AUSTRALIA MILITARY JARGON


I believe this terminology is very useful for military members and particularly to whom concern with Australia.

TRI-SERVICE JARGON

Operational Zone – Sharp End

Support Zone – Blunt end

Recreation/Sport – Sportie (and Sporty)

To leave the Service – Pull the Pin

Morning Tea – Smoko/Stand Easy/Mornos

Dress / Clothing – Clobber / Rig / Civvies

Prepare barracks for an inspection – Panic

Corrective Training CT / Additional Training

Parade Drill – Square Bashing

Confined to Barracks – Restriction of Privileges

Rumour -Furphy / Buzz

Trip or pleasant easy duty – Jolly / Swan

TRI-SERVICE PHRASES / IDIOMS

To become very angry – Spit the Dummy

To be charged with a legal offence – To be put on a fizzer /charged

To be paraded to the CO for misbehaviour – To be fronted/To be on the Mat

In Cells(Jail) – In the Clanger / Slotted/Boobed

Make a mistake – make a clanger

NAVAL JARGON AND ABBREVIATIONS

RANKS

Able Seaman – Able/AB

Leading Seaman – Leading hand/Kellick/Leader

Petty Officer – PO

Chief Petty Officer – Chief

Midshipman – Mid, Middy

Sub Lieutenant – Subbie

Lieutenant – Two-ringer

Lieutenant Commander – Two and a half

Commander and above – Brass Hat

POSITIONS

Captain – Skipper

Executive Officer – XO, Number One

First Lieutenant – Jimmy

Supply Officer – Pusser

Gunnery Officer – Guns

Engineering Officer – MEO / WEO

Seaman Officer or Seaman – Fish head

Navigator(Ships) – Pilot

Chief Coxswain – Swan

Doctor – Quack

Education Officer – Schoolie

Musician – Bandie

Naval Aviator – Birdie

Diver – Bublie

Sailor in the engineering trades – Stoker

Writer or clerk – Scribe

Electrical Sailor – Greenie

Army (Officers) – Pongos

(Soldiers) – Grunts

Reservists – Rockies

THE SHIP :

Floor – Deck

Officers’ Mess – Wardroom

Junior Sailor’s club – Wets

Entrance or “Bridge” from ship to wharf – Gangway or brow

Ceiling – Deckhead

Wall – Bulkhead

Room – Cabin

Bed – Bunk / Pit / Rack

Toilet – Heads

Kitchen – Galley

Hospital / First Aid – Sick Bay

Leaving Ship – Going ashore/Stepping

Returning to ship – Coming onboard

Go ashore without leave or desert – Jump Ship

Sailors for trial for legal crimes – Defaulters

National Flag – ANF / Jack

RAN Flag – White Ensign

0800hrs – Colours

Star work – Turn to

Meal -Scran

Cigarettes – Durries

Take afternoon off for personal care of

Clothing and kit – Make ‘n’ mend/makers

Washing clothes – Dhobying

Mate – Oppo

To be discharged from a ship or from Navy – Pay Off

ARMY JARGON AND ABBREVIATIONS

FORCES

Navy – Pussers

Army – Green Machine / Grunts

Air Force – Raafies

CORPS

Infantry – Grunts

Armour – Tankies / Turret Heads

Psychologists – Shrinks

Dentists – Fang Farriers

Medical – Medics

Chaplains – God Botherers

Transport – Truckies

Artillery – Drop Shorts / Gunners

Signals -Sparks / Sigs

Education – Chalkies

RAEME – Spanners

Legal – Legal Eagles / Legal Beagles

Military Police – Cherry Berets/ Meatheads

Engineers – Ginger Beers / Sappers

Intelligence – Spooks / Int

Rank:

Private – PTE/Dogger /Dig

Lance Corporal – LCPL / Lance Jack

Corporal – Corp / Bomber

Sergeant – SGT / Sarge

Staff Sergeant – SSGT/Staff

Warrant Officer/Class Two – WO2/SSM/CSM( Sar Major)

Second Lieutenant – 2 LT / Subby

Lieutenant – 2 LT/Subby

Captain – CPT

Major – MAJ

Lieutenat Colonel – LTCOL

Colonel -COL.Red Tab

Brigadier – BRIG / The Brig

Major General – MAJGEN / the General

Lieutenant General – LT GEN / The General

SPECIALIST TERMS

Helicopter – Chopper

Bush Hat – Giggle Hat

Green Woollen Jumper – Howard Green

Disrupted Patterned Camouflaged Uniforms -Cams /DPCU

Mess Dress – Mess Kit

Chevron -Hook (on NCO’s arm)

Absent Without Leave – AWOL

Hospital / Outpatients – RAP

Discharge – Pull the Pin

OR’s Club – Sportsmans Bar / Boozer

GENERAL ITEMS

Cigarette – Durrie

Cup of Tea / Coffee – Brew cuppa

Support units who seldom go bush – Pogoes Pogues

Bar Credit – Chit

Morning Tea – Mornos

½ price drinks – Happy Hour

Sport / Recreation – Sportie

Trip or easy task – Swan

Food – Tucker

RAAF JARGON and ABBREVIATIONS

RANK

Aircraftsman – AC

Aircraftswoman – ACW

Leading Aircraftsman – LAC

Leading Aircraftswoman – LACW

Corporal – CPL

Sergeant – SGT / Snake

Flight Sergeant – FSGT / Flight

Warrant Officer – WO / WOFF

Warrant Officer Disciplinary – WOD

Warrant Officer Engineer – WO Eng (ENG)]

Flying Officer – FLGOFF

Flight Lieutenant – FLTLT

Squadron Leader – SQNLD

Wing Commander – WGCDR / Wingco

Group Captain – GPCAPT

General Expressions

Ground Defence personnel – Ground defender / ADG

Fitters – Blackhand gang

Equipment / Supply – Box Packers

Carpenter – Chippy / Wood Butcher

Education – Edo

Transport – Truckies

Chaplain – Padre

RAAF Security Police – SECPOL /Spits/Screws

Electricians – Sparkies

Fighter pilots – knuckleheads / Knucks

Ground Crew – Erls

Air Crew – Fly boys

Transport pilot / Squadron – Trash Hauler

Very young officers of lowest rank – Bog Rats / Boggies

Mysterious problems in equipment – Gremlins

Hercules Aircraft – Herc

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