Quiz: Do You Know At Least 15 Of These Military Terms?

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Like many countries, the military is a significant part of America's history, and it continues to be an integral component of their society. As with other fields, the military has its own jargon, which, if you're not a part of, can be challenging to decipher. If someone told you to "stand at ease," would you know what they meant? Let's find out how much military slang you know!

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1. If a person says that a “helo” is incoming, what is coming?

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  1. A Hellhound
  2. A Helminth
  3. A Helicopter
  4. A Heliograph
A helo is a short-hand term for a helicopter. It is also called a chopper.
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2. Which of these military terms corresponds to "foot troops"?

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  1. Calvary
  2. Infantry
  3. Armory
  4. Special Forces
Foot troops is another term used to describe members of the infantry. Foot troops are trained soldiers who are equipped to fight on foot.
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3. “Chest candy” refers to ______________.

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  1. Chest hair
  2. Medals/ribbons
  3. Bullet proof vest
  4. Armor
Chest candy is a term used for ribbons and medals worn on a uniform They are accumulated over the course of their time in service.
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4. A person who has gone 'AWOL' is ______________.

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  1. Armed With Objective Leads
  2. Absent Without Official Leave
  3. Always With Other Leaders
  4. Armed Without Official Logic
AWOL is an acronym for “absent without leave.” A soldier who has gone AWOL is absent from their post without the intention to desert.
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5. One of these words refers to “a gap in fortified line”. Which of the following is it?

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  1. Breach
  2. Air Support
  3. Suppott
  4. Backup
A breach is a gap in a wall, barrier, or defense, precisely one made by an attacking army.
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6. What does the acronym 'POW' mean?

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  1. Power
  2. Prisoner of War
  3. Powder
  4. Powwow
POW is an acronym for a “prisoner of war.” The person could be a combatant or non-combatant and can be held captive during or after an armed conflict.
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7. Which of these Japanese terms is defined as a “deliberate crash dive"?

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  1. Konnichiwa
  2. Moshi Moshi
  3. Kamikaze
  4. Hai
The word kamikaze is used to describe an aircraft loaded with explosives, which makes a deliberate suicidal crash into an enemy target.
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8. When a captain deliberately sinks his own ship to prevent it from being used by an enemy, he/she is ____________ the ship.

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  1. Smelting
  2. Footing
  3. Tagging
  4. Scuttling
Scuttling is the deliberate sinking of a ship by its crew and or captain by allowing water to collect into the hull. It can be done by making holes in the hull or by leaving the seacocks hatch open.
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9. Your friend calls for a ”band-aid”, what are they asking for?

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  1. A specialist trainer
  2. A medic
  3. A party planner
  4. Ammunition
A band-aid is a common term used to describe a medical corpsman. They assist in the treatment and prevention of diseases and injuries.
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10. A “klick” is a measurement of unit which corresponds to a ____________.

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  1. Cubol
  2. Yard
  3. Foot
  4. Kilometer
A klick is synonymous with the word kilometers, a unit used to measure distance. If a soldier radios “I’m 5 klicks north of your position,” it means that they are 5 kilometers away.
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11. An attack from the side of enemy forces is known as this kind of maneuver?

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  1. Marginal
  2. Bordering
  3. Flanking
  4. Faction
A flanking maneuver is a movement used by military groups in which they attack on the sides (or rear) of an opposing force.
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12. What kind of person is called a “geardo”?

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  1. Someone cleaning military gear
  2. Someone stacking the military vehicles
  3. Someone in military training
  4. Someone carrying a lot of gear
A “geardo” is a soldier who spends a lot of money and has extensive knowledge and collection of military gear.
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13. Soldiers sent to guard the outer reaches of an encampment are called ______________.

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  1. Eagle Tops
  2. Hoarse Joes
  3. Pickets
  4. Tanks
A picket is a soldier or small group of soldiers who are placed in a position where they are able to provide warnings of enemy advances.
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14. Which of these terms describes an excavation that is used as a defensive fortification?

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  1. Trench
  2. HQ
  3. Garrison
  4. Base
A trench is a long and narrow segment of excavated ground which serves as a shelter from enemy attacks.
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15. If something is “unsat,” it is ___________.

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  1. Walking away
  2. On vacation
  3. Lying down
  4. Substandard
Unsat is defined as “requirement not satisfied.” If an inspecting officer has failed, he is said to be unsat.
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16. What kind of vehicle does a “meat wagon” refer to?

