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Canadian Military Terminology

An ongoing, regularly-updated list of terms and slang used by the Canadian Military.

  • AAR – after action review
  • AK – AK-47, Kalashnikov, automatic rifle
  • ANA – Afghan National Army
  • arid – (or tans) sandy coloured camouflage, boots etc. for desert environment
  • AWOL – absent without leave
  • backfills – troops brought over in small numbers mid-tour to replace soldiers going on leave.
  • BATs – Big Ass Tents, huge canvas barracks
  • bird – helicopter (air force or army), a satellite (to a signaler)
  • black cadillacs – standard issue black army boots
  • blue rocket – blue coloured portable toilet
  • CADPAT – CAnadian Disruptive PATtern – digital camouflage pattern
  • CMTC – Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
  • Col. – Colonel
  • CO – Commanding Officer
  • comms – communications
  • cooker – celebration, sometimes a bbq
  • Coy. – company
  • Cpl. – Corporal
  • Cpt. – Captain
  • DAGged – (from Deployment Assistant Group), getting documents, inoculations, last will and testament, banking etc. in order for deployment
  • dip – chewing tobacco
  • dog – refers to the type meat served at dinner at KAF (not literally, just a commonly held opinion)
  • Ex – military exercises
  • F18s – fighter jets
  • flying kitchen – mobile kitchen
  • FOB – forward operating base
  • haybox – meal delivered in the field
  • IED – improvised explosive device
  • IMP – Individual Meal Plan (rations)
  • ISAF – International Security Assistance Force
  • jack up – to reprimand someone
  • KAF – Kandahar Air Field
  • LAV – light armoured vehicle
  • leaguer – ring formation of vehicles
  • Lt. – Lieutenant (pronounced “luftenant”)
  • Lt.-Col. – Lieutenant Colonel
  • Maj. – Major
  • matériel – hardware, equipment
  • MCpl. – Master Corporal
  • MNVGs – monocular night vision goggles
  • MP – military police
  • Mr. Pen – the name given soldiers by Afghan children because soldiers give out much prized pens
  • no duff – from military exercise, means the situation is real and not ex. e.g., a no duff injury is a real medical emergency vrs. a simulated training injury
  • Op – military operation
  • OPSEC – operational security
  • PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder
  • net – radio network
  • outside the wire – outside the fortress
  • ramp ceremony – part of repatriation ceremony of the dead
  • rats – rations
  • recce – reconnaissance
  • roto – rotation, where entire battlegroup takes over
  • RPG – rocket propelled grenade
  • sapper – combat engineer
  • Sgt. – Sergeant
  • Sgt. Maj. – Sergeant Major
  • tans – (or arid) colour of camouflage, boots etc. for desert environment
  • temperates – (temperate woodland) forest coloured camouflage, boots etc. for temporate enviroment
  • TIC – Troops In Contact, synonym for firefight
  • VSA – vital signs absent, dead
  • W.O. – Warrant Officer
  • WOG – WithOut Guns, derogatory term for non-combat personnel

For more Canadian military terminology see:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Canadian_military_slang
http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/4_7.asp?keywords=canadian
http://army.ca/words/?function=showall