June, 2013

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Some great Slang words Used in the Australian Army

Hi guys, this post is mainly for our non military visitors. Ever wondered when a Soldier, Airman or Sailor said something and you had no idea what they meant? A Comment of ” I was out on patrol the other week and whilst having a bird bath this new lance corporal come long who is a complete oxygen thief was carrying on about his NVG’s. We found out that he is SWAT and only has to be on patrol for 2 days before going home.

Civilian Term – I was out on patrol the other week and whilst having a bird bath (Soldier attempting to wash their body in the field utilising any available resource such as baby wipes or a small basin of water) when this new lance corporal come a long who is a complete oxygen thief (Person who is so useless that their existence deprives the rest of the human race of oxygen) by the way was carrying on about his NVGs'(Night Vision Goggles) We found out that he is SWAT(Reserves. Abbreviation for Some Weekends And Tuesdays) and only has to be on patrol for 2 days before going home.

As you can see many military terms are hard to comprehend but when you are in the military you soon pick up on the talk.This list is Just some Army ones I will be uploading Air force and Navy soon.Thank you to all that have forward me some of these great military slang words.If you have got some more and you would like to put forward please set yourself up with an email account on the right hand side of the page and send us an email.

I will not however publish any foul language as we do have kids on this site too.

Thanks Jenko


Angry Chook – Army Chinook heavy lift helicopter

APC – Armoured Personnel Carrier

APC – Type of bath taken in the bush with limited water: Armpits and Crotch

Bang Stick – Rifle

Banjo – Bacon and Egg breakfast roll wrapped in tin foil and delivered in Hot Boxes typically to troops staying overnight at the range

Battle Tranny – Portable device used to access FM/AM radio stations.

Bird Bath – Soldier attempting to wash their body in the field utilising any available resource such as baby wipes or a small basin of water. It replaces the normal daily showering or bathing at home

Bird Gunner – Air Defence Regiment (Surface-Air Missiles) member, division of the Royal Australian Artillery

Black Hat – Refers to either Armoured Corps personnel (Black Berets) or to non-SAS personnel (who wear very dark blue berets that look black) posted to the SAS regiment

Black plastic fantastic – M16 when the SLR and M16 were the common service rifles

Boffin – Army electronics/communications technician

Bog roll or Date roll – Toilet paper

Boots  – A suck up. Refers to somebody who is so far up somebody else’s backside that all that you can see is his/her boots.

Brass up – To fire a lot of rounds at something

Bug Out – Leave an area

Bush Hat – Floppy hat worn by soldiers in the field or in non-barracks training.

Cams – Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform (DPCU), working dress for Army and Air Force and worn on exercises / deployment. Also used in the British Armed Forces.

Canteen Medals – Beer or food stains on the breast of a shirt or jacket

Chicken Strangler – SAS soldier; refers to their ability to live off the land

Cloud Puncher – Air defence branch of Artillery.

Comms – Short for communications

Cent – Centurion Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

Clacker – Hand-held firing device for a ‘Claymore’ anti-personnel weapon.

Crump in – To have a relatively bad landing when parachuting.

Cockroach – Ordnance Corps (Supply) person, also referred to as a ‘ROACH’.

Digger – Soldier in the Australian Army, for example Look after your diggers, Lieutenant. Term comes from the Anzacs

Dixies – Small aluminium cooking and eating pans used by individuals in the bush

Drop Shot – Artillery soldier

F.R.E.D – Small device which is a combination of a can opener, a bottle opener and a spoon. Officially named a “Field Ration Eating Device”, but more popularly known as a “F–king Ridiculous/Retarded Eating Device”. In the Air Force this acronym can also denote a ‘F–king Ridiculous Electronic Device’

Farter – Bed or sleeping bag. Normally refers to going to bed. For example “Hit the Farter”.Fitter and turner – Army cook. It means “to fit good food into a pot and turn it into sh-t”.

Face ripping – One-way discussion, usually between a soldier and a subordinate, where the “face ripper” gets so close that subordinate can see the pores on his forehead. This usually occurs on the drill square or in the CSM’s office

Free Balling /
Free Snaking – 
Going without underwear. Often done in the field for hygiene and comfort reasons. Known also as “going commando”.

