Strewth! Aussie Troops Ordered To Avoid Slang Around US Marines
Aussie slang risks putting troops in the line of fire when heading in to battle with our closest ally, the United States.
“We have lost in translation moments more than you would realise” explained Air Force Group Captain Stewart Dowrie, from Robertson Barracks.
“The time to figure that out is not on the battle field when the bullets are flying.”
“Classic phrase ‘lucked out’ -- for some people it means you get lucky, for others it didn’t happen."
“So you start using colloquialisms and all of a sudden you have complete misunderstandings about whether something is going to happen.”
Our Aussie troops in Darwin will have plenty of time to get the language right, as they welcome a record contingent of US marines.
Over the last fortnight 1700 US marines have touched down in the top end, with that number set to eventually grow to 2500.
“The danger in the Australia-US relationship is that we actually assume we mean the same thing," Dowrie said.
“In military training scenarios we use very prescriptive means of communication.”
“It is important that we get in that same room, stare at each other across that same room and actually understand how we use the English language.”
“Even between the Australian and the US we actually mean slightly different things.”
Linguistics aside, our Yankee partners are here to share knowledge and train.
“These opportunities to get together, to train together, are just absolutely invaluable," Dowrie continued.
The marines will practice “high-end war fighting activities” with our personnel.
“We are also going to be trying a new humanitarian assistance disaster response activity this year.”
Dowrie said the benefits of hosting the largest ever contingent of US marines will be felt across the top end.
“They will be people taking leave, getting out to see the sights of the Northern Territory when they have the opportunity to have a bit of time off.”