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NATO Military Alphabet

In the military, each letter is given a code. For example, B = Bravo. Do you know the codes for the other letters?
Last updated: September 04, 2018
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Letter
Code
A
Alfa
B
Bravo
C
Charlie
D
Delta
E
Echo
F
Foxtrot
G
Golf
Letter
Code
H
Hotel
I
India
J
Juliet
K
Kilo
L
Lima
M
Mike
N
November
Letter
Code
O
Oscar
P
Papa
Q
Quebec
R
Romeo
S
Sierra
T
Tango
U
Uniform
Letter
Code
V
Victor
W
Whiskey
X
Xray
Y
Yankee
Z
Zulu
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level 45
May 1, 2011
missed Quebec and Whiskey because I spelled them wrong
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level 21
Jun 9, 2011
been out of military for too long!!!
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level 44
Nov 14, 2012
Been out of the Navy 21 years... but I also used the letters alot on my job.
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level 33
Jul 6, 2011
26/26: Thanks Dad!
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level 33
Sep 25, 2011
I only knew the first four because I worked as a mall cop and these represented the four sections of the mall. It was (and still is) all new to me.
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level 44
Oct 27, 2011
Did anyone else think of the Bloodhound Gang song Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo - THE most unsubtle song EVER!
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level 25
Aug 1, 2012
Hell yeah!
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level 62
Oct 4, 2018
Subtle as sierra hotel india tango.
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level 67
Dec 17, 2018
Bloodhound Gang has never been subtle, that's for sure.
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level 28
Nov 18, 2011
yay 100%
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level 21
Nov 27, 2011
theLAYTshow, Yes I did! 4 of the few I got right XD
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level 14
Dec 23, 2011
HECK yes!!!! 100% with 4:20 left:)
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level 14
Dec 23, 2011
NATA international telephonic radio code;) lol HAM radios use it
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level 16
Mar 29, 2012
26/26 :)
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level 20
May 8, 2012
I only got the handful I did because Atlanta airport used to rattle off where everyone's connecting flights were and say things like "the flight to dulles is at gate E-echo 4 or the flight to tuscon is at B-Bravo 15"
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level 13
May 9, 2012
haha nice one Charon
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level 33
May 13, 2012
apparently (YOLO) is in correct for letter (Y)
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level 70
Dec 22, 2018
And for a lot of other things as well
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level 50
Aug 9, 2012
micheal should be accepted for M
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level 45
Dec 22, 2018
it's spelled Michael
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level 44
Dec 29, 2018
Why? It's Mike, not Michael.
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level 32
Sep 10, 2012
this might be picky but its alPHa not alfa
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level 35
Oct 15, 2012
Yes it is.
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level 50
Nov 21, 2012
No offence, but it IS alpha, as in the Greek letter, not Alfa, as in Alfa Romeo.
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level 33
May 10, 2013
Are you sure it's not named after the Italian car manufacturer?
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level 67
Jan 1, 2016
The phonetic letter is definitely spelled "Alfa" with an f. As mentioned above, this has roots in both the British and American military, but it is now codified as the "International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet." It is used by NATO, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), and ITU (International Telecommunication Union), and probably a lot of other organizations. Basically, anyone who needs to spell things out aloud in English.
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level 55
Mar 4, 2018
This is just nitpicking. Since both are pronounced the same, the spelling doesn't really matter - it's not intended to be written so spelling is moot. Both forms of Whiskey/Whisky would work too.
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level 21
Oct 13, 2012
Thank you Bloodhound Gang.
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level 44
Dec 17, 2012
Indeed
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level 20
Dec 17, 2012
My IPS (Advanced 8th grade science) teacher makes us used these when answering multiple choice test questions. Thanks to all in the armed forces for your service!!
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level 10
Dec 18, 2012
Great Quiz! Although, could you accept "Lemur" for "Lima". They sound exactly the same and that's how most people know them: from hearing not from sight. I was so sure it was lemur I only got it from trying loads of different 'mispellings'.
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level 50
Sep 10, 2014
Well, it depends on where you're from. Where I live, lemur and Lima don't sound the same, as lemur has the 'er' sound and Lima has the 'uh' sound.
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level 70
May 18, 2016
You're kidding, right?
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level 61
Dec 16, 2016
I get what you're saying, being that I'm Aussie and we have a non-rhotic accent - we say them the same, too. But, those in NZ's South Island, Scotland, USA, etc, who have rhotic accents, the two are completely separate sounding words. So, while I STRONGLY disagree with your claim of 'most people' knowing them without knowing how to spell them, let's leave it in hopes that people might learn a thing or two from this site.
