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Appendix:Australian English military slang

Members of the Australian military (known ocially example He was being a real AJ or They were
as the Australian Defence Force or ADF) use many acting like a bunch of real AJs and giving the rest
unique slang terms. The ADF is made up of the Royal of us a bad name. As in 'this was written by an
Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army, and the A.J....'. Like many derogatory terms, AJ has been
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Each have their own taken back by the AJs. In other words its OK for
distinct traditions but share a defence force culture. Some us to say it, but you might get a slap if you say it,
military slang words, such as digger, have become widely depending on tone and location.
used by Australians in general. However, most slang used
in the ADF is restricted to its personnel. Keep in mind A.J. fade-away - Refers to a soldiers ability to dis-
the lack of sources on this page. apear when they are required to do something or
attend something after 1600 hr marridies did the
A.J fade-away from the boozer. also refers to the
habit of Army personnel to fade away when having a
1 A night out, usually in the form of leaving without say-
ing goodbye to the people they are there with. Often
ACE, spelt ASM, Warrant ocer Class 2 of a used to describe the habit of Army males leaving the
RAEME unit, Articer Sergeant Major. G'day females they have been trying to become romanti-
ace, how are ya Sir?" cally involved with. As in Where'd you end up last
night, I didn't see you after dinner?" Yeah I did the
Ace fuckheads - headquarters in an armoured unit.
old A.J. fade-away
Comes from the callsigns 9A, 9C, 9E, 9F, 9H. '90s
usage. Being the 2ic, Tech. O, LO, SSM and AJAX Packet - Ajax packets were placed in the
SQMS, respectively. front windows of married quarters to indicate to sin-
ACMS - Army Capability Management System - gle men that the man of the house was away, AJAX,
Because entering all your data in three systems isnt AJ Away at Exercise. See OMO. See also FAB.
enough (ROMAN, PMKeyS, and MILIS). ACMS Angel Raper - Air Defence Regiment (Surface-Air
excels at reversing the pareto principle, that is, in- Missiles) member, part of the Royal Australian Ar-
stead of 20% of the work accounting for 80% of the tillery.
assets, ACMS creates 80% of the work to account
for less than 20% of the Armys assets. Angry Chook - Army Chinook heavy lift heli-
copter.
Adgie - Refers to a RAAF aireld defence guard.
Angry Palm Tree - Army or Navy helicopter.
After ves - Refers to the plain black spit polished
dress shoe worn by soldiers either with their pollies Angus - A sub-standard ALSFITT (Aircraft Life
or after dinner to give their feet a rest from their Support Fitter, RAAF), usually used as derogatory.
boots.
Ankles - See Boots. Also a derogatory term for a
Air Base - A RAAF Base as described by the Aus- dishonest soldier. Ankles, 3ft lower than a cunt.
tralian media, Army and Navy personnel. Today,
an Army C130 Hercules was seen landing at Air APC - Armoured personnel carrier.
Base Amberly.
APC - Arm, pits, and crotch, a type of bath taken
Airy-fairies - Refers to Air Force personnel, usually in the bush with limited water.
used by the Army or Navy. Rarely heard these days.
Arc-up - To initiate an engagement against an en-
A.J. (A Jay) - Army Jerk. A derogatory term emy force with oensive re. Also to shout at, as in
often used by civilians, RAAF and Navy person- Sarge arced-up at me for not ironing my DPCUs.
nel in reference to soldiers in townships with large
concentrations of soldiers (particularly Darwin and Arse-end Arnold - Used to refer to the person who
Townsville). Also often used by soldiers in refer- is guarding the rear in any eld patrol formation
ence to other soldiers behaving badly in public, for (typically used by Army).

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Arse Ripping - RAN version of a Face Ripping. Base Rat - A female civilian resident of a garrison
Also described as 'Getting torn a new one' town who can be frequently found on an Army bar-
racks at the consecutive invitation of a high number
Argit short for Arghhh get fucked! of male soldiers.
Army appreciation day - Pay day. Bash - To mould a KFF (q.v.) or beret into an ac-
ceptable, close-tting shape.
AusCam - An abbreviation of Australian camou-
age, the standard camouage pattern on Australian Bastardisation - An archaic term used in reference
Military equipment. to illegal initiations and punishments that often in-
volved putting subordinates or peers in highly irreg-
ular situations.
2 B Bat - Masturbation.

Back-ups - Seconds (when having a meal). Bat cave - Secluded place adorned with or hav-
ing access to pornographic material. (e.g., assem-
Bag, the - Conduct After Capture (CAC) train- blage (Sigs Corps). connex, command bunker/pit
ing. Formerly known as Resistance To Interrogation (Infantry Corps, Engineers Corps), armoured com-
(RTI) training. Also referred to as getting bagged mand vehicle (Armoured Corps)). Usually used on
or going in the bag. long deployments or exercises. In training estab-
lishments, also denotes a supposedly secret location
Bagger - Air Force term for a married member liv- where dirty clothing and other contraband is hidden
ing o-base. Refers to brown-bagging meals from by recruits prior to an inspection.
home instead of eating in the Mess.
Battle tranny - Refers to a portable device (cf. tran-
Bagus - From the Indonesian word for good, Bagus sistor radio) used to access FM/AM radio stations
(pronounced in an Australian accent as baggis), is (often cammed up by individual soldiers).
used by Indonesian linguists as an alternative for
good. Bayo - Bayonet Assault Course.

Bait layer - An Army cook. Refers to a person who BBDA - Back blast danger area a term used when
drops poison meat to kill dingos. ring shoulder red rockets such as the M72 or
84mm Carl Gustav. Also used in emails that are
Balder- Refers to a conversation not worth having. sent out that nobody wants anyone else to see check
your BBDA you would then check your rear for any
Bang Seat - Ejection seat.
onlookers
Bang Stick - A rie.
BBDA Bag - A fabric sack designed to be attached
BANT - Big arse, no tits, an acronym describing an to the rear of the 84mm Carl Gustav Medium Di-
unattractive womans appearance. rect Fire Support Weapon to contain the back blast.
Belongs to the same equipment set at 'left-handed
Banjo - Refers to a bacon and egg breakfast roll screwdrivers and 'long weights
wrapped in tin foil and delivered in hot boxes typi-
cally to troops staying overnight at the range. BBPAG - Big Black Plastic Army Gun - refers to
the M60 GPMG (in contrast to the LBPAG (M16)
Barbecue - After ring weapons at the range, or and LGPAG (F88))
on exercise, the unit will spend as long as it takes
Bed Wetter - RAAF term for a RAAF apprentice
to clean all the weapons. This is called a barbecue.
who looks far too young to be enlisted
After we nish here, we're going back to the bar-
racks for a barbecue. A barbecue! Great! Will Bean counter - Refers to anyone that knows the cost
there be beer and snags?" Ha ha ha, no son, its not of everything and the value of nothing. Can also re-
that kind of barbecue. Derived from the similar ap- fer to military accountants and unit resource man-
pearance of both a barbecue and a weapon cleaning agers.
bath made from a 44-gallon drum that has been cut
lengthwise. Beasting - To Beast means to stand over or monster
a subordinate. The expression is more commonly
Barracks lawyer - A soldier who professes to know used by ocers. For example, He copped a beasting
everything about military law, who reckons he could o the Sergeant Major.
have probably got David Hicks out of Gitmo by nd-
ing a technicality in his charge sheet. Bedpan scrapper - medic
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Bear - EW Operator. From the location of 7 SIG Blood bath - The US Meritorious Unit Commen-
REGT at Cabarlah, QLD as in Cabarlah Bears dation. Awarded to some Australian Army units
for actions during the Vietnam and Korean conicts.
Beer Issue - Two beers per night perhaps Refers See Swimming Pool.
to the practice of issuing each sailor two beers either
on a special occasion or (rarely) when the time can Blowie/blow y - Refers to Royal Australian Army
be spared. Medical Corps Environmental Health personnel.
Bible - Pornographic magazines. Blow Flow see Blowies. Also the civilian contrac-
Bin-A-Rae - A not so nice prank where members tor who removes the contents of a Honey Pot (see
of the Army attached to the Air Force would throw below) when latrines are not allowed to be dug.
intoxicated airmen in garbage bins and place bets
on how long it takes for them to escape. Game rst Blue orchids - Derogatory term for Air Force per-
played at RAAF Curtin. sonnel (used by soldiers and sailors in reference
to their preciousness and scarceness). Also a non-
Bird bath - Washing of Aircrft after coming back derogatory term used to describe RAAF personnel
from a ight over water (salt water), Hygienic activ- during WW2 due to their Service Dress Uniform
ity taken by a soldier in the eld to clean body parts, appearing more glamorous than that of other Com-
utilising any available resources such as baby wipes monwealth Air Forces.
or a small basin of water. This action replaces nor-
mal daily showering or bathing at home. Also refers Blues - Navy or Air Force (Blue) Service Dress uni-
to the aireld spray system used to wash salt residue form. Also Blue Suiter or Blue job, a member of
from maritime patrol aircraft. the RAAF (not necessarily wearing blues). Army
full dress uniform, commonly used at the RMC.
Bird gunner - Air Defence Regiment (Surface-Air Once issued to all ranks from Sergeant upwards.
Missiles) member, division of the Royal Australian
Artillery. Blunt - A derogative term to describe anyone
deemed not to be at the sharp end (i.e., front-
Bird shit - Ocer pips. Older style DPCU had rank line/operational). Always a favourite of ghter pi-
slides on the epaulettes, inferring a bird has shit on lots, who believe that pretty much anyone that isn't
the ocers shoulder. strapped into a bang seat (q.v.) is a blunt.
BJ - Big Juby.
Bon - An Army electronics/communications tech-
Black Magic - A term used by infantrymen to de- nician.
scribe any process or discipline which is incompre-
hensible to them (eg Computers, radios, shoe laces Bog/date roll - Toilet paper.
etc).
Boggy - Short for bograt, the slang term for a Pilot
Blade - Descriptive term for an SAS soldier. Hes a Ocer (the most junior commissioned Air Force
blade'. (From the Winged sword/dagger beret badge Ocer rank).
of the SAS.)
BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again. Of-
Blair - A waste of Military funds ten heard prior to the delivery of a pineapple (q.v.);
Black handers - Air Force term for maintenance i.e., one is about to be lumbered with an unpleasant
personnel working on mechanical systems; i.e., task.
those who get their hands dirty (cf. gay traders). Bomb up - To be issued or restocked with ammu-
Black hat or Blackhead - Refers to either Ar- nition, equipment, or stores.
moured Corps personnel (Black Berets) or to non-
SAS personnel (who wear very dark blue berets that Boned in - To be yelled at for doing something
look black) posted to the SAS regiment. wrong (RAN) e.g. 'The Buer boned me in for be-
ing late on watch'.
Black plastic fantastic - slang for the M16 when
the SLR and M16 were the common service ries. Bongos - In general, equipment; often refers to eld
equipment, webbing and/or packs carried on the
Blanket stacker/blanket counter - a Q-bloke. person. Pack up your bongos and get on that truck.
Trained to make large stacks of blankets in the Q-
store, and to make sure that the blankets stay where Bookie [Bukie] or Bookoo - Many. As in 'How
they are. Fully aware of the risk of a collapsing stack many rounds do we need?' 'Bookie rounds, Boss
of blankets, these highly trained warriors have the Presumably derived during the Vietnam period from
stealth of a ninja and the reexes of a cat. the Indo China French 'Beaucoup'.
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Boots - A suck up. Refers to somebody who is so Bush hat - The oppy hat worn by soldiers in the
far up somebody elses backside that all that you can eld or in non-barracks training.
see is his/her boots.
Bushie - The Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehi-
Boozer - Pub or Bar on an Army Base; usually a cle (PMV) in use by the Australian Army.
Soldiers Boozer as distinct from a Sergeants or Of-
cers Mess.
Boss - A complimentary term used by soldiers to 3 C
refer to their immediate superior ocer, usually
their Platoon Commander, but can be other O- Cake and arse party - Semiformal gathering of of-
cers in their unit, in the chain of command like the cers and / or senior NCOs where alcohol and nib-
Company Commander or Company 2IC (Second in blies are enjoyed. And or where an activity is being
Charge). E.g., Do you know what we're doing today, poorly run with multiple leaders not really doing a
boss? Implies respect: unpopular and/or incompe- good job EG Who the fuck is running this cake and
tent ocers remain 'sir' or 'ma'am'. Also used in the arse party?"
British Armed Forces.
Can anybody drive a tractor? - See Motorbike
Brass - A high ranking ocer. Referring to the licence
amount of brass on someones uniform.
Canteen medals - Beer or food stains on the breast
Brass up - To re a lot of rounds at something. of a shirt or jacket.

