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What are some common phrases heard in military life that you don't often hear in civilian communities?

E.G., Zero dark thirty, TDY, If the Army wanted you to have a family they'd have issued you one. 

Posted - November 21

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  • 11221
    "Don't call me 'Sir', I work for a living!"
    (NCO replying to a recruit).
      November 21, 2020 4:49 PM MST
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  • 5261
    Good one!

      November 21, 2020 4:51 PM MST
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  • 380
    Duty.
    Honor.
    Integrity.
    Service.
    Courage.

    Simple virtues that you can really live by - But instead what we hear is everyone spewing their pathetic politics as loud as they can. 
      November 21, 2020 5:05 PM MST
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  • 5261
    I don't believe these are exclusive to the military, but they are wonderful virtues!

    Happily, I rarely hear that crap. It's a very careful and deliberate process, and not without costs. Still, I think it's worth it! :) 
      November 21, 2020 5:17 PM MST
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  • 33771
    Heave out and trice up. (Navy only.)

    Attention to Colors.
    Chow hall.
    Mess tent.
    General quarters.
    Load and lock.
    F*** an A.
      November 21, 2020 7:09 PM MST
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  • 5261
    I always thought the last one was F***ing A! 

    Nice list! Thank you.
      November 21, 2020 7:17 PM MST
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  • 33771
    There is no actual way to write it. Thanks.
      November 21, 2020 7:20 PM MST
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  • 5261
    F*cking, eh?

    :)
      November 21, 2020 7:24 PM MST
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  • 8418
    Lots of people say "f**kin a" outside of the military. And when I went to camp, we called the building where we ate the mess hall and the bathrooms latrines.
      November 21, 2020 7:20 PM MST
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  • 33771
    Band camp?
      November 21, 2020 7:21 PM MST
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  • 5261
    Don't be a contrarian, Stu!


      November 21, 2020 7:30 PM MST
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  • 8418
    Oowa
      November 21, 2020 7:21 PM MST
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  • 33771
    Camp Oowa?
      November 21, 2020 7:24 PM MST
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  • 5261
    You're exceptionally funny tonight. :P
      November 21, 2020 7:25 PM MST
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  • 33771
    You are sweet. I am drunk.
      November 21, 2020 7:27 PM MST
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  • 5261
    To quote Nanoose; cheers! 
      November 21, 2020 7:28 PM MST
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  • 5261
    Hoo-ah!

    Who-uh?

    Then there is the "who-ha", a whole other word. ;) This post was edited by SavvyAnsley at November 21, 2020 11:42 PM MST
      November 21, 2020 7:27 PM MST
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  • 33771
    Yeah...I'm like what? Help out here, Randy.
      November 21, 2020 7:30 PM MST
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  • 5261
    It'll come to you later. Maybe. :)
      November 21, 2020 7:31 PM MST
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  • 33771
    My response was about Stu's answer.
      November 21, 2020 7:34 PM MST
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  • 5261
    Oh. Well, either way. :P
      November 21, 2020 7:36 PM MST
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  • 33771
    I guess we are both confused...time for another drink.
      November 21, 2020 7:39 PM MST
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  • 8418
    That's what I was talking about.
      November 21, 2020 7:50 PM MST
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  • 5261
    You were talking about WHO HA??

    I'm shocked! 

    :P
      November 21, 2020 7:54 PM MST
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