Can You Decipher These Military Slang Terms?

Military slang is some of the most unique slang around. How much of it can you identify? Take our quiz to find out!
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In military slang, what does "Detail" refer to?
the improvised armor on a military vehicle
a group of service members sent to do a job
the last thirty days of an enlistment
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What is a "goat trail?"
an unpaved road
footprints left by the enemy
any mountain path
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What does "Lima Charlie" mean?
long and clear
laughing or coughing
loud and clear
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What does "U-1" mean?
body armor or protection needed for unspecified period of time
no body armor or protection needed
body armor or protection needed for specified period of time
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What does "terp" mean?
an interpretor
temporary tent or housing
to call out to someone
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What does "sham" mean?
to forget one's weapon
to forgo one's duties
to clean up after oneself
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What does "sandbox" refer to?
an area of operation in a desert
one's personal bunker or space
the weaponry section of a military base
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What does "Roger That" mean?
understood
please repeat
unavailable
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What does it mean to "pop smoke?"
talk back
shoot
leave
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What does "o-dark thirty" mean?
an oxymoronic catchphrase for a mission done in broad daylight
unspecified time between midnight and sunrise
a time when one must be totally silent and invisible
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What does "Mike" mean in military slang?
minute
money
millimeter
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What is a "Blue Canoe?"
an full gas tank
a portable toilet
an exposed infantryman
Result
So you're not too well-versed when it comes to military slang - that's no big deal. It's a pretty niche subject, and unless you were in the military yourself, it's unlikely that you'd know a majority of these. Don't beat yourself up too much!

C+, Private

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While you didn't get every single one of the slang terms on this list, you knew a significant portion of them - enough to net you the second highest rank available. You could move up into that top ranking with very little studying up!

B+, Corporal

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You're of the highest-class when it comes to knowledge about military slang - either you've done a lot of studying up on this very specific topic, or you were in the military yourself at some point. Either way, great work!

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1
In military slang, what does "Detail" refer to?
the improvised armor on a military vehicle
a group of service members sent to do a job
the last thirty days of an enlistment
2
What is a "goat trail?"
an unpaved road
footprints left by the enemy
any mountain path
3
What does "Lima Charlie" mean?
long and clear
laughing or coughing
loud and clear
4
What does "U-1" mean?
body armor or protection needed for unspecified period of time
no body armor or protection needed
body armor or protection needed for specified period of time
5
What does "terp" mean?
an interpretor
temporary tent or housing
to call out to someone
6
What does "sham" mean?
to forget one's weapon
to forgo one's duties
to clean up after oneself
7
What does "sandbox" refer to?
an area of operation in a desert
one's personal bunker or space
the weaponry section of a military base
8
What does "Roger That" mean?
understood
please repeat
unavailable
9
What does it mean to "pop smoke?"
talk back
shoot
leave
10
What does "o-dark thirty" mean?
an oxymoronic catchphrase for a mission done in broad daylight
unspecified time between midnight and sunrise
a time when one must be totally silent and invisible
11
What does "Mike" mean in military slang?
minute
money
millimeter
12
What is a "Blue Canoe?"
an full gas tank
a portable toilet
an exposed infantryman