Brew - Coee or tea. Usually made in Standard Cams - Disruptive Pattern Camouage Uniform
NATO - Milk and 2 sugars. (DPCU), working dress for Army and Air Force
and worn on exercises/deployment. Also used in the
Bubba - Useless Member of the Australian Air British Armed Forces.
Force, and biggest RAAF Cock alive. See RAAF
Cock. CDF - Chief of Defence Force; also Common Dog
F@#k, See Common Dog Fuck.
Bucket - As in bucket of shit. An M113 Armoured
Personnel Carrier. C-Dubs - Short for CWD, or Combined Working
Dress; the obsolete, Hard Yakka-esque dark blue
Buckets - A-vehicles, tanks, APCs, ASLAVs, or the uniform worn by the Air Force as working dress un-
Royal Australian Armoured Corps in general. This til the turn of the century. Subsequently replaced by
usage is debated and appears to have been invented GPU (see Smurf Cams).
by a dumb grunt. Fuckin' smartarse buckets, why do
we have to walk? (If we carried grunts, there'd be Cent - a Centurion Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
no room for slabs of coke, chocolate, salami, cheese,
Chair Force - Derogatory term referring to the
travel fridges or all the other stu that the gentle-
RAAF.
men of the Cavalry require when roughing it in the
eld. And we'd have to take our hammocks down. Champagne Showers - Expend ammunition.
If you wanted to ride, you should have learnt joined
up writing). Chicken strangler - An SAS soldier; refers to abil-
ity to live o the land.
Buer - The NCO who runs the seamanship depart-
ment aboard a ship. Chief Wheelnut - Refers to a Warrant Ocer of
the Transport Corps.
Bug - Someone with poor personal hygiene
Chit Monger - See Linger.
Bug-mariner - A collegial term for submariners.
Refers to their austere hygiene conditions. Civvy - (Pronounced Siv-ie) The name given by
members of the ADF to non-ADF members. Stems
Bug out - Leave an area. from the word civilian
Bullshit Castle - Headquarters Air Command, Choco - (Pronounced Chock-o) A chocolate sol-
Glenbrook, New South Wales. dier. First used in World War 2 to describe CMF
Bunghole (Bung'ole)- the very popular tinned fruit units joining the AIF units in the war in Papua New
pudding in the old 10 man rat pack. Guinea. Thought to come about when the CMF
passed the AIF on the Kokoda Trail, the CMF would
Bush Chook - .A member of 2nd/14th Light Horse give the AIF that they were replacing, chocolates
Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) because from their ration packs. Many interpretations of the
of the emu on their Unit Badge. names origin include the AIF belief they would melt
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like chocolate in battle or the fact that they were con- Clicks - A measure of distance for grunts - how
stantly caked in mud. The name has continued on, many clicks have we come? A click is a KM.
referring to current Reservists.
Clinton - Refers to a person with a soft almost fairy
Choc-wit - Term for Army Reservist. like telephone voice.
Cloud puncher Refers to the Air defence branch
Chooer Immersion Water Heater, so called due
of Artillery.
to the noise it makes when lit incorrectly and explo-
sively CHOOFF ! Clubs - Navy PT Instructor, aka Clubswinger. De-
rived from the Crossed Indian Clubs (from their cat-
Chooer Face Last picquet to come o duty be- egory badge) used by the RN over 100 years ago as
fore stand-to in the morning (i.e. 3rd last picquet) strength training equipment.
who is required to light the chooers by the mess
tent. Also the typical singed hair and eyebrows re- Cluster - Short for cluster fuck. A individual that
sulting from incorrectly lighting a chooer. has a tendency to get things wrong. Can also be used
to describe the current situation in a negative light.
Chook A signals operator. The term comes from E.g., Exercise Mantail Sword 2005 was an absolute
the days of Morse code communications, where an cluster
operator transmitting a message resembled a chook
pecking the ground. 108th Signals Squadron has the Clutch Fucker - Transport driver, derogitory term,
famous cartoon chook Foghorn Leghorn as their unit joking term
mascot. However, 108th Signal Squadron ran a not Clunge - Artillery term for a woman on the plat-
so close second to the most famous Signals Squadron form.
in the Australian Army: 139 Signal Squadron, who
were well loved by the Brigade Commander es- Cock Holster - Refers to mouth EG, shut your
pecially after Chooking his personal Armoured cock holster
Command Vehicle in the early ninetys. Also well
Cockroach - An Ordnance Corps (Supply) person,
known for their singing ability and known far and
also referred to as a 'ROACH'.
wide for their early 90s classic hit song 139 is on
the piss again Cockroach Farm - Term of endearment for 292
Squadron, RAAF; the training and support unit for
Chook on a stick - the cap badge of 2nd Cavalry the RAAF AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.
Regiment, - the 2 Cav cap badge is a wedge tailed
eagle carrying a lance in its talon, with a guidon Con nail - A cigarette. Also known as 'lung lollie'.
bearing the word Courage. Also the term for the
Coke medal - The Australian Defence Medal.
American-Australian monument at Russell Oces,
Refers to the white and red ribbon colours. Also
Canberra.
known as the 'thanks for coming medal', in refer-
Chookie Scrabble - a friendly competition at after ence to the eligibility requirements.
work drinks where the prize is a portion of barbecue Colour, dash and daring- what the gentlemen of
chicken. The format of the game is thus: The com- the Cavalry bring to war. Without it/them, war
pany/squadron retires early on a Friday afternoon would just be a mindless shitght amongst grunts.
(or on sporties) to engage in some inter-rank frat-
nerisation. Beer is drunk. Approx 30 minutes be- Combat PJs - Term used to describe cams when
fore the mess opens, when everyone is feeling quite well worn in the eld. So known because they are
hungry and suitably lubricated, a circle is formed never taken o, even when sleeping.
and one or two barbecue chickens are produced, re-
Combat Wombat Term used to describe infantry
moved from their packaging and lobbed onto the
soldiers away from home location as they eat root,
oor. A companies worth of hungry soldiers (and
shoot and leave. Also a common name for a digger
it has been rumoured oces and SNCOs at time)
who is rather short and chubby(resembles the shape
race toward the chooks and compete - bodily and
and size of a wombat).
aggressively for a portion of chicken.
Comfy Num Num - the aectionate name given to
Clacker - The hand-held ring device for a the DPCU 'jacket' issued to Army personnel. Has a
'Claymore' anti-personnel weapon. (As distinct softshell type fabric with hardwearing cordura type
from the mild Australian profanity meaning 'anus.) fabric at the elbows and across the shoulders.
Clicker - A member of 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Also Common Dog Fuck Term used when describing
any person who is prone to angry and or crazy out- how easy something should be to understand, A
burst, Man that guy is a clicker common Dog would know that, Fuck
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Conehead - See Bon. Also refers to Airborne 4 D


Electronics Analyst crew members on AP-3C Orion
maritime patrol aircraft. Diesel Dyke - A female member of the Transport
corps.
COT Death - Derogatory Term used by RAAF En-
gineering/Trade Apprentices at Wagga to describe Dart thrower - A member of the Australian Intel-
RAAF Technology Apprentices, derives from Cer- ligence Corps. Refers to the perceived method of
ticate Of Technology the techapps graduate with. identifying compounds/areas of interest for future
See Spud App operations, usually conducted eyes-shut with non-
Crack the sads - To be sad or upset about anything master hand to ensure statistically random results.
Johno why you cracking the sads mate?"
Dargan - a Senior Non-Commissioned Ocer or
Craftie - A private in the corps of Royal Australian Warrant Ocer in the Army.
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) -
Dark Side - The Ocer Cadre of the Australian
short for Craftsman.
Army. (To 'Cross over to the Dark Side' is to apply
Crap Hat - Name given to the slouch hat or any for appointment as an ocer.)
non Maroon beret by airborne soldiers who wear the
beret. Also a derogatory term for a person who is not Delta - female recruits at 1 RTB (now ARTC) as
parra qualied. EG, Cav Black Berets are crap hats. Delta company housed/trained the female recruits
(see groundsheet). Also, to make a Delta (or D)" is
Cruds - Recruits in traiing at 1RTB, also can refer to to make a decision. Whats your Delta, Sir?"
poor quality food EG This food is crud or Dinner
was crud Delta Romeo - Direct Reection. As in your dig-
ger is a shit ght, delta romeo
Crump in - To have a relatively bad landing when
parachuting.AKA Spudding in. DiddlyBop - to run under re or conduct a patrol
(Vietnam Era) We took a quick DiddlyBop round the
CSM - Company Sergeant Major, AKA, Chief perimeter to see what Charlie was up to.
Sandwich Maker, usually out for the RSMs posi-
tion. Digger A soldier of the rank of private or equiv-
alent in the Australian Army, for example Look af-
CUNT - A group of two or more ocers. Cunt is ter your diggers, Lieutenant. Term comes from the
also widely used in a non oence way EG When Anzacs.
greeting a mate, Whats going on Cunt, how ya
been?" Diggers Breakfast - Term used for a 'Smoke and
coee' undertaken during morning routine.
Cunt Cap or Pencil Case - Term used to describe
a RAAF garrison cap. Digging With Your Eyebrows - Refers to the act
of taking cover during contact when in open terrain.
Cut Lunch Commando - A member of the CMF
(Citizens Military Forces), precursor of the current DILLIGAF - Does It Look Like I Give A Fuck.
Army Reserve.
Dirked : To be assigned a task by a superior, it usu-
Cyclone Training - To be spread out on ones bed as ally not being a task an individual would volunteer
if to be holding down your bed in a cyclone. Term is to complete. E.g., I've been dirked by the boss to
widely used in the northern parts of Australia, par- sell Unit T-shirts at our social function. From the
ticularly in reference to soldiers shirking away from Scottish term for a stiletto or dagger : a Dirk. (See
work to their rooms and getting some quiet sleep. also 'Stabbed'). Also, to be assessed while giving a
Also used at Kapooka when instructors tear a Re- lesson, particularly on a promotion course.
cruits room apart like a Cyclone.
Dirt Dart - A soldier undertaking Army parachut-
Chucking a fergo - To fall out of a unimog and ing.
break your back.
Dirt Road Driver - 80s RAAF term for a male sus-
Champ - Whilst not an exclusively army term, pected of being homosexual
within the army it takes on an entirely deroga-
tory meaning; Oh alright CHAMP!", Listen up Dish Licker - Term used to describe a member of
champ, Fucking count Champ-ula'. Can also the Steward Mustering of the RAAF.
sometimes be substituted with 'chief' and very oc-
casionally 'sports fan'. Dit - A DVD; i.e., Whats the Dit?".
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Dixies - Small aluminium cooking and eating pans DPNU - Disruptive Pattern Naval Uniform. see
used by individuals in the bush; mess tins. Issued to 'Cams.
all soldiers in the Australian Army and required for
inspections during DP1 checks. Drabs - Air Force Tropical Dress which replaces
Service Dress (see Blues) in tropical areas.
Dixie-bashing - Washing up pots and pans.
Draggie - Device for converting noise into
Dhoby - A wash, or shower, derived from 'Dhobi', a lift/thrust. RAAF term of endearment for the now
caste of launderers found in India and Pakistan. sadly departed Hawker Siddeley HS 748.

