Military Terminology

Military terms refer to the language and expressions commonly used by military personnel and organizations. They also provide a common understanding between different services. For example, the military term ‘assets’ refers to weapons.

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What is the answer to this India foxtrot Yankee Oscar uniform charlie alpha November uniform November delta echo romeo sierra tango alpha November delta tango hotel India sierra charlie Oscar papa yan?

That is the correct code. The reason this is the code is because this is a secret code used by the military using the first letter of each 'code' word taking them all does create the phrase "If you can understand this copy".

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US Marine Corps
Nicknames

What are the nicknames that Marines give Sailors?

Squids.

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US Army History and Traditions

What army regulation covers army mos duty description?

That would be the Army Pamplet 611-21 - MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION AND STRUCTURE

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Military Terminology

What does the term amphibious assault refer to?

In military terminology, an "amphibious assault" refers specifically to the movement of troops from a water-borne transport onto land. Historically, this has exclusively meant the use of small boats and similar craft to move troops and equipment from large vessels onto a beach (or, rarely, a prepared dock such as at a port), which may or may not be actively defended.

In modern times, it often includes some component of helicopter-borne troop movements. Thus, a modern amphibious assault generally consists of small units of troops being ferried ashore in special-purpose assault watercraft or hovercraft in combination with some troops being landed immediately behind the beaches by helicopters or parachute. The key portion of amphibious assault is the "over-the-beach" portion, where the vast majority of the fighting force comes ashore. If the attack primarily relies on other methods of transporting troops to the combat zone, then it is called some other form of "assault" (e.g. airborne assault, airmobile assault, etc.)

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Roman Empire

What is a group of ten roman soldiers called?

A group of ten soldiers was called a "contubernium". However this was in the late empire. Originally it was a group of eight men. They were tent mates and remained together for all the years of their service.

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US Army

What rank is one rank lower than a colonel?

Lieutenant Colonel

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Roman Empire

What is ten roman soldiers called?

decade is the English term for ten, derived from Latin. However in the Roman army, especially in the later empire, a group of ten soldiers was called a "contubernium". These were tent mates and they traveled, ate and slept together. In the republican and early empire, a contubernium consisted of eight men.

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What countermeasures would likely be considered the most effective across all organizations?

Awareness training
Awareness Training

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Military Terminology

What is 'India foxtrot Yankee Oscar uniform charlie alpha November uniform November delta echo romeo sierra tango alpha November delta tango hotel India sierra charlie Oscar papa Yankee alpha'?

This question is written in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. It's a code used by the military to relay coordinates over radio. Because letters could become garbled by static, the individual letters are turned into distinctive words.

The key to cracking this "code" is to take the first letter of each word, string the letters along, and add spaces. This phrase specifically says: "If you can understand this copy and p..." This phrase appeared on Facebook and LiveJournal in early January 2010. People were to copy and paste the entire sentence into their LJ or Facebook status to bewilder their friends.

The question - due to constraints on the 200 characters that you can use in a question on this site - should read as the following:

India Foxtrot Yankee Oscar Uniform Charlie Alpha November Uniform November Delta Echo Romeo Sierra Tango Alpha November Delta Tango Hotel India Sierra, Charlie Oscar Papa Yankee Alpha November Delta Papa Alpha Sierra Tango Echo Tango Oscar Yankee Oscar Uniform Romeo Sierra Tango Alpha Tango Uniform Sierra

Taking the first letter of each of the words above, the sentence translates into this: "IF YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THIS, COPY AND PASTE TO YOUR STATUS."

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US Army
US Marine Corps

Is the rank of colonel higher rank than lieutenant?

A great deal higher. A Second Lieutenant is pay grade 0-1 and a First Lieutenant is pay grade O-2, a Colonel is one grade below a Brigadier General at pay grade O-6

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Why is accountability so important to marines?

The accountability of Marines is very important. Being "America's 911 Force" means the USMC must always be ready to go to war. This means every unit must be ready to go to war. Every Marine plays a role in their unit. Thus, if a Marine is unaccounted for, he/she could be in jail, UA, injured, or possibly even dead. Any of these situations hurt the readiness of the unit, which in turn hurts the readiness of the Corps.

