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Glossary

This is a list of official military terms and slang words used in the production of Afghanada. Thanks to Greg Nelson for compiling this list.

A

A BLOND OFF: a hair off target (blonde is thinnest, redhead is coarsest)
ANA: Afghan National Army
ANP: Afghan National Police

B

BAT: big-ass tents
BIVVY BAGS: sleeping bags
BULLET MAGNET: G-Wagon (less armoured vehicle)
BURQA: Robes worn by Afghan women
BUSHMASTER: 25-mm chain gun on LAV

C

C6: general purpose machine gun
C7: assault rifle
C9: machine gun for creating "cone of fire" coverage
CCP: Casualty Collection Point
CALLSIGN: Vehicle (LAV)
CAVEMAN TV: campfire
CHOKE POINT: where road narrows - potential ambush/IEDs
CIMIC: Civil Military Cooperation
CONTACT: contact with enemy
CREW-UP: get geared up and ready

E

ETT: Embedded Training Team (NATO soldiers who train ANA soldiers on-the-job)
EOD TEAM: Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team

F

FOB: forward operating base

G

GARBAGE CANS: Cold-War era Romanian troop carriers
GPMG: general purpose machine gun
G-WAGON: light armoured vehicle (jeep)

H

HARD-KNOCK/SOFT-KNOCK: Aggressive/Peaceful entry into building
HAZMAT: Hazardous Material

I

IED: improvised explosive device
IMP: individual meal pack
IPE: Individual Protective Equipment
ISAF: International Security Assistance Force (NATO)

K

KAF: Kandahar Air Field

L

LAAGER: Vehicles pulled into a circular defensive position to form an encampment
LAV: Light Armoured Vehicle

M

MAN-JAMMIES: Male Afghan clothing
MEANS: Means of communication - radio, headsets
MOUNT-UP: get into LAV
MRE: meal, ready to eat
MUEZZIN: Man who does call to prayer from mosque

N

NCO: non-commissioned officer
NINE-LINER: data with which a medical evacuation helicopter can be called to scene

O

OPSEC: Operational Security

P

PASHTUNWALI: Pashtun tribal code of behaviour
PENCIL NECK: type of C8 machine gun for shorter range fire
POG: persons other than grunts
PRT: Provincial Reconstruction Team
PUC: Person Under Control (Captive)
PUCKER FACTOR: fear

R


RATPICKER: vehicle/machine used to detect IEDs and mines
RMC: Royal Military College
REMF: Rear Echelon Motherf--ker
RESUP: Resupply
ROE: Rules of engagement
RPG: rocket propelled grenades

S

SAFE HOUSES: where Taliban live in villages
SANITIZE NAMETAGS: to strip off any identifying gear
SEXY GUYS: Sensitive Site Exploration teams that investigate bomb sites
SHURA: meeting of Afghan village elders
SPIDER DRILL: looking for IEDs
SPHINCTER ALLEY: natural ambush site on approach to Gombad (a village)
SVBIED: Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device

T

TC6: anti-tank mine
TERPS: interpreters
THE BELLY BUTTON: area of Afghanistan known to harbour insurgents
THE BOSS: Lt.-Col. Ian Hope
THE HOLE: inside the LAV
THE SIR: platoon commander
THE SOLDIER'S RIGHT: is to complain
TIC: Troops in Contact
TOC: Tactical Operations Centre

U

UXOR: Unexploded Ordnance

V

VBIED: Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device

W

WHEELS DOWN: landing of a helicopter
WOG: without guns