag:
To kill an enemy

FUBAR:
A pretty bad deal; also an urban clothing line



G.
Ghosting:
Ghosting
Moving quietly through enemy territory

Grunt:
A muscular soldier

Gung Ho:
Gung Ho
A famous Vietnamese general; also a name for a crazy soldier



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