Introduction: Army Phonetic Alphabet (army Talk)

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ok. Have u ever wanted to talk like the army or be able to communicate with them in code?

well now u can! with this easy to learn army alphabet!

Step 1: Uses

the uses are:

::communicating with the army or undestanding them
::talking to your friends secretly in class
::Talking to people like telemarketers and tele helper people

Step 2: First Step to Learning: Numbers

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ok these are the numbers. most are the same as how you know them, yes i know but still this is what they use


Step 3: The Letters

Picture of The Letters

ok now this is the hard part. u have to remember all these

A - Alpha
B - Bravo
C - Charlie
D - Delta
E - Echo
F - Foxtrot
G - Golf
H - Hotel
I - India
J - Juliet
K - Kilo
L - Lima
M - Mike
N - November
O - Oscar
P - Papa
Q - Quebec
R - Romeo
S - Sierra
T - Tango
U - Uniform
V - Victor
W - Whiskey
X - X-ray
Y - Yankee
Z - Zulu
Hotel Alpha Victor Echo Foxtrot Uniform November!

Step 4: Extras

. - decimal
. - (full) stop

remembering techniques:

try and say them out loud and repeat them to yourself, it helps

while your out and about just look at car license plates and see if you can subsitute the letters and numbers for the army ones (submitted by RadBear)



HamizC (author)2016-01-20

is there any person who can tell me that how we use these words?

ntonello (author)HamizC2016-02-04

There's no real practical every day use, this is the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, aka NATO phonetic alphabet. It is usually used for radio communications on civil aviation, emergency and army. You can give a particular meaning to each word. When you talk on radio you need to be quick, because on a single channel there's usually multiple communications, so you talk with "codes" to say something quickly and more clear.

DJJ1 (author)2015-03-25

its not golf... its gulf

Flenters (author)DJJ12015-11-24

It is actually golf

nancijean (author)2015-10-05

Whoever drafted these instructions better be damn glad they know them because their English sucks.

nannos.ian (author)2015-02-28

inused them on battlefield 4 thx

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-29

Thank you

Mr Rancher (author)2014-01-18

Add to your Instructable a drawing of the hand signals for numbers.

I used it all the time to talk to pilots in my helo squadron in the Navy.

gunshow (author)2013-09-26

you should include whiskey tango foxtrot

rdembiski (author)2011-11-16

i am oscar mike

You should have sead I'm Oscar,Uniform,Tango

Sierra Echo Tango Hotel (author)2012-09-10

Hotel,India Hotel,Oscar,Whiskey Alpha,Romeo,Echo Yankee,Oscar,Uniform Golf,Oscar,Oscar

Now who can tell me what I sead?

underground carpenter (author)2012-05-06

Danny, Danny, this is UndergroundCarpenter. Over.

Wow, been out for two-fower years and I still remembered all of it. Over.

We use the phonetic alphabet to relay important information over static-y radios so that critical information (such as grid coordinates) isn't misheard, not to sound "cool." Out.

jigishpthakar (author)2011-11-23

if you want phonetics you can visit

The Jamalam (author)2010-02-25

3rd line on the picture, last 5 letters. Lazor :P

FlutterTree (author)The Jamalam2010-03-27

Oooooohhhhhh, NOW I get it. ( There's a song called "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo").

Saturn V (author)FlutterTree2010-09-12

You like kNex, I don't like you.

Darthscout (author)Saturn V2011-02-23

my brother likes knex....nobody likes knex

bduffman (author)2008-02-25

if u read this far mayb u should no this okk well here in aus nsw i did my security licence and we did this but its not army talk its called radio communications if you have to give names or licence plates or spell some thing out over the radio you would use this alphabet and one other thing we only use 0-zero 5-fife 9-niner none of them other numbers all letters are the same and this isnt just used in aus its world wide some more of the radio calls are stand by - meaning u will need more then 5 secons to process the infomation and u will get back to them over - meaning u have stoped talking out - meaning you dont need to say any thing else ( basicly ur done talking ) radio check - forget wat the name or wat u say but basicly to check to see if ur radio is working base will reply stating they hear u loud and clear cant think of the rest of the top of my head befor relaying infomation state ur name so base can identifie who is relaying the message and hold the butten for a secon then talk across the mic not into it and short converstations also listen for active radio comunications befor u relay messages as u may cut some one else off more i go into this the more i think this isnt wat the topic is bout and ur right its not cause the topic is completely wrong

JamesTB13 (author)bduffman2010-07-28

you're right in one respect, it's not called army talk, it's the internationally accepted NATO phonetic alphabet. it was created by NATO and essentially EVERYWHERE adopted it for EVERYTHING. Also, please check tour your spelling.

