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40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Abra4real(m): 8:10pm On Jun 30, 2018
One thing I've observed so far from military stories here on Nairaland is that they lack military code words. I'm guilty of that, too. But that shouldn't be anymore. I've outlined more than forty military code words for writers. Experienced writers can add more.


Six o'clock: rear, behind.
Example: "Bravo 2, watch our six!"

Twelve o'clock: in front of.
Example: "RPG! Twelve o'clock."

Five-by-five: fine, okay, all right / loud and clear.
Example: "Chalks 1, 2, 3, your rotors are still functional, correct?"
"Chalk 1, five-by-five."
"Chalk 2, five-by-five."
"Chalk 3, negative. I need to put her down."

Mag(s): magazine (also known as clips) which bullets are stored, fixed into an automatic weapon, and fired.
Example: "I packed you extra mags."

Frag(s): hand grenade (an explosive, bomb.)
Example: "He got hit by a frag."

Clear: no danger.
Example: "Left flank is clear."

Clear right / clear left: no danger on the left / on the right.
Example: "Clear left!" (This shouldn't be mistaken for the next one.)

Clear right/clear left: search for danger or asset(s).
Example: "Overwatch, clear the target location."
"Clear our left!"

Copy / read: hear.
Example: "Base, do you copy?"
"Base, do you read me?"

Standby: wait patiently.
Example: "Overwatch, stand by."

Roger: acknowledge.
Example: "Roger that. Overwatch standing by."

Tango(s): opponent(s).
Example: "Three tangos, six o'clock."

Friendlies: persons on the same side.
Example: "You've got twelve tangos on deck. They are not friendlies. I repeat, they are not friendlies."

Hostiles: armed opponents.
Example: "Ten hostiles on site!"

Sitrep: situation report.
Example: "Bravo 1, I need a sitrep."

Casualty: the damage of an assault.
Example: "What's the level of the casualty?"

Head count: the number of dead men.
Example: "I need an head count!"

Fire / cease fire, hold fire: shoot / stop shooting.
Example: "Snake Bite, cease fire!"
"Alpha Team, hold your fire."

Take cover: hide from danger.
Example: "Incoming. Take cover."

Positive, affirmative / Negative: yes / no.
Example: "Chalk 2, can you continue the mission?"

Klicks: kilometer.
Example: "Enemy is twenty klicks out."

RPG: rocket-propelled grenade.
Example: "Incoming! RPG."

IED: improvised explosive device (bomb.)
Example: "Negative. The target site is one big IED by now."

APC: armed personnel carrier.
Example: "I sight two APCs and one tank."

Rally, rendezvouz point: meeting point.
Example: "We meet at the rally point then exfil."

On me: I'll cover for you.
Example: "I'm flanking left."
"All right. On me."

Cover me: engage the enemy to pave way for me.
Example: "I'm going for the target. Cover me."

ID: identify, identification.
Example: "Command, we have a positive ID on target."

Asset: someone who infiltrates an enemy camp or organization to gather intelligence.
Example: "He is an FBI asset."

Cleared: properly informed and authorized.
Example: "Even if I tell you what happened that night, I don't think you would be cleared."

Infil: infiltrate, to go into the mission location.
Example: "How many minutes until infil?"

Exfil: leave the mission location for a base of command.
Example: "Command, target secured. Preparing to exfil."

Status: condition, situation, position.
Example: "Bravo 5, what's your status?"

Inbound, incoming: coming toward you.
Example: "RPG! Incoming!!"
"Bravo 1, be advised, you got three tangos inbound."

Recon: reconnaissance, exploring or searching an area to gather intelligence.
Example: "Are you kidding? You are going to the museum for a ground recon?"

Decon: decontaminate, decontamination.
Example: "How long until decon?"

Confirm: acknowledge.
Example: "Charlie Team, target on site, confirm?"

ToC / CoC: tower of command / chain of command.
Example: "ToC, this is Delta 1, come in."
"I fulfilled my obligation and I hope you will relate that to my chain of command."

Execute: carry out.
Example: "Target in position. Execute. Execute."

Eyes on: see, sight, view.
Example: "Anybody got eyes on the target?"

On site: present.
Example: "Target on site. I repeat, target on site."

Initiate: start a procedure or a level of awareness.
Example: "Initiate alert status. I repeat, initiate alert status."

And of course, the code word for each alphabet are as follow:

Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

cc:Divepen1, Obinnau

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Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by EbukaHades10(m): 9:24pm On Jun 30, 2018
Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Nobody: 12:02am On Jul 01, 2018
Oscar Mike : on the move....

example: Bravo 2, all we need to do is defuse the bomb and we are OSCAR MIKE!!!

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Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Nobody: 12:06am On Jul 01, 2018
whiskey, tango, foxtrot : what the fvck!!!
Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Nobody: 12:07am On Jul 01, 2018
lima charlie: loud and clear!!!

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Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Nobody: 12:11am On Jul 01, 2018
ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT: adios, motherfvcker...

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Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Nobody: 12:41am On Jul 01, 2018
ZERO DARK THIRTY: 00:30AM or 12:30AM...

SEMPER FIDELIS: always faithful....

BRAVO SIERRA: bullshit!!

SINCE JESUS WAS A COPORAL: for a very long time... example: i haven't been home SINCE JESUS WAS A COPORAL....

MAKE A HOLE: get outta my way....

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Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Abra4real(m): 9:34am On Jul 01, 2018
cc:Lalasticlala, Mynd45
Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by daviesblaze(m): 2:56pm On Jul 01, 2018
Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Abra4real(m): 3:26pm On Jul 01, 2018
Are you saying that's the codes he and his minions use? Left for online savages, Buhari is allegedly too daft to understand military code words.
Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Abra4real(m): 3:29pm On Jul 01, 2018
"Abra4real, out!"
Re: 40+ Military Code Words For Writers by Aeman(m): 5:59pm On Jul 01, 2018
Ghooooooooooossst s inbound for nl 2 minutes

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