Generation Kill: Jargon

HBO’s new mini-series from the creators of the Wire lays on even more jargon without explanation. I was unable to find a comprehensive guide, so I made my own. Here is a list of jargon from the recently aired episode 3 with my definitions.
In order of appearance:

Sit-Rep: Situation report, basically the status.

Hitman Victor: radio code for a Humvee in Bravo company. (Hitman is the radio call sign for the company with a number designating platoon ie. Hitman 2 is the second platoon, Hitman Victor 2 is the second humvee.)

Helo-hot: Missile fired from a combat helicopter such as an apache.

Interrogative: Radio code prefacing a question

BDA: Battle Damage Assessment

MSR: Main Supply Route

Klicks: Kilometers

Oscar Mike: On the move

SOP: Standard Operating Procedure

Danger close: friendly units are within 600 meters of a proposed artillery target

Fire mission: artillery mission

NJP: Nonjudicial punishment ie discipline

Chaos: radio call sign for General Mattis

Mikes: minutes

T72s: an Iraqi tank

ROE: Rules of Engagement, rules for engaging civilian targets

RTD: Return to Base

RCT1: Regimental Combat Team 1

Cas Evac: Casualty Evacuation

This is helpful, although you forgot one, what is “hitman actual.”

From Wikipedia:

The T-72 is a Soviet-designed main battle tank that entered production in 1971.

Dan Steinberg, to answer your question about the term “Actual” used after a call sign: The term “Actual” represents the officer in command of that unit ie. if you have Lt. Smuckately leading 3rd platoon and 3rd platoon’s handle is Combra24 then Cobra24-Actual would be the Lt.

what about “PX”?

Could someon tell what does “misfit” refer in the radio?

PX is a post-exchange store. It supplies the military with their clothing and apparel, i.e. MOPP Suits.

It should read RTB not D…for return to base.

Also…AO as in Area of Operation

I have never been to a PX/BX that supplied MOPP Suits. These suits are only good for a certain amount of time once opened from the protective bag. These are issued through the Battalion/Company Supply chain.

Actually, ROE does not mean “rules for engaging civilian target” specifically, but just “Rules of Engagement”. The ROEs in the field specify a whole range of behaviour, from when to engange hostiles to prisoner extraction.

PX is the in Army & Airforce…I believe the Navy calls it BX for Base Exchange

PX = post exchange

the exchange for the navy is called the NEX, short for navy exchange. The airforce is referred to as the BX. Otherwise known asthe base exchange. We also no longer use AO as a way to signify the area of operation. We call it AOR, area of responsibility. Its a way to make something sound more important than it really is.

AOR is the general area in which a combatant command has responsibility over. These AOR’s are large (size of continents). AO’s are used with smaller units in a smaller location.

Pretty good blog you have here. It is the only one that shows up when you punch in “define:danger close” in Google. congrats. :)

Some things are left out and/or slightly incorrect.

Like the T72 is a russian tank, although used by Iraq. “mikes” can also refer to millimiter, for example a “40 mike mike” would be a 40mm Mk19 grenade launcher.

Danger close is not necessarily 600 meters, range/distance alters depending on what weapon and ammunition is used.

Actual is refering to the leader of said “prefix”, for example, Hitman actual would be “Encino Man”, leader of bravo company – or “Hitman”, Hitman 2 Actual would be Lieutenant Nathaniel Fick and so forth, who was the leader of “Bravo company, second platoon, or “Hitman 2”

A lot of this is actually good info for anything that’s heavy on modern military jargon these days – Modern Warfare 2 is what lead me here (though I could figure out a lot of it myself. One thing I don’t get – I haven’t heard “fire in the hole” for a long time – is there a new phrase for “grenade about to explode in the immediate vicinity”?

Return to base is RTB, not RTD. “Actual” refers to the leader of the division, IE:
Hitman Actual would be the company commander, Hitman 2 Actual would be the platoon commander etc.

Yeah, “RUN!!!”

“misfit” is a call sign for Cobra gunships that supported marines on the ground.
“misfit 2-1, cleared hot” means that Cobra gunship 2-1 is given permission to open fire

@Rashkavar: when a grenade is thrown or posted you shout out ‘GREANDE!’


Grenade is shouted for incoming grenades, “frag (or what kind of grenade it is) out!” is shouted for outgoing grenades. So Grenade = RUN, frag out = heads up

What’s egress?
“Hitman Two Actual, this is Hitman Two One. This is accurate mortar fire. Request permission to egress.”

Egress is a unique bird that was featured in PT Barnum’s American Museum.

No, really, Egress is a term for exiting. Ingress is going in, egress is coming out.

What about ‘stay frosty’

“Stay frosty” refers to staying sharp, or attentive to the situation and be able to react, or otherwise remain calm and collective, situation dependant.

Fun fact: This is the only link that shows up when you enter “define: oscar mike” in google also.

hah, was watching the show and wanted to know what some of the terms where. Thanks for the article. Awesome show, eh? :)

Can you explain what each type of unit is?
Like snipers, Automatic Rifleman, enemies, friendlies
If tango means enemy ground unit, and bogey means enemy air, what is enemy sea-based?

“Hitman ‘actual'” stands for the Team leader of the fireteam “Hitman”.. All teams and units, armor, vehicles in military processing have codenames, each unit/ team etc. has a person in charge or someone who makes the decisive situations for that unit. They would be the “Actual” for that unit.

What does “LSA” stand for in regards to lubricating the .50 cal?

LSA = Lubricant, Small Arms

Oil for things that shoot

Love the info on voice procedure in the US Army.(One of my relatives is now serving!) I was a radio op. in the British Army (Regular 964 to 1971) and Reserve(1972 to 1984)We had a much more regimented procedure, but, as a former professional soldier, I wouild say that the US style is better. Come on guys, when the bullets start flying and the sphincters start twitching, let’s let it go! God Bless All who serve, who have, and who will, Gary