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The Rise of Naff Mil Phraseology

Old 12th Jul 2013, 09:39
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The Rise of Naff Mil Phraseology

I, along with others I'm sure, have noticed a few strange phrases appearing recently on PPRuNe. Some members have already commented on their meaning/use ... so I thought it might be interesting to explore this new military lexicon in a bit more depth under it's own thread

What do they all mean

Here are my openers ...

(1) Warfighter/Warfighting (apparently Lossie recently had a Warfighters Awards Dinner ?).

(2) Kill Chain (apparently comes from the new RPAS World ?).

(3) Synthetic Training (is that the same as training in a sim ?).

Some of this all sounds a bit too gung-ho/video game speak and not terribly British IMHO.

Any more ... I bet there are loads ... and I'll further bet a few members will come up with some new phrases of their own.

Best ...

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Heard a few mil types using the phrase

"Swim Lanes"

"Docking Point"

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a few strange phases
some new phases of their own
Posters shall work on their basic spelling before questioning the delta between what our leadership is doing and what the OF1s to OF3s want them to do.

Posters should not question the overarching intent of Defence.
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I'm sure there are more

Capability Holiday - We've the fuc&ed-up the procurement again.
Existential (put anything here) - Pseudo rubbish
Lacuna - In vogue for a while. Occurred in almost every paper but has now all but disappeared
Diaspora - A word CAS likes.
Warrior - Serviceman/woman
Space - As in "Occupying the management 'space' and similar
Weapon of Choice - All we have is ... (insert a bit of kit here)

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"much low-hanging fruit" used to be in regular use at STC - especially when writing papers on reductions.....
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It looks like we have Uncle Sam (not really surprised) to thank for Warfighting/Warfighter ...

The United States Department of Defense (DOD) uses the term “warfighter” to describe anyone serving in a military capacity under the American flag. This term is designed to be as neutral and all-inclusive as possible, and it is frequently used in declarations which are meant to apply to all service members and all services.

In addition to being used to describe American service members, this term can also be used in reference to allies and people of other nationalities who support United States military operations. It emphasizes the interconnection between allies and people of different nationalities on the battlefield, stressing the idea that all military personnel are warfighters, regardless as to their country of origin and training.

This term is also gender-neutral and branch-neutral, which means that it can be used to describe people in any branch of the armed services, and it applies to both male and female service members. The DOD also stresses the idea that “warfighter” is a service status-neutral term, being used to describe people in the field along with veterans, people waiting to be deployed, and service members in training. This further enforces the idea of cohesion.


The term warfighter is much less clumsy than “service member,” which is one of the reasons it appeals to the DOD. It also creates a rather martial aura, stressing the idea that a warfighter is trained in combat, and prepared to support other warfighters along with the combat mission. It also promotes unit cohesion, by giving the men and women in a unit a collective identity; unit cohesion is crucial for cooperation, especially when people from multiple services or nations are involved.
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Diaspora - A word CAS likes.
The context would be interesting ...



From the OED.
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I had occasion to walk into Main building a while back and talk with DAS. Bearing in mind that the lowest rank I was talking to was a wing commander and there were a couple of one stars kicking around, I found the excessive use of the word "cool" to be so out of place. As my daughter says - Random.
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I'm rather relieved to see that 'paradigms' no longer seem to be in vogue.
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That's as a consequence of a paradigm shift.
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I found the excessive use of the word "cool" to be so out of place.
Almost as gripping as grown men using the word "dude"..
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In the early 80s some of the best debunking of 'jargon' - especially US military jargon, was a highly unofficial publication called the 'Eagle Codes'. My ancient 8th generation photocopy disappeared in a house move years ago. Does anyone still have a copy?
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There are so many here in the world of green:

Deep-dives;
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(1) Warfighter/Warfighting (apparently Lossie recently had a Warfighters Awards Dinner ?).

(2) Kill Chain (apparently comes from the new RPAS World ?).

(3) Synthetic Training (is that the same as training in a sim ?).
1 - Yes, the US like to use 'Warfighter' for every military man and woman. They coined the term (?) so they can use it as much as they like I guess.

2 - Kill Chain was used long before RPAS were in. It is basically Sensor-to Shooter (-to-Effects) - yes, another naff term I hear you cry, but all common sense nonetheless.

3 - Synthetic Training could also be simulated 'entities' generated on a radar scope or tactical situation display, used to provide training when other real systems are not available. It saves money without any potentially appreciable loss in training value.....but it has to be done correctly.
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