Much like Military time, as you begin to serve your country – regardless of the branch that you choose – you will need to become familiar with a new alphabet. The letters that you learned in the past still apply, but now they have a special indicator.
To avoid all potential confusion, the US Military has assigned a word to each letter in the alphabet. This goes a long way in ensuring that nothing is lost in translation due to a misunderstanding.
Below is the Military alphabet:
With the Military alphabet in mind, let’s have a bit of a lesson. If you were using this alphabet to spell out the word “Navy” you would say the following:
November, Alpha, Victor, Yankee.
As you can see, the first letter corresponds with the word that you are spelling.
In addition to the alphabet, the Military has come up with the same system for numbers.
Before enlisting in the US Military, do yourself a favor and become familiar with the above alphabet and numerical system. You will be required to use this alphabet upon enlisting, so you might as well become familiar with it as soon as possible.