A Review of the military alphabet

By Jim Campbell

January 30, 2018

I’m frequently making calls for customer service to places like Banglor, India and the Philippines.

The problem arises when I can understand them and they can understand me but in the end, neither can under stand the other.

 

 

I’ve found when this is a situation I start using the trusty NATO Alphabet and everything works out fine.

For those who prefer to miss this guys off colored humor, move the marker to the 4:35 minute mark and we will all be in sync.

 

For those readers who wonder where Roger went, now you know, he was replaced by Romeo.

A unique feature of this alphabet is that it includes corresponding symbols for the Morse code. Although the official version of this spelling alphabet was initially marked as classified information, later public documents included a full version of the NATO alphabet.

The first spelling alphabet was developed for use within the U.S. military as early as World War One. A decade later, in 1927, the International Telegraph Union (ITU) produced its own version of the spelling alphabet to facilitate global communication via telegrams. Over time the ITU’s spelling alphabet saw several changes, and its use expanded to areas of communication.

During the second world war, in 1941, the U.S. adopted a new spelling alphabet, the Joint Army / Navy Phonetic Alphabet.

Then, in 1956, after a period of research and testing that included 31 different countries, the ICAO finalized its radiotelephonic Spelling Alphabet, which would be adopted as the official spelling alphabet of NATO and all allied countries.

Letter IRSA (1957-Present) Joint Army (WW2) ITU (1927-WW2) RAF (1913) Morse code
A Alpha Afirm Amsterdam Able . _
B Bravo Baker Baltimore Boy _ . . .
C Charlie Charlie Casablanca Cast _ . _ .
D Delta Dog Denmark Dog _ . .
E Echo Easy Edison Easy .
F Foxtrot Fox Florida Fox . . _ .
G Golf George Gallipoli George _ _ .
H Hotel How Havana Have . . . .
I India Int (Item) Italia Item . .
J Juliet Jig Jerusalem Jig . _ _ _
K Kilo King Kilogramme King _ . _
L Lima Love Liverpool Love . _ . .
M Mike Mike Madagascar Mike _ _
N November Negat New York Nan _ .
O Oscar Option Oslo Oboe _ _ _
P Papa Prep Paris Pup . _ _ .
Q Quebec Queen Quebec Quack _ _ . _
R Romeo Roger Roma Rush . _ .
S Sierra Sugar Santiago Sail . . .
T Tango Tare Tripoli Tare _
U Uniform Uncle Upsala Unit . . _
V Victor Victor Valencia Vice . . . _
W Whiskey William Washington Watch . _ _
X X-Ray X-Ray Xanthippe X-Ray _ . . _
Y Yankee Yoke Yokohama Yoke _ . _ _
Z Zulu Zebra Yokohama Zed _ _ . .

 

THE END

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