The biggest issue I had when I approached this hobby was putting all those cool words listed here and there over the Internet into an understandable context. There are many sources around but the vast majority are never-ending lists of words with little practical meaning the first you read them.
In this article I try to separate and arrange by context the most commonly used brevities. This is by no means a comprehensive list and it is mostly focused on Air-to-Air operations.
If I missed obvious brevities please let me know and I will add them 🙂
Parentheses: Message format
Messages usually follow this structure:
Recipient, Sender, Message.
For example, if the callsign of our F-14B is Diamond 1-1 and the Controller is Darkstar the message we will send on the net to get the picture will be:
Darkstar, Diamond 1-1, Request Picture.
|Controller status: used when a controller starts providing or terminates services.||SUNRISE, MIDNIGHT
|Classification (ROE): classification relative to the ROE of a specific contact/Group, usually filled-in in BULLSEYE/BRAA calls.||
|Request Correlation||DECLARE (GROUP/BRAA): Request current identification for specified BRAA or Group.|
|Request information: different way to obtain information. PICTURE is default post check-in and it provides information about the tactical theatre using BULLSEYE. Other means use lower tactical level and BRAA. SNAP and CUTOFF can be used to rejoin / intercept tankers or other friendlies.||
PIGEONS: Request Magnetic bearing and range to Homeplate.
|Providing Awareness: used as a heads-up for friendlies that an untargeted hostile is close.||THREAT (Direction): Specified direction where an untargeted HOSTILE, BANDIT, BOGEY is. Distance is briefed and defined depending on the type of threat. BRAA format is used. HOT TA is assumed for THREAT calls.|
|Request distance||SEPARATION: Request for separation between two Groups.|
|Positional References: typically the answer from an enquiry to the controller, BULLSEYE is used for the picture to all the players in the AO, BRAA for tactical control.||
ANGELS: Altitude in thousands of feet. Friendlies only.
|Taking/Releasing responsibility: these are used for deconfliction and space management. By default, once a friendly has taken responsibility for the specified Group, other friendlies will not COMMIT/TARGET it.||
SKIP IT: negate fighter COMMIT.
|Missile launch call (Employment): broadcast to alert friendlies on the net of a specified missile launch.||FOX 1-2-3: Abbreviation from FOXTROT (FIRE) for launch of ait-to-air weapon.
|Post Employment tactics||
|Post Employment missile status||
|Intercept Control||JUDY: The crew has radar or visual contact with the target and doesn’t need additional guidance. The controller minimizes comms and provides SA information.|
|Status||WHAT STATE (Active/Radar/Heat/Fuel): Request number of:
WINCHESTER: No ordnance left
|Radio Comms||PUSH (Channel/Frequency): Select specified channel (or frequency if no preset is available).
|IFF / Transponder. Supported by SRS and LotATC.||