31 Phrases That Only People In The Military Will Understand
Every region of the country has its own unique phrases, but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.
Aside from the way uniformed folks seem to speak in acronyms — "I was on the FOB when the IDF hit, so I radioed the TOC" — there's also a series of commonly used phrases which deserve some attention.
"15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior"
Military people are taught that they must show up to everything (especially an official formation) at least 15 minutes early.
The 15 minutes to 15 minutes arises as the order filters down through the ranks. The captain wants everyone to meet at 0600, so the master sergeant wants folks to arrive at 0545, and when it finally hits the corporal people are told to show up at midnight.
"A good piece of gear" (in reference to people)
Only in the service is it OK to refer to one of your coworkers or (worse yet and most frequently) a person working for you in a section you manage as "a good piece of gear."