When you hear the word “gun” you might think of a 9mm pistol, or maybe even an AR-15 rifle. But if you were living by military lingo, you’d actually be wrong. That’s according to a comprehensive list of military meanings published by NPR.
The word “gun” in combat, the outlet notes, actually refers to a mortar tube or artillery piece. ”Military-issued pistols,” the author writes, “are usually called 9-mils.”
So what are some of the others? How about Geardo (rhymes with weirdo), Green Bean, Poo, DFAC, and Dustoff.
Below are those meanings and some others from the extensive list:
Bone: The B-1 bomber.
CHU: (pronounced choo) Containerized Housing Unit. These small, climate-controlled trailers usually sleep between two and eight soldiers and is the primary unit of housing on larger bases. A CHU Farm is a large number of CHUs together. A Wet CHU is a CHU that has its own bathroom, usually reserved for generals and other high-ranking individuals. CHUs are unarmored and very vulnerable to rocket attacks.
COP: Combat Outpost. A small base, usually housing between 40 and 150 soldiers, often in a particularly hostile area. Life at a COP is often austere and demanding, with every soldier responsible for both guard duty and patrolling.
DFAC: (pronounced dee-fack) Dining Facility, aka Chow Hall. Where soldiers eat. At larger bases the meals are served by contracted employees, often from Bangladesh or . These employees are called TCNs, or Third-Country Nationals.
Dustoff: Medical evacuation by helicopter. For example, “dustoff inbound” means that a medevac helicopter is on the way.
Fobbit: Combination of FOB [forward operating base] and Hobbit. Derogatory term for soldiers who do not patrol outside the FOB.
Geardo: (rhymes with weirdo) A soldier who spends an inordinate amount of their personal money to buy fancy military gear, such as weapon lights, GPS watches, custom rucksacks, etc. Generally refers to a soldier with little tactical need for such equipment. See: Fobbit.
Green Bean: A civilian-run coffee shop common on larger bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, often the locus of the base social scene, such as it is.
Moon Dust: The powdery, flour-like dust that covers everything in southern Afghanistan and much of Iraq.
POO: Point Of Origin. The site from which a rocket or mortar was launched at U.S. forces. Most easily calculated by tracking the projectile’s trajectory with radar. Example: “We’re going out POO hunting.”
Rumint: A combination of rumor and intelligence. Gossip, scuttlebutt.
Woobie: Properly called a poncho liner, this lightly insulated blanket is usually issued to soldiers in basic training. The name references the attachment a baby forms with its blanket.
You can get the full list over at NPR. Have any additions? Let us know in the comments