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  1. A fire truck
  2. An ambulance
  3. A police vehicle
  4. A supply truck
A meat wagon is military jargon for an ambulance or another medical emergency vehicle.
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17. If a member of the military is “on the double,” what are they doing?

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  1. On punishment
  2. Working a double shift
  3. Moving as fast as possible
  4. Marching
The term “on the double” means “as quickly or as fast as possible.”
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18. What is the term used to describe a pilot taking his first flight in a particular aircraft?

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  1. Sprout Nite
  2. Principal flight
  3. First job
  4. Dollar ride
People in military flying schools commonly use the phrase 'dollar ride'. It refers to the first flight in a pilot’s training.
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19. What are moonbeams used for?

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  1. Cookies
  2. To shine lights
  3. To look at the moon
  4. Moon rocks
Moonbeam is a term used to refer to a flashlight. When used out of context, it describes a beam of moonlight.
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20. Your corporal tells you “rack ops”. What is he telling you to do?

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  1. To go get food
  2. To get some sleep
  3. To go home
  4. To get a shower
Rack ops is a naval/marine corps term, which means “sleeping in one’s “rack” or “bed.”
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21. If you’re holding an 'RPG,' what are you carrying?

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  1. Rifle programmed grenade
  2. Remote programmed gun
  3. Rocket-propelled Grenade
  4. Rifle powered graphite
RPG is an acronym for a rocket-propelled grenade. It fires rockets equipped with explosive warheads.
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22. A fortified structure where troops are stationed is known as a _____________.

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  1. Garrison
  2. Bunker
  3. Tank
  4. Center
A garrison is a military outpost where troops are stationed for protection to a specified area. The word comes from the French verb “garir” which means “defend, protect.”
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23. What does "Alpha Charlie" mean?

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  1. A verbal reprimand
  2. A change of plans
  3. An award
  4. Dinner is ready
Alpha Charlie comes from the military alphabet, and if a person receives one of these, it means that they’ve gotten a verbal reprimand.
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24. A person in need of a bunk is in need of a ________________.

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  1. A doctor
  2. Money
  3. A bed
  4. A vehicle
A bunk is a narrow shelf-like bed which is arranged either singly or one of top of the other.
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25. Which of these terms describes the process of forcing men into military service?

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  1. Constraint
  2. Impressment
  3. Bet Down
  4. Cohesion
A press-gang is a term used to describe a group employed to forcibly enlist men into service in either the army or the navy.
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26. What do the initials 'DZ' stands for?

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  1. Double zone
  2. Dirty zero
  3. Daily zeal
  4. Drop zone
“DZ” is a military acronym that means drop zone. It is a designated area where troops or supplies are dropped by parachute. It is also an area where skydivers land.
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27. A pilot who reports an “ack ack” is saying that they encountered __________________.

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  1. Anti-aircraft fire
  2. A thunderstorm
  3. A passenger aircraft
  4. A UFO
“Ack ack” is military slang for an anti-aircraft gun or its fire. The term is believed to date back to 1942.
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28. Which of these words describes a large fleet of ships?

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  1. Galiot
  2. Barge
  3. Cutter
  4. Armada
An armada is a fleet of warships. The term dates back to the 16th Century and was often used by Spanish and English fleet.
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29. Who or what is "rotorhead"?

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  1. A ship captain
  2. A tank driver
  3. A helicopter pilot
  4. A personal flyer
Rotorhead is a term used to refer to a helicopter pilot. A rotorhead is also used to describe the part of the rotor assembly that joins the blades to the shaft’s mechanism.
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30. A small unit providing fire support for a large force is known as ______________.

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  1. Black ops
  2. C-20s
  3. A left flank
  4. Overwatch
Overwatch is described as a force protection tactic whereby a small unit supports another while it executes fire and/or movement tactics.
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31. What is the “disorderly withdrawal of troops from a battlefield” called?

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  1. Rout
  2. Line up
  3. Shindig
  4. Quit
Rout is defined as the “disorderly withdrawal of troops from a battlefield.” It is usually used to describe defeated troops.
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32. What branch of the military is used to describe the “cage kickers"?

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  1. Military police
  2. Military medics
  3. Military cleaners
  4. Military cooks
A cage kicker is a type of a military police officer who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a military correction facility.
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33. This German term, extensively used in World War II, means “lightening surprise attack."

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  1. Blitzkrieg
  2. Danke
  3. Katze
  4. Hund
Blitzkrieg is a sudden attack intended to surprise and quickly defeat the enemy. It often involves aircraft or ground troops.
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34. What does “at ease” mean?

