Peculiar Military Words


Military slang is a set of colloquial terms which are unique to or which originated with military personnel. Out of curiosity I googled few, and discovered a whole new facet of military vocab.

Heres few:

  • Aggression – An unprovoked attack by an enemy
  • Belligerents – Nations carrying on warfare
  • Conscription – Compulsory enrlment as soldiers or sailors
  • Casualties – Killed or wounded in battle
  • Convoy – A number of ships travelling together under escort for the sake of safety
  • Contraband – Smuggling of goods or engaging in prohibited traffic
  • Espionage – The act or practice of spying.
  • Evacuate – To remove from one place to another to avoid the destruction
  • Embargo – An order prohibiting ships to leave the ports
  • Mobilize – To make troops, ships etc ready for war service
  • Invade – To enter a country as an enemy
  • Neutral – Taking neither side in the struggle
  • Alien – A foreigner in a belligerent country
  • Intern – To keep citizens in confinement
  • Ammunition – Shells, bombs, Military stores
  • Ordnance – Heavy guns, artillery and army stores
  • Bayonet – A knife fixed at the end of the gun
  • Parole – A promise given by a prisoner not to try to escape if given temporary release
  • Puttees – Lone strips of cloth bound round the legs of a soldier from the ankle to the knee.
  • Reveille – music for awakening soldiers in the morning
  • Arsenal – A place where naval or military weapons are made or stored.
  • Volley – A shower of bullets
  • Salvo – The firings of many guns at the same time to mark an occasion
  • Cavalry – Horse soldiers
  • Infantry – Foot soldiers
  • Fusillade – A number of firearms being discharged continously
  • Reconnoiter – To make an examination or preliminary survey of enemy territory or military objective
  • Armistice – An agreement to stop fighting
  • capitulate – To surrender to an enemy on agreed terms
  • Annihilate – To reduce to nothing
  • Amnesty – A general pardon of offenders
  • Battalion – The main division of army
  • Besiege – To surround a place with the intention of capturing it
  • Recruit – A soldier recently enlisted for service
  • Furlough – A soldier’s holiday
  • Bulletin – Official reports on the progress of the war
  • Diplomacy – The art of conducting negotiations between nations
  • Garrison – A body of soldiers stationed in a fortess to defend it
  • Bandolier – With pockets for carrying ammunition
  • Conscript – A person who is forced by law to become a soldier
  • Guerilla war – An irregular warfare conducted by scattered or independent bands
  • manoeuvre – Movement of ships or troops in order to secure an advantage over the enemy
  • Commandeer – To seize for military use
  • Demobilize – To release from the army
  • Bivouac – To camp in the open air without tents or covering.



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