God Botherer – Padre or anybody remotely religious. (sometimes called “sky pilots”).

Goffer / Goffa – Soft drink. Slang thought to come from name of the drink manufacturer Goffe & Sons

Harden Up – Standard response to whinging or complaining, telling a person to shut up and get on with the job. Often provided in imaginary consumable form, e.g. here’s a harden-up pill or have a can of harden-up

Koala Bear – Someone who is generally considered a protected species and useless in the greater scheme of things. Usually accompanied by the phrase “Not to be exported or shot at” was used to refer to Armoured Corps.


Decorated Australian Special Forces Soldier killed in Afghanistan

I am sure that everyone would of heard or seen on the news that another one of our brave soldiers has passed away during a battle in Afghanistan. (I will not be advertising his name on this Web site for the respect of his family)

Also during the fight another special forces soldier was seriously wounded and an Airman received minor wounds.

Our fallen soldier had completed 5 tours of duty to Afghanistan. General Hurly made a T.V announcement and he stated that ” In combat and as a team commander, he was the man to watch and was never happier than when the situation demanded activation and courage.

I would on behalf of all the Talking Military Readers  and myself send our condolences to the family and friends of our fallen Special Forces soldier and to the soldier and Airman who received injuries during this time.

I hope and pray that they make a speedy recovery and make it home to Australia to their family and friends safely.

Lest we forget

Supermarine Spitfire V’s Messerschmitt Part 2

Supermarine Spitfire V’s Messerschmitt Part 2

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OK so on a earlier post I did a blog on the spitfire and now on to the mighty German Messerschmitt BF 109.

Most people might not know but the Messerschmitt Bf109 was often called the ME 109. Anyhow, so the Me109 was designed in the mid 1930’s. I think that the ME109 was one of the first truly modern fighters of its time. It was a all metal monocoque construction, it had a closed canopy a retractable landing gear and had a massive powered inverted Daimler-Benz DB 605A V12 aero engine what was liquid-cooled. This aircraft being designed in the mid 1930s saw operational service way before the second world war. It saw service in the Spanish civil war and continued to serve the German air force until the end of WWII. It was then replaced with the Focke-Wulf FW 190.

So the Me 109 was originally designed as a interceptor, but this clever aircraft could fulfill a multiple of tasks and over the years served as a bomber escort, fighter bomber, ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft. It was a Day/Night all weather aircraft. The amassing thing is the Me109 was the most produced fighter in aircraft history with over 33 thousand made from 1936 until 1945. I guess the Germans knew what was going to happen before it happened if you know what I mean.

So the aircraft its self, As designed as a fighter this aircraft could reach a max speed of 640Km/h or 345 knots what was amassing for its time and would cruise comfortably at 590Km/h or 318 knots.

She had a range of 850km or 528 miles and could climb to just over 39 thousand feet. Had a higher climb rate than the spit fire. The Me109 could climb at 17 meters per second or 3345ft/Min as the spit fire could only climb at 16.5 meters per second/3240ft/Min. It may seem not a lot but I am sure in a dog fight everything counts. She held her guns in her fuselage so they could keep the wings thin and light and what I still love to today is the 2 machine guns so cleverly synchronised that were mounted to in the cowling being able to fire over the top of the engine and THROUGH the propeller arc. Fantastic I think. However on the later model Me109 and with the intelligence received that the British had been developing 8 gun batteries for the Hawker Hurricane and Spitfire, Germany realised that the Me109 was not going to be up to scratch for these types of aircraft and decided the Me109 needed to be more heavily armed. The problem they had was to do this they needed to put the guns on the wings and the wings really were not designed for such heavy guns.  However Germany did find a spot on the wing and was placed between the spar and the leading edge. The design was a very weird way to supply ammunition to the gun but they had to also keep the weight down so not to have to redesign the whole wing,  a very weird setup but it worked. I would suggest jumping on Google and have a look at the drawings amassing how they did it. Over the years Germany continued to upgrade the aircraft’s guns, to continue to keep up with the British or was it the other way around who knows.