Dhoby Dust - Royal Australian Navy term for Drop shorts An artillery solider,'Drop shorts also
Laundry powder. implied that gunners dropped their rounds onto our
grunts rather than the enemy by accident.
Doc - Medic.
Drut - Driver Recruit Under Training, also a Back-
Doe - A name referring to Commandos, usually by ward Turd, A sometimes derogatory, sometimes af-
the SAS. fectionate description of an army recruit.

Dog and pony show - A painstakingly prepared DS Solution - The correct answer to a problem. DS
brieng, usually of little real substance or value, Comes from the term 'Directing Sta'
pandering to the whims of a senior ocer. Also Durries/darts/darbs - A common army term for
used to describe having to participate in some sort of cigarettes.To smoke is to 'throw darts.
display for civilians as a recruiting drive. E.g. 'The
boys got stabbed to do a dog and pony at the footy Duty First - The motto of the Royal Australian
on Friday night.' Regiment. It was selected because, The unhesitat-
ing and unquestioning performance of his duty is the
Donk - Nickname given to engines by RAAF trades- fundamental requirement of a soldier.
men. Can be aero or motor vehicle. 'CPL, go round
up some troops to pull the left donk out of A8-109.'

Donkey Fucker - Nickname given to soldiers from 5 E


1RAR because their Mascot is a shetland Pony (refer
to SEPPIE). Eating irons - Cutlery (mainly known in the army
as KFS - knife, fork and spoon).
Donga - Term used to describe a sailors room on
base. Also used by the RAAF to describe a small hut EABOD - Eat A Bag Of Dicks
on the aireld or a workshops SNCO oce. CPL EAD - term used when reminding someone of hav-
have you seen the FSGT?" Think he is in his donga, ing been made to do something unpleasant or ex-
Sir tremely time consuming and wasteful, ie 'Hey Davo
you got stabbed for duty on Saturday, eat a dick!'
Doona wrestling - a favourite sport"; i.e., sleep-
ing. (Doona is an Australian term meaning duvet or EADC - Eat A Dick Cunt
quilt). What are you doing for sport this arvo?",
I'm doona wrestling. See Cyclone training. EAD Knyvett - Eat A Dick Knyvett

Door kicker* - A member of the SAS who is trained EADT - Eat A Dick Trent
in gaining entry by force. EKO - Early Knock O. Also 'Eventual Knock O'
DP1 - Draft Priority - One. The status of soldiers when an announced early knock o is expected to
equipment and personal administration which ren- result in working later than usual.
ders them available for immediate deployment on Elephant gun - L1A1 SLR Self Loading Rie (not
operations or exercise. Usually attained subsequent used while the SLR was the main rie).
to the conduct of innumerable DP1 Checks.
Elephant trackers - RAAF security police. A deri-
DP1 Check - An activity (the frequency of which sive reference to their supposed lack of investigative
is determined by the level of sadism prevalent in acumen.
ones superiors) where soldiers present all of their
personal equipment for inspection, lay it out on the Emu bob - A line of soldiers, under the control of a
ground, then stand around for several hours. junior NCO, side by side, almost shoulder to shoul-
der, walking slowly forwards cleaning up an area,
DPCU - Disruptive Pattern Camouage Uniform. therefore bobbing up and down to pick up litter (usu-
see 'Cams. ally cigarette butts or brass), which resembles an
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emu searching for food. Also known as an Emu Fat-truck - Vehicle used to supply hot food and cold
Parade. drinks to soldiers in the lines. Driven by the Fat-
slut. Also known as the Gut-truck and gut-slut
Enemy Pam - Womans fashion magazine respectively or pie-slut.
EX - Shorthand for an Exercise or training mis- Fat, dumb and happy To be complacent or less
sion/deployment. than vigilant.

Extras - extra duties, used as a form of punishment, Fat pills Chocolate and lollies (sweets/candy).
usually illegally awarded without hearing by NCOs.
Ferret - Beret
Can only legally be awarded after a trial by a sum-
mary sub-ordinate authority (i.e. OC level ocer). F.I.G.J.A.M. - Fuck I'm Good Just Ask Me.
But try telling that to your platoon sergeant. I dare
you. F.I.N.C.L. - A Fucking Idiot No Cunt Likes. (See
Also PTE Fry)
Fish head - Maritime patrol aircrew.
6 F Fisty Cus - A term used when two soldiers ght
over a disagreement, usually at the boozer. Johnno
FAB - FAB packets were placed in the front win- and Smithy went sty cus last night!"
dows of married quarters to indicate to single men
that the Man of the house home, FAB, Fucking Ar- Fitter and turner - An Army cook. It means to t
sehole is Back. See also AJAX. Also used to de- good food into a pot and turn it into sh-t.
scribe an ample bottomed WAAF: Fat Arsed Bitch
Fitted for, not with - Defence equipment can be ex-
FAC - Fucking ADFA Cunt, a Royal Military pensive. In the interest of good economy therefore
College Term used to describe ADFA (Australian the Australian Government has developed the prac-
Defence Force Academy)Cadets, or Ocers who tice of purchasing defense equipment that has provi-
have previously attended ADFA. sion for certain facilities or features, but is not tted
with the afore said facilities or features. For example
Face ripping - A one-way discussion, usually be- Guided Missile Frigates, without Guided Missiles.
tween a soldier and a superior, where the face rip- The idea being that should we even need them, we'll
per gets so close that the face rippee can see the have plenty of time to procure them. And plenty of
pores on his forehead. This usually occurs on the time will be needed, given the prodigiously spectac-
drill square or in the CSMs oce. ular lack of anything resembling movement at Rus-
sel Oces. The problem with this idea is of course
Fagpants - Refers to a company commander from that the enemy has on occasion been known to at-
the early 80s who dressed in lovely technicolour tack without letting their targets know (reference
pants - peach, crimson, lime civie daks at all func- Blitzkrieg, Pearl Harbour, etc). This is referred to
tions. Now refers to metros. as a surprise attack, because it is a surprise. The
other problem is that we tend to buy equipment from
Fake - Refering to a civilian contractor usually the US, France, the UK, Sweden and other coun-
working on a RAAF Base. 'That guys fake.....' tries in the other hemisphere on the other side of the
world. The ships and planes we'd need to import
Fang - Food. To eat or in reference to food. For this equipment might not survive the voyage/ight,
example Go and get a fang or to Fang out. as they'd need to be escorted by frigates/ghters etc
- most of which are tted for, but not with key sys-
Fang Farrier - An Army dentist.
tems. To be fair defense has gotten better over the
Fang Bosun - An RAN dentist. years and this practise is less common that tradition-
ally was the case, but still occurs to some extent.
Farter - Bed or sleeping bag. Normally refers to
Flight Lewie - Nickname for Flight Lieutenant, Air
going to bed, for example Hit the Farter. Also
Force Junior Ocer rank.
known as a Fart Sack, or in the RAN as a Rack.
Flight Stupid - Term used to describe a RAAF
Fatcans or Fat shop - Describes Australian De- member of the former Flight Steward mustering.
fence Force Canteens, for example I'm going to get
some food from Fatcans. Probably derives from Flogg O - Spoken abbreviation for Flying O-
AAFCANS - the Army Airforce Canteen Service, cer (FLGOFF), Air Force Junior Ocer rank. Also
which used to run military canteens before Front- used in the Army to describe the act of onaism. At
line. least it was in the 90s.
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Fobbit - A soldier who, when deployed, remains Fuck yeah Northy! The reply for when someone
conned to the relative safety of a Forward Oper- has a bad idea, or says something stupid.
ating Base (FOB). See Pogo. See Out The Wire.
Fudge factor to inate and estimation for unex-
Foreigners - RAAF term for a job done for a mate pected events. 'Carry an extra 50 rounds each as our
as a favour or himself, by a specialist in that area fudge factor ' or 'Carry an extra 50 rounds as fudge
such as a RADTECH xing a mates stereo or an '.
MTFITT tuning a car. Usually in work time using
RAAF facilities and tools. Hey Dave, could you do Full-track - Term used in place of the rank Corpo-
a foreigners on my car tomorrow?" See also Rabbit ral.
(q.v.).
FOB - Forward Operating Base
Fornicatorium - An armoured vehicle with a meet-
ing room incorporated into its design or any oce
where (f***ed-up) decisions were made. 7 G
Four Star Hotel - The accommodation used by Air
Force members on exercise whilst Army members Galah - Slang term for the in-service underslung
reside in dirt pits or tents if lucky. grenade launcher (ocially called a GLA).

