Can We Guess How Long You Were in the Service Based on Your Military Slang?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Can We Guess How Long You Were in the Service Based on Your Military Slang?
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About This Quiz

You can take the ASVAB, go to basic training and be sent off to the next phase of military training, but there's one thing they can't teach you. Military slang is a language all its own, and the only way to master it is to spend time serving. After we see how much you remember from your days as the "Latrine Queen," we'll take our best guess about how many years you have under your belt. 

Grab your "birth control glasses" and read each of the questions carefully. You wouldn't want to go "hat-up" and pull out before you know how to respond. Make sure you understand what we're asking before you accidentally head to the bakery to pick up some "officer's candy." Speaking to us in a language you understand should feel like second nature to a veteran like you, but will it be enough for us to figure out how long you served in the military?

If you haven't brushed up on your "rocks and shoal," you might want to "ruck-up" and take a refresher before you get started. A seasoned serviceperson like you shouldn't have a problem making it through, though. But how well do you think we'll do? "Embrace the discomfort," and go!

01_Field Strip When you "field strip," do you take off your clothes?
I'm not sure.
No
Yes
I think so.

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02_Apple sauce What's your favorite type of "meat identifier"?
Cranberry sauce
Brown gravy
Barbecue sauce
Apple sauce

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03_Combat boots Which one of these things means the same as "football bat"?
Unique approach
Weirdo
Tough C.O.
Combat boots

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04_latrine Where would we find a "five-sided puzzle palace"?
It's an airplane cockpit.
That's the Pentagon.
You'll find that in the latrine.
That's another name for a military base.

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05_safe When you're not on duty, where do you keep your "bang-bang"?
I keep it beside the bed.
I have a locked safe for it.
We have to turn ours in at night.
They're on my forehead all the time.

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06_Burn rubber Finish this sentence: It's time to ______ and get out of here!
Burn rubber
Ruck up
Un-ass
Hat up

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07_Coast Guard What branch of the military is also known as "Uncle Sam's Canoe Club"?
The U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Marine Corp
The U.S. Navy
The U.S. Army
The Space Force

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08_salad_bar How big is your "salad bar"?
It's fairly impressive!
Mine is bigger than most who have my experience.
I only have a few medals so far.
I call it my "fruit salad."

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09_flashlight Do you carry a "moonbeam" in your rucksack?
No, but I have one on a keychain.
I carry a lantern, but not a flashlight.
I have more than one.
I don't, but I should.

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10_fubar If something is FUBAR, what shape is it in?
Pristine
Charlie Foxtrot
Destroyed
Tattered but fixable

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11_motivate One of your bros isn't pulling his weight. What are you going to call him?
Bravo Foxtrot
Oxygen thief
Blue falcon
Sandbag

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12_glasses Are you looking fine in your "BCGs"?
I don't wear them.
They are on fleek!
They really are birth control! I wear my own glasses when I'm off duty.
It's not my best look.

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13_grape What's another way to say that someone's MIA?
They've "gone Elvis."
They're "over the hill."
You could say they're a "grape."
We just called them deserters.

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14_rainbow Are you more of a "rainbow" or a member of a "red team"?
I'm a little more of a rainbow.
I'm in training for a red team.
I'm still in rainbow land.
I just got my dragonfly wings.

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15_six What do you do when a buddy tells you to "check your six"?
Check my watch
Look behind me
Check my tire pressure
Exit the room

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16_Bomber jet Which type of military vehicle is called a "fast mover"?
Bomber jet
SPAAGs
Fighter jet
The Maurader

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17_Powerpoint Do you have the skills to be a "Powerpoint Ranger"?
I'm better with my hands.
I give a lot of presentations.
I could be a Power Ranger.
I'm more of a pill pusher.

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18_speakers What are you hearing if you hear voices from a loudspeaker around the base?
The Big Voice
A Bitchin' Betty
The "voice in the sky"
The town crier

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19_rucksack Which one of these things is also a "fart sack"?
A flight suit
A rucksack
An ammo box
A sleeping bag

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20_pilot What's a pilot doing if they're "hitting the silk"?
Gaining altitude
Ejecting from the plane
Flying into a storm
Taking a nap

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21_slippers Where are you going to go wearing your "Jesus slippers"?
An awards ceremony
A church service
The commissary
The shower

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22_helo_medic Fill in the blank: The "band-aid" called for transport in a "______."
Meat wagon
Medical truck
Helo
People tank

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23_office You're spending a week as a "Remington raider." Where will you work?
The armory
An office
The shooting range
The kitchen

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24_navy_salute Navy rules and regulations are sometimes called what?
Brass and tacks
Rocks and shoals
Fire and ice
Law and order

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25_officer's candy If you needed some "officer's candy," where would you get it?
The gift shop
In the galley
From my commanding officer
The urinal

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26_second lieutenant When's the last time you spruced up your "shavetail"?
I haven't had one in years!
I do it every morning.
I just shave all of it.
I could use a trim.

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27_Tadpole Do you know if you're a "pollywog" or a "shellback"?
I haven't crossed the equator.
I'm a shellback.
I have no idea!
I'm hoping to be a shellback soon.

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28_swoop You have the chance to go on a "swoop." Where will you go?
For supplementary training
Off base for a weekend
On a raid
Out for lunch

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29_long pig If it came down to it, would you ever eat a "long pig"?
I would rather starve.
I'll start with the thigh.
I would only do it if it was a matter of life or death.
I don't even want to think about it.

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30_left-handed monkey wrench Have you ever gone searching for a "left-handed monkey wrench"?
I almost fell for it.
LOL ... I did go looking for it.
No, but I once went looking for a "pad eye remover."
I've sent others to look for it.

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