Decoding military communication during wartime
All of you must have heard the words like “alpha, Charlie, Delta, over” in movies or have read in the books.
What does these stand for? Don’t worry in this post we will together decode the point of using such code words during the war. Let us begin
- Communication plays a crucial role in the war and must be precise and short and easily convey the message.
- The person relaying the message needs to do so in a way that the person receiving will understand, and the person receiving the message needs to be able to quickly understand the message and respond in a coherent manner.
- This has been an issue that pestered the militaries of every nation in the world, but the solution was made in 1950.
- NATO created these code words for precise communication during the war.
- This alphabet consists of entire words, all two or three syllable, that start with each letter of the English alphabet, that are used in place of letters to spell out words, locations, codes, and more.
- NATO phonetic alphabet went through rigorous testing to assure that it was understandable and effective for everyone.
- The words that were finally chosen to make up the phonetic alphabet used by the military and many other organizations are as follows: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, and Zulu.
- Hyphens are called “Dash”, and there are codes for entire words as well that can’t just be spelt out.
- Those include the familiar “Roger”, “Mayday”, and “Wilco”.
- “Roger” is used to signify that a message has been received and understood, and is short for “roger that".
- These codes are decided upon before the training for any operation begins and is used rigorously so that no miscommunication takes place.
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