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  1. As you were
  2. Fall out
  3. Attention
  4. Dismissed
“At ease,” is a military command which requires soldiers to stand with their feet apart and hands behind their backs.
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35. What is an 'IED'?

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  1. Improved electronic detector
  2. Improvised explosive device
  3. Intended emp device
  4. Interesting electronic detonator
“IED” is an acronym for an improvised explosive device, a bomb that is constructed and deployed in ways that are unauthorized by military forces.
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36. What word is used to describe "attacking and disrupting enemy supply lines"?

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  1. Constitution
  2. Interdiction
  3. Divide
  4. Founding
Interdiction is both a military and regular term which describes the action of intercepting and preventing the movement of prohibited commodities or persons.
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37. If you’ve been asked for new “gofasters,” what should you give that person?

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  1. Sports car
  2. Motor bike
  3. Lost plans
  4. Sneakers
The term “go faster” is used to reference a pair of running or tennis shoes. It is presumed that tennis shoes make you “go faster” than boots.
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38. Which of the following people is responsible for overseeing supplies and rations?

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  1. Bosun
  2. Quartermaster
  3. Captain
  4. Chief Officer
A quartermaster is a military officer who is responsible for providing rations, clothing, and other supplies. In some navies, they are also required to steer or signal ports or ships.
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39. The space of land between two opposing armies is known as ______________.

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  1. No man’s land
  2. The lost zone
  3. The dry zone
  4. The danger zone
No man’s land is a military term used to describe the disputed ground between the front lines and or trenches of two opposing armies.
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40. ‘DMZ’ is an acronym for _______________.

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  1. De-Modified Zone
  2. De-Mattered Zone
  3. Demilitarized Zone
  4. De-Mineralized Zone
A demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an area where treaties or agreements between two or more nations, or military powers prevent military personnel or activities.
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41. What word is used to describe a person who uses long-range rifles to hit targets?

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  1. Airman
  2. Sniffer
  3. Sniper
  4. Paratrooper
A sniper is a member of the military who shoots from hidden places, most times using a long-range rifle.
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42. A person who is in a “Charlie foxtrot” situation is in a ____________.

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  1. Plane
  2. Humvee
  3. Dance class
  4. Dire situation
Charlie foxtrot is a military term used to describe a chaotic or dire situation.
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43. What does 'ROE' mean?

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  1. Rules of Engagement
  2. It’s a type of fish egg
  3. Return on earth
  4. Return of Equity
“ROE” is an acronym that refers to rules of engagement. They are the internal rules or directives among the different military forces that define the manner in which the use of force may be applied.
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44. If you’re wearing “cammies” it means that you have on __________.

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  1. A pair of boots
  2. A camisole
  3. A camouflage uniform
  4. A cap
Cammies is a term that is used in reference to camouflage. Many branches of the military either incorporate or use some variation of camouflage as a part of their uniform.
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45. If you’ve “Gone Elvis,” you’re __________________.

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  1. Missing in action
  2. Dancing
  3. Stuck cleaning the bathroom
  4. Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
“Gone Elvis” is a military phrase that means that someone is missing in action. The person or people could have disappeared, be lost, or have died.
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46. You tell your family that you’ve been sent to the “sandbox”, which of these locations is it?

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  1. Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. The Middle East
  3. The Caribbean
  4. Antarctica
In the military, the use of the word sandbox, refers to being in Iraq, Kuwait, or Afghanistan.
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47. Which branch of the military is known as “devil dogs"?

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  1. Navy
  2. Air Force
  3. Coast Guard
  4. Marines
Devil dog is a nickname given to the U.S. Marines. It is the term dates back to a battle that took place in France during WWI.
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48. You’re told to wake up at “zero dark thirty”, what time of day is it?

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  1. 13.00
  2. 13.30
  3. 00.30
  4. 21.00
Zero Dark Thirty is a military term that refers to an unspecified time in the early hours before morning, any time before dawn. The common term is also the name of the 2012 thriller film covering Osama bin Laden’s death.
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49. Which of these is the name of the blade attached to the end of a rifle, and is often used in melee?

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  1. Scalpel
  2. Bayonet
  3. Kuri
  4. Santoku
A bayonet is a blade that is sometimes fixed to the muzzle of a rifle, and can be used during hand-to-hand combat or in a melee.
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50. Which of these military groups are called “puddle pirates”?

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  1. Members of the US Coast Guard
  2. Members of the US Air Force
  3. Members of the US Navy
  4. Members of the US Army
A puddle pirate is a term used to describe a group of professional or voluntary sailors or the navy. The term is often synonymous with US Coast Guard.
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