Civvy names for military things

fatmini said:
mark1234 said:
Whilst on a long boring 4 day patrol me and a mate were chatting sh1t to pass the time and we came up with gay civvy names for all our kit to make the viens pop out of our CQMS's head,

e.g, rifle sling=gun strap etc

I think mag charger was one of them. :D

I'll have a quick look around the house tommorow to see if I can find you a mag charger if other poster can't get you one.
This sound like a NAAFI thread waiting to happen :)
After reading the above post, I thought I would open the thread up.

I've done this aswell you see, only a few nights back on a walk to the armoury with a couple of the lads. The random chatter started to go towards what we could call it instead. It was finally 'gun room' that we settled on, and intend to use it as often as possible to see how many other people pick it up. Childish yes, possibly monglike, but in my defence it was a bloody boring day.

Other examples were 'clip-on knife' for bayonet, 'bullet holders' for magazines, 'jeep' instead of land rover- you get the idea.

what other civvy names would you suggest for military kit that you would like to see catch on?
Security - Guardroom

Staff Liaison Manager - RSM

Fatigues - Combats (Americanisms could probably fill a thread of their own)

Restaurant - Cookhouse

And I know it's not really kit related, but another one that never fails to get a bite or two is Derry (Londonderry)


Since when was a cookhouse anywhere near a restaurant?

If you're a Sodexo shareholder it's a licence to print money!
Bollock-chops said:
Nobody ever left home to become a civilian.
Apart from those in forces accn when they sign off... ;)

NAAFI - the pub
Bayonet - rifle-knife
Beret - army hat

And of course there's replacing sir with Boss for that Them effect... 8)
Belt order - utility belt

24h Rat Pack – unique tasteless nutritional supplements

Landrover – Ute

PT – bit of Gym stuff

Battle PT – Gym stuff with a personal trainer
When I was young, I joined the Army, not the Military - (Military is still an adjective in my dictionary).

I was issued with 2 pairs of Combats (not Fatigues, though I frequently carried out fatigues, an activity*, not an item of clothing).

I went to a Basic Training Depot, not a Boot Camp.

I was taught to fire a Rifle, not an Assault Rifle.

And a Pistol, not a Handgun.

I used these weapons during Live Firing practices, not Target Practice.

*viz: general cleaning and labouring duties.

Body armour- bulletproof vest
Smock- Army coat
webbing- utility belt

Edited as the_rattler beat me to the webbing one!

I think I would go for PE instead of PT though.
Ha yeah, them civvies, hey I've heard they call the Army.........................................the Army!!!!!!!!!! Mental.
SA80=Machine gun


Respirator=Gas mask

Cartridge or round=bullet


Canteen=Water bottle

Hexamine Stove=Camping stove

Basha, hoochie=tent

Boring thread?=This one?

Baton round=rubber bullet

DP round (inert)=Dummy round or even blank
Guard room with cells - corner sweet shop that sells no sweets / or stripy bar hotel

QM's - B n Q (staff are more attractive at the Qm's though)

Accommodation block - self contained apartments

Extras – volunteering to give back to the community

ROPS – enhanced self discipline at a pre determined place

Doubling around the square – motivational seminar

The RSM - The Motivational Speaker

The SSM - Assistant Motivational Speaker
Not exactly a civvie-ism - but for good effect around those shouty men with the hats - instead of "The Square" try calling it "The Tank Park".

A mate and I did do something similar tho - I can't remember them all but our FFR became "the Van", the Clerks safe was "the Fridge" and a patrol was a "stroll".

OC lost the plot after about 2 days...
And the prizes for those not understanding the thread so far go to:

Bollock-chops said:
Who cares what civvies call things, they probably call it the wrong thing. Nobody ever left home to become a civilian.
Thud said:
Since when was a cookhouse anywhere near a restaurant?

If you're a Sodexo shareholder it's a licence to print money!
welsh_one said:
When I worked in the army job shop. the kids called us the Army man /-Men (liking to Police Man / Fire Man)
How Civvy is that
To be fair, probably more Welsh than civvie :D
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