The Military Alphabet | Lingua Translations

Published 20th November 2017
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The Military Alphabet

 

Many people know the military alphabet, maybe not all of it, but a fair few of them! From my time working in a government office, you need to know this alphabet. This alphabet does differ a bit from the American one. In America, Sierra can be someone’s name: Ciara. So, they may use Sugar instead of Sierra. Guessing they are not overly fond of the work Yankee either, so they tend to use Yellow.

A few days my husband ‘mocked’ me for spelling my name like this. ‘J for Juliet, U for Uniform, L for Lima, I for India, A for Alfa. He reminded me that my name is technically Julia, so why not J for Julia, not Juliet. Well… that sounds crazy to me! It’s always J for Juliet! If not, I might as well as be Phoebe!

“P as in Phoebe

H as in hoebe

O as in oebe

E as in ebe

B as in b-be

and E as in… ‘ello there, mate!”

Granted, this is amazing! And I wish I had the guts to stand there and say my name like that, but I have been trained in the military alphabet, not the Phoebe alphabet!

 

The alphabet:

AAlfaJJulietSSierra
BBravoKKiloTTango
CCharlieLLimaUUniform
DDeltaMMikeVVictor
EEchoNNovemberWWhiskey
FFoxtrotOOscarXX-Ray
GGolfPPapaYYankee
HHotelQQuebecZZulu
IIndiaRRomeo

 

 

What about those pesky people who use random words? Anyone who has worked in a call centre has more than likely heard these:

A for Aisle

C for Cue

G for Gnome

K for Knight

S for See

Y for You

 

You see where I’m going with this!! There are some words where you can attempt the ‘sarcastic alphabet’ and absolutely confuse the person you are speaking to.

 

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