The Most Overused (And Annoying) Military Phrases Ever

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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 Task & Purpose 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
  • OBE
  • 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
  • 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.