Military Trivia

by Carl Kurfess 

Trivia: Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) slang, Part 1

Some terms commonly used in OEF, specifically in Afghanistan. 

  • At the top of the spear. Describing the leading unit in combat. 
  • Charlie Mike. Continue Mission. 
  • Indigs. Indigenous people; local natives. 
  • Optempo. OpBmum tempo. 
  • Oscar Mike. On mission. 
  • Pop smoke. Let’s get out of here. 

Works cited: Dickson, Paul. War Slang: Fighting Words and Phrases of Americans from the Civil War to the Gulf War. New York: Bristol Park, 2007. Print.