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Glossary of military slang

4-F
classification given to those
deemed unfit for military
service
50-cal
.50 caliber machine gun
51-cal
heavy machine gun used by
the enemy
79
an M-79 grenade launcher
82 mm
a mortar used by the enemy
105
a 105-mm howitzer
201 file
a U.S. Army personnel file
A
AAR
after-action report
AC
aircraft commander
actual
the [Marine] unit commander.
Used to distinguish the
commander from the
radioman when the call sign
is used.
ADSID
air-delivered seismic
intruder-detection device;
microphone and transmitter
dropped into suspect areas
Advance Guard Youth
Vietnamese student social
and sports organization that
evolved into a non-
Communist nationalist
movement by 1945.
Advanced Individual Training
specialized training taken
after Basic Training, also
referred to as Advanced
Infantry Training
AFVN
Armed Forced Vietnam
Network radio station
Agency
the Central Intelligence
Agency
AGL
above level ground
A-gunner
assistant gunner
AHB
assault helicopter battalion
AID
Agency for International
Development
Airborne
refers to soldiers who are
qualified as parachutists
air cav
air cavalry; helicopter-borne
infantry; helicopter gunship
assault teams
Airmobile
helicopter-borne infantry
AIT
advanced infantry training
AK-47
Soviet-manufactured
Kalashnikov semi-automatic
and fully automatic combat
assault rifle, 7.62-mm; the
basic weapon of the
Communist forces. Known as
the Type 56 to the Chinese, it
is characterized by an
explosive popping sound.
AK-50
newer version of the AK-47.
Some have a permanently
mounted "illegal" triangular
bayonet, which leaves a
sucking wound that will not
close.
ALPHA
military phonetic for the
letter 'A'
ammo dump
location where live or
expended ammunition is
stored
amtrack
amphibious armored vehicle
used to transport troops
and supplies, armed with
a .30-caliber machine gun.
The Marines used them.
angel track
an armored personnel
carrier used as an aid station
AO
area of operations
AOD
administrative officer on
duty
ao-dai
traditional dress of
Vietnamese women. A
brightly colored silk top worn
over loose fitting silk
trousers.
APC
armored personnel carrier. A
track vehicle used to
transport Army troops or
supplies, usually armed with
a .50-caliber machine gun.
APL
barracks ship
APO
Army post office located in
San Francisco for overseas
mail to Vietnam.
AR
Army regulation
ARA
aerial rocket artillery. A
Cobra AG-1H helicopter with
four XM-159C 19-rocket (2.75
inch) pods.
arc light
code name for B-52 bombers
strikes along the Cambodian-
Vietnamese border. These
operations shook earth for
ten miles away from the
target area.
Article 15
section of the Uniform
Military Code of Justice. A
form of non-judicial
punishment.
arty
shorthand term for artillery
Arvin
soldier in the ARVN, or the
ARVN itself
ARVN
Army of the Republic of
Vietnam; the South
Vietnamese Regular Army
A-team
basic ten man team of the
U.S. Special Forces. The A-
teams often led irregular
military units which were not
responsible to the
Vietnamese military
command.
AWOL
absent without leave; leaving
a post or position without
official permission
azimuth
a bearing from North
B
B-40 rocket
a shoulder-held rocket-
propelled grenade launcher
B-52
U.S. Air Force high-altitude
bomber; also, slang for a can
opener
ba
married woman; used as a
title, like "Mrs."
bac bac
bastardized Vietnamese for
"to shoot"
bac-si
Vietnamese for doctor; also
used to refer to medic in the
U.S. Army
ballgame
an operation or a contact
Ba Mu'o'i Ba
brand name of a Vietnamese
beer
band-aid
medic
bandoliers
belts of machine gun
ammunition
BAR
Browning automatic rifle.
A .30-caliber magazine-fed
automatic rifle used by U.S.
troops during World War II
and Korea.
base camp
a resupply base for field
units and a location for
headquarters of brigade or
division size units, artillery
batteries and air fields. Also
known as the rear area.
Basic
basic training
bac si de
home-brewed rice whiskey
basketball
an illumination-dropping
aircraft mission, capable of
lighting approximately a
square mile of terrain
battalion
a military unit composed of a
headquarters and two or
more companies, batteries,
or similar units
battery
an artillery unit equivalent to
a company. Six 105mm or
155mm howitzers or two 8-
inch or 175mm self-propelled
howitzers.
battle-sight zeroing
process of adjusting a
weapon's sights and windage
to an individual soldier so the
weapon, when fired, will hit
the object of aim.