Fraudline - Another common name for the on base Gammas - Go get some sunlight on the upper decks.
canteen monopoly 'Frontline'. The outrageous pric-
ing of the canteen items could be investigated by Gay traders - Also Queer traders. Air Force term
ADFIS as fraudulent behaviour. for electronics technicians and others working on
non-mechanical systems (cf. black handers).
F.R.E.D - A small device which is a combination of
a can opener, a bottle opener and a spoon. Ocially G.A.F. - Give A Fuck.
named a "Field Ration Eating Device", but more G'arn garn (go and) get fucked, also see Argit
popularly known as a F--king Ridiculous/Retarded
Eating Device. In the Air Force this acronym can Gat - Refers to a rearm e.g. 'Pass me that gat'.
also denote a 'F--king Ridiculous Electronic De- Apparently a shortening of Gatling Gun.
vice'.
Gaz - Used to describe someone of unparalleled
Free balling/furring/snaking - Going without un- skill. Also used to describe SAS troops.
derwear. Often done in the eld for hygiene and
comfort reasons. Known also as going commando. Gazontopede - An archaic term commonly used by
See also PTE McDonalds Pants the Army in the '70s and '80s used to describe some-
body who was hopelessly uncoordinated in drill.
Frog - Derogatory Term used by RAAF to describe
RAAF Radio Apprentices at Laverton, possibly a Gedunk Machine - refers to a soft drink/candy bar
play on Words of Sprog and RAAF Frognall dispensing machine.
where there were considerable Radio positions.
Get Your Shit In One Sock - Used to tell a soldier
Frontscam - Another common name for the on base who is typically a shit ght to get orginised.
canteen monopoly 'Frontline'.
Get This - Used to indicate thugs from the scal-
Frozo - Pre-cooked frozen delicacy provided for the lop industry. Get this! Damn those thugs from the
enjoyment and nutrition of RAAF aircrew, primar- scallop industry!"
ily AP-3C Orion crews.
Ghan, the - Afghanistan.
Fruit salad - Medal ribbons.
Giggle-hat - Bush head dress; '80s term that is fad-
Front Bum - Female, also denotes a sad soldier. ing from use.
FONC - Friend Of No Cunt - An oensive term for
Giggle-suit - Bush clothes.
anybody who is disruptive and who does not t in.
Gin Jockey - Term used to describe a member of
FOX - Used in armoured units for the Squadron
the RAAF who had sexual aairs with an Indiginous
Sergeant Major
woman, usually on exercise at Tindal.
FTA - Fuck the Army
Ginger Beers - Term used to describe a member
Fucktard found everywhere but mainly 2/4 RAR of the Royal Australian Engineers Corps or RAAF
roll book or a certain P3 maintenance crew. ight engineers.
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Glenn Munsie - Glenn is a Sportsbet Market Ad- Grey Green Brown and Oakover - The names
viser, his name rhymes with onesies (one-ers), to get used whenever diggers get in trouble with police or
a brew for oneself only. Old Glenn Munsie, got the MPs. Made famous by Gra Gra Kennedy in the
himself a brew again. movie Odd Angry Shot.
Go fast - Unit or other baseball cap worn by RAAF Grey Kingswood - Term of endearment used ex-
members clusively by crews of the RAAF AP-3C Orion mar-
itime patrol aircraft; a comfortable and reliable
Gob - To talk incessantly or in a manner which oth- means of transport. Previously grey and white
ers nd annoying or disrespectful. To Gob O to a Kingswood till someone discovered how visible
superior is to contradict or challenge them directly they were through a submarines periscope.
in a discourteous way. The term is derogative and
usually implies that the soldier being Gobby is in the Grey-Man - A term used to describe a soldier
wrong. within his unit who is barely noticed by either his
peers or his superiors. This is either the result of him
God Botherer - The Padre or anybody remotely
having no personality recognizable by human per-
religious. (sometimes called sky pilots or devil
ception or because he is extremely skilled in the art
dodgers).
of being ignored for a work party. Can be used ei-
Goa - Term used by the Royal Australian Navy to ther in a derogatory fashion (Oi cunt, have you been
describe a salute. there the whole fucking time? You're such a fuck-
ing grey-man!), a respectful fashion (Oi cunt, have
Goer - Soft drink. you been there the whole fucking time? You're such
a fucking grey-man!), or a combination of both (Oi
Going commando - See Free Snaking.
cunt, have you been there the whole fucking time?
Goinker - Somebody who sucks up to people of su- You're such a fucking grey-man!). Very useful skill
perior rank. Also known as a rank watcher. when not out in the eld.

Golf bag - Accessory pouch for the obsolescent Groundsheet - Derogatory slang for a female sol-
AN/PRC-77 manpack radio or the accessories bag dier. I.e., something you lay on the ground.
used to carry spare barrels cleaning kit and other
equipment for a machine gun. Greaser - A vehicle mechanic. AKA VM

Gold Tops - High Explosive Dual Purpose ammu- Grumpy Old Cunt - Ralph Blewitt
nition for the 40mm Grenade launcher.
GRUNT - An acronym meaning the same in Aus-
Gomper/Gumpy Bar - A chocolate bar like a Mars tralia as it does everywhere else, a negative name for
bar or Picnic. Have a goer and a gomper mate. an infantry soldier. Often adopted with pride by the
Grunts themselves. (Government Reject Unt for
Gong - Medal. Normal Training).
Gonk - To sleep. Also Gonking, the act of having a Gruntapede - The term Tank drivers use for Dis-
sleep. mounted Infantry.
Government Fat - Description of military (tax Gucci - A piece of kit that is really good or expen-
payer funded) exercise or activity which results in sive.
a high level of excitement for an individual - ie,
During tonights attack, be sure to use all remaining Gun Bunny - An artillery soldier.
blank rounds before the exercise ends and get your
Government Fat on!" Gunny/Gunnie - Air Force term for an armaments
tter. No relation to the US Marine Corps rank of
Grabbing Your Ankles - To prepare for an un- Gunnery Sergeant.
pleasant or inconvenient short-notice task. See also,
Pineapple. Gun Plumber - A tter/armourer, usually those at-
tached to armoured units.AKA Tie, See Tie and
Green Slime - Nickname for personnel of the Aus- Articer, tter.
tralian Intelligence Corps, in reference to their green
lanyards.
Greenie - Nickname for Electronics Technicians 8 H
and WEEOs in the RAN. Originates from the green
band that WEEOs had between the gold bands on Half Screw/Half Track - Term used in place of the
their SRI/HRIs. rank Lance Corporal. Also see Full Track.
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Handbag A signals operator (archaic usage). The Hilton Hotelers - Term used by the RAR to de-
term is derived from the satchel used carry a VHF scribe RAAF personnel at RAAF Tindal during ex-
dipole antenna known as an Antenna Lightweight ercise Pitch Black 90 and Kangaroo 89 on learning
for either a 'Seventy Seven Set' or its modern equiv- most RAAFies slept in their quarters after their shift
alents. Particularly applicable to Royal Australian
Signals Corps personnel as their corps badge resem- Ho Chi Min Shue - a slow run designed to con-
bles the Interora symbol. Also used to be used serve energy over long distances. The feet are not
to describe medics whose medical kits looked like lifted very high.
handbags and were often carried like a lady carries
a handbag. (To get) Holes In Your T Shirt - To get shot, usu-
ally on a Two Way Rie Range.
Handbaggers Operator Movements, part of the
Royal Australian Corps of Transport. RACT sol- Honey pot _ A cylindrical galvanized steel recep-
dier, who plans, coordinates, executes, controls and tacle used for defecation out in the eld. Usually
monitors the operational and strategic movement of emptied or replaced by soldiers lance corporal and
personnel and equipment of the ADF. below.
Hard Corp - RAInf, the Royal Australian Infantry Hoochie/Hutchie - Individual shelter sheet used in
Corps. The nal activity School of Infantry before the eld. Presumably derived from hooch, a term for
passing out parade. A test of all skill learnt to date. a Vietnamese rural dwelling.
Harden up - A standard response to whinging or
Hook in - To perform a task aggressively or with
complaining, telling a person to shut up and get on
gusto. Hook in, get your work done and we'll have
with the job. Often provided in imaginary consum-
an early knock o. Army slang from the '60s, '70s,
able form; e.g., heres a harden-up pill, have a can
'80s, and '90s.
of harden-up or "drink some concrete and harden the
f..k up!".
House on back To put on ones pack; because sol-
Hat, Fur Fishing - RAAF term for the blue diers in the eld are required to live out of their pack.
Slouch style Fur Felt Hat that was issued in tropi-
cal zones in the 80s. Hot box - The large plastic containers which bring
fresh rations to Diggers in a eld environment, which
Head shed - Headquarters at any unit level. contains inadequately small portions of cooked veg-
etables and a small helping of whatever yesterdays
Healthkeys - Medical data base system that in the-
leftovers were from the base mess packed into tin-
ory is supposed to make life better for medics but in
foil trays.
reality is a tool for blood sucking bean counters and
auditors that load up the medical system with even Hungry Wagon, The - RAAF term for the mo-
more work. bile AAFCANS (later Frontline) canteen truck. See
Heartilage - contraction of 'heart' and 'cartilage' - Roach Coach
derogatory term used to describe an imaginary in-
jury associated with a lack of Heart, Will and or Hurry up and Wait - The repurcussions of letting
any sign of weakness during moments of mental and an ocer organise an activity. Diggers are normally
or physical discomfort. Eg: What Happened to Pte harassed to get their shit in one sock, only to wait
****? Why did he not nish the 30 K stomp? Is as the PL COMD, OC, CO, and BDE Comman-
he injured?" Nah the weak linging cunt just pulled a der have all added a fudge factor into their planning
heartilage!" numbers. Normally results in arriving at a rugby
match at 0700 for a 1430 kick o.
Heat seeker - A soldier who routinely draws un-
wanted attention upon himself and those around him Hurry up and Waiters - RAAF term for the RAAF
from superiors, usually as a result of misconduct. Air Movements sta who demand that all person-
nel regardless of rank who are scheduled for a ight
Helicopter pad - A badly bashed (q.v.) beret. must arrive 90 minutes before boarding time.
Helo Army/Navy term for helicopter (pronounced
HEE-Lo). Howard Green - An issued Khaki green Wooolen
Jumper with material sewn on the elbows Pre - 1992
Helicopter piquet - Usually used when in the eld, (DPCU Version issued post 1992). Also a Common
it refers to soldiers shirking away from work by lying name used by soldiers when introduced to a female
down somewhere. From the idea of looking up for they just met at a nightclub, knowing they would
approaching helicopters. Similar to Cyclone Train- never see her again (Refer to AJ Fade Away)and
ing. (Sam Brown).
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9 I Jet Pack - Refers to the small shitty day packs is-


sued at 1RTB Kapooka, as they resemble gay little
IFIIK - I'm Fucked If I Know. cartoon jetpacks.

