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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?
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
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First submittedDecember 17, 2012
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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
Letter
Code
U
Uniform
V
Victor
W
Whiskey
X
Xray
Y
Yankee
Z
Zulu
100 Recent Comments
+16
Level 61
Nov 22, 2016
Bravo is given in the description, yet 8% missed it
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Level 77
Dec 22, 2023
jetpunk moment
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Level 54
Dec 15, 2016
I know this as I have family in the police force
+10
Level 70
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.
+4
Level 69
Jan 9, 2020
Owners wife?? So it was only hís pet? (Or only when the dog got in trouble? No its your dog, you are the one that always let him sit on the couch next to you.)
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Level 60
Dec 16, 2016
If you miss B you should rethink your life...
+17
Level 69
Jun 10, 2019
If your life depends on a quiz, you have even more issues
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2024
It was in the instructions.
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Level 35
Dec 16, 2016
All with 4:27 left
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Level 54
Dec 16, 2016
How could anyone miss Bravo? It's given in the description of the quiz lol.
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Level 23
Dec 17, 2016
Damn U!!
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Level 44
Mar 3, 2017
You know what that sounds like, right?
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Level 32
Dec 19, 2016
Bravo was in the description and only 92% got it?

No words.......

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Level 69
Jun 10, 2019
Just letters... specifically the letter B
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Level 21
Feb 13, 2017
Your high score is 26

Your best time is 4:09 remaining

+4
Level 69
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 65
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 37
Jun 7, 2017
I love how 8% didn't get bravo even though it's in the description
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Level 70
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 51
Jul 15, 2017
Years of watching The Bill made this very easy!
+8
Level 9
Jul 21, 2017
Victor Echo Romeo Yankee

Golf Oscar Oscar Delta

Quebec Uniform India Zulu

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Level 74
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 66
Nov 4, 2017
Why didn't the most people get B? THEY SAY IT IN THE INSTRUCTIONS!
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Level 70
Jan 20, 2018
Most people don't read the 'Instructions'
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Level 25
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 70
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.
+2
Level 13
Nov 29, 2017
As an Australian Air Force Cadet, I found this a breeze
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Level 19
Dec 26, 2023
As someone who didn’t ask….
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Level 61
Jan 10, 2018
Got it with 4:11 left
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Level 68
Feb 10, 2018
100% with 4:15 left because I got bored one day and memorized all of them
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Level 64
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 79
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 68
Mar 4, 2018
100% with 4:04 remaining. But I worked in a few call centres over the years.
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Level 29
May 29, 2018
I got 100% with 4 minutes remaining.
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Level 64
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 66
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.
+2
Level 53
Feb 8, 2024
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is used commonly by my dad, even though he was never in the military.
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Level 79
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 25
Aug 21, 2018
work in a call centre - i have to use these daily
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Level 71
Dec 27, 2023
It's where I think the most utility is for people unless they do radio work frequently, when they have to spell out 0cdf5967-73f5-40a3-b114-38fcc3e05abc for someone in a call center because it's what their new washing machine displayed on its screen as it died. You know, your model WT7400CW.AB0NSKRA2 washing machine, serial number W6lv28gkZb4TR5XNcIq1.
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Level 25
Nov 3, 2018
I know the military alphabet just because on a roblox game... and it was been a while.
+1
Level 45
Nov 22, 2018
This doesn't need more than a minute.
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Level 43
Dec 17, 2018
Easy
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Level 43
Dec 17, 2018
DewgongFTW could the Roblox game be Murder Mystery 2?
+3
Level 45
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 55
Feb 10, 2019
Woo 4:29 left
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Level 78
Mar 10, 2019
Can’t believe Bravo doesn’t have 100% with the answer in the title!
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Level 66
Mar 10, 2019
Agreed; just as I was about to say ^
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Level 53
Apr 9, 2019
It should say X-RAY in box, not XRAY.
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Level 50
Apr 17, 2019
Nearly 40yo and still not gay enough. I forgot Mike, Oscar and Victor
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Level 40
Jun 20, 2019
only got the first three thanks to Domination in Call of DUTY LOOL
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Level 76
Jun 21, 2019
Might want to consider changing the instructions so people don't automatically get B?
+2
Level 35
Sep 11, 2019
6 years of Army cadets in highschool and I've only just now learned that it's "Lima" and not Lemur
+3
Level 50
Dec 28, 2019
sierra hotel india echo lima delta SHIELD
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Level 37
Apr 22, 2020
I may be no military expert, but this was simply easy. Aviation uses the phonetic alphabet for taxiway names.
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Level 51
Apr 28, 2020
21/26 good because I hardly know anything about the army.
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Level 44
May 6, 2020
Had to cheat for Uniform. Kept trying umbrella and unicorn, and it was so close to uniform that it threw the real answer outta my head.
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Level 39
May 6, 2020
Kilo and Sierra almost got me. I'm lucky to work at a Laser Skirmish Arena where our 26 vests are named after the military alphabet
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Level 67
May 22, 2020
I just guessed India and it worked
+4
Level 25
Jun 3, 2020
Who else here just took this quiz over and over so that they could learn the NATO military alphabet?
+3
Level 53
Jul 5, 2020
A-J from playing Battleship as a kid, lol.
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Level 78
Oct 24, 2020
When 8% miss "Bravo", even when it was in the description.
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Level 46
Nov 8, 2020
Always get P and U wrong. Put Polo and Umbrella can never get the right answer for just these two like mental block.
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Level 58
Dec 2, 2020
Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta

