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The armed forces and armies

airborne

adjective

used for describing groups of soldiers who jump from aircraft using parachutes

air force

noun

the part of a country’s military organization that uses airplanes in fighting

air power

noun

the strength of a country’s air force

the armed forces

noun

a country’s army, navy, and air force

army

noun

a large organization of soldiers who are trained to fight wars on land. Together with a country’s navy and air force, the army makes up the armed forces

the artillery

noun

the part of an army that uses large powerful guns

cavalry

noun

in the past, the part of an army consisting of soldiers who rode horses

C in C

noun

commander in chief

the Coast Guard

a military organization in the U.S. that watches for ships in danger and works to prevent illegal activities in the ocean

command

noun

a group of officers who control a section of an army, navy, or air force

commander in chief

noun

someone in charge of the whole of the military of a country

fleet

noun

a group of ships, or all the ships in a nation’s navy

the Forces

noun

the military of a country

the Foreign Legion

a part of the French army that consists mainly of soldiers from outside France. It has a reputation for working in difficult conditions such as the desert and for attracting men who no longer want to be part of normal society.

ground forces

noun

military forces that fight on land rather than at sea or in the air

infantry

noun

soldiers who fight on foot, not on horses or in tanks or other vehicles

the Joint Chiefs of Staff

the leaders of each of the main divisions of the U.S. military forces who together make important military decisions

the Marine Corps

the part of the U.S. military whose members, called the Marines, are trained to operate on both land and sea

the Marines

noun

the Marine Corps

the Marines

noun

the British Royal Marines

the military

noun

a country’s armed forces, or the people who are in charge of them

military intelligence

noun

a part of the military whose duties include obtaining and studying information about another county’s ability to fight a war

military police

noun

the part of an army that deals with soldiers who break the army’s rules

military service

noun

the period of time that someone spends in an army, navy, or air force

MP

noun

military police

the National Guard

a military force in each U.S. state that is used by that state or by the government, mostly in emergencies

naval

adjective

relating to or belonging to a country’s navy

navy

noun

the part of a country’s military that can fight at sea

ordnance

noun

a military department responsible for weapons

personnel

noun

the people who work for a company or organization, or who are members of a military force

post

noun

a place where a large group of people in an army, navy, or air force work

the RAF

the Royal Air Force: the air force of the U.K.

Rapid Reaction Force

noun

an army made up of people, vehicles, and equipment from several different countries that can move quickly to any area where there is a problem

the RN

the Royal Navy

the ROTC

the Reserve Officers Training Corps: a part of the U.S. military that gives college students financial help in exchange for military service later

the Royal Marines

a part of the British army trained to fight on land or sea

the Royal Navy

the British navy

the SAS

the Special Air Service: in the U.K., a group of soldiers who are trained to deal with unusual or dangerous military operations

sea power

noun

the military power of a country’s navy

sea power

noun

a country that has a large and powerful navy

the service

noun

the military

standing army

noun

a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war

the Territorial Army

noun

in the U.K., a part of the military that consists of people who are not professional soldiers

the USAF

the United States Air Force

the USN

the United States Navy

USS

United States Ship: used before the name of a ship belonging to the U.S. Navy

warlord

noun

a military leader

our boys

your country’s military, especially when fighting a war

the (armed) services

all of the departments of the military, including the army, navy, air force, and marines

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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