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level 72
Jan 4, 2013
Blanked on Hotel. I thought "I" was Indigo not India?
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level 44
Jul 28, 2015
I believe I learned it "indigo", too. I don't know if only HAMs use that, or if people forget the correct one, so people started using "india" as well.
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level 39
Jan 5, 2013
all with 2.15 left!
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level 65
Feb 17, 2013
Oh, Z isn't Zebra?
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level 17
Apr 3, 2013
Learned this in the Army. Never forgot it.
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level 19
Jan 17, 2017
learned this at IT Helpdesk, never forgot it... :D
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level 53
Mar 10, 2019
Learned it in my Signs, Signals and Codes merit badge. and relearned it in my Radio badge.
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level 30
Apr 24, 2013
You really should limit this quiz to one minute. And how did only 91% get Bravo?
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level 75
Dec 16, 2016
Because 9% of us didn't read the directions. I only scored six and yet I got five points. I'm not complaining, just awed by the wonder of it.
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level 9
May 22, 2013
a is alpha not alfa done with 3:41 left
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level 32
Jun 7, 2013
I always remember Romeo and Juliet together. lol
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level 15
Jun 24, 2013
Thank God for Dollhouse, I almost forgot Whiskey- *Internally Crying*
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level 61
Dec 16, 2016
Yes!! Every time I see Enver Gjokaj, even to this day, I still think "Oh, it's Victor!"
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level 32
Dec 16, 2016
I just had a mental image of the new Star Trek reboot where Chekov is trying to say Victor Victor 2, and it keeps coming out Wictor Wictor 2
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level 44
Sep 10, 2013
Only got through echo, guess that's because it only goes to echo in COD
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level 22
Sep 13, 2013
Reply to this with your remaining time 3:27
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level 44
Dec 17, 2016
4:24, my best is three seconds faster...
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level 52
May 11, 2017
4:12
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level 60
Jun 4, 2017
4:09
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level 35
Jun 6, 2017
4:30 oooo tf rah
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level 64
Jun 14, 2018
4:31
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level 32
Oct 18, 2013
Got it first try, 4.03 is my best. Used to take 3 hour drives every couple weeks so we killed time by reading the number plates in phonetic. Weirdly enough I first learnt it from a wordsearch XD
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level 14
Nov 20, 2013
It's 'Alpha' not 'Alfa'...
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level 8
Dec 22, 2013
I just happened to see the instructions when the page opened.
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level 25
Dec 22, 2013
4:22 left lima oscar lima
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
+l (that means 'like')
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level 51
Jan 17, 2014
100% with 4:10 remaining
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level 48
Jan 22, 2014
Got 19 and I'm in the 54 percentile
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level 33
Mar 31, 2014
I still remember even after all these years and I never passed basic
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level 70
Apr 2, 2014
26/26 with 4:09 left! XD
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level 43
Apr 27, 2014
For everyone complaining about it being "alfa" and not "alpha"--QM is correct. As wikipedia explains "In the official[5] version of the alphabet, the non-English spellings Alfa and Juliett are used. Alfa is spelled with an f as it is in most European languages because the English and French spelling alpha would not be pronounced properly by native speakers of some other languages – who may not know that ph should be pronounced as f. Juliett is spelled with a tt for French speakers, because they may otherwise treat a single final t as silent. In some English versions of the alphabet, one or both of these may have their standard English spelling.[6]" (Which points out that QM has the wrong spelling for Juliett. ;) )
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level 46
Oct 25, 2017
why not just spell it άλφα, and be done with it?
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level 55
Feb 16, 2018
But, if the t sound were dropped from the end of the word, the first letter would still be pronounced the same, as is also true for alpha. Therefore, either would be correct because the first letter sound is the only one of importance.
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level 64
Jun 14, 2018
It's spelled "A". It's spoken as "Alfa / alpha".
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level 30
May 15, 2014
4:29
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level 55
Jun 24, 2014
4:14 left...
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level 35
Aug 31, 2014
I got most of them, and used to know them all, until I started working in law enforcement where we use an entirely different set of alphas. Too many choices in my head now! :)
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level 75
Sep 9, 2014
Even after working in a hospital ER for 2 years where we used these every day... things started to unravel after I got to H. (maybe because in the hospital we used igloo instead of whatever they've got here, it messed up my groove)
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level 75
Sep 9, 2014
Looking over the ones I missed... we also did not use Mike or Oscar because the codes were frequently used for "John and Jane Does" and we wouldn't want someone to get confused and think it was the person's actual name.
