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[AUS] Abbrievations and slang
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:22:25 PM »
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Re: [AUS] Abbrievations and slang
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 02:30:03 AM »
Angry Chook    Army Chinook heavy lift helicopter
AO    Area of Operations.
APC    Armoured Personnel Carrier
APC    Type of bath taken in the bush with limited water: Armpits and Crotch
AusCam    Standard camouflage pattern on Australian Military equipment. Derived from 'AUStralian CAMouflage'.
Back-ups    Seconds (when having a meal).
Bagger    Air Force term for a married member living off-base. Refers to 'brown-bagging' meals from home instead of eating in the Mess.
Bang Seat    Ejection seat
Bang Stick    Rifle
Banjo    Bacon and Egg breakfast roll wrapped in tin foil and delivered in Hot Boxes typically to troops staying overnight at the range.
Battle Tranny    Portable device used to access FM/AM radio stations.
Bean Counter    Anyone that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
Bird Bath    Soldier attempting to wash their body in the field utilising any available resource such as baby wipes or a small basin of water. It replaces the normal daily showering or bathing at home. Also refers to the airfield spray system used to wash salt residue from maritime patrol aircraft.
Bird Gunner    Air Defence Regiment (Surface-Air Missiles) member, division of the Royal Australian Artillery.
Black Hat    Refers to either Armoured Corps personnel (Black Berets) or to non-SAS personnel (who wear very dark blue berets that look black) posted to the SAS regiment.
Black plastic fantastic    M16 when the SLR and M16 were the common service rifles.
Boffin    Army electronics/communications technician.
Bog roll or Date roll    Toilet paper.
Boggy    Short for bograt, the slang term for a Pilot Officer (the most junior commissioned Air Force Officer rank).
BOHICA    Bend Over, Here It Comes Again. Often heard when one is about to be 'shafted' with an unpleasant task.
Boots    A suck up. Refers to somebody who is so far up somebody else's backside that all that you can see is his/her boots.
Brass up    To fire a lot of rounds at something.
Bug Out    Leave an area.
Bush Hat    Floppy hat worn by soldiers in the field or in non-barracks training.
Canteen Medals    Beer or food stains on the breast of a shirt or jacket.
Cams    Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform (DPCU), working dress for Army and Air Force and worn on exercises / deployment. Also used in the British Armed Forces.
Cent    Centurion Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
Chicken Strangler    SAS soldier; refers to their ability to live off the land.
Chook    Signals operator. The term comes from the days of Morse Code communications, where an operator transmitting a message resembled a chook (chicken) pecking the ground. 108th Signals Squadron has the famous cartoon chook Foghorn Leghorn as their unit mascot.
Clacker    Hand-held firing device for a 'Claymore' anti-personnel weapon.
Cloud Puncher    Air defence branch of Artillery.
Cockroach    Ordnance Corps (Supply) person, also referred to as a 'ROACH'.
Comms    Short for communications.
Craftie    Private in the corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) - short for "Craftsman". The word "corps" is pronounced "core".
CRP    Combat Ration Pack. See Rat Pack
Crump in    To have a relatively bad landing when parachuting.
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Re: [AUS] Abbrievations and slang
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 02:31:08 AM »
Dargon    Senior Non-Commissioned Officer or Warrant Officer in the Army.
Digger    Soldier in the Australian Army, for example Look after your diggers, Lieutenant. Term comes from the Anzacs.
Dirt Dart    Soldier undertaking Army parachuting.
Dixies    Small aluminium cooking and eating pans used by individuals in the bush.
Dixie-bashing    Washing up.
Door kicker    Member of the SAS who is trained in gaining entry by force.
DPCU    Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform. See 'Cams'.
Drabs    Air Force Tropical Dress which replaces Service Dress (see Blues) in tropical areas
Drop shorts    Artillery soldier
Eating irons    Cutlery (mainly known in the army as KFS - knife, fork and spoon).
Elephant gun    L1A1 SLR Self Loading Rifle (not used while the SLR was the main rifle).
Emu Bob or
Emu Parade    line of soldiers walking almost shoulder to shoulder, bobbing up and down picking up litter
EX    Shorthand for an "Exercise" or training mission/deployment.
Face ripping    One-way discussion, usually between a soldier and a subordinate, where the "face ripper" gets so close that subordinate can see the pores on his forehead. This usually occurs on the drill square or in the CSM's office.
Fang Farrier    Army dentist.