Ink Stick - A pen. Jockstrap or Jock - A digger who is renouned for


sporting prowess and his inability to go bush, or do
Iron Lung - RAAF term for an airman who does his job with his mates.
little productive work, or shirks
Jube - A new or inexperienced soldier, thought to be
because they are soft and sugarcoated. Phonetically:
Jewb, Joob, or Just Out Of Basic
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Jubie juice - Fruit avoured cordial, for example,
Jack To be selsh or to go it alone, for example Have a drink of jubie.
Don't jack on your mates!, Going Jack, or Stop be-
Jundie - Arabic word for soldier. E.g. 'That Jundie
ing jack and give us a hand. The term comes from
had a set of balls on him.' The term originally
digger jack...he didnt put in.(PTE FRY)
came into usage during the Iraq War and eventually
Jack-up - going on strike (akin to a mutiny but un- evolved in meaning to refer to anything foreign. E.g.
able to identify ring leaders - comes from the in- 'Have you tried these Jundie durries? They're fuck-
dustrial background of the mass armies of the world ing rough.'
wars)(potentially archaic) Jungle - Green, Thick and Dense
Jack A sailor, from the term Jack Tar. Jundie-O - Hand sanitiser.
Jackhammers An elite section of technicians who
not only strive to produce airpower but in fact suc-
ceed and excel. 11 K
Jack Rations - civilian food taken to the eld to Kav - Refers to a person who sleazes out of an
liven up the issue rations. As in I'm all right Jack actvity - like a route march by feigning injury or
Fuck you or don't be jack, let me have one of your illness, named after an infamous individual in the
goas. BB1. 'He did a Kav and jumped in the safety vehi-
cle.'
JAFA - Just Another Fucking Admino (Adminis-
tration Ocer is a RAAF Ocer Category). Kelloggs Corporal - RAAF derogatory term for an
airman who received the rank of CPL on time af-
Jam Shrewsbury - a magical mystical morale bis-
ter the introduction of on time promotion rather
cuit found in ration packs. Often discovered heart-
than promotion on merit, ie he got his stripes out
brokenly crushed. Can be used as currency out bush.
of a cornakes box. See Plastics
Golden Rule - Never ever fuck with a mans Jam
Shrewsbury. Kepi - Refers to a small peaked cap worn by some
members of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Jedi An adjective or noun indicating respect for often closely resemble those worn by the German
a colleagues military professionalism. Nick gave us Afrika Corps.
a totally Jedi brieng on the Musorian ORBAT - hes
an INT Jedi. A reference to the supernatural warrior KFF - Khaki Fur Felt (Hat). More ocial term for
caste depicted in a well-known lm series. the Slouch Hat.
Jellybean-dispenser F1 sub-machine gun. De- KFS - Knife, Fork, and Spoon. A piece of equip-
rived from the jelly-bean like appearance of low ve- ment which hosts all three cutlery items.
locity bullets that may be observed leaving the bar-
rel. KFS Course - A six week induction course under-
taken by specialist ocers who are not required to
Jellybean-suit - Oensive term for army camou- undertake 18 months training at Duntroon. Named
age used by RAN or RAAF. No longer oensive, so because pretty much all that can be taught in six
now used by Army just to describe their cams. weeks is how to use a knife fork and spoon.

Jet - A soldier who consistently performs well in one Killick - Pronounced Kelleck. Informally denotes
or all aspects of training. If you're struggling with the rank of Leading Seaman in the RAN, the word
nav, talk to Johnno, hes a jet at it. itself describes a type of anchor made from wood
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and stone and is applied as a result of the rank in- Leave App Loser - Term used to describe a Clerk
signia of a Leading Seaman being a fouled anchor. in the Royal Australian Air Force.
A Killick is also know as a Leading Hand, or Leader.
Leslie - Term to describe an insuerable ginger
King-of-the-Shits - a WO1, usually the RSM [See snake.
also Shit-of-the-Kings].
LBPAG - Little Black Plastic Army Gun - refers to
King Shitter - A recruit at ARTC Kapooka who the M16 when the SLR and M16 were the common
is charged with overseeing the cleaning of the lines service ries.(in contrast to the BBPAG (M60) and
during morning routine (specically the SALs, or LGPAG (F88))
shitters).
LGPAG - Little Green Plastic Army Gun - refers
Kip - A short sleep or nap. to the F88 Austyer when the SLR and M16 were
the common service ries.(in contrast to the BBPAG
Koala Bear - Refers to somebody who is gener- (M60) and LBPAG (M16))
ally considered a protected species and useless in the
greater scheme of things. Usually accompanied by Lid - Live-In Divorced and Single. Comes from
the phrase Not to be exported or shot at was used Soldiers post-Vietnam. Also used to denote a new/
to refer to 1st Armoured Regt. the most junior member of a section, ie 'Limited In-
telligence Drone.Or Rhyming slang(for Kid) Billy
Knob Tickler - Anyone who puts shit on 1RAR . Lid or shortened to Lid, eg I'm not cleaning the
shitters, let the Lids do it.
Knock-o Bird - an action where soldiers within a
group call Knock-o!" in a high-pitched voice like Lifer - RAAF term for a member who loves every-
a cuckoo clock, usually suggesting that they knock thing Military about his/her job in the RAAF and is
o for the day whilst remaining anonymous. in for life ie serves until forced age retirement
Knuck - A ghter pilot; short for 'knucklehead'. Linger - Abbreviation of w:Malingering. Also pro-
Also used in US military slang. Also used to denote nounced as Lingering or Lingin. Refers to soldiers
ghting, ie going the knuck on that guy. faking an injury to get our of certain activities. Hes
a linger or hes Lingin again (See Kav)
Klingon - Term used to describe a waring race of
aliens in the science ction series Star Trek, and Light Colonel, Half Colonel - Lieutenant Colonel
used to describe a RAAF member attached to a
Squadron/formation/unit for a period of time. Cor- Limers - Navy term for cordial fruit drink.
poral, who are those numpties? Klingons Sir, from Living the Dream - Sarcastic catchphrase used to
10 SQN. express dissatisfaction with unpleasant duties.
Lobster - Refers to a Physical Training Instructor,
12 L usually meaning Hard on the outside and head full
of sh-t or Great body, sh-t for brains. Also refers
to their bright red training uniform.
Lance Jack Term used in place of the rank Lance
Corporal. E.g., We have 3 Corporals and 2 Lance Love Hearts and Bunny Rabbits - Term used to
Jacks in this unit. The term comes from a VC win- describe DPCUs due to its camouage pattern re-
ner. Also used in the British Armed Forces. sembling that of love hearts and bunny rabbits.
Lance Propeller Derogatory Term used in place Luncheon Meat Type 2 - An inedible can of pink
of the rank Lance Corporal for RAAF personnel. stu issued in some Ratpaks. Do not attempt to eat.
Do not attempt to feed it to a dog - dogs won't eat it.
Legend - A Legend of the regiment - generally
over used, but traditionally used to describe charac-
ters like Warry George, Richo Richardson and Blue
Telford at the Battle School.
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Legendary Battalion - They believe they are leg- Maccas - Chips, crisps, chocolate bars and other
ends when essentially they're reserve infantry. Leave food sold in canteens or messes
it to the big boys.
Maggot - A 2 RAR mortarman. Thought to come
Legend in their own Lunchbox - A person who from Vietnam when after a contact they were found
beats their own drum or has an over inated opinion by the CO blind drunk who labled them maggots.
of their own abilities. See Squeezers, Fucktards, Also, a term used for an Army Cook, due to the
Legendary Battalion white working dress uniform they wear.
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Maggoty - Short for maggot bag, meaning a meat Motion thickness - Involuntary erection experi-
pie. enced by male personnel when sitting over the wildly
vibrating wheel arch of a Unimog truck. A traveller
Makan - Pronounced Muc-Karn. From Bahasa (q.v.) or travel fat . The sort of pun you nd really
Malaysia for meaning eat. funny when you're 18 years old.
Makers - Naval euphemism for an early stand-down Motorbike licence - A ruse to get diggers to vol-
from work. Derived from the naval custom of 'make unteer for something. Sgt: Has anybody here got a
and mend', whereby sailors were allocated 'free' time motorbike licence? (Two or three new diggers jump
to repair personal clothing and equipment. to their feet) I have Sergeant!" Sgt: Good. Grab
Mango - Term for Army Reservist. Green on the these shovels and go dig a latrine. Diggers: What
outside, yellow on the inside and too many of them about the motorbike? Sgt: GRAB THOSE SHOV-
give you the shits. ELS AND START DIGGING!

Manky - Term for something/someone vile and dis- Muppet - an un-coordinated or unintelligent indi-
gusting with bad personal hygiene. For example, vidual. Usually used in terms of fucking mup-
Mate hes manky as!" or Mate, thats manky as!" pet or Bloody Muppet. Also an old appren-
tice Neumonic - Most Useless Person Pussers Ever
Mattel Toy - Term for the M16 and later the Steyr Trained
F88 when the SLR was in service, due to the use of
plastic parts Muppet-Arms - someone who is either woefully in-
accurate or incapable of throwing or carrying ob-
McShit - Modular Combat Body Armour System jects. Most often heard in grenade throwing when
(MCBAS). Generally regarded as protective apparel someone doesn't throw the grenade far enough from
inferior to any other ever devised in the history of the bunker.
mankind. Precursor to the superior Tiered Body Ar-
mour System (TBAS). M&Ms - (Medals and Money) A term used to de-
note those in the RAAF who got a three month non-
Mas - Indonesian word for brother used by elderly formation rotation to East Timor, and later other ar-
to describe males of younger age or lower status, or eas of operation (ie, a Flight Sergeant from Defence
by younger men to each other. A term of endear- Personnel Canberra sent to East Timor in 2000 for
ment used by Indonesian linguists as a substitute for guard duty) to get their M&Ms.
mate.
Meat Bomb - See Dirt Dart.
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Meat Heads - Derogatory term referring to Mili-
tary Police (well in use before their red berets). Also Nard or Ratpack Nard - A turd, particularly one
known to refer to Army Physical Training Instruc- that is layed after subsisting for days or weeks on
tors (PTIs). Ratpacks,usually resembles a log, extremely dense,
hard and painful to excrete.
Mike-Mike millimetre; often used to describe 9
mm ammo. Nard Roll - Toilet Paper.
MIMMS - A convoluted computerised materiel NATO - White with two sugars (Coee or Tea) as
management system (Mount Isa Mines). The bane in Standard NATO - The 'normal'.
of the existence of RAEME and RASIGS trade per-
sonnel. Navigation Aid - bright blue or yellow potaloos
placed in the eld, usually located at checkpoints
MILIS - A 400 million dollar system that replaced during a nav ex ensuring no one gets lost.
MIMS and SDSS (Standard Defence Supply Sys-
tem), created to stop the Supply system. Very suc- Nav Ex - RAAF term for a Navigation Exercise
cessful (see sarcasm). usually an excuse for the aircrew to y somewhere
and overnight at the casino at public expense...
Mog - Referring to an ADF medium transport truck
the Mercedes Unimog. NFI - No fucken' idea. Or No Fucken' Interest. Can
be both. You choose.
Morale Sponge - Usually refers to any individual
who complains excessively, attriting the morale or Nigel - Inhabitant of the area immediately surround-
happiness of anyone nearby. ing Butter worth Air Base, Malaysia. Also use to
describe Vietnamese during Vietnam conict; i.e.,
Mordor - Canberra, the Australian National Capital Nigel Nog, possibly from the very common Viet-
and location of Army Headquarters. namese family name Ngyuen. Also used by the
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RAAF to describe an airman with no friends, Nigel On the peg - to suck up to or otherwise ingratiate
No Mates. oneself with superiors in order to seek better treat-
ment or reward. Refers to the act of fellatio. See
Nuk - A RAAF Airmans Club Disco Night. Are Peg Pirate.
you going to the Nuk tonight mate, the topless bar-
maids are on for the raes again?" Derived from One-ers - Naval term for making tea or coee solely
Knuckles, ie an airman either gets into a Knuck or for oneself, without oering to make a cuppa for
gets a Fuck. See Knuck your mates. A jack (q.v.) practice.

Nog - Vietnamese person (not necessarily enemy). Onesies - Army term for making tea or coee solely
Used during the Vietname conict. See also 'Nigel'. for oneself, without oering to make a brew for your
mates. A jack (q.v.) practice. Also referred to as a
Numpty An individual who just doesn't get it, for Glenn Munsie. Also beers for RAAF SNCOs, from
example This numpty recruit forgot his boots. Also the time in the 80s the SGT Mess Bar opened, with
used in the British Armed Forces. From the Scots, SGTS often staying after lunch until knock o time
as in, Hes a numpty heid normally used in refer-
ence to the English. Onion - Air force nickname for a P-3 Orion.
Nungas Term for Canungra. Oppo - A friend or comrade, usually also in the mil-
itary.

