Those who have served in the military know that it represents a world and culture all it own.  It even has its own languages that service members speak in the different branches. Those languages also differ beween the services.  For example, in the Navy, a bathroom is called a “Head.” While in the Army it’s called a “Latrine.”  These language rules are strictly enforced and even extend to the names given to gear and equipment used in the different services. Oftentimes, the official names given to gear can be long and tedious to recite. Thankfully, our armed forces are creative and funny enough to come up with better nicknames for stuff. Here are some of them:


Fart Sack

No, it is not a bag that you can exclusively fart on. The Marines and Army as well use this term to refer to their heavily-insulated sleeping bags. Probably because they rarely wash them? We can only guess.

U.S. Army soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, wrap up in sleeping bags inside of a compound at Shele Kalay, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2012. The soldiers were trying to keep warm between guard shifts.


Hook-and-Loop Tape

This is popularly known as Velcro. The problem was the name “Velcro” was trademarked, so they had to come up with something else. Velcro works by pushing two pieces of cloth together. One side is made of small loops of thread, while the other is of tiny plastic hooks. These tiny plastics get hooked in the loop, so what’s the best name to call it— definitely hook-and-loop.



Absolutely not related to fart sacks, pajamas refer to the flight suits worn by the pilot and crew of the military because they look similar to onesie pajamas. In the Navy, they are also referred to a “Pickle Suits.”

Maj. Ashley Rolfe’s swearing-in ceremony at Barnes Air National Guard Base on July 26, 2016.  Rolfe is the first female fighter pilot for the Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing. Rolfe is an Air Force Academy graduate and combat veteran who has served in the Air Force for eleven years. Rolfe became an Air Force pilot after growing up as an Air Force “Brat” dependent, following her dad and grandad’s footsteps carrying on the family legacy.  (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey)