In today’s joint environment, it’s important to speak the language of the other armed services.
Here’s a list of common expressions for each service:

Military Lingo


NAVY/USMC ARMY AIR FORCE
Head Latrine Powder Rm
Rack Bunk ruffle and duvet
Mess Deck Chow Hall Dining Facility/Cafe'
Cookie Mess Cook Contract Chef
Coffee/Mud Cup of Joe Vanilla Latte'
Bug Juice Kool-Aid Shirley Temple
Utilities BDU's Casual Wear
Seaman/Private Private Bobby or Jimmy
Chief/Gunny Sergeant Bob or Jim
Captain/Skipper Colonel Robert or James
Captain's Mast Article 15  Time Out
Berthing/Barracks Barracks Apartment
Skivvies / U-Trau Underwear Tee Shirt & Panties
Thrown in the Brig     Put in confinement Grounded
Zoom Bag Business Casual
Cover Beret Optional
NEX or MCXPX PX Shopping Mall
TAD TDY Working vacation
Cruise / Afloat Deploy Huh?
Ground Grabbers Athletic Shoes Flip-Flops
Boondockers Jump Boots Berkenstocks
Low Quarters Low Quarters Patent Leather Pumps
SEAL Special Forces High Altitude Recon
Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Ah! Uh-Oh !
MRE MRE Happy Meal
Grinder  Drill Field What?

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