Yeah, I had to learn this to get my boating license

godfreyandthandi (author)2009-01-28

its th-ree not tree and ate not ait

correction its eight not ate.

static (author)mortifiedmonkey02010-05-31

In using the phonetic alphabet, pronounced is important. The numerals where spelled in the manner they are to be pronounced.

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-05-10

 How come I just saw this today? I've memorized this since last year, and I just saw this today!!! Hmm, I'll try converting this whole sentence into NATO stuff, which includes this sentence.

 Hotel oscar whiskey   charlie oscar mike echo   india   juliet uniform sierra tango   sierra alpha whiskey   tango hotel india sierra? India victor echo   mike echo mike oscar romeo india zulu echo delta   tango hotel india sierra   sierra india november charlie echo   lima alpha sierra tango   yankee echo alpha romeo,   alpha november delta   india   juliet uniform sierra tango   sierra alpha whiskey   tango hotel india sierra   tango oscar delta alpha yankee!!! Hotel mike mike, india lima lima   tango romeo yankee   charlie oscar november victor echo romeo tango india november golf   tango hotel india sierra   whiskey hotel oscar lima echo   sierra echo november tango echo november charlie echo   india november tango oscar   NOVEMBER ALPHA TANGO OSCAR   sierra tango uniform foxtrot foxtrot, whiskey hotel india charlie hotel   india november charlie lima uniform delta echo sierra   tango hotel india sierra   sierra echo november tango echo november charlie echo.

As you can see it's extremely long!

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-05-10

 You do realize that your username is in Filipino, and if it's translated it means sierra hotel india tango!!!! 

stephenniall (author)2010-01-02

You should add the police radio alphabet too This will get you more pageviews ! 

Such as 10 -4 Etc

Colonel88 (author)2009-10-27

No you just have to yell and point.

godfreyandthandi (author)2009-09-18

To the guy below... radio check is not that... it is a radio check... example: :alpha one this is bravo two, radio check over; :bravo two this is alpha one, loud and clear out. It is not extremely accurate but its close, i was taught this by people in the australian army... thanks craftsman Radford ;)

alpha_tango_foxtrot (author)2009-01-16

You do know that there is no Echo in grammar, right?

tae I have to agree with atf check your own spelling before you try to correct someone else... lol the best part is it has a spellcheck on the page for you

Bert99 (author)2009-02-26


FONtheCON (author)2008-10-23

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot lul

knex_owns_you (author)FONtheCON2008-10-24

Lima Mike Alpha Oscar

goeon (author)knex_owns_you2008-10-24

Lima Oscar Lima

knex_owns_you (author)goeon2008-10-24

Rock Soldier (author)2008-09-28

this is what i do, i write little notes that makes sense, but the first letter of every word spells someyhing secret, like "Will everyone no Danny's yell Sam? The words don'y have to be used correctly, and the secret word doesn't have to spelled correctly, like Kites are terrible. See easy?

I3uckwheat (author)2008-05-28

Alpha brovo charli delta echo foxtrot...

F1X0R (author)2008-05-24

this is the NATO IPA, (used by all UK Army, Air Force and navy including Royal Marines, international air trafic control, All British Train Drivers, engineers and signallers) other phonetic alphabets do exist

Black Cat (author)2008-04-27

Just thought ud like to no its pahpah as in pah-par

thematthatter (author)2008-02-27

you dont start spelling stuff out in commo, you have to let the person know that your spelling something out radio1:prepare to copy Mike, alpha, tango, tango Radio2: roger, read you lima charlie Lima charlie is loud and clear also lima is pronounced lee mah, not lie mah, as in lima bean its also used in MOS code, like the best job is 68 Romeo

radiobath (author)2008-02-23

This helps out a lot with the police too. Say you live on a street like Centre, but there's a Center street somewhere else in your town. Or, your last name is long and hard to spell. It saves time from saying things like, "D...A...L...No, it's D. D? D!". Thus, your house doesn't burn down. The only time this won't work is when you're dealing with idiot employers that would spell your name wrong no matter what. No matter how many times you write "Jill" or say "Juliet India Lima Lima", they're still going to spell it "Jilali".

ogeezer (author)2008-02-11

As a pathfinder in the U.S.Army, 41 years ago, phonetics, topographical mapping, recon call signs, and such terms as "danger close, broken arrow, and prairie fire" are still vivid in my memory -- burned into my psyche from 3 tours + extension in The Nam (betw 1967 - 1972), attached to First Air Cavalry and 101st Airborne (airmobile) Divisions. However, not that it matters but my recollections seem to point out that instead of N = November, we used Nevada, to avoid confusion with the month of the same name.

knex hater hater (author)2007-06-09

i got one, Foxtrot,Uniform,Charlie,Kilo.

wow man take the song name much,(the bloodhound gang).

lol,yea,i knew it was from bloodhound gang,lol.

shut up

lol,u really follow the be nice comment policy.

i do dont I. I just really hate swears

dont say hate!

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