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Military Call Signs

March 23, 2008

A little while back I needed to learn the phonetic military call signs (NATO spelling alphabet) so I wrote them down here so I could reference back here when I forget. So here’s the list:

  • Alpha
  • Bravo
  • Charlie
  • Delta
  • Echo
  • Foxtrot
  • Golf
  • Hotel
  • India
  • Juliet
  • Kilo
  • Lima
  • Mike
  • November
  • Oscar
  • Papa
  • Quebec
  • Romeo
  • Sierra
  • Tango
  • Uniform
  • Victor
  • Whiskey
  • Xray
  • Yankee
  • Zulu

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37 Responses to “Military Call Signs”

  1. Zulu on November 25th, 2009 11:36 am

    Tango Hotel Xray!

  2. K. Finnell on December 6th, 2009 3:56 am

    Thanks, this is very helpful when debating military movie lingo!

  3. Kris on February 25th, 2010 3:42 pm

    Tango Hotel India Sierra-India Sierra-Sierra Oscar-Hotel Echo Lima Papa Foxtrot Uniform Lima-Foxtrot Oscar Romeo-Whiskey Romeo India Tango India November Golf-November Oscar Tango Echo Sierra-India November-Charlie Lima Alpha Sierra Sierra!!!!!!!

  4. Siera India Zulu ;) on February 28th, 2010 4:44 am

    Whisky Tango probly wrote this

  5. Carol on March 29th, 2010 12:21 pm

    Kris –
    Yankee Oscar Uniform Romeo – November Oscar Tango Echo Sierra – Whiskey Oscar Uniform Lima Delta – Tango Alpha Kilo Echo – Foxtrot Oscar Romeo Echo Victor Echo Romeo – Tango Oscar – Whiskey Romeo India Tango Echo…..just like this did!

  6. WiL on April 22nd, 2010 8:32 am

    Whiskey Hotel :D this is helpful,.. I play paintball on a team and knowing these kinda things help during scenario games. :p

  7. Alex on June 9th, 2010 9:24 am

    Confifmed death

  8. M. Hilton on June 13th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Sometimes we would use other words depending on the situation like “Able, Baker, Dog, Nancy, Sugar, Uncle” and others.

  9. Geoff on July 18th, 2010 12:25 pm

    Very helpful for getting or giving info over the phone when poor signal is present or with interference.

  10. COD Player on October 25th, 2010 7:56 pm

    In Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 there is Whiskey Hotel (Presidents Bunker) Tango (bad guy) Oscar Mike (over and out) Foxtrot, Golf, Kilo, Victor, and Yankee are all just random Callsigns throughout the game haha kinda funny

  11. Joker on October 27th, 2010 1:56 am

    @COD Player Uhh actually, these are not call signs. This is called the phonetic alphabet. Oscar Mike is short for “On The Move”. Dont ever get your military knowledge from games especially like MW2. Get it from the source itself. Able, Baker, Dog are from the old alphabet. The Phonetic is the Nato standard now. Again these are not call signs its the Phonetic Alphabet so things aren’t misinterpreted on the radio. There’s even a way to say numbers.

  12. Dylan McCoy on October 29th, 2010 7:28 pm

    WiL on April 22nd, 2010 8:32 am
    Whiskey Hotel
    Whiskey Hotel is the military term for white house

  13. BOO on November 21st, 2010 1:36 am

    This is not a military alphabet. It was born long before NATO. It is used in navigation communication of all kinds by radio.

  14. AirForce Kid on December 1st, 2010 1:26 pm

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Over!!! lol
    my father said this all the time… He was in the Navy.. where as my aunt and uncle were in the airforce and my stepdad was in the 82 airborne. ive pretty much gotten used to the military way of life

  15. metz on December 6th, 2010 1:19 am

    Tango Alpha Kilo Echo – Charlie Hotel Alpha Romeo Golf Echo…

  16. Hollows on December 9th, 2010 7:34 pm

    Yankee Oscar Uniform – Golf Uniform Yankee Sierra – Alpha Rome Echo – Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo India November Golf – Romeo Echo Tango Alpha Romeo Delta Echo Delta


    India – Juliette Uniform Sierra Tango – Golf Oscar Tango – Tango Hotel India Sierra!

