Abbreviations

#1
Right, i have my helmet on and expect incoming but i have to ask.

I have been in the T.A. for three years and do not have a military background,so when I am confronted with the many abbreviations that are used I ,more often than not ,nod sagely and then either ask what the hell was that all about ,or if time allows I have to Google.
Is there anywhere where all the military abbreviations are listed to help idiots like me.

Many thanks
 
#2
You'll still need an internet collection but quite a few are explained on arrsepedia.
 
#3
Thanks for that.
Sorted out one straight away.
When i was i in Gibraltar I thought that FIBUA was just the name of where the village was ,but DOH :x it means Fighting in built up areas.
 
#4
jarrod248 said:
Bedfordrl said:
Thanks for that.
Sorted out one straight away.
When i was i in Gibraltar I thought that FIBUA was just the name of where the village was ,but DOH :x it means Fighting in built up areas.
I bet you are a bright spark.
Fish and Chips always confuses me....
 
#5
No ,not really.

Most of my mates of my age enjoy their weekends with their families and friends and do nothing more physical than elbow exercise down the pub.

Me ,well i decided after reaching forty that i wanted nothing more than to be shouted at by people young enough to be my kids and to run 1400 feet up a rock in unbelievable heat ,learn how to shoot and not get gassed.
And i loved every minute of it,just not au fait with the lingo old chap.
 
#6
Indeed. Acronyms are the currency of the modern British Army. You are FAR from alone in not knowing what they all mean. But fairly alone in being honest enough to admit it.

Here's a solution. Get commissioned. Get promoted to Captain. Get deployed, to a Bde HQ (or higher) full of ambitious young thrusters. Invent your own acronym. Tell NOBODY what it stands for (ideally it should not stand for anything). Drop it casually into conversation at moments of high tension. Use it at an O Gp or Comd's Update (or similar) if you dare. Wait for it to catch on (a mere matter of time). Challenge the first Lt Col or above you hear using it and ask him what it stands for. Then tell him he's bluffing and claim your £10.

Works every time.
 
#8
Bedfordrl said:
No ,not really.

Most of my mates of my age enjoy their weekends with their families and friends and do nothing more physical than elbow exercise down the pub.

Me ,well i decided after reaching forty that i wanted nothing more than to be shouted at by people young enough to be my kids and to run 1400 feet up a rock in unbelievable heat ,learn how to shoot and not get gassed.
And i loved every minute of it,just not au fait with the lingo old chap.
fair play to you!! i wouldnt worry about the lingo! they make it up as they go along around here chap!!
 
#9
Hobo-Ken said:
Here's a solution. Get commissioned. Get promoted to Captain. Get deployed, to a Bde HQ (or higher) full of ambitious young thrusters. Invent your own acronym. Tell NOBODY what it stands for (ideally it should not stand for anything). Drop it casually into conversation at moments of high tension. Use it at an O Gp or Comd's Update (or similar) if you dare. Wait for it to catch on (a mere matter of time). Challenge the first Lt Col or above you hear using it and ask him what it stands for. Then tell him he's bluffing and claim your £10.

Works every time.
This is superb, haven't laughed so much all day, cheers!

Fluff_eei
 
#10
Hobo-Ken said:
Indeed. Acronyms are the currency of the modern British Army. You are FAR from alone in not knowing what they all mean. But fairly alone in being honest enough to admit it.

Here's a solution. Get commissioned. Get promoted to Captain. Get deployed, to a Bde HQ (or higher) full of ambitious young thrusters. Invent your own acronym. Tell NOBODY what it stands for (ideally it should not stand for anything). Drop it casually into conversation at moments of high tension. Use it at an O Gp or Comd's Update (or similar) if you dare. Wait for it to catch on (a mere matter of time). Challenge the first Lt Col or above you hear using it and ask him what it stands for. Then tell him he's bluffing and claim your £10.

Works every time.
Are you sure you're not Warspasm in disguise?
 
#11
Bedfordrl said:
Thanks for that.
Sorted out one straight away.
When i was i in Gibraltar I thought that FIBUA was just the name of where the village was ,but DOH :x it means Fighting in built up areas.
What's that? I was born and brought up in FIBUA,my old mum still lives there
 
#12
Hobo-Ken said:
Indeed. Acronyms are the currency of the modern British Army. You are FAR from alone in not knowing what they all mean. But fairly alone in being honest enough to admit it.

Here's a solution. Get commissioned. Get promoted to Captain. Get deployed, to a Bde HQ (or higher) full of ambitious young thrusters. Invent your own acronym. Tell NOBODY what it stands for (ideally it should not stand for anything). Drop it casually into conversation at moments of high tension. Use it at an O Gp or Comd's Update (or similar) if you dare. Wait for it to catch on (a mere matter of time). Challenge the first Lt Col or above you hear using it and ask him what it stands for. Then tell him he's bluffing and claim your £10.

