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MILITARY JARGON

Although no where near a complete list. The following is the most common slang words used by our Military. For a complete list check out the DOD Dictionary. If you have jargon to add that you think maybe useful to other spouses, please contact us. For a list of Marine Corps jargon, check out our Marine Corps Jargon page.

A

AAFES - Army & Air Force Exchange Service - the PX. Has recently undergone a name change to Xchange.

C

Civvies - Civilian clothing (jeans, t-shirt, etc... anything other than military clothing/uniforms).

CO: commanding officer

F

FRG: family readiness group

FTX: field training exercise

FUBAR - F'ed Up Beyond All Recognition

H

Household 6 - term used by many service members to refer to their spouse. Household 6 is known for dealing with stinky PT's, fixing chow, packing the sea bag, dealing with finance and all the other hideous tasks that need to be done in order to make operations run a lot smoother. How did the term come about? It is broken up in two parts. Household (this being where the spouse spends much of his/her time) and 6 refers to the designation for a commander of a Company/Troop, Battalion/Squadron, Brigade/Regiment, Division or Corps

L

LES - Leave and Earnings Statement - This is like a civilian pay stub

O

OCS: - Officer Candidate School

OPSEC - Operational Security

OSUT- One Station Unit Training

P

PCS - Permanent Change of Station - This is when you will move from one duty station to another, or you spouse will come down on orders for an unaccompanied tour (meaning you are not authorized to go with him).

PFT - Physical Fitness Test

POG - Personnel Other Than Grunt 

PT - Physical Training - aka workout

R

Rack - Bed

S

Scuttlebutt - Rumors

T

Tag Chaser - A Tag Chaser is someone who specifically targets Military members to date purely because of the uniform they wear. It can also mean an individual that collects dog tags of Military members with whom they have sexual encounters with.


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