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Here, as a sequel to our collection of military rhyming phrases (which we like), are some military phrases that Tom and his colleagues at T&P believe are past their due date for retirement. Fines double for using them in briefings.

Long pole in the tent

Oh and by the way

And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day

Bottom line up front

Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty

All of us are smarter than any of us

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt


Standby to standby

That’s not in your seabag

Hurry up and wait

Too easy

Only easy day was yesterday

You get what you inspect

Needs of the [service]

Ship, shipmate, self

Full spectrum

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

Boots on the ground

Lackadaisical attitude

Soup sandwich

Warmy fuzzy

Shut up and color

Stay in your lane

Show me your war face

Just to piggyback on what the CO said . . .

High speed, low drag

Dog and pony show

Shit hot

We got a lot of moving parts here

Break break

Are you tracking?

It would behoove you

Got any to add? Please post in the comments. But don’t kill “Let me break it down for you, Barney-style.” I still like that one.