The Mystery Of Oscar Mike

“Oscar Mike” is the leading search term today bringing people to this blog.



So I asked on Twitter what the term meant and scratched told me it’s used a lot in the HBO series Generation Kill and probably means “On the Move.”

He was right.

Here’s a list of Iraqi theater military terms: Iraq’s battlefield slang

Oscar Mike: On the move (Marine lingo).

I love these:

Echelons above reality: Higher headquarters where no one has an idea about what is really happening.

Embrace the suck: Phrase heard in OIF1 (the original Operation Iraqi Freedom force). Translation: The situation is bad, but deal with it.

Geardo: Derogatory term for the guy who has to have all the latest and greatest gear on his uniform, even though he does not know how to use it.

Groundhog Day: Every day of your tour in Iraq.

Johnny Jihad: Slang for a Muslim or Muslim combatant.

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