the latest submissions to the new FM 101-5-1 (Operational Terms
Back-Stop: A term used to cover a staff failure to properly
wargame a course of action. A term used by infantry showing
how "Hope" is a method incorporated to defeat the
enemy. "If the enemy gets through the engagement area,
we have Delta Company placed here - to back stop the Battalion
Befuckled: Confused, characterized by a state of genuine, profound
disorientation; perpetual state of all Chemical units.
Bells and whistles: An inordinate amount of cheese, not
required to get necessary information communicated to another
individual or group of individuals. Commonly associated with
Canine and Equestrian Theater.
Blah, Blah, Blah: Short for, "You know what I'm going
to say anyway, so I'm not going to waste our time to actually
say it." Also Yada Yada Yada, or Homina Homina, or humma
Cheetah Flips: The Course of Action Development phase of
the Military Decision Making Process in an imagined crisis environment
(often replicated by headquarters during daily operations).
Critical Terrain: Terrain that if not secured, grabbed,
taken or camped out on - you are screwed. A new category to
describe terrain in FM 34-130 (Critical - Decisive - Key).
Dick-Dancing: A term of endearment about you used by your
brigade or battalion commander. Usually based on cause and effect;
usually used after you fail to demonstrate how to properly execute
Drive By: Engaging the enemy while bypassing. Meets both
the destruction and bypass criteria given in the OPORD.
Fan-Out: A dismounted operation involving soldiers on the
ground maximizing the amount of terrain they can cover or disperse
Flail-Ex: Also known as the planning process.
Flex: A really cool sounding non-doctrinal term used to
maneuver a unit from one location to another. Used primarily
when you don't have a clue where you are or how the hell to
get to the new location.
Get Up and Haul Ass: A movement technique that requires
all elements within the organization to cross the LD yesterday.
Gettin' Jiggy With It: A friendly oriented, offensive form
of maneuver that simultaneously utilizes at least three maneuver
Goocy(Gucci) Move: Altering Commander's Intent, commander's
guidance, or violating the fundamentals of reconnaissance or
Hang out: To establish a position characterized by a total
lack of security, soldiers asleep in hammocks and a huge BBQ
pit turning out chow. A task usually accomplished by Air Defenders.
Hey, Diddle, Diddle: Group of words used to describe a possible
COA that allows for no analytical thought and ensures a minimum
75% casualty rate. Known also, to the USMC, as High, Diddle,
Hit: Term for applying massed effects against the enemy.
As in " First we'll hit these guys over here then we'll
hit these guys, and then the guys over here will be hit with
asymmetrical dominance from assets from EAC." * Boned:
A term used in response to orders issued from a higher commander.
As in "I am the counter-reconnaissance company and the
battalion reserve at the same time - I got BONED"
Kabookie Dick Dance: Deceptive movement technique and/or
creative verbage used in explanations designed to baffle enemy
forces as to the main axis of advance as well as perplex higher
chains of command on what the true purpose of your mission really
is. Common most among the Field Artillery.
Kick-Out: An armor technique used to employ light infantry
to clear severely restricted terrain in order to allow the armor
Let's Rock Baby: Radio Communications pro-word for, "Guidons,
this is 2 Panther 6, FRAGO follows, acknowledge, over."
Mop-up: A term for the actions occurring just after you
discover you are actually on the objective, in the enemy's fire-sack,
you pick it that implies a willingness to expose oneself to
Paint the Picture: A term used to gather information and
assess the situation. Usually asked by senior leaders to junior
leaders. Usually invoked after the senior leader has gotten
sleep and knows Absolutely nothing of the tactical situation,
while the battle captain has been up all night.
Phase: Infantry term for we don't know how to write paragraph
Police-Up: An Infantry operation to defeat the remaining
enemy on an objective after Armor forces by-pass or attempt
to avoid confrontation.
Pound the shit out of: Somewhere between disrupt and destroy
and slightly more than neutralize.
Primary hammer, The Hammer: A cool operational term to impress
a superior when describing the finishing force, or the main
SELFCON: This is when a junior commander (usually a captain)
comes to the realization that his higher is completely clueless
(perhaps even befuckled) so he simply attaches himself and his
command to another unit.
Squirrel Ex: The Wargaming phase of the MDMP after all Cheetah
Flips are completed, briefed and refined. The Squirrel Ex phase
normally culminates with a 102 color slide briefing clearly
outlining what can be said in a well written paragraph (formerly
know as the Commander's intent and / or concept of the operation)this
phase is often called a Cheese Ex. This is the Force XXI cause
of the "Fog of War".
Sweep: A fluid, noncontinuous form of battlespace dominance
usually combined with zippin' around or gettin' jiggy with it.
Take-Down: An aggressive former wrestling term used to describe
your actions on the objective and inherent lack of regard for
the enemy's capabilities.
Technique: A noun, used in the phrase, "That's a technique."
Translated, "That's a really screwed up way to execute
this operation and you will probably kill your entire unit.
But if you want to do it that way, go ahead."
Triple-Hull Down: A term associated with force-protection,
fratricide and self-preservation. In order to prevent being
fired on by friends when saying something stupid, hiding from
the boss who has a tasker that only you can fill, or to cover
your ass from being smoked by anyone.
Zipping Around: An aviation movement technique in which
the helicopters appear to fly around aimlessly at a high rate
of speed impressing the Ground Combat Troops with their speed
and dash. Occasionally encompasses "Gettin' Jiggy With
It" and usually used in a zone reconnaissance.