List of established military terms

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This is a list of established military terms which have been in use for at least 50 years. List of established military terms_sentence_0

Since technology has changed, not all of them are in current use, or they may have been superseded by more modern terms. List of established military terms_sentence_1

However, they are still in current use in articles about previous military periods. List of established military terms_sentence_2

Some of them like camouflet have been adapted to describe modern versions of old techniques. List of established military terms_sentence_3

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  • Cantonment: a temporary or semi-permanent military quarters; in South Asia, the term cantonment also describes permanent military stations.List of established military terms_item_0_0
  • LogisticsList of established military terms_item_0_1
  • Materiel (also matériel)List of established military terms_item_0_2
  • Military supply chain managementList of established military terms_item_0_3
  • Staging areaList of established military terms_item_0_4

Intelligence List of established military terms_section_1

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  • Demilitarized zone (DMZ): not all are militaryList of established military terms_item_2_13
  • No man's land: land that is not occupied or, more specifically, land that is under dispute between countries or areas that will not occupy it because of fear or uncertainty, or for tactical or strategical considerations. No man's land was what the Allied Expeditionary Force under the command of General Pershing would refer to the land separating the fronts of the two opposing armies, as it was deadly to be there.List of established military terms_item_2_14

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  • Artillery includes any engine used for the discharge of large projectiles.List of established military terms_item_3_15
  • Artillery battery: an organized group of artillery pieces (previously artillery park).List of established military terms_item_3_16
  • Also see below ArtilleryList of established military terms_item_3_17

Doctrinal List of established military terms_section_4

These terms are used for talking about how armed forces are used. List of established military terms_sentence_4

Many of the terms below can be applied to combat in other environments although most often used in reference to land warfare. List of established military terms_sentence_5

