Here are a few terms or jargon that occurs in my stories. I’ll
be adding to it periodically.
|'Watch your six'
||Watch your back. If twelve o’clock is directly in front
of you, nine to your left, and 3 o’clock to your right,
then six is behind yourself, at your back. “Cover my six,”
means cover my back with weapon fire or watching for unfriendlies.
||Leave the attack zone.
|| Communications equipment, throat mikes, ear mikes, radios.
|| Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. In Perfect Weapon
it’s wrong, and says, Search Evasion Rescue and Extraction.
The correction didn’t get in the final book.
|| National Military Command Center
||Joint Chief’s of Staff meeting rooms, high security
|| Joint Chiefs of Staff, at present Peter Pace is the chairman.
Years ago, my father a member of the JCS
||Nine millimeter Beretta, standard side arm of Marines.
||Standard automatic rifle.
|| A smaller more compact assault rifle with a scope.
|| A sight on top of the rifle to put the enemy in the cross
|| Two bisecting lines in the lens of the scope.
|'Lead the target'
|| Aiming a few centimeters before the target as the bullet
will travel and reach the target by the time he runs to the
||A device that holds ammunition so it came be rapidly loaded
into a weapon. A clip is inserted into the magazine.
|| The actual container of ammunition. Some weapons have removable
magazines that are preloaded and ready to insert and fire.
|| No not taking off clothes but taking apart a weapon usually
for cleaning. Although, I heard ‘field strip that cigarette
butt,’ which is removing the filter, pocketing that and
letting only the ash and tobacco hit the ground. No paper.
|| Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Small aircraft that are controlled
from a distance via satellite. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, they
were controlled by a tech on a base in the US. Cool huh?
||Load Bearing Vest. A vest with several pockets that is often
worn over the flack jacket and holds medicals kits, ammo, glasses,
anything they will need in combat.
|| The bulletproof material. Kevlar plates slid into a vest.
Recently constructed to be one piece, LBV with ballistic proof
up to certain calibers, then more can be added to the vest.
|Jungles or diggies
|| Camouflage uniforms worn in combat and daily by military.
‘Diggies’ are Marines only and its pattern is digital.
New Marines call the uniform Diggies, old school call them jungles
or utilities. The uniform has only recently changed in the last
|| Night Vision Goggles. A single scope that enables you to
see in the dark, a single flash of light will blind you if it
occurs in front of you. Through the goggles all that is light
|| Thermal imagining that shows the heat of the body.
|| Sends out a bright light and high sound to stun, but not
kill. Law enforcement, like SWAT use them.
|Liquid body armor
|| Full suits like a dive suit recently developed by the Army.
|| Rigid Inflatable boat, Often referred to as a Zodiak. It’s
large and can have gun mounts.
|249 Gulf a 'saw'
||A big ass machine gun. Its uses a 7.62 mm round. Sometimes
on the side of a chopper and the ‘Gunner’ mans
it to offer cover fire for troops getting on the chopper or
jumping/ repelling off. Or in trouble. They are also the gun
on the top of a humvee you see in pictures of troops in Iraq.
My son Nick was a Saw Gunner.
|| To muzzle noise suppression on a rifle. Looks like a silencer
|| Laying down rapid fire to keep the enemy from moving in any
|| Rocket propelled grenade. Launched a grenade with the speed
of a rocket. A good thing since once the pin is pulled it's
a three seconds to the blast.
|| A glow in the dark light, in stick form that military use
to read maps. You’ve probably seen kids wearing different
versions on Halloween.
|| CIA training grounds.
||A non-official covert or clandestine officer of the CIA. We
call them agents, they are really called officers. Alexa in
NAKED TRUTH was a NOC. Adam Kincade in HIT HARD is not covert.
|| Jump, High Altitude Low Opening. Jump from 35 ,000 feet.
They need oxygen to survive the first few thousand feet of the
free fall. The jump is done from this height above radar detection.
|| The US Marines battle cry. It’s often spoken for almost
any occasion to depict a hurray, to motivate before danger,
but mostly a show of solidarity. Something good happens, Ooh
rahh. However, it was formed from the battle of Tripoli and
it’s Turkish for ‘Kill.’ Makes you wonder
how is got to be a good thing to say, huh?
|| Short for Semper Fidelis, ‘Always faithful.’
The Marine motto.
|Devil Dog, The hound of hell
|| It’s what the Nazi’s called the Marines.
As the story goes, the Fifth and Sixth Regiments of Marines
earned the nickname of Teufel Hund [sic], or Devil Dog, by
the Germans in World War I during the 1918 Château-Thierry
campaign near the French village of Bouresches. Its is remembered
as the battle at Belleau Wood. Marines assaulted a line of
German machine-gun nests on an old hunting preserve known
as Belleau Wood. The fighting was terrible. Those Marines
who weren't cut down by the enemy guns captured the nests
in a grisly close-quarters battle. The shocked Germans nicknamed
their foes, teufelhunden [sic] (devil dogs).
That particular battle earned the 5th and 6th marines the
foregere from the French government in recognition of their
valor. It’s a red and green braid that is worn on the
Charlie uniform, over the shoulder and under one arm. Only
Marines in the 5-6th Marine Regiment wear it. My husband and
my father both served in these regiments and wore it.
I’m told the correct German spelling for Devil Dog
is really 'Teufelshunde'.
Military time 0700 is 7 am. When you hit 1pm in the after noon
it's 1300. Easy way is to count 13 as 1 o’clock, 1400 is 2,
1500 is 3 pm and so on. 2400 hours is midnight and 0100 is 1 AM.
My mom can do that without counting.