15 O Orangutans Uniformed pay sta (RAAPC).


From the replacement of pay books with comput-
erised pay system, when the then head of pay corps
O Cut - Nickname for an Ocer Cadet, derived
told programmers that he needed a soldier proof
from the abbreviation OFFCDT.
system. They assured him they would give him a
O.F.W. - See Other FEG Wang system that an orangutan couldnt stu up. They
lied.
Other FEG Wang - Nikname used by Air Force
Maintainers to describe a person posted in from an- Orphans Living In members of an Army
other Squadron or Force Element Group who ende- Sergeants Mess. By the time they get promoted to
vours to change the way the gaining squadron con- Sergeant they should be married. If they are living
duct maintenance to suit the way they are accus- in, they must be bloody orphans.
tomed to doing things. Usually to the detriment of
Oska - The name of an infamous baitlayer in the
the gaining Squadron. Often heard saying When I
Big Blue One who was alleged to have organised a
worked on ghters we did it this way. Response...
long remembered function at the Copper Renery
Fucking OFW!"
in Townsville which led to nancial and professional
Oci Dot - Nickname for an Ocer Cadet, derived losses.
from the abbreviation OCDT.
Other enemy - Archaic term for Military Police or
O Group - A meeting conducted by a commander Provost, now little used.
where orders are distributed. The shortened form is
an 'Owey'. Out the wire - Refers to the area on the outside
of the protective boundary of a Forward Operating
Old Mate - Any person about whom you speak, Base.
for example Old mate over there isn't working that
much or Old mate came up and tried to bum a few Oxygen thief - A person who is so useless that
ciggies o me. his/her existence deprives the rest of the human race
of oxygen.
Oncers - RAN slang for tomato sauce - from some-
thing that happens to women once a month. Operator - Refers to special forces members.

OMO-relates to an omo laundry detergent box be-


ing placed in a window in a married patch to indicate 16 P
Old Man Out See AJAX & FAB

OP - Shorthand for an Operation. Packed lunch commando - a member of the CMF


or Army Reserve.
On the pill - to get with with, smarten up (used in
the 1960s and 70s) Pam - Military doctrine manual (from pamphlet)
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Pams, excitable - Pornographic material. Derived Pig pen - The ocers mess, Or a F-111 Hanger.
from the army use of the term pamphlet to refer to
a training manual. Pineapple - A term used to describe an odious task
or command, delivered by a Sergeant or above. Akin
Pam 19 - War comic. Usually the quarto sized 'Bat- to having a pineapple jammed up ones arse. To get
tler Britton' style. So called as there was no Pam- 'pineappled' or receive a pineapple.
phlet numbered 19.
pissaphone - A conical metal funnel partially stuck
Pansies Australian Intelligence Corps into the ground for soldiers to urinate into. It looks
(AUSTINT) personnel. From their hat badge, a bit like a ve foot long loud hailer, but those who
A rampant pansy, resting on its laurels. Also, a use it for that purpose usually regret doing so.
reection on their sexuality.
Pit - Ones bedding.
Paper, scissors, rank - Similar to paper, scissors,
rock, however rank always wins. Pixie shirt/greens - 'Old school' name for the 'trop-
Parramatta Medal - Older medal given for Long ical' jungle green eld uniform, distinguished by
Service or Long Service/Good Conduct. Named for pockets on the shirt sleeves and slanted chest pock-
its stripe colours being similar to that of the Parra- ets. Refers to its tight-tting cut compared to earlier
matta Rugby League teams colours. versions; i.e., only a pixie could t into it comfort-
ably. Replaced by DPCU (q.v.) from the late 1980s
Passion ngers - A clumsy/incompetent soldier, onwards.
sailor or airman, i.e. 'everything they touch, they
fuck.' Plastics - RAAF derogatory term for an airman who
received the rank of CPL on time after the intro-
Peanut Gallery - Used when referring to a group of duction of on time promotion rather than promo-
soldiers in a classroom environment. tion on merit. See Kelloggs Corporal
Peg Pirate - A soldier who routinely sucks up to Plastic fantastic - Steyr F88 rie, standard assault
or ingratiated himself with superiors in the hopes of rie for Australian infantry. Not used as often now,
receiving reward. but was once popular when the rie was rst intro-
duced due to the (for the time) revolutionary use of
Penguin Swarm - Where soldiers huddle closer to-
plastics in construction.
gether when standing outside in the cold. Often oc-
curs when soldiers return from operations in tropical
Pleasure ngers - A technical or mechanical
or desert areas to southern Australia during winter.
challenged RAAFie who fucks whatever he/she
Pies and Beers A play on the term Ginger Beers. touches.
Refers to Pioneer specialists from the Royal Aus-
tralian Infantry Corps who carry out less technically Pleb - A derogatory term for somone who may be
demanding engineering tasks than Royal Australian a good bloke, but is challenged for life experience,
Engineers Corps personnel. generally a recruit or junior rank. If a member who
has been in for more than four years is called a pleb,
Pig Battalion - The Seventh Battalion of the Royal its particularly derogratory, and implies the member
Australian Regiment (because the rst words spoken shoukd sort their life out.
to it on parade by its rst CO Lt Col. Eric Smith in
1966 at Puckapunyal Barracks was " you're nothing PMKeyS - The succubus Defence computer
but a bunch of pigs after a bad weekend by most database that consumes 60% of all human endeav-
ranks on the turps. As a result, their mascot is now our. A sta ocers wet dream, it is particularly
a pig and adorns thier APCs. They used to own a pig useful for creating nice pie charts to impress the CO
as a mascot but it died after spending years drinking (see also: dog and pony show).
beer and eating bacon, cigarette butts and hotboxes
(including the tinfoil container). Much like 7RAR Pollard - Term of endearment for a retired Grunt
soldiers. who has lost most of their hair and has trouble drink-
ing Shirley Temples.
Pig - An ocer (within the RAAF, Snorker has be-
come a popular alternative, to avoid confusion with Pollies The polyester dress, for example Iron your
the aircraft). pollies, dig!. The term comes from the material they
are made from (polyester). Also known as polys.
Pig - An F-111 aircraft. Also an Australian RAAF
nickname given to SAAFs Piaggio Albatross air- POETS Day - Friday - Piss O Early Tomorrows
craft. Saturday
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POM - 80s RAAF sarcastic term for a member who PutnTake A hot water system made from a 200
is suspected to have gained rank by dubious means litre drum on a frame over a re for bush showers.
rather than being Promoted On Merit, ie that You put a bucket of cold water in to take a bucket
bitch knob gobbled the WOFF to get a good 207, of hot water out.
bloody POM my arse!".

Pongo - A derogatory name for a soldier. Where


the army goes, the pong goes.
17 Q
PONTI - Person Of No Tactical Importance A Q - Quartermaster - An ocer who has the enviable
derogatory term used to describe rear echelon sta job of making sure that the Q-store is always full of
every kind of stu ever invented, and making sure
Pogo, Pogue or Poag A soldier not involved in that those dirty diggers don't get any of if because
combat. Usually in protected areas well behind the they will break it for sure. Delegates these tasks to
front lines. Comes from POAG (Posted On A Garri- ordinary Q-blokes.
son) or POGO (Posted on garrison operations). Also
the term was used in the Vietnam era as rhyming Q-blokes / Q-wallah / Quey - People who work in
slang for 'Pogo Stick' (rhyming with 'Prick'). This the Q-store.
term is often used by any soldier against any other
soldier or group who he/she perceives as living an Q-store - Quartermasters Store - A large building
easier life than their own. Can also take the form full of stacks of every kind of stu you could ever
pogue (Person Of Greater Use Elsewhere), same want or need. If you ask for any of it, you will be
spelling as used for Person Other than Grunt. told: Sorry mate, I've only got one left and some-
body else might want it. You may be oered a few
Poo tickets - Toilet paper. consolation tins of Luncheon Meat Type 2, or if
you're really lucky, Ham And Egg In A Can.
Poof Mat - Insulating sleeping mat used out eld.
Quarmbie - Used by the Army, it refers to a highly
POR - Privilege of Rank uncoordinated person lacking in motor skills. Usu-
POS - Piece Of Shit Originally conceived for a ally in relation to drill or weapon handling. E.g., A
particular cadet whilst he was undergoing training, Drill Quarmbie
now commonly used to describe someone who is a Queer Trader - An Avionics Technician. Bon on
social retard who makes everyone cringe when they aircraft(generally Army) Not actually a job; More a
open their mouth. Also used when someone does sexual preference.
something stupid, annoying or Jack You are such
a POS. POS acronym can be extended if need be
(i.e. Friend of POS = FPOS).
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Prayers - Orders group for example The Boss has
called us in for prayers. - See also O Group RAAF Cock - An RAAF member who displays a
lack of healthy disdain for RAAF values. also shows
Prove - Raising your hand on command - e.g. All a disgusting level of enthusiasm in regards to his em-
those with a Mog drivers licence - prove!". ployment and RAAF assets. example
Pop smoke - To leave an area or an activity. Refers
to the conduct of a withdrawal, using a smoke Bubba: gee! did you see that hornet doing a full AB
grenade for obscuration. takeo!? how cool was that?!" Ryan: Pt Hornets are
gay! your such a RAAF Cock!" See Lifer
Popey - Term used by clerks when problems occur
with simple ling or lost documents. Named after a Rabbit - RAN term for a job done for a mate as a
grossly incompetent Lance Corpral clerk. favour or himself, by a trade specialist in that area
PTE FRY - Soldier with no concern for his mates such as a technician xing a mates stereo or repair-
welfare, especially on ops. ing a car. Usually in work time using RAN facilities
and tools. Hey Dave, could you do a rabbit on my
Pucka Tucka F-cka - The Army Cooks at Pucka- car tomorrow?" See also Foreigner
punyal.
Racing spoon - A large spoon carried by most front
Pusser - A sailor, also used in the Royal Navy; line soldiers for use in a group meal or train smash.
derivative of 'purser'. Originally used to describe The bigger the spoon the more you can get in one go.
just the supply branch. ( Pussers rum was issued to Usually carried for weeks at a time, and cleaned by
the British Navy ) wiping it on your cams.
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Rack - Term used to describe a sailors bed onboard Rock show - Used to describe a poorly planned or
a ship. See 'Farter' managed activity..."That exercise was a complete
Rock show or This is fast turning into a Rock
Rae - Used by the Army and RAN to identify show
Royal Australian Air Force personnel ..."Hes a Raf-
e. Rocking horse shit - Term to describe something
that is rare.
RAAF-nob/Ronnie RAAF - Used to describe
those RAAF personnel who take their job too se- Rocket Pod - The two rear gun hatches on a Bush-
riously, examples include: MSIs (Military Skills In- master Protected Mobility Vehicle. Refers to the
structors, formally known as GSIs, General Skills tendancy of the occupants to be forcibly ejected
Instructors) and WODs (Warrant Ocer Disci- from the hatch recess in the event of a rear-wheel
pline). IED strike.