Farter    Bed or sleeping bag. Normally refers to going to bed. For example "Hit the Farter".
Fatcans or Fat shop    Australian Defence Force Canteens. For example "I'm going to get some food from Fatcans".
Fat pills    Chocolate and lollies (sweets/candy).
Fish head    Maritime patrol aircrew.
Fitter and turner    Army cook. It means "to fit good food into a pot and turn it into sh-t".
Flight Lewie    Nickname for Flight Lieutenant, Air Force Junior Officer rank.
Flogg Off    Spoken abbreviation for Flying Officer (FLGOFF), Air Force Junior Officer rank.
 F.R.E.D    Small device which is a combination of a can opener, a bottle opener and a spoon. Officially named a "Field Ration Eating Device", but more popularly known as a "F--king Ridiculous/Retarded Eating Device". In the Air Force this acronym can also denote a 'F--king Ridiculous Electronic Device'.
Free Balling /
Free Snaking    Going without underwear. Often done in the field for hygiene and comfort reasons. Known also as "going commando".
Fruit salad    Medal ribbons.
Full-track    Used in place of the rank Corporal.
Gammas    Go get some sunlight on the upper decks.
Gaz    Used to describe someone of unparalleled skill. Also used to describe SAS troops.
Gedunk Machine    Soft drink / candy bar dispensing machine.
Ginger Beers    Member of the Royal Australian Engineers Corps or RAAF flight engineers.
Go fast    Unit or other baseball cap worn by RAAF members
God Botherer    Padre or anybody remotely religious. (sometimes called "sky pilots").
Goffer / Goffa    Soft drink. Slang thought to come from name of the drink manufacturer Goffe & Sons
Goffa    Used by Royal Australian Navy to describe a salute
Gomper / Gumpy Bar    Chocolate bar like a Mars bar or Picnic. "Have a goffer and a gomper mate."
Gong(s)    Medal(s).
Gonk    To sleep. Also Gonking, the act of having a sleep.
Grunt(s)    Acronym meaning the same in Australia as it does everywhere else, a negative name for an infantry soldier. Often adopted with pride by the Grunts themselves. (Government Reject Unfit for Normal Training)
Gucci    Piece of kit that is really good or expensive.
Gun Bunny    Artillery soldier, for example Bloody Gun Bunnies can't do anything right.
Gunny/Gunnie    Air Force term for an armaments fitter. No relation to the US Marine Corps rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Gun Plumber    Fitter/armourer, usually those attached to artillery units.
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Re: [AUS] Abbrievations and slang
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 02:32:01 AM »
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Handbag    Signals operator. The term is derived from the satchel used carry a VHF dipole antenna known as an Antenna Lightweight for either a 'Seventy Seven Set' or its modern equivalents. Particularly applicable to Royal Australian Signals Corps personnel as their corps badge resembles the Interflora symbol. Also used to be used to describe medics whose medical kits looked like handbags and were often carried like a lady carries a handbag.
Harden Up    Standard response to whinging or complaining, telling a person to shut up and get on with the job. Often provided in imaginary consumable form, e.g. here's a harden-up pill or have a can of harden-up.
Head Shed    Headquarters at any unit level.
Helo    Army / Navy term for helicopter (pronounced HEEL-o).
Ho Chi Min Shuffle    Slow run designed to conserve energy over long distances. The feet are not lifted very high.
Hoochie    individual plastic sheeting used for shelter in the field (probably from hooch, a Vietnamese rural dwelling)
Hook in    To perform a task aggressively or with gusto. "Hook in, get your work done and we'll have an early knock off".
House on back    To put on ones pack; because soldiers in the field are required to live out of their pack.
Hot Box    Large plastic containers which bring fresh rations to Diggers in a field environment, which contains inadequately small portions of cooked vegetables and a small helping of whatever yesterdays leftovers were from the base mess packed into tinfoil trays.
Jack Rations    Civilian food taken to the field to liven up the issue rations.
Jellybean-dispenser    F1 sub-machine gun. Derived from the jelly-bean like appearance of low velocity bullets that may be observed leaving the barrel.
Jube    New or inexperienced soldier, thought to be because they are soft and sugar-coated. Also JOOB - Just Out Of Basic
Juvie juice    Fruit flavoured cordial.
KFF    Khaki Fur Felt (hat). More official term for the Slouch Hat.
KFS    Knife Fork Spoon. A piece of equipment which hosts all three cutlery items.
