Linda Maye Adams

Xray! Xray! the military alphabet


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Have you ever talked on the phone and had a really hard time differentiating between some letters like P and B? A lot of Army soldiers use radios to communicate, and misunderstanding a letter. The words were originally developed during World War II, and these are the ones currently used:

A – Alpha
B – Bravo
C – Charlie
D – Delta
E – Echo
F – Foxtrot
G – Golf
H – Hotel
I – India
J – Juliet
K – Kilo
L – Lima
M – Mike
N – November
O – Oscar
P – Papa
Q – Quebec
R – Romeo
S – Sierra
T – Tango
U – Uniform
V- Victor
W – Whiskey
X – X-ray
Y – Yankee
Z – Zulu

So you might have someone spelling out a last name like mine as Alpha Delta Alpha Mike Sierra.

But sometimes the phonetic alphabet can be used to mean other things. There’s an episode of  NCIS called “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”  If you can’t figure out what the means, change it back to letters.

2 Comments

  1. My Marine buddy sent me this when he was deployed and we had fun writing to each other in “Marine speak”

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