Rank Skank - A female soldier who sleeps her way ROCL and ROCTFA - Relief Out of Country
through the Chain of Command. Leave and Relief Out of Country Travel Fares As-
sistance. Refers to the leave taken by Defence mem-
Ration Assassin - An Army cook. bers part-way through an operational deployment.
Rat-catcher - Common and aectionate term for ROCL Trip - An operational deployment, usually
Royal Australian Air Forces Environmental Health of shorter duration than normal, where the member
members or hygienists. is assigned to relieve other troops departing on mid-
Ratpak - Refering to an ADF ration pack. tour leave.

Rape Tape - Any adhesive cloth tape, usually black. Rodeney - A bloke who spells with a stutter, once
again, more than likely associated with 1 RAR
Redders - Tomato sauce. A tomato sauce stain on
ones uniform is a redders medal. Rong Hill - The name used to describe ocers who
cannot navigate.
Red Tabs - Referring to Senior Ocers in the
Army: Colonel and above. They are distinguished Roong Nail - The modern, wide-brimmed hat for
by the red tabs worn on their collars. wearing out bush. Also used to describe such hats
when still new- ie the brim is still straight.
Resup - a resupply, usually in the eld of water, food
and ammunition. AKA Replen. Rooted - To be very very tired or when someting is
broken. God Im rooted after that pack march and
Retread - A soldier that is changing trades. Used or That Land Rover is rooted after Johno drove it
while they on course to distinguish them from Initial
Employment Trainees. Also refers to Ocers who Roppers - Also known as ROPs. Refers to Restric-
commission from the ranks. tion of Privileges. A common punishment awarded
for minor infractions.
Reg - (rhymes with egg) A regular (full-time) sol-
dier. RQMS - Old warrant ocer storeman who is con-
vinced he is smarter than everyone and has all the
Regi - To be extremely regimental. E.g. Some- answers to questions you didn't even ask.
one/something who is very down the line and ex-
tremely strict, ie '4 eld is the regiest unit ever.' or ' ROP - Restriction Of Privileges. A type of punish-
Fuck I cant stand the RSM, he is so regi.' ment handed to a person who has been found guilty
of a military oence (a defaulter).
Rick O'Shay - (A.K.A) The Mad Irishman - slang
for ricochete. ROs Part 2 ARMY Newspaper. E.g. If your
name is in ROs (Routine Orders) you are on duty.
RIP - Relief In Place. The handover/takeover pro- If your name is in ROs Part 2 you owe anyone who
cess which occurs when a deployed formation is ro- spots it a beer.
tated back to Australia and replaced by the next for-
mation. RP - A Regimental Policeman. The sycophantic
arse-lickers who follow the RSM around and lap
Roach Coach, The - RAAF term for the mobile up tasks like drilling defaulters and nailing parade
AAFCANS (later Frontline) canteen truck. See ground markers into the ground. Out of the same
Hungry Wagon stable as a Meat Head.

Rock, The - Common name for Penang used by per- R.H.I.P - Stands for Rank Has Its Privileges,
sonnel at Butterworth Air Base, Malaysia sometimes quoted as Rank Hath Its Privileges.
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Rupert - An Army Ocer (from British Army - Secco - Section Commander.


newly commissioned ocer and therefore very in-
experienced). Second Class Ride - what armoured corps soldiers
get. Better than a rst class walk, which is what
Rum Ration - Term for the daily issue of Grog or crunchies do ('Crunchies refers to anyone on foot
Rum the used to be given to sailors, unfortunatly near a moving armoured vehicle, as they make a
they no longer issue rum and it doesn't come daily. crunching noise when they get run over).
See Beer Issue
Second To None - The motto of The Second Bat-
talion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR)
19 S Seppie - 1st Battalion RAR Mascot (Shetland Pony)

Sack - Sack of shit. All units have a few Sergeants Mess - Where sergeants go to aviod
work, talk smack about their troops or sometimes
Sad-on - To be unhappy. Whats up mate? You've eat... Also a place where RAAF Cocks are in high
had a sad-on all day. abundance. - See 'RAAF Cock'.
Sads - To whinge, as in Crack the sads. Seventy-Seven Set - AN/PRC-77 manpack radio.
S.A.L- Shit At Life- A nickname refering to a Sharpies - Full Metal Jacket ammunition for any
solider whom fails at everything: Oi Sal, get over weapon system. Used to distinguish from blank am-
here. Also showers and latrines - old skool way munition.
of saying bathroom.
Shit ght Used to comment on the way a soldier
Sally Man - A Salvation Army Ocer. A term of looks, how his/her room looks or how something is
endearment. turning out; e.g., 'You're a shit ght Gunner Dick-
Sam Brown - Leather Belt and shoulder strap worn son, sort your shit out' or ' This is turning into a shit
by Army Ocers when wearing polys and their cer- ght'. Can be upgraded to fuck ght as necessary.
emonial swords. Also a Common name used by sol- Also known as SIG Robertsons room.
diers when introduced to a female they just met at a Shit-locker Used to describe a large stomach of a
nightclub, knowing they would never see her again service person; e.g., Get that dogs eye into your
(Refer to AJ Fade Away)and (Howard Green). shit locker.
SAS - Special Air Service or when used to describe
Shit-of-the-Kings - a 2nd Lieutenant. [See also
Army Reservists means 'Saturdays and Sundays.
King-of-the-Shits]
Scablifter - A medic.
Shit pit - A latrine. You'll be digging lots of these
Scope Dope - RAAF term for Airborne Electronics if you admit to having a motorbike licence.
Analyst crew members on AP-3C Orion maritime
patrol aircraft. Shits & Giggles- Anything done for the sheer fuck
of it
Scungies- Number 4 Cams, or just the shittest worn
out crap looking DPCU you have, normally given to Shit tickets- Toilet paper
recruits for 'Shits & Giggles (see below)' Shit Job - RAAF term for a task not popular, usu-
SCRAN - Term used to refer to food - Sultanas, ally having been volunteered by a senior rank ie
Currants, Raisins and Nuts and Shit Cooked by Guard Duty, Funeral Guard for a crusty old Senior
the Royal Australian Navy. Ocer, Parking Attendant for Air Displays...

Scran-bag - Lost clothing bag. Also used Shmooey-Tue - A Vue-Tue lled with pornogra-
metaphorically to describe a slovenly, disorganised phy.
or incompetent sailor: I don't want 'X' on my watch,
Short arm parade - Inspection of soldiers genitals
he/shes a complete scranbag.
to discover any VD infection.
Screw - Corporal.
Show Bags - Someone who is full of shit. Derived
Screws - Another derisive term for RAAF security from the easter show gimmick bags full of usless
police. Quick, the screws are coming! crap.

Sea Squarie - Navy term for the cloth needed as a Sig - A private in the Royal Australian Signals corps,
result of indulging in self satisfaction, typically used for example Sig Smith go to the Q-Store to collect our
when in ones rack (bed). equipment for the EX. Abbreviation for Signalman.
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Singo- Location of the School Of Infantry,Singleton Sombrero - Refers to the new bush hats which have
NSW home of the Australian Infantry. So when did extremely wide brims. look at that jube with a som-
you go through Singo mate? brero. Get some time up.
SLATTERY - refers to an individual weak in nature Space Cadet - 1). Name for a Sta Cadet(Ocer
and non productive, also a dick (see woftam). in training) with rank abbreviated as SCDT. 2). An
individual who has no idea, 'is o with the stars.
SL(u)R - A name for the L1A1 rie. It was a Nickname of SIG Zunker.
Real Mans Weapon... but then again our ancestors
lamented the passing of the boomerang & spear. Spanner - A member of the corps of Royal
Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Skippy Badge - Hat or beret badge insignia for the
(RAEME).
Royal Australian Regiment (Regular Army Infantry
organisation) Skippy for the kangaroo in the centre Spam in a Can - Occupants and crew of an APC
or tank. The after eects of being hit by anti-tank
Sleeve Trash - Enlisted ranks. Prior to new DPCUs
weapons.
issued circa 2005, enlisted personnel wore rank on
their sleeves, opposed to Ocers wearing on shoul- Spanker - See Horichter or Pollard.
ders.
Sparky - An electrician or electronics tech of the
Slouchie or Slouch Hat - Unique form of wide RAEME. Also an Electrical Fitter, Electrical Sys-
brimmed khaki/light brown coloured fur-felt hat tems Specialist in the RAAF
worn by Australian Soldiers with the left brim turned
up for ceremonial occasions. A KFF. Splat-cat - See 'Dirt Dart'.

S.L.U.G. - slow, lethargic, unco-ordinated, grot. Splat-cats - 3 RAR


Often used for those who are physically challenged
or endemically hopeless. Splice The Main Brace - Order given by the Queen
for the 'Rum Ration' to be doubled, this is only done
Smellie - A Short Magazine Lee Eneld rie .303 only rarely done to celebrate occasions such as the
(in Australian Service No1 MkIII or its varients in birth or marriage of a member of the Royal Family.
the main) (archaic).
Sponge - Term of endearment for Russell Oces,
Smock, psychological- a camouaged nylon rain Canberra. Also The Grey Sponge, Big Grey
garment intended for eld use, issued from the 60s- Sponge or Sponge Factory
early 90s. Provided only psychological protection
from the rain. Spook - A name used generally for personnel in-
volved in an intelligence role. E.g. Yeah, that
Smoko - RAAF term for ocially sanctioned short FLTLTs a spook.
breaks from work for a cuppa and a smoke if so in-
clined. Sporty - RAAF term for ocially sanctioned down
time for Sporting Activities, in the 70s and 80s usu-
Smurf Cams -Refers to RAAF GPU, a replace- ally just an excuse to have a BBQ and several beers
ment for c-dubs. Origins of the term refer to there and socialize with workmates, occasionally a tennis
blue appearance or the ability to not even cam a ball may have been hit by a cricket bat to please the
smurf -movie character boss.
S.N.A.F.U. - Situation Normal All Fucked Up. Spring-Butt - Derogatory term for a student, usu-
ally sta college, who loves to show the world how
Snake - Term used to refer to Sergeants. Also refers
much he knows by asking interminable questions of
to Naval Police Coxwains in the RAN.
guest lectures at every opportunity, usually preceded
Snake Pit - Term used to refer to the Sergeants by a preamble demonstrating their own exemplory
Mess. Also shortened to the pit. E.g., See you level of knowledge of the subject in question.
down the pit.
Sprog - 1st year Army Apprentice. Used by
Social Climber - Derogative, used to describe a Senior RAAF Apprentices to describe rst year
person who tries to mix and socialise in with higher RAAF apprentices at Wagga, also used by civilians
ranking persons and groups. of Wagga Wagga to describe RAAF Apprentices

Soggy Sao - Equivalent to the British biscuit Spud - Spud and Spud App Derogatory Term
race. SAO is a brand of cracker biscuit made used by RAAF Engineering/Trade Apprentices at
by Arnotts. First started in the Australian Defence Wagga to describe RAAF Technology Apprentices,
Force by members of 4th Field Regiment. unknown origin. See COT Death
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Square Peg - Short for Square Peg Round Hole, 20 T


