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U-Z

Unf***ing

A verb peculiar to the Marine Corps meaning to get out of a f***ed-up situation.

U-two

A reference to venerable U2 spy planes.

Victors

Vehicles; the military uses the phonetic alphabet as a shorthand code; the phonetic alphabet replaces letters with words, i.e. Alpha, Bravo Charlie, Delta, Echo; these phonetic words for each letter of the alphabet can be used to replace any word starting with the corresponding letter; hence vehicle becomes "victor" or terrorist becomes "tango"; or white trash becomes "whiskey tango," as in "He grew up in a whiskey tango trailer park in the Ozarks."

Whiskey Tango

White trash, from the phonetic alphabet version.

Zil truck

Russian-made truck popular in Iraq.

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