All you need to know about the military phonetic alphabet
Here’s why you should be familiar with the code NATO still uses to this day
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Whether in movies or on the phone, you’ve probably heard someone say a combination of words that sound completely senseless together, but which actually use the first letters to spell something out. The film ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ (2016) is a good example. While you might think people are just picking random words—and indeed some might be—there is actually a defined military phonetic alphabet that was established over the first half of the 1900s that uses a set of 26 words, each representing a letter of the alphabet.
Not only does it have an interesting history regarding how the so-called phonetic alphabet came to be, but it can also come in handy in certain modern situations—more of which you'll read about in this gallery. Click through to learn everything you need to know about the military phonetic alphabet.
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