See F.O.N.C.
Tail-end Charlie a soldier who is bring-up or pro-
Squashed Moth The aircrew brevet - the 'wings
tecting the rear of a platoon, or formation (same as
badge worn on a pilots uniform. By extension,
Arse-end Arnold).
derogatory slang for aircrew.
Tailor mades - Mass-produced cigarettes; i.e.,
Squeezer - A jocular term of derision used to de-
bought as is, as opposed to rolling your own ('rol-
scribe another soldier or person who is suspected of
lies).
malingering (e.g., Old mate is a f#cking squeezer)
SSM - Senior Sandwhich Maker the same as CSM Tally - RAAF term; originally denoted visual ac-
but 2nd in charge of a SQN quisition of an airborne target, but has become fre-
quently used in a bar/nightclub scenario. 'Ya see
Stabbed - To be assigned a task by a superior, it usu- that brunette in the red dress?' 'Tally.'
ally not being a task an individual would volunteer
to complete. E.g., I've been stabbed by the boss to Tanker/Tanky - Member of the Armoured Corps.
sell Unit T-shirts at our function. Tankwit - A Member of 1st Armoured Regiment.
Standard NATO - Milk and two sugars. Comes from the term Dimwit"meaning that a crew
is locked up inside their Tank and has no idea whats
Stars - Infantry sleep under them, RAAF select going on around them. "Oh hes a Tankwit
their accommodation by the rating, Navy claim to
navigate using them. Target - Naval surface vessel according to sub-
mariners and aircrew.
Steamer - A crap.
Tazzed - (aka Getting Tazzed) - RAAF ocer term
Stinger - A member of B sqn 3rd/4th Cavalry Reg- for drinking alcohol to excess and throwing up after
iment. a big night you were really Tazzed last night
Stomp - A pack march and or a patrol. Tea and medals - A successful conclusion to an
operation. From the British TV series 'Blackadder
Subbie - An ocer of subaltern rank; i.e., Army
Goes Forth'.
Lieutenants, Air Force Pilot/Flying Ocers, and
Navy Sub-Lieutenants. Tea and Sticky Buns - A one-way conversation
during which a wayward member (usually an o-
Subbie-wings - An honoric title conferred upon
cer) is reminded of his or her short comings by a
enlisted soldiers who manage the signicant
senior commander.
achievement of convincing a commissioned ocer
to sleep with him/her. Guess what. I got my Ten That Cunt - a card game played by members
subbie-wings on the weekend. of 11PL ZULUs of Delta Coy 2RAR
Sumpie - A RAAF Engine Fitter Ter - An Indonesian prex generally meaning some-
thing is the most eg. Terbesar, Besar = big,
Super-grunt a member of the Special Air Service.
terbesar = biggest. Ter is used by Indonesian lin-
Super-Sub-Lieutenant or Super-Sub-Lewie - guists in everyday English to add emphasis to some-
RAN term used to describe a RAN Commodore as thing. eg. I'm terhungry or that chick is terhot.
their rank (now sleeve rank) resembles that of a su-
Terry tu cunt - Someone who thinks they are
per large Sub-Lieutenants rank.
tough but are really just try hards, Hey Mick, check
S.W.A.T - refers to the reserves. Some Weekends this Terry tu cunt out
And Tuesdays
T.H.E.M. - SAS
SWAT - Students Wanting A Taste refers to gap
year members The Train - Often a Domestic operation served by
at least 3 diggers but usually as many as a young lass
Sweating like an ADG in a spelling test or Sweat- can handle in quick succession, i.e., Did you end
ing like a whore in church - To perspire exces- up picking that bird up last night?" Yep, me and the
sively. boys ran a train on her, she just couldn't get enough.

Swimming Pool - The US Presidential Distin- Throw Smoke - To throw smoke is to cover a tacti-
guished Unit Citation. Awarded to some Australian cal withdrawal from a sticky situation, also to make
Army units for actions during the Vietnam and Ko- a strategic withdrawal during a civilian outing with
rean conicts. See Blood Bath. AJs (see also AJ Fadeaway)
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(A) Thick - An army tradesman who did not serve Trucky - A slang term used for soldiers of The
an army apprenticeship (generally in the days when Royal Australian Corps Of Transport.
Army Apprentices School existed)
Truckwit - Used as a derisive term to describe a
Throw Down - a enemy weapon held by a section Transport Corps soldier (by other corps to describe
for emergency legal reasons. an inept Transport Corp member).
TIC - Troops In Contact. Tubs - A shower.
Tiy - Articer, a member of the RAEME who Tucker fucker - An Army cook. 'Tucker' is an Aus-
works on and repairs Artillery and Tank guns. My tralian word for food.
gun is rooted, took it down to the ties and they said
it will be xed in 3 to 5 hours Tully - Tully, home of the Field Force Battle School,
with the highest rainfall in Australia. Run in the
Tillie - An M548A1 Tracked Load carrier - member early 80s by a true legend - Warry George Mansford,
of the M113 family used for cargo/resupply duties. and with great sta like Blue Telford, Blue Gleeson
Tink Tink - A member of the army who wears and some other ring ins. Renouned for the toilet hu-
glasses. 'Tink Tink' is the sound of the rounds from mour, mostly left by depressed poges on their rst
the sniper rie nding their mark, as the the glasses visit away from their base, e.g. TULLY - Totally
reect light and draw attention to the wearers loca- Unbelievable Lets Leave Yesterday.
tion. Tupperware - Steyr F88 rie see Plastic fantas-
TK - Tarin Kowt. The capital of Uruzgan Province, tic. Derived from the name of a plastic kitchenware
in southern Afghanistan. manufacturer ( Tupperware is the name of the plas-
tic kitchenware company which also makes the butt
TOADs - Army Reserve. Tuesdays Only After group and trigger mech of the rie).
Dark.
TOC - Tea or Coee, refers to self funded canteen Turd Burglar - A soldier from 2/4 RAR same as a
of a unit. Poo Pirate , Shirt Lifter or Nugget Puncher.

Tooth Fairy - A member of the Royal Australian Turd toucher - A plumber/gastter tradesman from
Army Dental Corps. the RAE.

Train Smash - A meal made by combining any in- Turps - Any form of alcoholic beverage drank to
gredients from one or more rat packs into a pot and excess.
heating. Usually eaten by a group.
Turret-head - Member of the Armoured Corps.
Training Pam or Training Manual - hard core
pornography. Two-way rie range - The battleeld.

Traveller or travel fat - Used to describe an erec- Two-dads - A generic name for someone with a
tion caused by vehicle motion / vibration. Also hyphenated surname. I.e., two surnames, therefore
known as 'motion thickness. two fathers.

Trail Ape - A gun line member of Royal Australian Tyre Biter - A term used to describe a driver within
Artillery. the Tranposrt Corps.

Trip - An operational deployment.


Trooper Seiko - When you use a watch to do your 21 U
picquet (preferably not on Ops).
Uckers - A board game from the Royal Navy, simi-
Tubbin - Thumb Up Bum Brain In Neutral. lar to Ludo and thought to have originated in India.
Trash haulers - Transport aircrew. Often shortened
to 'trashies.
Underwater Panel Beating - See 'Dixie Bashing'.
Trashies - Slang for AAFCANS, a RAAF can-
teen. (Trashies referring to the low quality fried food
served there). UNSWR'd - To get completely screwed over re-
gardless of actual successes. The obscuring of re-
Triple Points - An attractive female ocer. De- sults in order to make someone feel spesschal. that
rived from the HMAS Success event in 2009. result last Saturday got completely UNSWR'd
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22 V Whores bath - A quick wash taken in the eld with


little water- i.e. armpits and crotch.
Vege bin - An armoured personnel carrier. Implies
Willy Foxtrot - The Whimp Factor, Willy Foxtrot.
that the troops carried in the vehicle are 'vegetables.
Usually used when someone dogs it from a hard ac-
Veggies - Royal Australian Armoured Corps As- tivity - he got a dose of the Willy Foxtrots.
sault Troopers. Depending on the context the term
Willy Pete - White Phosphorus (WP).
can be one of endearment or derision.
WOFTAM - 'Waste Of Fucking Time And Money'.
Veggie Patch - 2/4 RAR at Lavarack Barracks.
Once used by Regulars to describe Reservists, but
Vue Tue - Pronounced 'viewee toowee'. Refers to you don't hear it so much these days.
a small green plastic folder with clear plastic sleeves
WOMBAT - Waste of military budget and time.
for inserting notes and cribs commonly used by the
Army. Aussie equivalent of a 'Nirex' (UK) or 'dope Wombat gun - M79 grenade launcher. More com-
book' (USA). mon now is the GLA (Grenade Launcher Attach-
ment) for the in service F88 AUSTEYR.

23 W (W)RANS - A derogatory term for female sailors.


Prior to 1985 women could only serve in the
Womens Royal Australian Navy Service e.g.
WAG - 'Wild Arse Guess. Usually made by an Of-
WRANS. Referring to a group of female sailors as
cer when navigating.
(W)RANS or a single female sailor as a (W)RAN(S)
Wagtail - Sometimes aectionate term for the singles out their service as being dierent than that
Wagtail radio due to its long antenna. rendered by male members, as it was done prior to
1985.
Wank booth - A soldiers room on base.
Wreckie mech - An RAEME soldier who operates
Wanking chariot - A single bed on base. motor recovery equipment; i.e., a wrecker. Gener-
Wanking spanner - Your prominent hand. E.g., ally NOT very bright. Known as the LEGENDs of
Stick your wanking spanner in the air if you ..... DRONG in RAEME. Also known as Bogoligists or
(Also known as (c__t scratcher). Tow-rags.

Warned Out - to be notied of an impending task.


Warry/warrie - A colourful (if somewhat embel- 24 X
lished) anecdote about military service 'back in the
day'. Usually recited by a senior NCO after a sur- Xongabong - refers to the act of using marijuana
feit of alcohol. The best warries eventually trans- while on active duty. ie- John got discharged be-
mute into urban legends. Australian equivalent of cause he was xongabong
the USN/USMC term 'sea story'.
waste of space - A member of the ADF that fullls a 25 Y
posting that could be better done by a blind and mute
primate. Usually fails the basics regarding ADF life,
Yowie suit - Heavily camouaged garments worn by
BFAs etc. Commonly throws junk food down their
snipers, resembling a mythical creature of the bush.
gullet and is a chain smoker yet talks about selection
Australian term for a Ghillie suit.
plans.
Wheelbarrow with a... - Used by Army person- Yardie - Gloried blanket stacker, also able to stack
nel when confronted with a long and/or dicult to items on lage wooden pallets.
pronounce name. E.g. a Corporal at 1 RTB might Yarma - Bloody big hill, as in we just patrolled up
be calling out the roll and be confronted with the that f%^&ing big yarma!
name 'Tsimbouklis, which he would then call out as
wheelbarrow with a 'T'"
Whiskey Tango - A term that refers to a female 26 Z
from another country. White Trash.
Zeds or Zees to sleep is to punch out zeds.
White Handers - Air Force term for maintenance
personnel working on electrical systems; i.e., those Zoom bag - A ying suit.
who don't get their hands dirty.
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