Appendix:Glossary of British military slang and expressions
- 7 p's
- Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance
- ally, allie, ali
- Stylish, tough or 'hard' looking.
- automatic kalashnikov. Derived from the AK - 47 and the popular culture surrounding it, generic reference to enemy small arms.
- Arrogant Regular Army Bastard
- the badge
- Company Sergeant Major, named for the large crown on the WO2 rank badge. Now more usually used to refer to the RSM or Regimental Sergeant Major. "You're to report to the Badge"
- ball of chalk, all went for a ball of chalk
- Situation deteriorated beyond repair, about as much use as a ball of chalk
- (RM) musician (i.e. member of the Royal Marines Band Service)
- A Falkland Islander, from the Benny from Crossroads style wooly hats. His character was mentally challenged, so an insult
- (Army) stretcher bearer
- A Royal Marine
- not good, lazy "Bone idle"
- (Army/RAF) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee. "Want a brew?" = would you like a hot drink?
- brown job
- (RM/RAF) the British Army
- High polish on Parade Boots
- gossip, rumours
- easy/free " I've just got a buckshee daysack"
- (Army) Cigarette
- Bing Bong (Army)
- Belt-fed (Army)
- casualty evacuation
- Vietnam era - the enemy
- Charlie Delta / CD
- casualty dead
- Charlie Foxtrot / CF / cluster fuck
- Chaotic situation with all plans disintegrating in all directions
- (Army) tired, knackered
- Civilian clothing
- (Army) chocolate
- abbreviation for company
- Crab or crabfat
- (Royal Navy) a person in the RAF.
Crabfat was a naval slang for a treatment for pubic crabs which happened to be the same colour as the RAF uniform. Also from a drill move where the men move sideways / diagonally only practiced by the RAF
- Cant Read Or Write. Derived from a term used with WW1 recruits, now refers to a new recruit or inexperienced soldier. OR Combat Recruit of war!
- command vehicle
- daisy cutter
- (RAF) faultless landing
- Dhobi dust
- (Navy/RM/Army) washing powder (detergent); derived from the Malay word dobi, meaning "washing" or "laundry"
- Dhobi Engine
- (RAF/Navy/RM/Army) Washing machine.
- dip stick
- (RM) idiot
- Doss down
- (Army) To sleep
- Doss Bag
- (RM/Army) Sleeping bag
- Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors
- D shape
- A pasty of that shape
- (Army) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. "The situation's gone FUBAR!" = it's a mess!
(RAF) Avionics Technician
- Fat Albert
- RAF, a Hercules transport plane
- acronym, fighting in buildings
- (Navy/ RAF) RN Slang term given by WAFUs to members of the General Service. Slang term for a member of the Royal Navy.
(RAF) Form 252 Charge sheet
- (Army) Fill Your Boots. Military Banter Group. Run by Alfie, Distributer of Mugs, Holder of the Hallowed Dressing Gown. Oracle of Army Banter. Enemy of COC everywhere. Target of MI5, 6, 7 & 8. Will get you a tax refund or cheap kit insurance ( but he doesn't half bang on about it)
- (RN/RM) waste such as food wrappers
(RAF) Poor quality workmanship or inadequate kit/food
- (Army) derived from Gatling Gun, infantryman's personal weapon (rifle)
- The Glasshouse
- (Army) military prison
- a campaign medal
- (RN/RM) Plymouth, said to have originated from the World War I radio ID letters for the city's port (GUZ)
- slang for genuine "Whats the gen?" Whats the true gossip?
- Green Slime
- Army, military intelligence personnel
- grow bag
- (RAF) Slang term for Aircrew SNCO on account of being made a SNCO purely due to their job.
- Planning room, part of military intelligence
- Selfish, lazy, workshy. "He's Jack as f***!" = He's as selfish/lazy/workshy as can be! Sarcastically, "I'm alright, Jack, pull the ladder up!" = You're being selfish!
- Jack Tar
- (RN) A sailor, sometimes 'Jolly Jack Tar'
- Jenny, Jenny Wrens
- members of the (former) Women's Royal Naval Service
- (Army) a Scottish soldier or a soldier in a Scottish regiment (now amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland
- knife, fork and spoon
- New Zealand military
- Lumpy Jumper
- A female
- A Navy sailor, from French
- "Mind In Neutral - Thumb Up Arse" Not a clue
- civilian dress; also used in a non-military context in other Commonwealth countries
- military police
- Hard (as nails)
- How do you want your brew? NATO! Milk +2 sugars, standard(NATO) issue
- (RN/RM) term for Chocolate
- (RN) water. "on the oggin" = at sea
- an Irish soldier
- generic term for chaplain
- member of the Parachute Regiment
- (RN/RM) Army soldier. Everywhere the Army goes the Pong-goes, also limited washing /bathing in the field compared to the navy
- Person Of No Tactical Importance. A more polite form of REMF (unpopular)
- member of the Royal Artillery
- Rear Echelon Mother Fucker. Originated in US forces during the Vietnam War, also used to refer to 'uncool' styles of dress or attitudes associated with those from 'rear echelons'
(RAF) Airframes Technician
(RAF) Aerial Erector
- regimental headquarters
(RAF) Commissioned officer
(RAF) Married airmen/women living in quarters
- Scaley Brat
(RAF) Airmen's/Women's offspring
- Scaley, Scaley back
- (Army) Radio operator, from battery acid burns to the back
- (Army) Food
- (RN/RM) Food
- secret squirrels
- MI5/6 operatives
- WW2 Situation normal, all fucked up
- Military Police (Specifically Royal Air Force Police - in relation to their white SD caps)
- spin a dit
- (RN) tell a story
- Guard duty
- chocolate bar
- Still a Bennie (see above) after orders not to refer to them in a derogatory way ("Still a Benny")
- (Army) soldiers
- (Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard
- (generic) Senior Officers Good Idea - detrimental term
(RAF) Aircraft Engine Technician
- (Army) acronym for Tactical Advance to Battle, a forced march in battle dress order, either ending in battle or during training
- (Army) cigarette
- Taffy, Taff
- a Welsh soldier
- Tommy Atkins
- soldier in the British Army
- Triple Crown
- Navy, To vomit, urinate and defecate in your place of sleep due to excess drink. "He/I won the triple crown last night..."
- (Army) a remote or rural area, from the Malay language; "Out in the ulu" = away from base and populated areas.
- Walt / walter Mitty
- A fanatsist who makes up stories about their time in service, or pretending to have served and won unearned medals. From the movie "The secret life of Walter Mitty"
- (RN) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee. "Want a wet?" = would you like a hot drink?
- (RN, spec. Submarine Service) crazy; "to go wibble" means to go crazy after being at sea too long
- (Army) a soldier from the Guards Division
- (RM) your own marching pace. To force march with a heavy load
- Young Officer, an officer in training
- a commissioned officer