    India – Alpha Mike – Sierra Oscar – Hotel Alpha Papa Papa Yankee!



  17. U.S. Army General on December 28th, 2010 4:57 pm

    whiskey hotel oscar- lima india kilo echo sierra- papa india echo-???

  18. Ol'timer on January 20th, 2011 2:46 pm

    When did the changes take place? Back in my military days I=Indigo and M=mama, now I see (according to your input) it has changed.

  19. Dustin on January 24th, 2011 11:27 pm

    lol i play on a semi-pro airsoft team, and in tournaments the refs need to moniter radio chat to make sure no one cheats (i.e when your out using a sniper scope to find other players and report locations etc) and every game they had no idea wha we were sayin, bc we came up with, essentially a new language of field op need to knows. They were so confused XD thank you to whoever put this up.

  20. CdrTrufflehunter on February 3rd, 2011 1:09 pm

    Limo-Echo-Echo-Tango India-Sierra Foxtrot-Uniform-November?

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  21. The Marine on May 1st, 2011 10:22 pm

    Sierra-echo-mike-papa-echo-romeo Foxtrot-india… Semper Fi

  22. Robert on June 15th, 2011 5:34 pm

    Oscar Mike! Romeo One-One! X-Ray! Alpha team! Bravo team! Yankee One-Two! Lima Niner! Foxtrot get down here! Hotel 6! November One-One! Echo Two-One!

  23. AirforceLad on June 22nd, 2011 4:27 pm

    This is kinda what you use for talking to the ATC for operations, you would use something like Jester 1-1 to signify that your callsign is Jester you would be in the 1st squadron/platoon of the day and you are 1st in the platoon something like a 1st Sgt. or something

  24. josh on July 13th, 2011 12:43 am

    Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo

  25. ThatGuy on July 26th, 2011 4:15 pm

    Geronimo, Geronimo! We got him! EKIA!
    -Seal Team Six

  26. Emil Maxwell on August 22nd, 2011 9:17 pm

    Thank you for the time and information

  27. leigh on August 26th, 2011 11:21 am

    its such a ballache to do all that when you can shorten stuff like Oscar mike to mean on the move

  28. Ciphered on October 19th, 2011 7:14 pm

    November Echo Victor Echo Romeo – Golf Oscar November November Alpha – Golf India Victor Echo – Yankee Oscar Uniform – Uniform Papa

  29. Robert on October 29th, 2011 8:46 am

    We’re Oscar Mike, out! Sierra Foxtrot, do you read? This is Lima niner! We need backup ASAP!

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  31. Albert Head on May 22nd, 2013 3:58 pm

    You’re confusing call signs with the phoentic alphabet. Not the same thing at all. The phoenetic alphabet is part of the call sign structure, but call signs themselves are part of radio procedure and constitute the net diagram that identifies organizations (units, sub-units, and sub-sub units (that is, Batallions, companies, and platoons and sections), as well as certain key individual positions in them. So you’re actually only talking about the phoenetic alphabet and not call signs.

    For instance, call sign 0 (“Niner”) is the Commanidng Officer, 0 (“Zero”) is the Bn Command Post, 1 (“One”) is A Company, 2 (“Two”) is B Company, etc. So 19C (stated as, “One-Niner-Charlie”) would be the sergeant-major of A Company. 39 (“Three-Niner”) would be the Officer Commanding C Company, 29D (“Two-Niner_Delta”) is the B Company Quartermaster Sergeant, and 3-2 would b the second platoon of C Coy, etc. I hope this clears it up :-)

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