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  • Ambush: carrying out a surprise attack on an enemy that passes a concealed position.List of established military terms_item_4_18
  • Artillery barrage: a line or barrier of exploding artillery shells, created by continuous and co-ordinated fire of a large number of guns.List of established military terms_item_4_19
  • Battalia: an army or a subcomponent of an army such as a battalion in battle array (common military parlance in the 17th century).List of established military terms_item_4_20
  • Blockade: a ring of naval vessels surrounding a specific port or even an entire nation. The goal is to halt the movement of goods which could help the blockaded nation's war effort.List of established military terms_item_4_21
  • Booby trapList of established military terms_item_4_22
  • Breach: a gap in fortified or battle lines.List of established military terms_item_4_23
  • Breakout: exploiting a breach in enemy lines so that a large force (division or above) passes through.List of established military terms_item_4_24
  • Bridgehead and its varieties known as beachheads and airheads.List of established military terms_item_4_25
  • Charge: a large force heads directly to an enemy to engage in close quarters combat, with the hope of breaking the enemy line.List of established military terms_item_4_26
  • Chequered retreat, (retraite en échiquier, Fr.) a line or battalion, alternately retreating and facing about in the presence of an enemy, exhibiting a deployment like chequered squaresList of established military terms_item_4_27
  • Column: a formation of soldiers marching in files in which the files is significantly longer than the width of ranks in the formation.List of established military terms_item_4_28
  • CounterattackList of established military terms_item_4_29
  • Counter-battery fireList of established military terms_item_4_30
  • Coup de grâce: a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded soldier; also applied to severely damaged ships (called scuttling when applied to friendly ships).List of established military terms_item_4_31
  • Coup de main: a swift pre-emptive strike.List of established military terms_item_4_32
  • Debellatio: to end a war by complete destruction of a hostile state. More severe than sacking.List of established military terms_item_4_33
  • Decisive victory: an overwhelming victory for one side, often shifting the course of conflict.List of established military terms_item_4_34
  • Defilade: a unit or position is "defiladed" if it is protected from direct exposure to enemy fire; see also Hull-down.List of established military terms_item_4_35
  • DUSTOFF: a now traditional call sign for US Army Air Ambulance helicopter operations engaging in MEDEVAC.List of established military terms_item_4_36
  • Echelon formation: a military formation in which members are arranged diagonally.List of established military terms_item_4_37
  • Encirclement: surrounding enemy forces on all sides, isolating them.List of established military terms_item_4_38
  • Enfilade: a unit (or position) is "enfiladed" when enemy fire can be directed along the long axis of the unit. For instance, a trench is enfiladed if the enemy can fire down the length of the trench. May also refer to placing a unit in a position to enfilade, or the position so enfiladed.List of established military terms_item_4_39
  • EnvelopeList of established military terms_item_4_40
  • Extraction point: the location designated for reassembly of forces and their subsequent transportation out of the battle zone.List of established military terms_item_4_41
  • Fabian strategy: avoiding pitched battles in order to wear down the enemy in a war of attrition.List of established military terms_item_4_42
  • Fighting withdrawal: pulling back military forces while maintaining contact with the enemy.List of established military terms_item_4_43
  • : a single column of soldiers.List of established military terms_item_4_44
  • Flanking maneuver: to attack an enemy or an enemy unit from the side, or to maneuver to do so.List of established military terms_item_4_45
  • Forlorn hope: a band of soldiers or other combatants chosen to take the leading part in a military operation, such as an assault on a defended position, where the risk of casualties is high.List of established military terms_item_4_46
  • Frontal assault or frontal attack: an attack toward the front of an enemy force.List of established military terms_item_4_47
  • Garrison: a body of troops holding a particular location on a long-term basis.List of established military terms_item_4_48
  • Guerrilla tactics: attacking the enemy and the subsequent breaking off of contact and retreating; also referred to as "hit-and-run tactics".List of established military terms_item_4_49
  • Hors de combat: a unit out of the fight, surrendered, wounded (when incapacitated), and so on.List of established military terms_item_4_50
  • Infantry square, pike square, or schiltronList of established military terms_item_4_51
  • InfiltrationList of established military terms_item_4_52
  • Interdiction: to attack and disrupt enemy supply lines.List of established military terms_item_4_53
  • Killing fieldList of established military terms_item_4_54
  • Lodgement: an enclave made by increasing the size of a bridgehead.List of established military terms_item_4_55
  • MEDEVAC: the tactical medical evacuation of wounded from the field of battle by air, bringing them to a higher level of medical care and treatment, e.g. from a forward field location or a forward aid station to a combat support hospital, forward surgical team or other treatment facility able to provide significant stabilizing care or definitive treatment to the injured.List of established military terms_item_4_56
  • Melee or MêléeList of established military terms_item_4_57
  • Mobile columns, or movable columns (French: colomnes mobiles or troupes en activité) — in contrast to stationary troops troupes sédentaire. This may be used as a bureaucratic description to describe the function for which troops are raised for example the regiments of the Highland Fencible Corps were raised for garrison duties while Scottish line regiments in the British Army were raised to fight anywhere; or it may be an operational description.List of established military terms_item_4_58
