What is some common military terminology?


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Some common military terminology includes "black," "bird," "fast mover" and "geardo." In the military, the term "black" means a supply, such as fuel or ammo, is running low. A helicopter is a "bird" and "fast mover" refers to a jet in military terminology. "Geardo" is the term for a soldier that spends excessive money on custom military gear such as GPS watches or weapon lights, despite the lack of need for such gear.

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"Groundhog Day" refers to deployments that seem to go on the same way each day of deployment. A coffee shop that is run by civilians on the large bases in Afghanistan and Iraq is a "green bean." "Moon dust" is the dust that coats everything in parts of Iraq and the southern Afghanistan regions.

"Oxygen thief" is a derogatory military term for a soldier who is useless or who enjoys hearing themselves talk. The soldier that creates PowerPoint presentations for briefings is a "PowerPoint ranger." A term for a local Iraqi or Afghan who translates for military personnel is a "terp." An "embed" is a reporter who accompanies the military for journalistic observation and reporting. When a soldier is ready to go to sleep, he is going to "rack out."

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