1. ‘Ally’

A term used to indicate the stylishness of a person or piece of gear on the battlefield. Special forces personnel are automatically considered allies.

2. ‘Threaders’

Angry or fed up.

3. ‘Hoofing’ 

Excellent.

4. ‘Gleaming’

To use language that emphasizes quality and favorability. Highly regarded by the Guards Division. Something that “gleams” is probably worthwhile.

5. ‘Dhobi Dust’

The powder is the slang name for laundry detergent in the military. Since British troops were stationed in India, the term ‘dobi,’ which means ‘washing’ or ‘laundry,’ has been in common use.

6. ‘Egg Banjo.’

The name for a fried egg sandwich comes from the fact that the diner, using their free hand, must raise the sandwich to around ear level before they can’strum’ the egg from their shirt.

7. ‘Gash’

A term used in the Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force for garbage or trash, especially food packaging.

8. ‘Gen’

Alternative term for real: For what it’s worth, what’s the gen? What’s the real word on the street?

9, ‘Jack’

Workshy or selfish person. For example, ‘He’s Jack as f***.’

10. ‘KFS’

Knife, fork, and spoon.

11. ‘Beasted’ 

Drills, fast marching, or extended running may be employed as a punishment because of the wear and tear it places on the body.

12. ‘Civi, civy or civvy.’

Slang for civilians – a public member that doesn’t serve within the Armed Forces.

13. ‘Crow’

Recruits, inexperienced soldiers, or Combat Recruits of War is a disparaging epithet originating from World War I. Recruits in a regiment are granted the rank of private.

14. ‘Buckshee’

“I merely have a buckshee pair of boots” is slang, meaning a spare piece of equipment, something simple or free.

15. ‘Daysack’

A compact backpack with enough food, water, and other necessities to last an individual for a few days. The question of whether or not a daysack can be used overnight remains, though.

16. ‘Crap hat.’

A disparaging word used by members of the Parachute Regiment to refer to individuals who belong to other regiments or units.

17. ‘Dit’

(Army/Navy) a narrative, typically one that is overblown.

18. ‘Doss Bag.’

(Royal Marines/Army) Sleeping bag.

19. ‘Oggin’

(Royal Navy/Marine Corps) water. In the “Oggin,” which means at sea or in water.

20. ‘Pull up a sandbag.’

(Army) To tell a story, usually a story about war that isn’t true. 

21. ‘Green time machine.’

A sleeping bag

22. ‘Readers’

Word meaning hot or warm. For example – ‘I’m redders today. I need to go cool down.’

23. ‘Walt or Walter Mitty’

A person who makes up stories about their time in the military or a civilian who acts like they were in the military.

24. ‘Badmin’ 

Word is for someone who is bad at running a business or keeping things organized.

25. ‘End Ex.’

Every soldier’s favorite word, meaning the exercise or event is over, and they can shower for the first time in weeks.

26. ‘Scoff’

Army slang for food. For example – ‘I’m starving. Let’s go get some scoff.’

27. ‘Cookhouse’

The canteen where the Army goes to eat.

28. ‘Scran’

(Royal Navy and Royal Marines) Slang for food. ‘I’m starving; let’s go get some scran.’

29. ‘Galley’

A canteen on a ship where the Royal Navy eats.

30. ‘Stag’

Guard duty

31. ‘NAAFI’

The NAFI is an abbreviation for the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institute, a store where personnel of the armed forces can buy treats, chips, and beverages like soda and coffee. For instance, “let’s take a NAAFI break.”

32. ‘Scale A Parade.’

A parade or gathering that everyone in the regiment who is available must go to at a certain time and date, with no exceptions.

33. ‘Chin-strapped’

Meaning very tired or lack of sleep.

34. ‘Bone’

“Bone” is a word for something that doesn’t do anything. “This is bone,” for example. What a waste of time for everyone.

35. ‘You’re in your own time now.’

This is the nice way to say, “You can’t leave until this is done,” or “I don’t care if you have partners to go home to.”

36. ‘TAB’

Forced march is an Army term for carrying a heavy pack over a long distance. It stands for “Tactical Advance to Battle,” and it usually ends in a battle or training.

37. ‘Yomp’

A long, burdened march that is done against one’s will. Royal Marines use this word.

38. ‘Hanging out.’

Having a hard time. “I’m hanging out after the yomp/TAB,” for example.

39. ‘Recce’

Reconnaissance. “Let’s go check out that pub and see what it’s like,” for example.

40. ‘Marking time.’

One example of an unpleasant drill movement is when a person stays in one place while bouncing their legs back and forth. It may also signify that you or your career are stagnating.