Overall this aircraft I think was well beyond its time and it made a very big impact to the world in the air. With its highly skilled pilots, its clever weapon design with the machine guns mounted over the engine and its light wings and great maneuverability his aircraft had it all.

My next blog will be my summary of the Spitfire Vs the Messerschmitt. So in the mean time if you know a little or a lot about the Messerschmitt please place a comment.



Air Force Electronic news letter updated

Air force has sent out a copy of the new electronic news letter for viewing click the link or click the picture on your right hand side

Hot topics are –

  • Junior air surveillance operator among the Air Force recipients in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
  • Exercise Aces North takes off in the Top End.
  • Medics and engineers go to sea for Pacfic Partnership 2013.
  • Air Force EOD technicians put their skills to good use in Afghanistan.
  • Tenpin bowlers swing into action at the ADF national championships.


Bullying, harassment, Unacceptable behavior in OUR Military

Well this topic has been thrown around our Military a lot in the last couple of months.

As a ex serving member I am appalled to be hearing about the bullying, harassment, distributing unacceptable material of women in the force and all the other unacceptable behaviour that has been going on. Bullying and harassment just shows the insecurity in some of our defence force members. The old sea dogs that I answered to in the navy many years ago would yes yell scream get in your face and make you feel the size of a ant at times but it was for a very good reason. You would look up to these men and women as leaders and role modules.

Maybe it is the next generation that are coming through the ranks that are the problem, do they think it is acceptable to be doing these sort of thing. Whatever it is it has to stop. When going to the gulf war in 2003 and spending time with the American armed forces you see that there civilian country men and women absolutely adore there military and are so proud of them. They can do no wrong. I look out our defence force for when I was in the navy and till now, our public really don’t care about our defence force. I am not saying this everyone but you walk to the shops in your military uniform and the looks of most people or the nasty comments you receive are huge. Especially if they see a Sailor. I remember on a Anzac day march I did in the city I walked past a girl about 16 years old and bang she looked at me and called me a fagot. She does not know me, I am married with kids, but that is what has been imprinted on to her mind and her lack of knowledge, so to her all navy personnel are gay. With these types of issues coming out from defence does not help us to try and keep the support or little support we have from the people it is our job to protect.

The publication to the world of women in our defence force is what really gets my goat. Who gives anyone not just in the military but anywhere the right to demoralise male or female on the internet, video or picture and pass it around amongst their mates. You are I the military ladies and gents, you have sworn for queen and country. Our people of Australia look up to you to go to war and protect them. Remember you Signed up for it, you need to take on the responsibility. Doing these types of acts is presenting to our public that you are a bunch of rabbles. After your initial training and category training the military or should I say public taxes have probably spent around the 1 million dollar mark on you to turn you in to a fighting machine as they say. I guess they waisted their money on some people.

Discipline action yes I agree that the defence should punish their own as sometimes the punishments the defence force hands out are more severe than in the public sector, however these men and women who have conducted these crimes should face the military law and the civilian law to the full effect.

The big issues for me as well is not just junior defence members but the officers are a part of this as well. WOW. I’m am sorry but if officers are doing this what is our defence coming to. They need to be dishonourably discharged immediately. We don’t need senior leaders in our defence force who act like criminals.

This is just my two cents worth, If you have a comment to add please do.

New Army Online Newspaper is out

Just of the electronic press is the latest edition of the Australian Army online news, Just click the following link or hit the widget on the right hand side of the screen when i pops up



Navy News online edition

Fresh of the Electronic press the Navy news Electronic addition has been published.

This fortnights highlights are –

TO THE RESCUE: HMAS Newcastle assists injured merchant sailors in the Somali Basin — Page 3

RESCUERS HONOURED: Chief of Joint Operations awards four gold commendations and four group commendations in Darwin — Page 5  

NAVY AWARDS: Eighteen Navy personnel make the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List — Pages 12-13

HISTORY IN MAKING: The crew of HMAS Sydney has been working hard with the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet — Centre


– Flying outback visit:
A Seahawk and MRH-90 visit Woomera for a joint campaign — Page 20
– Health on the high seas: A long deployment is a rewarding test of skill for a ship’s medical team Page 22

SPORT: Making a splash: Navy tames the seas in the interservice surfing championships– Page 27