  • No quarter given: all enemy troops are to be killed, even those who surrender. Also referred to as "take no prisoners".List of established military terms_item_4_59
  • Overwatch: when one small unit provides support for another.List of established military terms_item_4_60
  • PatrollingList of established military terms_item_4_61
  • Parthian shotList of established military terms_item_4_62
  • PhalanxList of established military terms_item_4_63
  • Pickets (or picquets): sentries or advance troops specifically tasked with early warning of contact with the enemy. A soldier who has this job is on "picket duty", and may also be referred to as a "lookout." (see also Vedette, a mounted sentry or outpost)List of established military terms_item_4_64
  • Pincer maneuverList of established military terms_item_4_65
  • Pitched battleList of established military terms_item_4_66
  • Pocket: see "salient".List of established military terms_item_4_67
  • Pyrrhic victory: a victory paid for so dearly that it potentially could lead to a later defeat ("a battle won, a war lost").List of established military terms_item_4_68
  • RaidList of established military terms_item_4_69
  • Rank: a single line of soldiers.List of established military terms_item_4_70
  • ReconnaissanceList of established military terms_item_4_71
  • Retreat: withdrawal of troops from a battlefield (can be either orderly or unorderly; fighting or by rout).List of established military terms_item_4_72
  • Rout: disorderly withdrawal of troops from a battlefield following a defeat, either real or perceived.List of established military terms_item_4_73
  • Sack: the destruction and looting of a city, usually after an assault.List of established military terms_item_4_74
  • Safe-guard: individual soldiers or detachments placed to prevent resources (often farms full of crops and livestock) from being looted or plunderedList of established military terms_item_4_75
  • Salients: a pocket or "bulge" in a fortified or battle line. The enemy's line facing a salient is referred to as a "re-entrant".List of established military terms_item_4_76
  • Scorched earth: the deliberate destruction of resources in order to deny their use to the enemy.List of established military terms_item_4_77
  • Scuttling: the deliberate destruction of a ship to prevent its capture and use by an enemy. Commonly used as a coup de grâce, but has also been a protest (as after the First World War).List of established military terms_item_4_78
  • Shield wall: the massed use of interconnected shields to form a wall in battle.List of established military terms_item_4_79
  • Shield wall (fortification): the highest and thickest wall of a castle protecting the main assault approach.List of established military terms_item_4_80
  • Shoot and scoot: a type of fire-and-movement tactic used by artillery to avoid counter-battery fire.List of established military terms_item_4_81
  • Siege: a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition, often accompanied by an assault in the later phase.List of established military terms_item_4_82
    • Siege en régle: A siege where a city or fortress is invested but no bombardment or assault takes place. Instead, the besieger attempts to persuade the defenders to surrender through negotiation, inducement, or through privations such as starvation. This may be done because the fortress is too strong for the attackers to capture through bombardment and assault, or because if the fortification when captured is undamaged it immediately becomes a functional strong point for the former besiegers.List of established military terms_item_4_83
    • Circumvallation: a line of fortifications built by the attackers around the besieged fortification facing towards it.List of established military terms_item_4_84
    • Contravallation: a second line of fortifications behind the circumvallation facing away from the enemy fort to protect the besiegers from attacks by allies of the besieged.List of established military terms_item_4_85
    • Escalade: the act of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders, a prominent feature of siege warfare in medieval times.List of established military terms_item_4_86
    • Chevaux de frise: sword blades chained together to incapacitate people trying to charge into a breach in the walls.List of established military terms_item_4_87
    • Investment: surrounding an enemy fort (or town) with armed forces to prevent entry or escape.List of established military terms_item_4_88
    • Military mining, undermining of defence positions either fortifications or enemy front line trenches (see also camouflet).List of established military terms_item_4_89
    • Parallel trenchesList of established military terms_item_4_90
    • Sapping: digging approach trench towards enemy fortifications within range of the besieged guns.List of established military terms_item_4_91
    • Siege engines: specialised weapons used to overcome fortifications of a besieged fort or town; in modern times, the task has fallen to large artillery pieces.List of established military terms_item_4_92
    • Siege train: specialised siege artillery moved in a column by road or by rail.List of established military terms_item_4_93
    • Siege tower: a wooden tower on wheels constructed to protect assailants and ladders while approaching the defensive walls of a fortification.List of established military terms_item_4_94
  • Sortie (also "to sally (forth)"): a sudden attack against a besieging enemy from within a besieged fort or town.List of established military terms_item_4_95
  • Surrender at discretion: unconditional surrender instead of surrendering with terms.List of established military terms_item_4_96
  • SkirmishList of established military terms_item_4_97
  • Switch position: A defensive position oblique to, and connecting, successive defensive positions paralleling the front.List of established military terms_item_4_98
  • Vedette, a mounted sentry or outpost, who has the function of bringing information, giving signals or warnings of danger, etc.List of established military terms_item_4_99
  • Withdrawal (military): retreat (i.e., pulling back) of troops from a battlefield (can be either orderly or unorderly; fighting or by rout)List of established military terms_item_4_100

