Glossary of Military Terms

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AWOL – Self explanatory except when used to state the obvious such as a component breaking loose and disappearing or hiding in a set for example.

FFR – Fitted for Radio – in a vehicle the fittings that are required to mount the radio and its components and provide appropriate power supply etc.

TAC HQ – Tactical Headquarters

Larskpur Radios – a system of radios in service prior to Clansman in 1978

Bowman Radio – a system of secure radios and IT applications superseding the Clansman range of radios.

Secure Radio – an encrypted device for point to point communication via the airwaves which hides intelligible speech or data from potential eves dropping.

Insecure Radio.  A device used for broadcasting intelligible speech or data and which can be received and understood by a human or machine equipped with a common radio receiver without the need for special equipment to decode the voice or data.

Radio Net.  Two or more radio stations working together on a common frequency for the purpose of radio communications.

GSM – a secure protocol for use over mobile telephone and radio systems.

Protocol or communications Protocol.  A system used to send and receive data for example, Packet Radio (AX25 or X25), TCP/IP, GSM usually determining the start and end of a transmission and the number of digits and their specific meaning within the protocols framework.

Low level voice procedure (or VP.)  A system comprising low level voice codes, prowords and callsigns for example which enabled the efficient passage of radio messages on a net.  E.g. “Hello Zero this is Two fetch sunray over”. Meaning hello control station this is 2nd troop (or section) bring your commander to the set over.  Prior to 1980.  Sunray is an appointment title for the commander.  After 1980 this obsolete example would have been replaced by Hello Zero this is Two Zero fetch 0A over.  Explanation:  Voice procedure changed during the Clansman Era following Exercise Lionheart when it was realised everyone knew what the voice codes (MAPCO, Slidex etc), callsigns and appointment titles meant – including the enemy who could eavesdrop on messages and hack the codes very quickly.  The callsign system and appointment titles were a “dead giveaway” as to who was talking to who and even indicated whether the transmitter was infantry, a tank, gun or piece of engineer equipment for example.  Blue forces were defeated by their lack of communication security during Lionheart and this led to a very intensive change programme.  The next generation VP was aimed to improve the situation by providing a better callsign system and voice codes to support radio messages VP was changed and included the new battle code, (BATCO). and was much more effective.  The time taken to encode and decipher slowed everyone down by a factor of three for several years, prompting a popular rising in face to face communication and promoting the dispatch rider or “”Don R” – until some add ons were invented, called secure orders cards, which meant radio messaging was speeded up again..

Ancillary – An item of kit – part of the set – such as an antenna or headset.  

Pineapple.  Clansman Elevated VHF Antenna

Going Tactical – Camouflage nets and all in a concealed location for example.  AKA a day out, picnic or field day or rally.

GS – as in GS Landrover.  General Service.  Not normally fitted for radio.

Civvy.  You lot (as opposed to soldiers).

Bathtub Curve of Failure.  A graph depicting the likelihood of failure against time for the life of equipment.  This model illustrates the two points in the life of any device where failure is most likely, such as the beginning of life when the device is first switched on, or the end of life.

FUG.  AKA Atmosphere – particularly when enclosed, confined and heated and comprising fumes and scents, and special lighting effects and sound effects.  The presence of warm sweaty bodies, loitering within tent to create a tobacco smoke, fart laden dimly lit bordello like scene for example.  The fug is usually created within a command post or vehicle and is essentially a special business environment or workplace comprising a bubble of specially created atmospherics.  The environment is created within a layered cover comprising a camouflage net outer layer, overlaid onto another hessian or tarpaulin layer and finally the tent skin itself.  These wrappers are specially arranged to exclude all light emissions and noise sources and it is within, that radio operators and commanders, sift assemble and route information and intelligence, and pass orders throughout the day and night.  Compare and contrast the atmosphere in the same location at day break, when the wrappers are thrown off in favour of fresh air, bacon and eggs, strip washes and gun cleaning.  Caution. Some combinations of fug can be deadly, for example when carbon monoxide is introduced to the mix.  Less deadly but more exotic mixtures can contain irritants such as CS Gas, various colours of smoke, old spice, Lynx, Brut, petrol fumes and camping gas, toast, parafin, steam, compo cooking etc.  Noise effects include morse code (before it was phased out), jokes, BBC world service, radio fans, voice and data messages, generators purring, human grunting, farting, snoring, banter, chatter and sometimes, the gentle rhythmic chatter of cicadas.

Warry.  or Warlike.  In simulations or combat, the appearance of looking the part.