BCD
bad conduct discharge
BDA
bomb damage assessment
beans and dicks
military C-ration hot dogs
and beans
beans and motherfuckers
military C-ration lima beans
and ham
beaten zone
area where the majority of
bullets will strike when a
machine gun is laid-in to
cover a part of a defensive
perimeter or part of an
ambush zone.
beehive round
an explosive artillery shell
which delivered thousands of
small projectiles, "like nails
with fins," instead of
shrapnel.
berm
perimeter line of a
fortification; usually raised
above surrounding area
Big Boys:
artillery; slang for tanks
Big Max
maximum security section
of Long Binh Stockade,
fashioned out of conex
containers. There was one
small hole in each side for
light and air; in the sun they
grew quite hot. Prisoners
were allowed out twice a day
to use the bathroom and
exericise.
Big Red One
nickname for the 1st
Infantry Division
Binh Xuyenn:
the organized crime
syndicate that controlled
much of the Vietnamese
underworld and Saigon police
until deposed by Diem's
forces in 1955.
bird
any aircraft, but usually
refers to helicopters
bird dog
forward air controller,
usually in a small,
maneuverable single-engined
prop airplane
BK amputee
below-the-knee amputation
of the leg
blood trail
a trail of blood on the ground
left by a fleeing man who has
been wounded
blooker
the M-79 grenade launcher. A
40-millimeter, shotgunlike
weapon that shoots spin-
armed "balls" or small
grenades. Also known as a
blooper.
blooper
the M-79 grenade launcher. A
40-millimeter, shotgunlike
weapon that shoots spin-
armed "balls" or small
grenades. Also known as a
blooker.
blue feature
any water feature. So called
because of the color used to
designate water on
topographic maps.
body bag
plastic bag used to transport
dead bodies from the field
body count
the number of enemy killed,
wounded, or captured during
an operation. The term was
used by Washington and
Saigon as a means of
measuring the progress of
the war.
boo-coo
bastardized French, from
beaucoup, meaning "much"
or "many".
boom-boom
sex
boondoggle
any military operation that
hasn't been completely
thought out. An operation
that is absurd or useless.
boonie hat
soft hat worn by a boonierat
in the boonies
boonierat
a combat infantryman
boonies
infantry term for the field;
jungles or swampy areas far
from the comforts of
civilization
boot
a soldier just out of boot
camp; inexperienced,
untested
BOQ
bachelor officer quarters;
living quarters for officers
bouncing Betty
antipersonnel mine with two
charges: the first propels
the explosive charge upward,
and the other is set to
explode at about waist level.
bowl
pipe used for smoking dope
BRAVO
military phonetic for the
letter 'B'
Bravo
Army designation for the
infantry man
breaking squelch
disrupting the natural static
of a radio by depressing the
transmit bar on another
radio set to the same
frequency
brigade
a tactical and administrative
military unit composed of a
headquarters and one or
more battalions of infantry
or armor, with other
supporting units.
bro
a black soldier; also, at
times, boonierats from the
same unit
bronco
twin-engine observation
aircraft equipped with
rockets and miniguns
Bronze Star
U.S. military decoration
awarded for heroic or
meritorious service no
involving aerial flights
brother
a fellow black Marine;
sometimes used as slang for
all black males
brown bar
a lieutenant; denotes the
single bar of the rank. In the
field, officers wore
camouflage rank which was
often brown or black instead
of brass.
Brown Water Navy
term applied to the U.S. Navy
units assigned to the inland
boat patrols of the Mekong
River delta.
BS
bullshit, as in chewing the
fat, telling tall tales, or telling
lies
buckle
to fight. "Buckle for your
dust" means to fight
furiously
bummer
bad luck, a real drag
bush
infantry term for the field
bust caps
Marine Corps term for firing
a rifle rapidly
butter bar
see brown bar
C
C-4
plastic, putty textured
explosive carried by infantry
soldiers. It burns like sterno
when lit, and was used to
heat C-rations in the field.
C-54
largest of the American
helicopters, strictly for
cargo. Also called Flying Crane
or Skycrane.
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