Appendix:Glossary of British military slang and expressions

The British Armed Forces is made of the British Army, Naval Service – which comprises of the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Marines (RM) – and the Royal Air Force (RAF).

NumeralsEdit

7 p's
Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance

AEdit

ally, allie, ali
Stylish, tough or 'hard' looking.
AK
automatic kalashnikov. Derived from the AK - 47 and the popular culture surrounding it, generic reference to enemy small arms.
ARAB
Arrogant Regular Army Bastard

BEdit

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
bandy
(RM) musician (i.e. member of the Royal Marines Band Service)
Bennie
A Falkland Islander, from the Benny from Crossroads style wooly hats. His character was mentally challenged, so an insult
bodysnatcher
(Army) stretcher bearer
bootneck
A Royal Marine
bone
not good, lazy "Bone idle"
Bondook
Rifle
Brat

(RAF) Apprentice

brew
(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
bull
High polish on Parade Boots
buzz
gossip, rumours
buckshee
easy/free " I've just got a buckshee daysack"
bine
(Army) Cigarette
Bing Bong (Army)
Belt-fed (Army)

CEdit

Casevac
casualty evacuation
Charlie
Vietnam era - the enemy
Charlie Delta / CD
casualty dead
Charlie Foxtrot / CF / cluster fuck
Chaotic situation with all plans disintegrating in all directions
Chin-strapped
(Army) tired, knackered
Civi
Civilian
Civies
Civilian clothing
Clacky
(Army) chocolate
Coy
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
Crow
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!
CV
command vehicle

DEdit

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
DS
Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors
D shape
A pasty of that shape

FEdit

FUBAR
(Army) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. "The situation's gone FUBAR!" = it's a mess!
Fairy

(RAF) Avionics Technician

Fat Albert
RAF, a Hercules transport plane
FIB
acronym, fighting in buildings
Fish-head
(Navy/ RAF) RN Slang term given by WAFUs to members of the General Service. Slang term for a member of the Royal Navy.
Fizzer

(RAF) Form 252 Charge sheet

FYB
(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)

GEdit

gash
(RN/RM) waste such as food wrappers
Gash

(RAF) Poor quality workmanship or inadequate kit/food

gat
(Army) derived from Gatling Gun, infantryman's personal weapon (rifle)
The Glasshouse
(Army) military prison
gong
a campaign medal
Guz
(RN/RM) Plymouth, said to have originated from the World War I radio ID letters for the city's port (GUZ)
gen
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.

HEdit

Headshed
Planning room, part of military intelligence

JEdit

Jack
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
Jock
(Army) a Scottish soldier or a soldier in a Scottish regiment (now amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland
Jockey

(RAF) Pilot

KEdit

KFS
knife, fork and spoon
Kiwi
New Zealand military

LEdit

Lumpy Jumper
A female

MEdit

Matelot
A Navy sailor, from French
MINTUA
"Mind In Neutral - Thumb Up Arse" Not a clue
mufti
civilian dress; also used in a non-military context in other Commonwealth countries
Monkey
military police

NEdit

nails
Hard (as nails)
Nato
How do you want your brew? NATO! Milk +2 sugars, standard(NATO) issue
nutty
(RN/RM) term for Chocolate
oggin
(RN) water. "on the oggin" = at sea

PEdit

Paddy
an Irish soldier
Padre
generic term for chaplain
Para
member of the Parachute Regiment
Plumber

(RAF) Armourer

Pongo
(RN/RM) Army soldier. Everywhere the Army goes the Pong-goes, also limited washing /bathing in the field compared to the navy
PONTI
Person Of No Tactical Importance. A more polite form of REMF (unpopular)
Plank
member of the Royal Artillery

REdit

recce
reconnaissance
REMF
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'
Rigger

(RAF) Airframes Technician

Rigger

(RAF) Aerial Erector

RHQ
regimental headquarters
Rodney

(RAF) Commissioned officer

rock ape
RAF Regiment
rubber dagger
(RM) Royal Marines Reservist
Rupert
a commissioned officer, including medical officers (physicians)

SEdit

Scaley

(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
scoff
(Army) Food
scran
(RN/RM) Food
secret squirrels
MI5/6 operatives
snafu
WW2 Situation normal, all fucked up
snowdrop
Military Police (Specifically Royal Air Force Police - in relation to their white SD caps)
spin a dit
(RN) tell a story
Stag
Guard duty
sticky
chocolate bar
Still/Stills
Still a Bennie (see above) after orders not to refer to them in a derogatory way ("Still a Benny")
squaddies
(Army) soldiers
STAB
(Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard
SOGI
(generic) Senior Officers Good Idea - detrimental term
Sumpy

(RAF) Aircraft Engine Technician

TEdit

TAB
(Army) acronym for Tactical Advance to Battle, a forced march in battle dress order, either ending in battle or during training
Tab
(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..."

UEdit

Ulu
(Army) a remote or rural area, from the Malay language; "Out in the ulu" = away from base and populated areas.

WEdit

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"
wet
(RN) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee. "Want a wet?" = would you like a hot drink?
wibble
(RN, spec. Submarine Service) crazy; "to go wibble" means to go crazy after being at sea too long
wooden-top
(Army) a soldier from the Guards Division

YEdit

Yomp
(RM) your own marching pace. To force march with a heavy load
yoyo
Young Officer, an officer in training

ZEdit

Zob
a commissioned officer

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