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)
- (Army) stretcher bearer
- A Royal Marine
- (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
- (Army) Cigarette
- casualty evacuation
- 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.
- Combat Recruit of War. A new recruit or inexperienced soldier.
- combat vehicle
- daisy cutter
- (RAF) faultless landing
- Dhobi dust
- (Army) washing powder (detergent); derived from the Malay word dobi, meaning "washing" or "laundry"
- dip stick
- (RM) idiot
- Doss down
- (Army) To sleep
- Doss Bag
- (army) Sleeping bag
- Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors
- (Army) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. "The situation's gone FUBAR!" = it's a mess!
FIB: acronym, fighting in buildings
- (RAF) Slang term for a member of the Royal Navy.
- (RN/RM) waste such as food wrappers
- (Army) 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
- grow bag
- (RAF) Slang term for Aircrew SNCO on account of being made a SNCO purely due to their job.
- 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
- A Navy sailor, from French
- civilian dress; also used in a non-military context in other Commonwealth countries
- (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
- 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'
- regimental headquarters
- rock ape
- RAF Regiment
- rubber dagger
- (RM) Royal Marines Reservist
- a commissioned officer, including medical officers (physicians)
- (Army) Food
- (RN/RM) Food
- Military Police (Specifically Royal Air Force Police - in relation to their white SD caps)
- spin a dit
- (RN) tell a story
- chocolate bar
- (Army) soldiers
- (Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard
- (generic) Senior Officers Good Idea - detrimental term
- (Army) a remote or rural area, from the Malay language; "Out in the ulu" = away from base and populated areas.
- (RM) To force march with a heavy load
- Young Officer, an officer in training
- a commissioned officer