• Phrases people in the Military will know and Understand Phrases people in the Military will know and Understand

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    Every region of the US has its unique phrases

    , but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.

    Our service members already set themselves apart by speaking in acronyms like "I was on the FOB when the IDF hit, so I radioed the TOC."

    Aside from acronyms, members of the military have special phrases that caught our attention.

    "15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior"

    Military people learn to show up to everything (especially an official formation) at least 15 minutes early.

    The phrase "15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior" comes from the expectation that you arrive 15 minutes earlier than the person in the next rank. The captain wants everyone to meet at 0600, so the master sergeant wants folks to arrive at 0545, and when it finally hits the corporal, people are told to show up at midnight.

    "A good piece of gear" (in reference to people)

    Only in the service is it acceptable to refer to one of your coworkers or (more frequently) a person working for you as "a good piece of gear."

    "Back on the block"

    This refers to the time before service, when a service member was a "nasty" civilian. ("Nasty" in the military generally means "unkempt.")

    Often used in reference to meeting old friends while on leave, as in a military member is "back on the block," or acting like a civilian.

    "Birth-control glasses"

    Military-issued eyeglasses known for their lack of aesthetic appeal. "Birth-control glasses" are considered ugly enough to function as contraceptives. 

    "Blues buddies"

    Blues are the name for the dress uniform for the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and occasionally the Navy dress and Winter Blue uniforms. Two personnel who frequently leave base together while dressed in their blues as known as "blues buddies." 

    "Blue falcon"

    Slang for "Buddy F-----."

    A Blue Falcon is someone who blatantly throws another Marine/soldier/sailor/airman under the bus.

    "Breaking it down Barney-style"

    Refers to the kid show "Barney and Friends." When something is broken down Barney style, it's being explained as if to a child.

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    Every region of the US has its unique phrases

    , but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.

    Our service members already set themselves apart by speaking in acronyms like "I was on the FOB when the IDF hit, so I radioed the TOC."

    Aside from acronyms, members of the military have special phrases that caught our attention.

    "15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior"

    Military people learn to show up to everything (especially an official formation) at least 15 minutes early.

    The phrase "15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior" comes from the expectation that you arrive 15 minutes earlier than the person in the next rank. The captain wants everyone to meet at 0600, so the master sergeant wants folks to arrive at 0545, and when it finally hits the corporal, people are told to show up at midnight.

    "A good piece of gear" (in reference to people)

    Only in the service is it acceptable to refer to one of your coworkers or (more frequently) a person working for you as "a good piece of gear."

    "Back on the block"

    This refers to the time before service, when a service member was a "nasty" civilian. ("Nasty" in the military generally means "unkempt.")

    Often used in reference to meeting old friends while on leave, as in a military member is "back on the block," or acting like a civilian.

    "Birth-control glasses"

    Military-issued eyeglasses known for their lack of aesthetic appeal. "Birth-control glasses" are considered ugly enough to function as contraceptives. 

    "Blues buddies"

    Blues are the name for the dress uniform for the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and occasionally the Navy dress and Winter Blue uniforms. Two personnel who frequently leave base together while dressed in their blues as known as "blues buddies." 

    "Blue falcon"

    Slang for "Buddy F-----."

    A Blue Falcon is someone who blatantly throws another Marine/soldier/sailor/airman under the bus.

    "Breaking it down Barney-style"

    Refers to the kid show "Barney and Friends." When something is broken down Barney style, it's being explained as if to a child.

    Continue reading more from http://www.businessinsider.com/phrases-only-people-in-the-military-know-2014-10

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