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Modern Warfare 2's most baffling jargon

Most of the time, we’re too busy trying to stay alive to pay much heed to the inscrutable military jargon in Modern Warfare 2. When necessary, we can often fill in the blanks through context, but not always. We’ve never been to boot camp, so it’s like trying to pick up another language. Honestly, we can’t tell our Pave Paws from our Pave Lows. So for kicks, we thought we’d chop together a mish-mash of military codespeak from Modern Warfare 2 to fully disorient you. Unless you’re fluent in militarese, in which case you’re probably already bored and oscar mike to the next feature. (See, we’re learning!)

Nov 23, 2009


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34 comments

  • MRoswell - December 30, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    Pave Low - Sikorsky MH-53 heavily armed attack helicopter. Wikipedia.
  • joshdaman123 - December 25, 2009 5:25 a.m.

    some how i understoof all of MW2 jargon lol reCAPTCHA: Daffier Vladvostok...
  • sharker - December 6, 2009 2:12 a.m.

    got everything but what's icepick?
  • hungryman84 - December 3, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    @KillDrone- APC is Armored Personnel Carrier. http://www.military-today.com/apc/stryker_images.htm
  • Redtom101 - December 1, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    Bingo fuel means; minimum fuel allowed to safely return to the nearest army base with the supplies to hold these units and/or vehicles.
  • Kinnolo - November 29, 2009 7:43 p.m.

    That's not very confusing. It's all terms you learn in the two stages of initial training.
  • Shagnasty - November 27, 2009 6:56 a.m.

    Haha yeah no we really do use Oohyah and its variations alot. At least at both my commands. ETSA Shaughnessy, USN.
  • gmilf71 - November 27, 2009 5:24 a.m.

    Well most of those are just code names, but yah, WHAT THE FUCK IS AN OSCAR MIKE?!? AND BINGO FUEL?! WHAT, IS THAT WHERE THERE'S LIKE OLD PEOPLE FROM FLORIDA PLAYING BINGO IN YOUR GAS TANK?! SPEAK ENGLISH PLEASE!!!
  • batman5273 - November 25, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    OpFor: Oposition Forces (the bad guys) Sit Rep: Situation Report Lima/Charlie: Loud and Clear ex:I read you Lima/Charlie Whiskey/Hotel: "WH" or White House As a veteran I can understand what they are saying, but honestly it sounds alot like "Hollywood" Military. With encrypted Commo most just speak normally unless you are doing a challenge/password such as "Icepick/Pheonix" or you are on an unencypted line or radio. then you use call signs. if anything you can understand alot just by knowing the military phonetic alphabet. meaning instead of saying the letter "A" you say "Alpha" A = Alpha B = Bravo C = Charlie D = Delta E = Echo F = Foxtrot G = Golf H = Hotel J = Juliet I = India K = Kilo L = Lima M = Mike N = November O = Oscar P = Papa Q = Quebec R = Romeo S = Siera T = Tango U = Uniform V = Victor W = Whiskey X = X-Ray Y = Yankee Z = Zulu so if you just know these letters you'll understand Charlie Oscar Delta a whole lot more.
  • Skykid - November 25, 2009 4:46 p.m.

    (Second Message) Both my parents are ex-Air Force, so I know a bit of military jargon myself. Even more terms to confuzzle you: E.M.P: Electromagnetic Pulse, fries all electronics within blast radius L.U.P: Laying Up Point Two Forty Bravo: M240B machine gun Victors: Any kind of ground vehicles
  • Skykid - November 25, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    Some other terms to clear the "fog of war" SOSUS: Submarine detection system; fancy word for sonar. Bogie: basically, one of the bad guys LZ: Landing zone (duh) "Fire mission: Target package romeo, danger close.": Air strike, weapons package romeo(smart muntions), close to friendlies. Oscar Mike: ready to go, all clear BCT: Brigade Combat Team (squad) "How Copy?": Basically, "How are you doing?"
  • qwed123 - November 25, 2009 3:51 a.m.

    When ever I hear them saying oscar mike, I keep thinking of the hot dog song. "Every one would be in love with MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"
  • fattoler - November 24, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    I understood nearly all of it, but my dad was in the army so that probably puts me at a slight advantage
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - November 24, 2009 11:35 a.m.

    there was also a level when you are making your way into DC (after the EMP) and your guy enters a building saying "Star" and then he gets lit up. My Favorite part. recaptcha: crooked nearblindness
  • Vagrant - November 24, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    Why not just point us to Generation Kill? Considering IW obviously learnt most of their terms from it and pilfered everything else for that second level with the humvees...
  • Cwf2008 - November 24, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    Ha i actually know what Bingo Fuel means: Basically "WE'RE OUT OF GAS SO GET YOUR ASS ON BOARD" And lol didnt know Bloody Yanks was military lingo (and yes i read the above comment)
  • WayByWind - November 24, 2009 2:47 a.m.

    foxtrot uniform charlie kilo
  • Tomsta666 - November 24, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
  • Yeager1122 - November 24, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    Im oscar mike.
  • wiitard07 - November 24, 2009 2:06 a.m.

    You guys don't know what Oscar Mike or Civvies means? Oscar Mike OM On the Move Civvies civilians.

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