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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the Military Phonetic Alphabet/Military Alphabet?

Like many things, Wikipedia states it best:

"The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, commonly known as the Military phonetic alphabet and also known as the ICAO radiotelephonic, phonetic or spelling alphabetand the ITU radiotelephonic or phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used radiotelephonicspelling alphabet. Although often called "phonetic alphabets", spelling alphabets are not associated with phonetic transcription systems such as theInternational Phonetic Alphabet. Instead, theInternational Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet assigned code words acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet so that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of language barriers or the presence of transmission static.
The 26 code words in the Military phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet in alphabetical order as follows: Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, -ray, Yankee, Zulu.”