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ABAFT- Further aft, as in "abaft the beam"

ABEAM- Abreast: on a relative bearing of 090 or 270 degrees

ABOARD- On or in a ship or naval station

ACCOMMODATION LADDER- A ladder resembling stairs that is suspended over the side of a ship to facilitate boarding form boats

ADRIFT- Loose from moorings and out of control (applied to anything lost, out of hand, or left lying about)

AFFF- Aqueous film-forming foam for firefighting

AFT- Toward the stern (not as specific  as abaft)

AFTER- That which is farthest aft

AFTERNOON WATCH- the 1200 to 1600 watch

AGROUND- That part of a ship resting on the bottom (a ship "runs aground" or "goes aground")

AHOY- A hail or call for attention, as in "Boat Ahoy"

ALEE- Downwind

ALL HANDS- The entire ship's company

ALOFT- Generally speaking, any area above the highest deck

ALONGSIDE- By the side of the ship or pier

AMIDSHIPS- An indefinite area midway between the bow and the stern: as in "rudder amidships" means that the rubber is in line with he ship's center line


AYE, AYE - I have heard and understand your command




BlACKSHOE - Non-Aviation enlisted personnel

BLUE NOSE - A Sailor who's crossed either the Arctic or Antarctic circle.

BROWNBAGGER - Permission to live off base. I.E. carries his/her lunch sack to work each day.

BROWNSHOE - Aviation enlisted personnel.

BULKHEAD - The wall.

BZ - Bravo Zulu - "Well Done"





CAPTAIN'S MAST - A formal ceremony for those whom are accused of participating in criminal or unjust activities, usually resulting in various levels of punishment.

CHIT - Request for special permission

CO - Commanding Officer

CORE - A segment of "A" School training courses that include general knowledge and skills training for their specific rating.

CRANKING - A Sailor working various jobs other then his rate (painting, cleaning, etc.)




DAPA - Drug and alcohol programs advisor

DDG - Guided Missle Destroyer

DECK - The floor.

DOD - Department of Defense

DON - Department of the Navy





EAOS - End of active obligated service.

ESWS - Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist










Galley - Kitchen

Goat - "Bill the Goat" is the mascot of the United States Naval Academy.

Goat Locker - The goat locker is a lounge, sleeping area and galley on board a naval vessel which is reserved for the exclusive use of Chief Petty Officers. By tradition, all other personnel, including officers and even the Commanding Officer, must request permission to enter the "Goat Locker".  

GQ - General Quarters





HEAD - Bathroom

HELO - Helicopter

HM - Hospital Corpsman







Individual Augmentee (IA) - Sailors who have volunteered to fill a Request for Forces billet or a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment (GSA) PCS orders.






JAG - Judge Advocate General's Corps, legal arm of the United States Navy.














LSO - Landing Signal Officer

LPO - Leading Petty Officer






MCPON - (pronounced "Mick Pon") Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy - Rick D. West 2008-12-12 -

Mess Decks - The crew's dining area.

Muster - Roll Call.







NEX - The Navy Exchange - A department store for Navy personnel and their families.

NKO - Navy Knowledge Only





OCS - Officer Candidate School

OSCAR - Man Overboard






P-Days - Also known as P-Week - P-Days occur when Recruits first arrive at boot camp for processing in.

PI - Personal Inspections.

PIR - Pass in Review - "Boot Camp Graduation"

PO - Petty Officer

PT - Physical Training












Rack - Bed

Rate - The use of the word "rank" for Navy enlisted personnel is incorrect. The term is "rate." The rating badge is a combination of rate (pay grade) and rating specialty.

Rating - A Sailors job specialty

RDC - Recruit Division Commander "boot camp instructor"

Restriction - Status where a sailor is required to stay onboard the ship but is able to move about freely. "Our version of grounding a child to the house"





SECNAV - Secretary of the Navy

ShellBack - A Sailor earns this title by crossing over the equator.

SIQ - Sick in Quaters.

STRAND - A segment of "A" School training courses which focus more on specialized training requirments for that specific rating.




TAD - Temporary assigned duty.

The Roof - Flight Deck.




UA - Unauthorized Absence

USNA - United States Naval Academy










Watch - Standing Watch - Time spent securing an assigned area.

WO - Warrant Officer





XO - Executive Officer










Also Check Out These Helpful Links

Boot Camp Slang, Navy Terms and Definitions, The Book of Acronyms and Ranks, Back to Home Page 

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