Works every time.
Or an imaginary piece of equipment.Go to camp in BAOR and have a member of the rear party ring RHQ stating it has been left behind.Much merriment as Regt 2ic/RSM/Uncle Tom Cobley and all work themselves into a lather over the negligence of the sub-unit involved until the denouement when they realise none of them have a scooby what the "missing" kit really is and don't dare ask :twisted:
 
#13
firestarter said:
Hobo-Ken said:
Indeed. Acronyms are the currency of the modern British Army. You are FAR from alone in not knowing what they all mean. But fairly alone in being honest enough to admit it.

Here's a solution. Get commissioned. Get promoted to Captain. Get deployed, to a Bde HQ (or higher) full of ambitious young thrusters. Invent your own acronym. Tell NOBODY what it stands for (ideally it should not stand for anything). Drop it casually into conversation at moments of high tension. Use it at an O Gp or Comd's Update (or similar) if you dare. Wait for it to catch on (a mere matter of time). Challenge the first Lt Col or above you hear using it and ask him what it stands for. Then tell him he's bluffing and claim your £10.

Works every time.
Or an imaginary piece of equipment.Go to camp in BAOR and have a member of the rear party ring RHQ stating it has been left behind.Much merriment as Regt 2ic/RSM/Uncle Tom Cobley and all work themselves into a lather over the negligence of the sub-unit involved until the denouement when they realise none of them have a scooby what the "missing" kit really is and don't dare ask :twisted:
You're just playing mind games now. BAOR and scooby - you are bad.
 
#14
The_Snail said:
firestarter said:
Hobo-Ken said:
Indeed. Acronyms are the currency of the modern British Army. You are FAR from alone in not knowing what they all mean. But fairly alone in being honest enough to admit it.

Here's a solution. Get commissioned. Get promoted to Captain. Get deployed, to a Bde HQ (or higher) full of ambitious young thrusters. Invent your own acronym. Tell NOBODY what it stands for (ideally it should not stand for anything). Drop it casually into conversation at moments of high tension. Use it at an O Gp or Comd's Update (or similar) if you dare. Wait for it to catch on (a mere matter of time). Challenge the first Lt Col or above you hear using it and ask him what it stands for. Then tell him he's bluffing and claim your £10.

Works every time.
Or an imaginary piece of equipment.Go to camp in BAOR and have a member of the rear party ring RHQ stating it has been left behind.Much merriment as Regt 2ic/RSM/Uncle Tom Cobley and all work themselves into a lather over the negligence of the sub-unit involved until the denouement when they realise none of them have a scooby what the "missing" kit really is and don't dare ask :twisted:
You're just playing mind games now. BAOR and scooby - you are bad.
Would FRG and "inkling" make me less bad?
 
#15
Bedfordrl said:
Right, i have my helmet on and expect incoming but i have to ask.

I have been in the T.A. for three years and do not have a military background,so when I am confronted with the many abbreviations that are used I ,more often than not ,nod sagely and then either ask what the hell was that all about ,or if time allows I have to Google.
Is there anywhere where all the military abbreviations are listed to help idiots like me.

Many thanks
Territorial Army

(Glad I could help)
 

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#16
firestarter said:
What's that? I was born and brought up in FIBUA,my old mum still lives there
I think you'll find she lives in OBUA now. Bit like Crickhowell - you're supposed to call it Cwrt Y Gollen. If you don't some taffacist will bore you to half death with his close harmony singing and finish you off by drowning you in spit and phlegm.

I was born in BOAR, says so on my driving licence. I can't help wondering if the DVLA wallahs are curious as to where it is/was.
 
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#17
firestarter said:
Bedfordrl said:
Thanks for that.
Sorted out one straight away.
When i was i in Gibraltar I thought that FIBUA was just the name of where the village was ,but DOH :x it means Fighting in built up areas.
What's that? I was born and brought up in FIBUA,my old mum still lives there
Just off Einbahnstrasse? Near Ausfart? Know it well!

(Old BAOR joke)
 

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#19
Sangreal said:
Bedfordrl said:
...I have been in the T.A. for three years and do not have a military background...
You said it!
Wow, that's clever. You've made a joke out of the the idea that some one in the TA isn't really in the military. Must have taken you hours of 'thinking' to come up with that one.

What a barrel of laughs it must be chez Sangreal.
 
#20
On a serious note, the 'bibles' for abbreviations (as far as OSW is conerned) are the Land Component Handbook (AAGOTS (Abbreviations, Accronyms, Glossary of Terms and Symbology)) and the Staff Officers' Handbook.
 
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