Posted by: episystechpubs | February 22, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie

The other day as I was reading my car’s vehicle identification number to the insurance company over my cell phone, I came to some letters that I wanted to make clear over the static. I was okay with some of the letters, like “M as in Mike,” or “Z as in Zulu,” but when I got to U I said, “U as in, well, underwear.” He read it back to me and said, “U as in Uniform.” We both started cracking up when I said, “I guess U includes a little bit more than just the underwear.”

That got me wondering about the military alphabet. Actually, here is a better description from Military.com:

“Currently, the U.S. military uses the same phonetic alphabet adopted by NATO. More accurately, the alphabet is known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet (IRSA).”

I thought this historical chart of the phonetics and Morse code was pretty cool, so I’ve included it for your enjoyment.

Over and out,

Kilo Alpha Romeo Alpha

Letter 1957-Present Morse Code 1913 1927 1938 World War II
A Alfa (or Alpha) . _ Able Affirmative Afirm Afirm (Able)
B Bravo _ . . . Boy Baker Baker Baker
C Charlie _ . _ . Cast Cast Cast Charlie
D Delta _ . . Dog Dog Dog Dog
E Echo . Easy Easy Easy Easy
F Foxtrot . . _ . Fox Fox Fox Fox
G Golf _ _ . George George George George
H Hotel . . . . Have Hypo Hypo How
I India . . Item Interrogatory Int Int (Item)
J Juliett . _ _ _ Jig Jig Jig Jig
K Kilo _ . _ King King King King
L Lima . _ . . Love Love Love Love
M Mike _ _ Mike Mike Mike Mike
N November _ . Nan Negative Negat Negat (Nan)
O Oscar _ _ _ Oboe Option Option Option (Oboe)
P Papa . _ _ . Pup Preparatory Prep Prep (Peter)
Q Quebec _ _ . _ Quack Quack Queen Queen
R Romeo . _ . Rush Roger Roger Roger
S Sierra . . . Sail Sail Sail Sugar
T Tango _ Tare Tare Tare Tare
U Uniform . . _ Unit Unit Unit Uncle
V Victor . . . _ Vice Vice Victor Victor
W Whiskey . _ _ Watch William William William
X X-ray _ . . _ X-ray X-ray X-ray X-ray
Y Yankee _ . _ _ Yoke Yoke Yoke Yoke
Z Zulu _ _ . . Zed Zed Zed Zebra

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