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Military Slang

Members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) use many unique slang terms. The ADF is made up of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

We have excluded the more interesting and colourful of the military slang because we're a family-friendly website visited by children all over the world. We hope you understand and enjoy the slang we do share with you here.

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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.

Source from Wiktionary Military Slang is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

Did you know . . .
Since 1891 kangaroo feathers often adorned the slouch hat worn by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Light Horsemen. This plume became the light horseman's most distinctive embellishment. But kangaroo feathers? When first asked what kind of feather, the cheeky reply was kangaroo feathers. They're really emu feathers of course.


Did you know . . .
Drip or pop off rifles were self-firing rifles used at Gallipoli during the evacuation of December 1915. The delayed-action devices provided sporadic firing to help convince the Turks that the ANZACs were still there.
    The delayed-action devices were made from two kerosene tins arranged one above the other. The top one was full of water and the empty bottom one had a string attached to the rifle's trigger. Before leaving the soldier would punch small holes in the upper tin to let water trickle into the lower one. When it got heavy enough to pull the string, the rifle would fire.
    So successful were the devices that 80,000 men were evacuated with only about half a dozen casualties. Lance Corporal Scurry of the 7th Battalion AIF invented the drip rife with the help of Private Lawrence.


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