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level 77
Sep 9, 2014
I still have a soft spot for the old US version of Able Baker Charlie Dog Echo Fox George How Item Jig King Love Mike Nan Oboe Peter Queen Roger Sugar Tare Uncle Victor William XRay Yoke Zebra. The American liner ss United States always sounded slicker on the radio using King Jig Easy How rather than Kilo Juliet Echo Hotel.
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
As a daily user I came to believe Sierra should be swapped for sugar. Many Japanese student pilots tended to pronounce 'Sierra' and 'Zero' similarly.
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level 54
Sep 9, 2014
Never forgot these. Spent too much time on the military "net". 100% with 3:51 left.
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level 31
Sep 9, 2014
Wow I didn't know Quebec was in the military code... Love it!
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level 15
Sep 12, 2014
Thank you Navy lolol
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level 37
Sep 13, 2014
I'm in the process of memorizing these for my air traffic control class. Came in handy to test my knowledge. Missed three of them. For some reason I can never remember Sierra and Tango. And for some reason I forgot Romeo.
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level 10
Oct 5, 2014
My boyfriend taught me this..So proud that I can know recognise 24 of them..Always forgetting sierra though :(
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level 21
Feb 10, 2015
My brother and I learned it for our grand father, a WWII veteran. We made him proud.
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level 28
May 21, 2015
First try and 3:52 remaining :)
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level 44
Jul 28, 2015
Helps to have an avid HAM as a father while I was growing up. Been awhile, though, I blanked on a couple.
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level 25
Aug 21, 2015
Great and easy, re: the comments below, it should probably just be called the Phonetic Alphabet, but people know what 'military alphabet' means. I did it with loads of time to spare, even though it took me a while to add the first 'e' in Quebec!
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level 56
Mar 28, 2017
Not sure it should be called the Phonetic Alphabet as there are a number of different phonetic alphabet. Military alphabet is a bit vague though, as not all militaries around the world use this one (this one is the NATO one, but has subsequently been adopted by a lot of militaries and law enforcement agencies).
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level 15
Nov 28, 2015
I: Indigo. It may have been India at one point. Indigo should be accepted.
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
No. It is still India.
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level 67
Feb 26, 2017
In some versions it used to be Indigo, that was later changed to India.
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level 71
Jan 24, 2016
In the NATO phonetic alphabet, Juliett has two t's.
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level 67
Feb 26, 2017
How do you pronounce two 'T's different to one 'T'?
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level 71
Oct 3, 2017
If you're French
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level 84
Mar 8, 2019
Like this: Juliet... Juliett... Juliet... Juliett...
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level 14
Apr 21, 2016
Wow! I got 26 out of 26. It is probably from playing too much Call Of Duty. Check out my quizzes!
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level 66
May 2, 2016
We used Zebra instead of Zulu in the Navy
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level 26
May 3, 2016
I can't believe i forgot how to spell lima - I tried spelling it lemur Still 3:32 isn't that bad
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level 70
Feb 27, 2017
I like lemur much better :-)
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level 15
May 31, 2016
I play too much murder mystery
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level 37
Jul 19, 2016
Can you accept Mic for M? I mean, I got 100%, but I tried Mic first.
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level 72
Sep 9, 2016
So ... what are you complaining about? Come on!
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level 71
Oct 3, 2017
The whole idea is it should be unambiguous (see earlier comments re alfa, etc.). Mic says "Mick" to me
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level 51
Mar 3, 2019
"Mic" is short for microphone, hence the pronunciation of "mike"
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level 44
Sep 8, 2016
Erm, it's alpha, not alfa. Just thought I'd point that out :)
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level 76
Sep 27, 2016
Not according to the people who are the governing body. http://www.icao.int/Pages/AlphabetRadiotelephony.aspx
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level 49
Oct 13, 2016
Sort of moot since it's never written, just for radio telephony.
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level 13
Oct 5, 2016
Easy
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level 36
Oct 13, 2016
Nice quiz, but I think with just 1 minute the quiz can be more exciting. I finished it with 4:21 to go.
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level 67
Feb 26, 2017
Try the Chinese version smarty.
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level 18
Oct 16, 2016
As a wwe fan i know Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta S.H.I.E.L.D
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level 71
Nov 17, 2016
Sixth time taking this quiz and I finally remembered them all! I love learning new things like that :).
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level 57
Nov 22, 2016
Bravo is given in the description, yet 8% missed it
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level 43
Dec 15, 2016
I know this as I have family in the police force
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level 67
Jan 20, 2018
I knew this because my cat was chased by next door's dog and his owners wife was once rescued by a helicopter belonging to coastal command.
