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P10-156 Basics: Phonetics

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Communication Procedures



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Phonetic Alphabet

The phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone and as seen in the table below. Pronounced words from an approved list substitute for letters. Radio operators communicate over the radio, using the phonetic alphabet to pronounce individual letters of the alphabet.
 

LETTER

WORD

PRONUNCIATION

A

ALPHA

AL FAH

B

BRAVO

BRAH VOH

C

CHARLIE

CHAR LEE OR SHAR LEE

D

DELTA

DELL TAH

E

ECHO

ECH OH

F

FOXTROT

FOKS TROT

G

GOLF

GOLF

H

HOTEL

HOH TELL

I

INDIA

IN DEE AH

J

JULIETT

JEW LEE ETT

K

KILO

KEY LOH

L

LIMA

LEE MAH

M

MIKE

MIKE

N

NOVEMBER

NO VEM BER

O

OSCAR

OSS CAH

P

PAPA

PAH PAH

Q

QUEBEC

KEH BECK

R

ROMEO

ROW ME OH

S

SIERRA

SEE AIR RAH

T

TANGO

TANG GO

U

UNIFORM

YOU NEE FORM OR OO NEE FORM

V

VICTOR

VIC TAH

W

WISKEY

WISS KEY

X

XRAY

ECKS RAY

Y

YANKEE

YANG KEY

Z

ZULU

ZOO LOO

 

 

Numerical pronunciation

To distinguish numerals from similarly pronounced words operators use the proword ‘FIGURES’ preceding such numbers.
This table outlines how to pronounce numerals transmitted by radio.

 

NUMERAL

PRONOUNCED

0

ZE-RO

1

WUN

2

TOO

3

TREE

4

FOW-ER

5

FIFE

6

SIX

7

SEV-EN

8

AIT

9

NIN-ER

 

Numerals in combinations

Radio operators transmit numbers digit by digit. Pronunciation of exact multiples of one thousand uses the phonetic pronunciation ‘TOU-SAND’ rather than three zeroes (see table).
Write the figure zero as 0, the figure one as 1, and the letter ZULU as Z. Spell difficult words phonetically. Pronounce abbreviations and isolated letters without the proword ‘I SPELL.’
 

NUMERAL

PRONOUNCED

44

FOW-ER, FOW-ER

90

NIN-ER, ZE-RO

136

WUN, TREE, SIX

TIME 1200

WUN, TOO, ZE-RO, ZE-RO

1748

WUN, SEV-EN, FOW-ER, AIT

7000

SEV-EN, TOU-SAND

16000

WUN, SIX, TOU-SAND

812681

AIT, WUN, TOO, SIX, AIT, WUN

 

 



REFERENCES
UNITAF Standard Operating procedures (SOP)
are adapted primarly from US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Our written and audio procedures are a combination of the following primary source materials, as well as our own learnings, modifications and adaptations:
- US Army Techniques Publication, Infantry Platoon and Squad (ATP 3-21.8)
- Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Leader Skills Level 2, 3, and 4 (STP 21-24-SMCT)
- The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills (FM 3-21.75 / FM 21-75)
- Leadership Development (FM 6-22)
- Dyslexi's Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures for Arma 3 (TTP3)




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