How much military slang do you know?


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If you are struggling to understand the military language your son, daughter, mother, father, or an ex-military colleague is using see a selection of words and phrases that you need to know.

‘GUCCI’
A shiny or cool bit of kit.

‘U/S’
Unserviceable, broken, no longer working. Can also refer to a person with a hangover… ‘He’s gone U/S’

‘Jack’
A workshy or selfish person. For example ‘He’s Jack as f***!’

‘The Met’
The weather! On exercise or in the field this has more power over morale than a bag of Haribo or a warm brew! Example: The met closed in and I spent the rest of the night wetter than an otter’s pocket.

‘Single Wet’
A colleague who has done something selfish or not included others. This naval term comes from long watches at sea when getting a cuppa (a wet) is the highlight of the night. But doing it for everyone when the ship is bouncing around on the oggin is no easy task, so people will try to avoid it, only making one for themselves.