Ordnance List of established military terms_section_5

These terms concern identification of means of combat to inflict damage on the opponent. List of established military terms_sentence_6

Edged List of established military terms_section_6

Weapons that inflict damage through cutting or stabbing. List of established military terms_sentence_7

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  • BayonetList of established military terms_item_5_101
  • Bill (weapon)List of established military terms_item_5_102
  • Danish axeList of established military terms_item_5_103
  • HalberdList of established military terms_item_5_104
  • HandsList of established military terms_item_5_105
  • Knife or DaggerList of established military terms_item_5_106
  • LanceList of established military terms_item_5_107
  • Pole weapon or poleaxeList of established military terms_item_5_108
  • Pike (weapon)List of established military terms_item_5_109
  • Partisan (weapon)List of established military terms_item_5_110
  • SabreList of established military terms_item_5_111
  • SpearList of established military terms_item_5_112
  • SwordList of established military terms_item_5_113

Projectile munitions List of established military terms_section_7

Munitions are weapons and ordnance that inflict damage through impact. List of established military terms_sentence_8

Individual List of established military terms_section_8

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Firearms List of established military terms_sentence_9

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  • CarbineList of established military terms_item_7_117
  • Machine gunList of established military terms_item_7_118
  • MusketList of established military terms_item_7_119
  • PistolList of established military terms_item_7_120
  • RevolverList of established military terms_item_7_121
  • RifleList of established military terms_item_7_122
  • ShotgunList of established military terms_item_7_123
  • Submachine gunList of established military terms_item_7_124
Artillery List of established military terms_section_9

Crew-served, non-vehicle mounted weapons List of established military terms_sentence_10

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  • BallistaList of established military terms_item_8_125
  • CatapultList of established military terms_item_8_126
  • MangonelList of established military terms_item_8_127
  • Onager (siege weapon)List of established military terms_item_8_128
  • TrebuchetList of established military terms_item_8_129

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  • Bombard (weapon)List of established military terms_item_9_130
  • CannonList of established military terms_item_9_131
    • AutocannonList of established military terms_item_9_132
    • BasiliskList of established military terms_item_9_133
    • BombardList of established military terms_item_9_134
    • CarronadeList of established military terms_item_9_135
    • CulverinList of established military terms_item_9_136
    • Demi-cannonList of established military terms_item_9_137
    • Demi-culverinList of established military terms_item_9_138
    • FalconetList of established military terms_item_9_139
    • Hand cannonList of established military terms_item_9_140
    • MinionList of established military terms_item_9_141
    • SakerList of established military terms_item_9_142
  • GunList of established military terms_item_9_143
  • HowitzerList of established military terms_item_9_146
  • Mortar (weapon)List of established military terms_item_9_147

Explosives List of established military terms_section_10

Explosive ordnance causes damage through release of chemical energy. List of established military terms_sentence_12

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Incendiary List of established military terms_section_11

Incendiary ordnance causes damage through release of heat. List of established military terms_sentence_13

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  • FlamethrowerList of established military terms_item_11_158
  • Greek fireList of established military terms_item_11_159
  • NapalmList of established military terms_item_11_160
  • White phosphorusList of established military terms_item_11_161

Vehicles List of established military terms_section_12

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Engineering List of established military terms_section_13

