MILITARY PHONETIC ALPHABET

Military phonetic alphabet or Nato phonetic alphabet resources for your classroom.

The Military phonetic alphabet or NATO phonetic alphabet is an internationally recognized system that connects code words with the letters of the alphabet (Alpha for A, Bravo for B) so that clear radio communication is assured. It is also called the ICAO phonetic alphabet.



It is used to spell out critical parts of a message that contain letters and numbers. Because many letters sound similar, for instance N and M or D and B, confusion can occur when radio static and other interference is present.

A radio transmitter with the message "proceed to map grid DH98" would say "proceed to map grid Delta-Hotel-Niner-Ait"

Some sets of phonetic alphabet letters and numbers have become well known. Checkpoint C in Berlin, the best known Berlin wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War became known as Checkpoint Charlie and during the Vietnam War The Viet Cong Army or VC, became known simply as Charlie.




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