25 Military Sayings, Quotes and Phrases Only Used by Military Families

If you are interested in military sayings, quotes and phrases only used by military families, stop searching, as Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about this topic. Just like any other group of people, members of the military have developed their own language for everyday use. Most of it is developed with a goal of making communication as simple and straightforward as possible, reducing chances of misinterpretation and misunderstandings, which can be fatal in combat. However, many of the military phrases and sayings have found their way into civilian life as well, either through family members that served or through movies and news. Reporters often love to use them, mostly to appear that they know what they are talking about. This article was very funny to me, I am trying to learn as many sayings as I can.

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Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked five items from their list.

Oscar Mike or OM is military for on the move. Oscar Mike in five means we are leaving in 5 minutes. It’s cool to say OM in 10, isn’t it? Let’s see the next one! Embrace the suck is very useful for dealing with rebellious teenagers whining about their chores. In armed forces, people are taught early on to embrace the suck, meaning that a large portion of their enlistment will be spent doing unpleasant or simply boring stuff, which needs to be done with as little complaining as possible. For every minute of shooting or blowing things up, there are at least nine minutes of soul-crushingly dull presentation or cleaning the latrine. There is no way of getting out of it, so you might just as well enjoy it, according to drill sergeants. So, embrace the suck and keep shoveling the snow. ETOC – Estimated Time of Completion. Requesting ETOC on homework, so the dinner can be served is pretty common in military families. AWOL – Absent Without Leave. Informing your spouse that a kid is AWOL will ensure that the kid in question will receive a stern lecture on leaving the barracks without proper authorization or exceeding their allotted time outside the house once they return. Depending on your neighborhood and/or your spouse MOS, it may even trigger a CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) mission.

For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about 25 military sayings, quotes and phrases only used by military families

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