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  • Banquette, or fire stepList of established military terms_item_14_169
  • Barbed wireList of established military terms_item_14_170
  • Bartizan: a cylindrical turret or sentry post projecting beyond the parapet of a fort or castleList of established military terms_item_14_171
  • BastionList of established military terms_item_14_172
  • Bastion fortress: a star-shaped fortress surrounding a town or city (also known as star fort or Trace italienne).List of established military terms_item_14_173
  • Battery: an artillery position, which may be fortified.List of established military terms_item_14_174
  • BermList of established military terms_item_14_175
  • Blast wall: a barrier for protection from high explosive blast.List of established military terms_item_14_176
  • Blockhouse: a) Medieval and Renaissance - a small artillery tower, b) 18th and 19th centuries - a small colonial wooden fort, c) 20th century - a large concrete defensive structure.List of established military terms_item_14_177
  • BreastworkList of established military terms_item_14_178
  • BulwarkList of established military terms_item_14_179
  • Bunker: a heavily fortified, mainly underground, facility used as a defensive position; also commonly used as command centres for high-level officers.List of established military terms_item_14_180
  • Caponier: a defensive firing position either projecting into, or traversing the ditch of a fort.List of established military terms_item_14_181
  • Carnot wall: a wall pierced with loopholes, sited above the scarp of a ditch but below the rampart.List of established military terms_item_14_182
  • Casemate: a vaulted chamber for protected storage, accommodation or if provided with an embrasure, for artilleryList of established military terms_item_14_183
  • CastleList of established military terms_item_14_184
    • Medieval fortificationList of established military terms_item_14_185
      • Arrow slit (arrow loop, loophole)List of established military terms_item_14_186
      • BarbicanList of established military terms_item_14_187
      • Chemin de rondeList of established military terms_item_14_188
      • Concentric castleList of established military terms_item_14_189
      • DrawbridgeList of established military terms_item_14_190
      • GatehouseList of established military terms_item_14_191
      • Keep or donjonList of established military terms_item_14_192
      • MoatList of established military terms_item_14_193
      • MachicolationList of established military terms_item_14_194
      • Murder-holeList of established military terms_item_14_195
      • PortcullisList of established military terms_item_14_196
  • CitadelList of established military terms_item_14_197
  • Counterscarp: the opposing side of a ditch in front of a fortification, i.e., the side facing it.List of established military terms_item_14_198
  • Counterscarp gallery: a firing position built into the counterscarp wall of the ditch.List of established military terms_item_14_199
  • Counter mine: anti-siege tunnel dug by a fortification's defenders below an attacker's mine with the intent of destroying it before the attackers are able to damage (the foundations of) the fortification's walls.List of established military terms_item_14_200
  • CoupureList of established military terms_item_14_201
  • Defensive fighting position; for example, a rifle pit, sangar or fox hole.List of established military terms_item_14_202
  • Ditch: a dry moat.List of established military terms_item_14_203
  • Dragon's teeth: Triangular obstacles acting as roadblocks for armoured vehicles.List of established military terms_item_14_204
  • Dutch Water Line: a series of water-based defensive measures designed to flood large areas in case of attack.List of established military terms_item_14_205
  • EarthworksList of established military terms_item_14_206
  • Embrasure: an opening in a parapet or casemate, for a gun to fire through.List of established military terms_item_14_207
  • Fascine is a bundle of sticks or similar, were used in military defences for revetting (shoring up) trenches or ramparts, especially around artillery batteries, or filling in ditches and trenches during an attack.List of established military terms_item_14_208
  • Flèche: an arrow shaped outwork, smaller than a ravelin or a lunette, with 2 faces with a parapet and an open gorgeList of established military terms_item_14_209
  • FortList of established military terms_item_14_210
  • FortificationList of established military terms_item_14_211
  • FortressList of established military terms_item_14_212
  • Gabion: a large basket filled with earth, used to form a temporary parapet for artilleryList of established military terms_item_14_213
  • Glacis: a bank of earth sloping away from the fort, to protect it from direct artillery fireList of established military terms_item_14_214
  • Gorge: opening at the rear of an outwork for access by defending troops from the main defensive positionList of established military terms_item_14_215
  • Hill fort (New Zealand: Pa (Māori))List of established military terms_item_14_216
  • Lunette: an outwork consisting of a salient angle with two flanks and an open gorge.List of established military terms_item_14_217
  • Magazine: a protected place within a fort, where ammunition is stored and prepared for use.List of established military terms_item_14_218
  • Mining: a siege method used since antiquity against a walled city, fortress or castle, where tunnels are dug to undermine the foundations of the walls; also see counter-mine.List of established military terms_item_14_219
  • Outwork: a minor defence, built or established outside the principal fortification limits, detached or semidetached.List of established military terms_item_14_220
  • Parapet: a wall at the edge of the rampart to protect the defenders.List of established military terms_item_14_221
  • Pillbox: a small concrete guard post.List of established military terms_item_14_222
  • Polygonal fort: a later type of fort without bastions.List of established military terms_item_14_223
  • Rampart: The main defensive wall of a fortification.List of established military terms_item_14_224
  • Ravelin: a triangular fortification in front of bastion as a detached outwork.List of established military terms_item_14_225
  • Redan: a V-shaped salient angle toward an expected attack, made from earthworks or other material.List of established military terms_item_14_226
  • Redoubt: a fort or fort system usually consisting of an enclosed defensive emplacement outside a larger fort, which can be constructed of earthworks, stone or brick.List of established military terms_item_14_227
  • Reduit: an enclosed defensive emplacement inside a larger fort; provides protection during a persistent attack.List of established military terms_item_14_228
  • Sangar: a small temporary fortified position with a breastwork originally of stone, but built of sandbags and similar materials in modern times.List of established military terms_item_14_229
  • Sally portList of established military terms_item_14_230
  • SappingList of established military terms_item_14_231
  • Scarp: the side of a ditch in front of a fortification facing away from it.List of established military terms_item_14_232
  • Sconce: a small protective fortification, such as an earthwork, often placed on a mound as a defensive work for artillery.List of established military terms_item_14_233
  • Sea fort: a coastal fort entirely surrounded by the sea, either built on a rock or directly onto the sea bed.List of established military terms_item_14_234
  • Slighting: the deliberate destruction of an (abandoned) fortification without opposition from its (former) occupants and/or defenders.List of established military terms_item_14_235
  • SortieList of established military terms_item_14_236
  • Star fort: a star-shaped fortress surrounding a town or city (also known as Bastion fortress or Trace italienne).List of established military terms_item_14_237
  • Tenaille (archaic Tenalia): an advanced pincer-shaped defensive work in front of the main defences of a fortress.List of established military terms_item_14_238
  • Terreplein: the fighting platform on top of a rampart, behind the parapet.List of established military terms_item_14_239
  • Tête-de-pont: a temporary defensive work defending a bridge at the end closest to the enemy.List of established military terms_item_14_240
  • Trace italienne: a star-shaped fortress surrounding a town or city (also known as Bastion fortress or star fort).List of established military terms_item_14_241
  • TrenchList of established military terms_item_14_242

