Appendix:Glossary of British military slang and expressions
- 7 p's
- Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance
- Toilet and / or bathroom for airmen (RAF slang).
- 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)
Barrack Stancion: (RN) A naval rating who spends most of his / her time in shore based draft rather than at sea
- 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
Military slang used by members of the parachute regiment to denote what they class as lesser regiments. Taken from the fact that they wear the coveted Maroon beret that no-one else wears.
- 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!
- Crow cannon
L86A2 Light Support Weapon craved by the raw recruit - who quickly hates the weight of the ammunition and the weapon after a few days on Basic.But wanted to carry it solely based on the Ally factor.
- command vehicle
- Cunt Cap (Army) mainly used by instructors and recruits of the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, in referral to the DPM/MTP baseball caps the recruits wear in their first 9-10 weeks of training.
- 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
Female member of the Royal Air Force
- 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
- Egg Banjo
- A fried egg sandwich so called because when it is eaten, generally with the one hand that is free, egg yolk squirts onto the eater's shirt/jacket resulting in them raising their sandwich to approximately ear height whilst they attempt to "strum" the egg from their shirt with their free hand.
(RAF) Avionics Technician
- Fat Albert
- RAF, a Hercules transport plane
- Foresight, Economy, Flexibility, Simplicity, Cooperation (in making a plan)
- 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) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. "The situation's gone FUBAR!" = it's a mess!
- Full Screw
The term 'Full Screw' is British Army slang used to describe someone holding the rank of Corporal.
- (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
- (Royal Navy) A large wave (usually breaking) and also a refreshing drink
- a campaign medal
nasty, horrible, unenjoyable. That exercise was totally gopping
- (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.
The L7A2 GPMG, or 'GIMPY', is a 7.62x61mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun. The GPMG has been in service with the British military for decades.
- Green time machine
A sleeping bag.
- 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
- (Army) A individual who screws up in the most idiotic way , or just used for idiot. Also a female, especially a promiscuous one.
- 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
- A comrade a friend brother in arms. brought back with the Army from India. Also Mucker and Mucka
- 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
- ; A fellow soldier or partner, especially in the "buddy-buddy system" or in back-to-back tasks: "Make sure your oppo doesn't get left behind!"; from opposite number
- an Irish soldier
- generic term for chaplain
- member of the Parachute Regiment
- (RAF) armourer
- (RN/RM) army soldier. "Everywhere the army goes, the pong (stink) goes."; derived from the supposed inferior washing facilities in the field compared to those on a navy vessel.
- 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
- (Army) Recruit
- 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
- Grand Slam
- Navy, To vomit, urinate and defecate in your place of sleep due to excess drink. "He/I grand slammed in his pit / in the mess square 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