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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Does The Military Really Have An "Alphabet"?

I heard the military has an alphabet like terms (A: Alpha, B:Bravo, C:Charlie, F:Foxtrot..)

If there is a whole alphabet for those, what is it please?

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  • Randy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Its not an alphabet as much as a list of words used to aid in pronunciation over a radio.

    If I say "A" you may hear it as "hay", "say" or anything else but if I say "alpha" when spelling something then you know what I mean. If I say "K" you may think it's a cut off part of "OK" or "key" or "cave" but if I say "kilo" when spelling then you know what I mean.

    Yahoo would be "yankee, alpha, hotel, oscar, oscar", at least in the phonetic alphabet used by the Canadian military. It just all makes it easier to spell things on a radio when there may be bad comms, background noise, explosions or anything else that adds to confusion you don't need.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Canadian Military Alphabet

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, the answers you are getting are true, but are actually the NATO English language phonetic alphabet. Vietnam and earlier was a bit different, with Abel, Baker, Charlie, Dogtrot, etc, but was changed due some nationalities accents were still a bit iffy on whether they were saying one thing or another. Older Military based movies will sometimes use these and that is the reason for the difference.

    Source(s): 14 yrs Marines, yahoo web search
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  • 1 decade ago

    http://www.militaryspot.com/resources/item/militar...

    Official U.S. Military Alphabet

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    Use the form below to convert text to the phontetic alphabet used by the U.S. Military.

    A: Alpha

    B: Bravo

    C: Charlie

    D: Delta

    E: Echo

    F: Foxtrot

    G: Golf

    H: Hotel

    I: India

    J: Juliet

    K: Kilo

    L: Lima

    M: Mike

    N: November

    O: Oscar

    P: Papa

    Q: Quebec

    R: Romeo

    S: Sierra

    T: Tango

    U: Uniform

    V: Victor

    W: Whiskey

    X: X-Ray

    Y: Yankee

    Z: Zulu

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  • 1 decade ago

    phonetic alphabet

    google it

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  • 1 decade ago

    alpha, bravo, charley, delta, echo, foxtrot, golf, hotel, india, juliet, kilo, lima, mike, november, oscar, papa, quebec, romeo, sierra, tango, uniform, victor, wiskey, x-ray, yankee, zulu

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  • 1 decade ago

    A phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. For example, the word "Marines" would be "Mike Alpha Romeo India November Echo Sierra" when spelled in the phonetic alphabet. This practice helps to prevent confusion between similar sounding letters, such as "m" and "n", and to clarify communications that may be garbled during transmission.

    Below is the phonetic alphabet currently in use by all branches of the U.S. military:

    A - Alpha

    B - Bravo

    C - Charlie

    D - Delta

    E - Echo

    F - Foxtrot

    G - Golf

    H - Hotel

    I - India

    J - Juliet

    K - Kilo

    L - Lima

    M - Mike

    N - November

    O - Oscar

    P - Papa

    Q - Quebec

    R - Romeo

    S - Sierra

    T - Tango

    U - Uniform

    V - Victor

    W - Whiskey

    X - X-ray

    Y - Yankee

    Z - Zulu

    Source(s): USMC Major Active Duty: 2001-Present
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  • 1 decade ago

    This is the phonetic alphabet and it is not used just by the military. It is to make sure there are no mistakes in communications. If someone tells you Grid PB311345 on the radio for a map location he will spell it out Papa, Bravo, 311345. You don't have to wonder if he meant PB or PD.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is called the phonetic alphabet

    Alfa

    Bravo

    charlie

    Delta

    Echo

    Foxtrot

    Golf

    Hotel

    India

    Juliet

    Kilo

    Lima

    Mike

    November

    Oscar

    PaPa

    Quebec

    Romeo

    Sierra

    Tango

    Uniform

    Victor

    Whiskey

    XRay

    Yankee

    Zulu

    Numbers are

    Wun

    Too

    Tree

    Fowr

    Fife

    Six

    Seven

    AIT

    Niner

    Zero

    Source(s): Army Scout
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes there is

    its called the phonetic alaphabet

    Source(s): USMC 1989 1993
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