Military Abbreviations, Nicknames and Slang Terms
Beginning with R
Compiled by Jon Stacy

R & R-
(Short) Rest and Relaxation.

(Squadron Nickname) 113th Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon for the Indiana Air National Guard.

Rack Time-
(Slang) Sleep.

Radar Fence-
(Nickname) DEW Line in Canada & at sea.

Radial Interceptor-
(Nickname) Beech T-34 Mentor.

Radioing It In-
(Navy) A White Lie.

The Northrop C-125, tri-engine transport.

(Squadron Nickname) VMGR-352, which operates the KC-130 Hercules.

The 84th Infantry Division, that served in World War I and the European Theater in World War II.

Rainbow- The 42nd Infantry Division, that served in World War I and in Europe in World War II.

(Slang) To sweep a target with gunfire.

The 9th Armored Division, that served in World War II in Europe.

Rammin’ Sammy-
(Nickname) USS Samuel M. Moore DD-747; an Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer.

(Squadron Nickname) VFA-83 that flies the F/A-18 Hornet.

(Slang) A World War II bomber strike without fighter escort.

(Squadron Nickname) 732nd Airlift Squadron, that operated the C-141 Starlifter.

1. (Nickname) The USS Randolph CV-15; an Essex Class aircraft carrier.
2. (Allied Codename) Japanese Kawasaki Army Ki-102.

1. (Squadron Nickname) VT-28 that conducts flight training in the T-34 Mentor.
2. (Squadron Nickname) VMGR-234, that flies the KC-130 Hercules.

1. The Lockheed F-22, Air Dominance Fighter.
2. The AGM-142

Rat Race-
(Slang) A chaotic situation, that can be exhausting to all involved.

The Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation.

Ratling Gatling-
(Nickname) USS Gatling DD-671, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

(Acronym) Rocket Assisted Take Off.

(Squadron Nickname) 336th Air Refueling Squadron, that flies the KC-135.

The General Dynamics/Grumman EF-111. A modified F-111A Aardvark. Served during the Persian Gulf War.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 966th AACS, that operates the E-3 Sentry & the TC-18.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 344th Air Refueling Squadron, that flies the KC-135.

(Squadron Nickname) VRC-40, that operates the C-2 Greyhound.

(Nickname) Douglas F4D/F-6A Skyray.

(Squadron Nickname) 154th Training Squadron, that flew the C-130 Hercules. (Disestablished).

(Acronym) Reserve on Extended Active Duty.

Rebel Riders-
(Squadron Nickname) 149th Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon for the Virginia Air National Guard.

(Squadron Nickname) 106th Air Refueling Squadron, that flies the KC-135 for the Alabama Air National Guard.

Red Arrow-
The 32nd Infantry Division, which served in World War I and World War II in the Pacific.

Red Bull-
The 34th Infantry Division, that served in World War I, and World War II in the European Theater.

Red Bulls-
(Squadron Nickname) 87th Flying Training Squadron, that flies the T-38 Talon.

Red Circle-
The 71st Infantry Division, that served in Europe during World War II.

Red Dawgs-
(Squadron Nickname) 12th Missile Squadron, that operates the LGM-30 Minuteman III.

Red Devils-
1. (Squadron Nickname) VMSB/VMTB/VMF/VMFA-232; that has operated the SBD Dauntless, TBM Avenger, F4U Corsair, F9F Panther, FJ Fury, F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II and currently the F/A-18 Hornet. The unit has seen duty during World War II, Korea & the Persian Gulf.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 96th Bomb Squadron, that operated the B-47 Stratojet & currently the
B-52 Stratofortress.
3. (Squadron Nickname) 50th Airlift Squadron, who flies the C-130 Hercules.
4. (Squadron Nickname) 107th Tactical Bomb Squadron/Fighter Squadron that operated the B-26 Invader & currently the F-16 Falcon.

Red Diamond-
The 5th Infantry Division, that served in World War I, Europe during World War II, and during the
Vietnam War.

Red Dog-
(Squadron Nickname) HMLA-773, which flies the UH-1 Huey & AH-1 Cobra.

Red Dragons-
(Squadron Nickname) HMM-268, that operates the CH-46 Sea Knight.

Red Eagles-
(Squadron Nickname) 911th Air Refueling Squadron, that flies the KC-135.

Red Falcons-
(Squadron Nickname) 350th Air Refueling Squadron, that flies the KC-135.

Red Griffins-
(Squadron Nickname) VS-38, that operates the S-3 Viking.

Red Hawks-
(Squadron Nickname) 123rd Fighter Squadron, that operated the F-15 Eagle for the Oregon Air National Guard. (Disestablished)

Red Lancers-
(Squadron Nickname) VP-10, that flies the P-3 Orion.

Red Lightning's-
(Squadron Nickname) VF-194, that operated the F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II & F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)

Red Lions-
1. (Squadron Nickname) HS-15, that flies the SH-60 Sea Hawk.
2. (Squadron Nickname) HMH-363, that operates the CH-53 Super Stallion.

Red Rippers-
(Squadron Nickname) VF-4/VF/VFA-11, the squadron has flown the F2F, F3F, F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat, & currently the F/A-18 Hornet.

Red Scorpion-
(Nickname) USS Rasher SS-269, Gato Class Submarine.

Red Tail Angels-
(Squadron Nickname) 301st Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon.

Red Tails-
(Squadron Nickname) VS-21, that operates the S-3 Viking.

Red Wolves-
(Squadron Nickname) HCS-4, which flies the HH-60 Sea Hawk.