Someone will get the reference.

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Level 60
Apr 19, 2021
I love the SHIELD
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Level 24
Jan 2, 2021
We pilots use the same alphabet it’s not exclusive to NATO or the military.
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Level 33
Jan 15, 2021
Didn't know how to spell zulu kept putting zolo, zulo, zoulo, zooloo
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2021
Hey, great quiz, but you can gray out 'Bravo' so that people can't use it for a freebee.
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Level 34
Feb 10, 2021
Only knew the famous Alfa, Bravo, Delta and ofc Foxtrot, Uniform, Charlie, Kilo.
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Level 53
Feb 8, 2024
What about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a favorite in my family.
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Level 36
Feb 11, 2021
Ah, missed Xray and Papa
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Level 58
Feb 12, 2021
Lol anyone remember the old Sheild intro from wwe... no, just me... ok
+1
Level 23
Mar 5, 2021
i got 25/26 literally from scrolling through the comments DONT GIVE STUFF AWAY
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Level 89
Apr 16, 2021
DON'T SCROLL THROUGH THE COMMENTS UNTIL AFTER TAKING THE QUIZ! ;)
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Level 78
Apr 16, 2021
Yeah, if you're going to cheat you can just google it... or just open the quiz in a second browser window.
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Level 85
Mar 14, 2021
Thank you Wilco for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
+4
Level 85
Oct 17, 2021
Also always remember Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2021
How did only 92% get Bravo? It is literally in the description.....
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2022
I for one very rarely read the descriptions...
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2021
Sierra! Hotel! India! Echo! Lima! Delta! SHIELD.
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Level 27
Jul 13, 2021
kdldlska i was trying to do October instead of November
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Level 22
Sep 4, 2021
Easy
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Level 56
Mar 4, 2022
Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta S.H.I.E.L.D
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Level 61
Mar 24, 2022
funny how 9% of test takers didnt read the example
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Level 53
Feb 8, 2024
I bet more didn’t, but the first three are pretty common knowledge.
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Level 41
Aug 23, 2022
Isn't it Juliett instead of Juliet
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Level 71
Nov 8, 2022
US Air Force, 1980-1987 :)
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Level 32
Nov 9, 2022
Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta....
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Level 75
Nov 15, 2022
Am I the only one who thinks Golf and Mike could be improved for better clarity? I mean, I've never had to use these, but I can imagine on a fuzzy radio connection that those ending consonants just get lost. Two syllables would be better.
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Level 21
Jan 16, 2023
I just remember the NATO reporting names for Russian submarine classes, It gets me halfway through and then I just remember the rest
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Level 46
Feb 15, 2023
i got X, G, and S from microsoft flight simulator and i got ABC from Call of Duty Black Ops 2, and the rest i got from the comments 😂
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Level 38
Mar 24, 2023
Got 'em all! I'm in flight school right now so I've been practicing them quite a lot!
+2
Level 75
Dec 25, 2023
The official NATO spelling of J is "Juliett" - two Ts.
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Level 49
Dec 26, 2023
India Tango Delta Oscar Echo Sierra November Tango Mike Alpha Tango Tango Echo Romeo.
+1
Level 53
Feb 8, 2024
JROTC in high school, haven’t used them since.
+3
Level 22
Feb 23, 2024
Uniform Whiskey Uniform
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Level 45
Mar 2, 2024
My father did his pilot's license when I was 8-9 years' old. I just soaked them up back then.
+1
Level 69
Apr 8, 2024
Juliett is with double t.

I believe it's because otherwise the French would pronounce it as "Juli-eh".

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Level 59
Apr 15, 2024
I knew just foxtrot, uniform, charlie and kilo (the bloodhound gang song)
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Level 47
May 16, 2024
jetpack joyride