Can We Guess Your Military Nickname?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

If there's one thing anyone who has been in the military knows, it's that the entire institution, from top to bottom and across all four branches, just loves an acronym. There are acronyms for branches, planes, weapons, housing, ranks, and even food. Some acronyms describe how a piece of hardware works (for example, radar, which is actually a portmanteau word). 

There are acronyms that tell you where you are, or how well or badly things are going. Generally speaking, if there are three words necessary for describing something, the military will turn them into one short one.

This is just one of the examples of military nicknaming. Generals in particular always have a name by which their troops know them, and they had better hope it's flattering. Pilots invariably collect a nickname, as fans of Tom Cruise have been aware for some decades now. 

Likewise, military bases, the on-base dogs, politicians, planes, and colonels' wives are all prone to picking up a moniker. These are typically affectionate, sometimes snarky, and every so often, just a smidge on the cutting side. Either way, they're always profoundly descriptive - so tell us about yourself, and we'll see what name your comrades in arms would give you!

Do you do things by the book?

Would you call yourself a hero?

Would other people call you a hero?

Are you actually kinda scary?

Are you the gossip in your unit?

What's the last thing you were written up for?

How clean and tidy is your bunk?

How often do you call home?

Are you going career?

A new recruit arrives. What do you do?

You have to work closely with a person of the opposite gender. They need to get changed. Do you avert your eyes?

If you saw bullying in your unit, what would you do?

Can you make just about anything taste good?

How technically savvy are you?

Are you good at hand-to-hand?

Are you a good shot?

Do you know all the regs by heart?

Would you make a good quartermaster?

When you polish your boots, which of the below best describes them?

Your buddy has forgotten to make his bed and an inspection is coming. What do you do?

No matter how much you work out, is there any wobbly area you just can't shake?

How would you raise morale in a sticky situation?

What's your party trick when the unit is just hanging out?

Why did you join up?

How much do you like being in the military?

What branch are you in?

What is a good reason to disobey an order?

Are you the funny one in your unit?

Do you care about the wider geopolitics of any given deployment?

Unexpectedly, you have an hour to relax. What do you do?

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