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The 18 Military Phrases Civilians Should Never, Ever Use

The 18 Military Phrases Civilians Should Never, Ever Use

This is the list.

Here are Task & Purposes’ nominations in the category of “Military Phrases That Should Never Pass Civilian Lips”:

“Did you kill anybody?” 

“Thank you for your service.” 

“Collateral damage” 

“Boot camp” 

“Long pole in the tent” 

“Frickin’ ” 

“Klicks” for kilometers

“In the trenches”

 

“Roger”—especially when they mean “Wilco”

“Kill chain” 

 

“Check your six” 

“Saddle up” 

“Boots on the ground”

“Took him off the battlefield” for kill. Just as bad is “neutralize.” 

“Battle buddy” 

“Calling your exercise class ‘boot camp."

“Salty” 

“Sitrep” 

This article by Tom Ricks originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter.

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