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Military Slang

Members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) use many unique slang terms. The ADF is made up of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

We have excluded the more interesting and colourful of the military slang because we’re a family-friendly website visited by children all over the world. We hope you understand and enjoy the slang we do share with you here.

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Off Cut Nickname for an Officer Cadet, derived from the abbreviation OFFCDT.
Oci Dot Nickname for an Officer Cadet, derived from the abbreviation OCDT.
O Group Meeting conducted by a commander where orders are distributed. The shortened form is an ‘Owey’.
OP Shorthand for an “Operation”.
One-ers Naval term for making tea or coffee solely for oneself, without offering to make a cuppa for your mates.
Oxygen thief Person who is so useless that their existence deprives the rest of the human race of oxygen.
Pam Military doctrine manual
Packed lunch commando Member of the CMF or Army Reserve.
Pies and Beers Play on the term Ginger Beers. Refers to Pioneer specialists from the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who carry out less technically demanding engineering tasks than Royal Australian Engineers Corps personnel.
Pig F-111 aircraft. Also an Australian RAAF nickname given to SAAF’s Piaggio “Albatross” aircraft.
Pig Pen Officer’s mess.
Pineapple Used to describe an odious task or command, delivered by a Sergeant or above. Akin to having a pineapple jammed up one’s arse.
Pusser Sailor, also used in the Royal Navy; derivative of ‘purser’. Originally used to describe just the supply branch. ( Pussers rum was issued to the British Navy. )
Quarmbie Used by the Army, it refers to a highly uncoordinated person lacking in motor skills. Usually in relation to drill or weapon handling.
Q Quartermaster. Officer who has the enviable job of making sure that the Q-store is always full of every kind of stuff ever invented.
Q-blokes /
Q-waller / Quey
People who work in the Q-store.
Q-store Quartermaster’s Store. Large building full of stacks of every kind of stuff you could ever want or need.
Rabbit RAN term for a job done for a mate as a favour or himself, by a trade specialist in that area such as a technician fixing a mate’s stereo or repairing a car. Usually in work time using RAN facilities and tools. “Hey Dave, could you do a rabbit on my car tomorrow?”
Racing Spoon Plastic spoon that now accompanies the one man ration pack. So named because it allows a soldier to eat as though in a race
Raffie Used by the Army and RAN to identify Royal Australian Air Force personnel
Ration Assassin Army cook.
Rat-Catcher Common and affectionate term for Royal Australian Air Force’s Environmental Health members or hygienists.
Rat Pack Nickname for the 24-hour Combat Ration Pack (CRP).
Redders Tomato sauce. A tomato sauce stain on one’s uniform is a ‘redders medal’.
Red Tabs Senior Officers in the Army: Colonel and above. They are distinguished by the red tabs worn on their collars.
Resup Resupply, usually in the field of water, food and ammunition.
Retread Soldier that is changing trades. Used while they on course to distinguish them from IET’s
Reg Regular full-time soldier.
Rock show Used to describe a poorly planned or managed activity…”That exercise was a complete Rock show” or “This is fast turning into a Rock show”
ROP Restriction Of Privileges. A type of punishment handed to a person who has been found guilty of a military offence (a defaulter).
R.H.I.P Stands for “Rank Has Its Privileges”, sometimes quoted as “Rank Hath Its Privileges”.
Rupert Army Officer (from British Army – newly commissioned officer and therefore very inexperienced).

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