What Do We Mean By ‘Military Terminology’?

Introduction Military terminology refers to the terms and language of military organisations and personnel as belonging to a discrete category. As distinguishable by their usage in military doctrine, they serve to depoliticise, dehumanise, or otherwise abstract discussion about its operations from an actual description thereof. Refer to Military Slang. Common Understanding The operational pressure for… Read More


What is Military Slang?

Introduction Military slang is an array of colloquial terminology used commonly by military personnel, including slang which is unique to or originates with the armed forces. In English-speaking countries, it often takes the form of abbreviations/acronyms or derivations of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, or otherwise incorporates aspects of formal military terms and concepts. Military slang… Read More

What is a Jarhead?

Introduction Jarhead is a nickname for members of the United States Marine Corps. Refer to Devil Dog and Leatherneck. In Popular Culture Jarhead may also refer to: Book: Jarhead Anthony Swofford’s 2003 memoir of his experiences as a US Marine in the First Gulf War. Film: Jarhead: The 2005 film adaptation of Swofford’s book. Jarhead… Read More

What is a Leatherneck?

Introduction Leatherneck is a military slang term for a member of the United States Marine Corps, or of the Corps of Royal Marines. It is generally believed to originate in the wearing of a “leather stock” that went around the neck. Contrary to popular opinion, it was used not to protect the neck during swordfights… Read More

What is a Devil Dog?

Introduction Devil Dog is a nickname for a United States Marine. Refer to Jarhead and Leatherneck. Brief History Multiple publications of the United States Marine Corps claim that the nickname “Teufel Hunden”[a] – “Devil Dogs” in English – was bestowed upon the Marines by German soldiers at the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918… Read More

10 Military Words & Phrases from World War One

The slang used by men in the First World War became popular and fashionable in wartime Britain, with a number of words and phrases remaining in the English language. Prior to the Great War, slang had mostly remained within the army but, during the war, it transferred from soldiers to civilians. Table 1: 10 Military… Read More