If you’ve ever wanted to shout out “Alpha Charlie Echo Echo” with meaning, now’s your chance!

Here’s the full list of the “military Alphabet”, as used by soldiers, sailors, cops, truckers and other interesting people.

ALPHA
BRAVO
CHARLIE
DELTA
ECHO
FOXTROT
GOLF
HOTEL
INDIA
JULIET
KILO
LIMA
MIKE
NOVEMBER
OSCAR
PAPA
QUEBEC
ROMEO
SIERRA
TANGO
UNIFORM
VICTOR
WHISKEY
XRAY
YANKEE
ZULU

Why would you want to know this? Well you might find yourself in a situation where the person driving in front of you has thrown their mcDonald’s bag out of their car window. You call the cops to report it:

N2 outward bound, white vw polo, registration number CHARLIE! ECHO! 6 6 3 4 5, send patrol car immediately!”

OR

You might find yourself having a personality clash with someone from work. In which case you could for instance dial their office number every day for a week and shout out (with a tissue covering the mouthpiece) “FOXTROT! UNIFORM! CHARLIE! KILO! OSCAR! FOXTROT! FOXTROT!” and slam down the phone.

You just never know when you’ll need this fun and handy alphabet. Learn it. Practise it. Use it like a pro.

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