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  • : a geographic term for a narrow pass or gorge between mountains. It has its origins as a military description of a pass through which troops can march only in a narrow column or with a narrow front.List of established military terms_item_15_243
  • Debouch:List of established military terms_item_15_244
    • To emerge from a defile or similar into open country;List of established military terms_item_15_245
    • A fortification at the end of a defile;List of established military terms_item_15_246
    • Water that flows out of a defile into a wider place such as a lake.List of established military terms_item_15_247

Naval List of established military terms_section_15

Arms and services List of established military terms_section_16

These terms concern combat arms and supporting services of armed forces used in naval warfare. List of established military terms_sentence_14

Doctrinal List of established military terms_section_17

These terms concern the type of use of naval armed forces. List of established military terms_sentence_15

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  • BlockadeList of established military terms_item_16_248
  • Coup de grâce: a final shot intended to finish off a sinking (enemy) ship (which should be distinguished from scuttling).List of established military terms_item_16_249
  • Crossing the TeeList of established military terms_item_16_250
  • Vanguard—the leading part of an advancing military formationList of established military terms_item_16_251
  • Line astern, line ahead, or line of battleList of established military terms_item_16_252
  • Raking fireList of established military terms_item_16_253
  • ScuttlingList of established military terms_item_16_254
  • Weather gageList of established military terms_item_16_255