Kip    Short sleep or nap.
Koala Bear    Someone who is generally considered a protected species and useless in the greater scheme of things. Usually accompanied by the phrase "Not to be exported or shot at" was used to refer to Armoured Corps.
Lance Jack    Used in place of the rank Lance Corporal. E.g. We have 3 Corporals and 2 Lance Jacks in this unit. The slang comes from a VC winner. Also used in the British Armed Forces.
Light Colonel,
Half Colonel    Lieutenant Colonel
Limers    Navy term for cordial fruit drink.
Lobster    Physical Training Instructor, usually meaning "Hard on the outside and head full of sh-t". Also refers to their bright red training uniform.
Maggoty    Short for "maggot bag", meaning a meat pie.
Maggoted    Drunk.
Makers    Naval euphemism for an early stand-down from work. Derived from the naval custom of 'make and mend', whereby sailors were allocated 'free' time to repair personal clothing and equipment.
Mango    Army Reservist. Green on the outside, yellow on the inside and too many of them give you the sh-ts.
Mog    ADF medium transport truck the Mercedes Unimog.
Morale Vampire    Officer who is highly focussed on his own goals and needs, showing little or no care for the welfare or needs of the soldiers under his command.
Mordor    Canberra, the Australian National Capital and location of Army Headquarters.
Motorbike licence    Ruse to get diggers to volunteer for something. Example .. Sgt: Has anybody here got a motorbike licence? (2 or 3 new diggers jump to their feet) "I have Sergeant!" Sgt: Good. Grab these shovels and go dig a latrine. Diggers: What about the motorbike? Sgt: GRAB THOSE SHOVELS AND START DIGGING!
Nard roll    Toilet paper
Numpty    Individual who just doesn't get it, for example This numpty recruit forgot his boots. Also used in the British Armed Forces.
NVG    Night Vision Goggles
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 02:32:57 AM »
Off Cut    Nickname for an Officer Cadet, derived from the abbreviation OFFCDT.
Oci Dot    Nickname for an Officer Cadet, derived from the abbreviation OCDT.
O Group    Meeting conducted by a commander where orders are distributed. The shortened form is an 'Owey'.
OP    Shorthand for an "Operation".
One-ers    Naval term for making tea or coffee solely for oneself, without offering to make a cuppa for your mates.
Oxygen thief    Person who is so useless that their existence deprives the rest of the human race of oxygen.
Pam    Military doctrine manual
Packed lunch commando    Member of the CMF or Army Reserve.
Pies and Beers    Play on the term Ginger Beers. Refers to Pioneer specialists from the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who carry out less technically demanding engineering tasks than Royal Australian Engineers Corps personnel.
Pig    F-111 aircraft. Also an Australian RAAF nickname given to SAAF's Piaggio "Albatross" aircraft.
Pig Pen    Officer's mess.
Pineapple    Used to describe an odious task or command, delivered by a Sergeant or above. Akin to having a pineapple jammed up one's arse.
Pusser    Sailor, also used in the Royal Navy; derivative of 'purser'. Originally used to describe just the supply branch. ( Pussers rum was issued to the British Navy. )
Quarmbie    Used by the Army, it refers to a highly uncoordinated person lacking in motor skills. Usually in relation to drill or weapon handling.
Q    Quartermaster. Officer who has the enviable job of making sure that the Q-store is always full of every kind of stuff ever invented.
Q-blokes /
Q-waller / Quey    People who work in the Q-store.
Q-store    Quartermaster's Store. Large building full of stacks of every kind of stuff you could ever want or need.
Rabbit    RAN term for a job done for a mate as a favour or himself, by a trade specialist in that area such as a technician fixing a mate's stereo or repairing a car. Usually in work time using RAN facilities and tools. "Hey Dave, could you do a rabbit on my car tomorrow?"
Racing Spoon    Plastic spoon that now accompanies the one man ration pack. So named because it allows a soldier to eat as though in a race
Raffie    Used by the Army and RAN to identify Royal Australian Air Force personnel
Ration Assassin    Army cook.
Rat-Catcher    Common and affectionate term for Royal Australian Air Force's Environmental Health members or hygienists.
Rat Pack    Nickname for the 24-hour Combat Ration Pack (CRP).
Redders    Tomato sauce. A tomato sauce stain on one's uniform is a 'redders medal'.
Red Tabs    Senior Officers in the Army: Colonel and above. They are distinguished by the red tabs worn on their collars.