Name of a Strategic Guided Missile of the 1950’s that was adapted for NASA’s Project Mercury, sub-orbital space flights.

The Vultee AT-19/UC-81 Advanced Trainer/Utility Aircraft of World War II.

(Acronym) Rear Echelon Maintenence Combined Operation.

(Acronym) Rear Echelon Mother Fuckers. Used by Marine Grunts, to describe those back at base.

Remington Raider-
(Slang) A Marine with a desk job. (See: REMF)

(Squadron Nickname) VF-24, that flew the F-8 Crusader & the F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)

Repulsive Thunderbox-
(Nickname) Republic P-47/F-47 Thunderbolt.

Reserve Salute-
(Slang) A shrugging of the shoulders.

USMC Retirees who volunteered to come back into the service during Vietnam.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Kawanishi Navy N1K1, Flying Boat.

(Squadron Nickname) VR-54, who flies the C-130 Hercules.

Revolutionary Gator-
(Nickname) USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6, a Wasp Class Amphibious Attack Ship.

Rhapsody in Glue-
(Nickname) Cessna UC-78 Bobcat, of World War II.

(Acronym, Vietnam) Radar Homing And Warning.

(Nickname) McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 905th Air Refueling Squadron, that operates the KC-135 Stratotanker.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 89th Airlift Squadron, that flew the C-141 Starlifter, & currently the C-5 Galaxy.

(Acronym) Rank Has Its Privileges.

Ridge Runners-
(Squadron Nickname) HMM-163, which flies the CH-46 Sea Knight.

(Acronym) Radar Intercept Officer, the backseater onboard a F-14 Tomcat.

Rio Lobos-
(Squadron Nickname) 86th FTS, that flies the T-1 Jayhawk.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Nakajima Army G8N1, a prototype 4 engine bomber.

River Rattlers-
(Squadron Nickname) VFA-204, that operated the A-4 Skyhawk & currently the F/A-18 Hornet.

(Nickname) USS Rochester CA-124, an Oregon City Class Heavy Cruiser.

(Acronym) Retired On Active Duty.

Road Hogs-
(Squadron Nickname) HMH-769, which flies the CH-53 Super Stallion.

Road Runners-
1. (Squadron Nickname) VA-36, that operated the A-4 Skyhawk & A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)
2. (Squadron Nickname) VMR-1, that flew the C-9 Skytrain II, C-12 Huron, & CH-46 Sea Knight.

Roaring 20-
(Nickname) USS Richmond K. Turner DLG/CG-20, a Leahy Class Missile Cruiser.

(Nickname) USS Robinson DD-562, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

1. Nickname for the islands of Guam and Okinawa.
2. (Nickname) Confederate General Henry L. Benning.

Rock, The-
1. (Nickname) USS Little Rock CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4. A Cleveland Class Light Cruiser modified to a Galveston Class Light Missile Cruiser.
2. (Nickname) USS Rochester CA-124.

Rock of Chickamunga-
(Nickname) Union General George H. Thomas.

Rock Pile-
(Nickname) Himalayan Mountains. Better known as the “Hump”.

(Squadron Nickname) 336th Fighter Squadron, that flew the F-86 Sabre during the Korean War, and currently flies the F-15 Eagle.

(Nickname) USS Rooks DD-804, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

(Slang) A fighter sweep over Europe without bombers.

(Codeword) Received.

Pronounced Rock. Stands for Republic of Korea, or South Korea.

Rolling W-
The 89th Infantry Division, that served in World War I and World War II in Europe.

Ronson Lighter-
(Nickname) The M-4 Sherman Main Battle Tank of World War II. Named so because after it was hit by enemy fire, the tank would most likely catch on fire.

(Squadron Nickname) VAQ-137 that flies the EA-6 Prowler.

(Squadron Nickname) 52nd Airlift Squadron, that flew the C-130 Hercules. (Disestablished)

Ropeyarn Sunday-
(Navy) A day off to take care of personal business.

Rose Garden-
(Nickname) Nam Phong AB, Thailand, during the Vietnam War.

1. (Nickname) USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42; a Midway Class aircraft carrier.
2. (Nickname) Major General Emmett O’Donnell, USAF; of the Korean War.

Rosie Roads-
(Nickname) NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

(Slang) A helicopter pilot or a helicopter crew.

Rough Raiders-
1. (Squadron Nickname) VFA-125 that operates the F/A-18 Hornet.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 500th Bomb Squadron that flew the B-25 Mitchell during World War II, with the 345th Bomb Group “Air Apaches”.

Rough Riders-
(Slang) A vehicular convoy of US Marines, during Vietnam.

Rounded Delta-
(Nickname) Douglas F4D/F-6A Skyray and the F5D Skyknight.

Rover Joe-
(Nickname) Forward Air Controllers, in Europe, during World War II, that coordinated Close Air Support.

Royal Maces-
(Squadron Nickname) VFA-27, that flies the F/A-18 Hornet. Previously known as the “Chargers”.

Air Force designation for a Rescue Squadron.

Air Force designation for Reconnaissance Squadron.

Rubber Lady-
(Slang) An inflatable rubber mattress.

(Nickname) USS Belleau Wood CVL-24; an Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier.

Rude Rams-
(Squadron Nickname) 34th Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-16 Falcon.

(Slang) To Advance the throttle of an aircraft engine too quickly.

(Nickname) USS Rupertus DD-851, a Gearing Class Destroyer.

Ruptured Duck-
(Slang, WWII) Honorable Service Lapel Pin or Patch.

Rusty Rosie-
(Nickname) USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42.


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