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  • Adrift: Loose and out of control. Typically applied to a ship or vessel that has lost power and is unable to control its movement.List of established military terms_item_17_256
  • Aft: Any part of the ship closer to the stern than you currently are.List of established military terms_item_17_257
  • All Hands: The entire ship's crew to include all officers and enlisted.List of established military terms_item_17_258
  • Aye, Aye: Response acknowledging and understanding a command.List of established military terms_item_17_259
  • Bow: Front of the ship.List of established military terms_item_17_260
  • Below: Any deck beneath the one you are currently on.List of established military terms_item_17_261
  • Carry on: An order given to continue work or duties.List of established military terms_item_17_262
  • Cast off: To throw off, to let go, to unfurl.List of established military terms_item_17_263
  • Colours: Raising and lowering of the National Ensign, the American flag and organization flags.List of established military terms_item_17_264
  • Fathom: Unit of measurement generally used for depth from sea level to sea floor.List of established military terms_item_17_265
  • General Quarters: Battle stations. Generally set when the ship is about to engage in battle or hostile activities.List of established military terms_item_17_266
  • Jettison: To throw or dispose of something over the side of ship.List of established military terms_item_17_267
  • Ladder: Also known as a ladder well. Much like civilian stairs however much steeper.List of established military terms_item_17_268
  • Leave: Vacation time nearly completely free unless an emergency recall occurs.List of established military terms_item_17_269
  • Shore leave or Liberty (US): Permission to leave the ship/base to enjoy non-work activities.List of established military terms_item_17_270
  • Mid-watch: Tends to be the midnight to 0400 watch. Also known as "balls to four" due to military time equivalent 0000-0400.List of established military terms_item_17_271
  • Port Side: Left hand side of the ship.List of established military terms_item_17_272
  • Quarters: Generally the morning assembly of all hands for muster and accountability.List of established military terms_item_17_273
  • Starboard: Right hand side of the ship.List of established military terms_item_17_274
  • Stern: Rear of the ship.List of established military terms_item_17_275
  • Taps: Lights out, time to sleep.List of established military terms_item_17_276
  • Turn to: Start working.List of established military terms_item_17_277
  • Working Aloft: Working above the highest deck, generally performing maintenance on the ship's mast or antennas.List of established military terms_item_17_278

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  • Sea mineList of established military terms_item_18_279
  • TorpedoList of established military terms_item_18_280
  • TurretList of established military terms_item_18_281

Vessels List of established military terms_section_20

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Engineering List of established military terms_section_21

Air List of established military terms_section_22

Arms and services List of established military terms_section_23

These terms concern combat arms and supporting services of armed forces used in air warfare. List of established military terms_sentence_16

Operational List of established military terms_section_24

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  • Sortie: used by air forces to indicate an aircraft mission count (flew seven sorties) or in the sense of a departure (the aircraft sortied).List of established military terms_item_20_393

Doctrinal List of established military terms_section_25

These terms concern the type of use of aviation armed forces. List of established military terms_sentence_17

Tactics List of established military terms_section_26

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  • Bombing: specifically area bombing, carpet bombing and pattern bombing.List of established military terms_item_21_394
  • Sortie: a mission flown by an aircraftList of established military terms_item_21_395

Ordnance List of established military terms_section_27

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  • BombList of established military terms_item_22_396
  • MissileList of established military terms_item_22_397

Aircraft List of established military terms_section_28

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  • AirshipList of established military terms_item_23_398
  • BomberList of established military terms_item_23_399
  • Dirigible, balloonList of established military terms_item_23_400
  • FighterList of established military terms_item_23_401
  • Fighter bomberList of established military terms_item_23_402
  • Spotter planeList of established military terms_item_23_403

Engineering List of established military terms_section_29

See also List of established military terms_section_30

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