If you’ve been around the military long enough, you know that slang is a large part of service members’ vocabulary.  Sometimes I think I need a military dictionary just to help me translate when my husband tells me about his day at work.  When I decided to put together this top 10 list, I employed Mr. Roller Coaster’s help.  And what a hoot it was to hear him list off a bunch of military slang with their silly, outrageous, cuss-filled explanations.  (If you have a military significant other, I highly recommend asking him what his favorite military expressions are.  You’ll definitely get a few laughs out of it.)  So thanks to a little help from my husband, here are my…  

   Top 10 List of My Favorite Military Slang(For definitions, see Wikipedia’s list of military slang HERE

10)  Goat rope

9)  Fart sack

8)  Sandbagging

7)  Soup sandwich

6)  Clusterf*!k

5) Nut to butt

4) Hitting the head

3)  Zero Dark Thirty

2)  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

1)  …and a wakeup

What is your favorite military slang?

27 Comments on Top 10 List of My Favorite Military Slang

  1. I've never heard of some of those! I'll have to ask hubby about them. I didn't know number 6 was military slang. I've said that a time or two myself.

  2. I did not know that "snafu" was military slang until very recently! It is shortened for "situation normal; all f***ed up". It sounds so… innocuous. It first appeared in 1941.

  3. Hilarious! After reading this post I had to ask my husband what his favorite expressions were. Here's what happened:

    My husband's favorite military slang:

    FUBAR
    When asked if there were any others he said, "No, that about covers it."

    On second thought:
    LSD – Let Swings Do it (a close second to FUBAR)
    FMF/FSF – F*** Me Friday/F*** Swings Friday

    He assures me that he'll keep a list over the next few days to see if anything good comes up (which it will – just hurry up and wait).

  4. You've hit upon some good ones! Sampson and I both use plenty of these, to the point that we don't even register them as slang anymore… until we see blank looks on the faces of civilian family members or friends. Throwing in our backgrounds in comp sci/engineering and a healthy does of aviation terminology yields a very jargon-heavy vocabulary for us.

  5. Maybe this isn't military necessarily, but I never heard it used so commonly before we got in the Army. Saying somebody is "chill." Not chilling, like hanging out. Just chill. I like it.

  6. Being from the Chair Force, I heard a lot. But one of my favorites was when someone was doing something stupid, we always asked that person if they filled out their ID-10-T (ID10T) form. πŸ™‚ And then telling them to Shut Up and Color. πŸ˜€

  7. Ha – 14 years as a Navy wife – he already had 10 in. He's retired now, thank god. But he used to tell his men "F*!k around, F*!k around, soon you won't be around." I know dumb but when you're 6'2" and yelling it, I guess it works.

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