A military tank is an armored fighting vehicle with heavy firepower, strong armor, and good battlefield maneuverability designed for front-line combat. Tanks are a mainstay of modern ground forces and a key part of combined arms combat.
Commonly used military slang:
Compiled from Jon Mixon, USAF Vet and Jon Davis, Sergeant of Marines, USMC vet and amateur military historian
ASAP – As Soon As Possible: This has become slang in normal speech but in the military it means “immediately.”
Boot – Someone lacking in experience. A reference to “boot camp.”
Bravo Sierra (BS) – Initials for the word Bullshit.
Broke-dick – A soldier with a medical condition that would hinder the soldier’s ability to perform certain tasks; alternatively, equipment that is not operationally ready.
Firewatch ribbon – National Defense Service Medal, which is given to all members of the military during a wartime event. It is presented during bootcamp and everyone gets one, so among the military people serving beside you… no one cares. Firewatch is a reference to the guard duty you do while at bootcamp.
f***nuts – A derogatory term used to describe a host of people and situations.
FUBAR – F***** Up Beyond All Repair: A description of many differing items and people
First Shirt – First Sergeant (Usually the senior NCO within a military unit)
Ground Pounder – A term used to describe a military member in the armed forces whose primary job is being an infantry member.
Good Cookie – The Good Conduct Medal, which is presented to naval and Marine Corps personal for every three years of service without a major disciplinary offense.
Grape – (US Marines, Army) One’s head. For example: “Put your cover [hat] on your grape.”
or (USAF Fighter Pilots) an aircraft/pilot that is easy to shoot down.
or (US Navy) The flight deck crewmen on an aircraft carrier tasked with fuel handling (so called for their purple shirts and helmets).
Hump – Walking with a pack approximately half your body weight from one location to another, not to be confused with the similar activities performed unto dog owners by their K9 companions.
ID10T Form – Idiot form. A non-existent form that ignorant airmen/marines are sent to find. Usually they are new to their unit.
libo – Liberty, time away from work (after hours, on a weekend, during a port-call, etc.) not charged against leave.
Master Guns – (US Marines) Master Gunnery Sergeant; (US Navy) Gunners Mate Master Chief
Moonbeam – A flashlight. We are just as confused as you are.
On the double – As quickly as possible; without delay.
Oorah! – (US Marines) Term used to respond in the affirmative to a question, acknowledge an order, or generally to express enthusiasm. Comparable to “Hooah” in the Army.
Oscar-Mike – On the Move, from the phonetic alphabet.
Outstanding – A superlative used by members of USMC to describe most things.
Rack ops – The time for sleep, if permitted, while in the field.
“…Since Jesus was a corporal” – For a very long time. e.g.: “I haven’t been home since Jesus was a corporal.”
Shitbird – The guy in the unit everyone hates for making life harder on everyone.
Top – The First Sergeant or Master Sergeant (USMC), senior enlisted man at company level.
More military tank info: Modern tanks are versatile mobile land weapon system platforms, mounting a large-caliber cannon in a rotating gun turret supplemented by mounted machine guns or other weapons. They combine this with heavy vehicle armor which provides protection for the crew, the vehicle’s weapons and propulsion systems. A military tank has tracks instead of wheels, which allows it to move over rugged terrain and be positioned on the battlefield in advantageous locations. These features enable the tank to perform well in a variety of intense combat situations, both offensively with fire from their powerful gun, and defensively due to their near invulnerability from common firearms and good resistance from heavier weapons, all while maintaining the mobility needed to exploit changing tactical situations. Fully integrating tanks into modern military forces spawned a new era of combat known as armored warfare.
You might be a Tanker if:
1. You’ve ever been fined for riding with your head sticking out your car’s sun roof.
2. You giggle when your hunting buddies talk about the awesome stopping power of the . 308 Winchester.
3. You named your son Roger.
4. You drive a ’59 Caddy because you like “the feel of a lot of American iron.”
5. Your dog’s name is Sabot.
See Excavator / Earth Mover pop up card.