Soldier Slang In Afghanistan

U.S. troops create a language all their own, filled with black humor, cultural references and occasional crudity

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  • Moment soldier comes home from war to find his wife with another man
    Whoops. Dept of “Jody” is lucky he’s alive.’ A Jody is supposed to be American army slang for a soldier or veteran who sleeps with another soldier or veteran’s wife or partner. The video starts with the soldier walking in to his house while his ...
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  • Instagram pictures suggest Russian soldier served in Ukraine
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  • Catholic soldier says her Muslim-sounding name made her a target for harassment in US Army
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  • Online Slang Dictionary and Language Links.
    A large selection of links to online slang and colloquial English dictionaries, listed by category.
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  • Terms used in Military Slang
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