Lingo for walkie-talkie communication: how communicate the military and children with plastic radios

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Did you know that there are so many subspecies of lingo and slang for communicating with the walkie-talkie? Even in various military units there are specific features for transmitting information by a walkie-talkie. For example, the lingo of NATO troops will not be the same as the lingo of the army, and the more it will be different from the communication with walkie-talkie for guards in the supermarket. A large variety of slang for a walkie-talkie is created especially for security reasons.

In everyday life without tactical communications, walkie-talkies are most popular among children. Few of us in childhood did not use plastic transmitters, with the help of which it was possible to communicate at a distance of several meters. And then, in childhood, each team also came up with their own language of transmitting.

There is a single algorithm for communicating by walkie-talkie

However, if you go back to tactical or network communication, in every talk by the walkie-talkie there is a certain algorithm that everyone adheres to. This algorithm was created in order to explain the interlocutor a situation as short as possible, but aptly.

The message layout looks like this:

  • whom to contact;

  • who appeals;

  • text on the situation using ciphers or lingo;

  • end of conversation - has two cases. If we expect an answer, the word "over" is used, if the conversation is over - "out".

How do law enforcement officers communicate using walkie-talkies?

There are some of nuances that you need to know in order to communicate through the walkie-talkie. Virtually every word of the conversation is short for some well-known situation. In order to protect communication lines from being intercepted by intruders, the interlocutors reduce such concepts as the level of danger, the description of the situation and the participants of the situation to a minimum. This is also done in order to more clearly hear and understand the interlocutor's speech. As you know, the line of communication on the radio works not perfectly, and even while watching movies, we notice how the sound transmitted by the radio is distorted. Therefore, general coding and abbreviation of phrases that can be studied and clearly distinguished are necessary for this type of communication.

Example message: Star-2, says Earth-3, come in, over.

In this example, in the form of a table we analyze the replicas, their meaning and possible options for further conversation, answers and the like. Also note the words that can be added to the message.

A priority

ROUTINE, IMMEDIATE and FLASH.For the very operative and very important message, they say "flash" three times.

Safety of operation

First, the word "Conditions" is reported, then, depending on security, the code green (safe), the code yellow (moderately safe), the code red (dangerous).

Signal clarity

It is asked in the form “How do you hear me?” In response, you must give an answer on a five-point scale in two parameters - clarity and loudness. If everything is loud and clearly heard, the interlocutor answers “5/5” or “I hear you clearly and loudly”.

Making corrections to the voiced information

When changing the location or some aspect of the operation, the interlocutor is provided with new data. To do this, say "I give the correction." After that, corrections are voiced after the previously announced information.

Cancel operation

You can cancel the operation or the said thing using the "cancel" command.

The confirmation

Confirms the heard answer "Roger", "Understood you", "Received", "Accepted", "Confirm".

Dictation of names and other personal names besides the well-known

There are words for each letter. This is done so that the short sound of the letter is not lost due to interruptions in the signal or deterioration of communication, and the interlocutor clearly heard each letter.

Phonetic alphabet, which is used for communication by the walkie-talkie

A phonetic alphabet has been developed for almost every language of the world. For example, speaking with the walkie-talkie, we do not just pronounce the letter D, we say the word "Delta", then the source will definitely hear the word and select its first letter. Of course, each language has its own translation, therefore the development of a phonetic alphabet cannot be universal. For English-speaking countries, is used the following alphabet:

А Аlfа, В Вrаvо, С Сharliе, D Dеltа, Е Есhо, F Fохtrоt, G Gоlf, H Ноtеl, I Indiа, J Juliett, K Kilo, L Lima, М Мike, N Nоvеmbеr, O Oskar, Р Рара, Q Quebec, R Romео, S Siеrrа, Т Таngо, U Uniform, V Victor, W Whisky, Х Х-rау, У Yаnkее, Z Zulu.

For each language, the letters are matched with simple words with which everyone is familiar. These words are easy to remember, with simple  sound, most of them are simple names or titles.

Codes are formed basing on the phonetic alphabet

Of course, the codes of special services are never disclosed to civilians. But the general coding of negotiations with the walkie-talkie has long been leaked to the masses and freely available. Taking into account the phonetic alphabet of the English language, there are the following popular commands:


Return to base


We meet in point A (rally at point A)


Need a helicopter with medical aid (request medevac)


Haul ass!


High Explosives

Popular codes for communication by walkie-talkie

Each department, forming, and possibly also a supermarket, has invented its own communication system. Someone refers to commonly used numeric codes. This is done by the police, who combine numerical ciphers with a phonetic alphabet and other ways of transmitting information with the help of walkie-talkie. The most well-known numeric codes denoting certain information are 10-20 (Describe where you are?) And 10-4 (Accepted). Some employees also communicate abbreviations from words that have not been altered by phonetic alphabet and in other ways. For example, the common abbreviation is CYA – cover your ass. Another well-known abbreviation is HUA - heard, understood, acknowledged. To the sound, the last abbreviation is often confused with the exclamation "Ha!" because of which there are confusions and misunderstandings between the interlocutors.

So, ways to communicate by the walkie-talkie are a lot, since you can create your own form of communication. There are well-known principles, through which different divisions interact on joint operations. Often, it all depends on the type of operation and the situations that may occur there. In parallel with the military lingo for communication by walkie-talkie, the attackers are also being studied to counteract law enforcement officers in carrying out certain missions. However, since the invention of walkie-talkie, in everyday life or more often tactical and strategic operations, it has not found a better substitute. Therefore, walkie-talkie is relevant today, as before, and the slang for communication with it often turns into a whole dialect in the context of a given language.

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