Resup    Resupply, usually in the field of water, food and ammunition.
Retread    Soldier that is changing trades. Used while they on course to distinguish them from IET's
Reg    Regular full-time soldier.
Rock show    Used to describe a poorly planned or managed activity..."That exercise was a complete Rock show" or "This is fast turning into a Rock show"
ROP    Restriction Of Privileges. A type of punishment handed to a person who has been found guilty of a military offence (a defaulter).
R.H.I.P    Stands for "Rank Has Its Privileges", sometimes quoted as "Rank Hath Its Privileges".
Rupert    Army Officer (from British Army - newly commissioned officer and therefore very inexperienced).
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2017, 02:33:54 AM »
Sad-on    To be unhappy. "What's up mate? You've had a sad-on all day."
Sads    To whinge, as in "crack the sads."
Sally Man    Salvation Army Officer. A term of endearment.
SAS    Special Air Service or when used to describe Army Reservists means 'Saturdays and Sundays'.
Scablifter    Medic.
SCRAN    Refers to food - "Sultanas, Currants, Raisins and Nuts" and "Sh-t Cooked by the Royal Australian Navy".
Scran-bag    Lost clothing bag. Also used metaphorically to describe a slovenly, disorganised or incompetent sailor: "I don't want 'X' on my watch, he/she's a complete scranbag."
Seventy-Seven Set    AN/PRC-77 manpack radio.
Sig    Private in the Royal Australian Signals corps. Abbreviation for Signalman.
Skippy Badge    Hat or beret badge insignia for the Royal Australian Regiment (Regular Army Infantry organisation) called Skippy for the kangaroo in the centre of it.
Slouchie or
Slouch Hat    Unique form of wide brimmed khaki/light brown coloured fur-felt hat worn by Australian Soldiers with the left brim turned up for ceremonial occasions. A KFF
S.L.U.G.    Slow, lethargic, uncoordinated. Often used for those who are physically challenged or endemically hopeless.
Snake    Used to refer to Sergeants.
Snake Pit    Used to refer to the Sergeants Mess. Also shortened to "the pit".
Space Cadet    Staff Cadet (Officer in training) with rank abbreviated as SCDT.
Spanner    Member of the corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME).
Sparky    Electrician or electronics tech of the RAEME.
Spook    RAAF Intelligence Officers.
Subbie    Officer of subaltern rank, i.e. Army Lieutenants, Air Force Pilot/Flying Officers, and Navy Sub-Lieutenants.
S.W.A.T    Reserves. Abbreviation for Some Weekends And Tuesdays
 Tail-end Charlie    Soldier who is bring-up or protecting the rear of a platoon, or formation.
Tailor mades    Mass-produced, purchased cigarettes as opposed to rolling your own ('rollies').
 Tanker/Tanky    Member of the Armoured Corps.
Target    Naval surface vessel according to submariners and aircrew.
Tea and Sticky Buns    One-way conversation during which a wayward member (usually an officer) is reminded of his or her short comings by a senior commander.
TIC    Troops In Contact
Tillie    M548A1 Tracked Load carrier - member of the M113 family used for cargo / resupply duties.
TOC    Canteen services at the Australian Defence Force Academy
Tooth Fairy    Member of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps.
Tubbin    Thumb Up Bum Brain In Neutral.
Trash haulers    Transport aircrew. Often shortened to 'trashies'.
Trucky    Soldiers of The Royal Australian Corps Of Transport.
Turps    Any form of alcoholic beverage drank to excess.
Turret-head    Member of the Armoured Corps.
Two-dads    Someone with a hyphenated surname (ie. John Smith-Jones)
Two-way rifle range    Battlefield.
Up there Cazaly    battle cry used by infantrymen in North Africa in WWII. Cazaly was an Australian rules football player famous for his high marks and ruck work which caused fans to yell "Up there Cazaly".
UXO    Unexploded Ordinance. This either has not been fired, or failed to detonate or explode when it was fired.
Webbing    A system of pouches worn by a soldier as his or her basic belt kit carrying water, ammunition and sometimes food.
WOMBAT    Waste Of Military Budget And Time
Wombat gun    M79 grenade launcher. More common now is the GLA (Grenade Launcher Attachment) for the in service F88 AUSTEYR.
Yowie suit    Heavily camouflaged garments worn by snipers, resembling a mythical creature of the bush. Australian term for a Ghillie suit.
Zoom bag    Flying suit.
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