Other reasons include: the training, time, and money invested in each Marine, so losing them for any reason is a tremendous waste. Plus, Marines just plain take care of each other, making sure their friends and brothers-in-arms are safe and sound.

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US Army

Is there a military discharge as general -other than honorable conditions?

There are actually seven different types of discharge characterization:

Uncharacterized - For entry level separations where the member has served less than 180 days when notifed of administrative separation. This can be recieved for a variety of different reasons. With respect to non-service related matters such as VA benefits, civilian employment etc, shall be considered as the equivilent of an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions)

Honorable - an Honorable discharge is warranted when the quality of a member's service has met the standards of accepted conduct and performance of duty for military personnel.

General under honorable conditions - is appropriate if the member's service has been honest and faithful, but significant negative aspects of the member's conduct or performance outweighs positive aspects of the member's military record.

Under Other Than Honorable Conditions (OTH) - is warranted when a member engages in conduct involving one or more acts or omissions that constitute a significant departure from the conduct expected of members of the armed forces.

Bad Conduct - Is assigned as part of the sentence at Special or General court-martial.

Dishonorable - The least favorable characterization. Recieved as part of the sentence at General court-martial.

Dismissal - Equivilent to a Dishonorable, but reserved for commissioned officers. Recieved as part of the sentence at General court-martial.

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Military Terminology

How much does a US Army colonel earn?

For 2 years, it's $4666.80, more than 2 years it's $5257.20 dollars.

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Military Terminology

How do soldiers greet each other?

I know that the answer is probably supposed to be "with a salute", but honestly, most greet each other the same way any two people would. If is a much higher rank than the other, then they may refer to each other by title (i.e. private, colonel).

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What does the military code mean that begins 'India Foxtrot Yankee Oscar Uniform Charlie Alpha November Uniform November Delta Echo Romeo Sierra Tango Alpha November Delta Tango Hotel India Sierra'?

"If you can understand this, copy and paste to your status." This is one of the many FaceBook memes that circulate every few months.

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US Army

What does ldac stand for in the army?

Leader Development and Assessment Course

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What gun starts with l?

L-85/l-86

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US Navy

Can a naval officer become a navy search and rescue swimmer?

Yes. Although it is usually avoided, an officer can become a SAR swimmer.

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What is cat hole latrine?

It is a hole in a soil or ground where you can lay your **** and cover it with soil, which is the habbit of cats

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Military Terminology

What are Turkish authority called?

turkeies

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Military Terminology

What state has an abbreviation DL?

Delaware is abbreviated DL

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US Army

What does the military term refuse the line mean?

This may mean to regather the line, or making different formations of a defensive line closer to each other.

Actually, it's a specific command for larger units. It was particularly common prior to WW2, especially in the ages where men fought in larger, dense formations.

The command "refuse the line" indicates that the unit's formation should change its facing (i.e. the direction against where attacks are to be expected from, and thus, the main axis of defense) by 90 degrees. Thus, the command was usually "refuse the line RIGHT" or "refuse the line LEFT" to indicate which way the unit should turn and redeploy to defend against attack.

Refuse the Line was a command made to a unit in a stationary defensive posture, and was specifically to defend against an attacker attempting to make a flank attack against the unit. When on the march, the command would be "Wheel [Right/Left]" instead, to indicate that the unit should bear right or left sharply.

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WW1 Allied Forces
US Military
US Army

What did RIF mean in the army?

RIF is short for Reduction in Force. When the military, Air Force or Army, decides they have too many people for the current defense requirements, they reduce the forces by offering early discharges or retirements. This usually occurs after a war has ended. There was a RIF after the end of the Viet Nam War.

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Bombs and Explosive Materials

What is a bursting radius and how is it different from a lethal radius?

The bursting radius is the distance from a device that may cause wounds. The lethal radius is the distance that will cause death to 50% of persons exposed. A White Phosphorus hand grenade has a bursting radius of about 35 meters- it will not kill 50% of all persons within 35 meters. The 40mm HE grenade launcher projectile has a 5 meter lethal radius- it will kill 50% of the people that are within 5 meters when it detonates.

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US Navy

What is the naval equivalent of an army lieutenant colonel?

The equivalent Navy rank is Commander.

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