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level 63
Dec 16, 2016
Just today I was spelling a serial number for a customer service center and when I got to G I gave them "Gatorade", and I wondered where that came from. Would never even drink that crap.
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level 43
Dec 16, 2016
If you miss B you should rethink your life...
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level 21
Dec 16, 2016
All with 3:33 remaining
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level 45
Dec 16, 2016
Only 92% got Bravo despite the fat that it's in the question haha
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level 38
Dec 16, 2016
All with 4:27 left
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level 57
Dec 16, 2016
How could anyone miss Bravo? It's given in the description of the quiz lol.
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level 27
Dec 17, 2016
Damn U!!
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level 39
Mar 3, 2017
You know what that sounds like, right?
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level 34
Dec 19, 2016
Bravo was in the description and only 92% got it? No words.......
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level 22
Feb 13, 2017
Your high score is 26 Your best time is 4:09 remaining
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level 63
Mar 30, 2017
This is the NATO phonetic alphabet (or the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet if you want to be specific)...
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level 48
Jun 7, 2017
I remember because nearly all of these names are in GMOD murder except for Mike which is replaced by Miko.
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level 41
Jun 7, 2017
I love how 8% didn't get bravo even though it's in the description
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level 66
Jun 7, 2017
The Navy uses zebra instead of zulu, although the time in official logs is written in zulu time.
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level 52
Jul 15, 2017
Years of watching The Bill made this very easy!
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level 9
Jul 21, 2017
Victor Echo Romeo Yankee Golf Oscar Oscar Delta Quebec Uniform India Zulu
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level 71
Oct 3, 2017
A-F all in the top 6. Must be a lot of Finders Keepers fans doing this quiz
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level 39
Nov 4, 2017
Why didn't the most people get B? THEY SAY IT IN THE INSTRUCTIONS!
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level 67
Jan 20, 2018
Most people don't read the 'Instructions'
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level 26
Nov 7, 2017
All correct with 3:37 to spare. I've nothing to do with neither military nor law inforcement, and English is only my third language. I wanted to learn these when I was a teenager and still remember them. Being an all-around mom ;) I also taught these to my children when they were young. Here in Finland we call this 'Nato alphabet', but we naturally have our own version (mostly consisting of Finnish first names), too.
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level 67
Jan 20, 2018
Wonderful command of English 'flavia' as it is your third language. I wish I could use another language as well as you do.
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level 16
Nov 29, 2017
As an Australian Air Force Cadet, I found this a breeze
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level 47
Jan 10, 2018
Got it with 4:11 left
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level 52
Feb 10, 2018
100% with 4:15 left because I got bored one day and memorized all of them
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level 49
Feb 16, 2018
Wasn't xylophone used for 'x' at some point in time? Or am I thinking of something else?
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level 64
Feb 16, 2018
Working at an airport, I could name them all easily. Here in Germany, aviation (and probably the military) is the only environment in which I've heard it being used. In everyday life we use first names and other nouns to spell out words (e.g. O = Otto, N = North pole).
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level 55
Mar 4, 2018
100% with 4:04 remaining. But I worked in a few call centres over the years.
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level 32
May 29, 2018
I got 100% with 4 minutes remaining.
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level 47
Apr 26, 2018
Take your military knowdlege, and see if you can ace the 50 Most Powerful Military Nations Quiz
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level 67
May 29, 2018
Never been in the military, but I've picked up some of these in various places. From WWE, I know Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta. From the Bloodhound Gang I know Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo. From the TV show Dollhouse I knew random ones like Echo, Alpha, Whiskey, Victor, and one or two more.
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level 64
May 29, 2018
Working at an airport, it would have been a shame if I had gotten any of these wrong...
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level 27
Aug 21, 2018
work in a call centre - i have to use these daily
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level 24
Nov 3, 2018
I know the military alphabet just because on a roblox game... and it was been a while.
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level 48
Nov 22, 2018
This doesn't need more than a minute.
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level 27
Dec 17, 2018
Easy
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level 27
Dec 17, 2018
DewgongFTW could the Roblox game be Murder Mystery 2?
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level 40
Dec 22, 2018
26/26, all those years of hearing my mum give our names and postcodes this way on the phone - she was a military brat growing up :)
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level 24
Feb 10, 2019
Woo 4:29 left
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level 36
Mar 10, 2019
Can’t believe Bravo doesn’t have 100% with the answer in the title!
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level 39
Mar 10, 2019
Agreed; just as I was about to say ^
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