I was watching some U.S. air-force military movie and why do they say no names over the net and what does alpha whiskey mean?

Is there anymore call signs that such personnel usually use?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking about real-world military lingo, and not about a specific movie or scene. – Meat Trademark Nov 7 '18 at 22:31
  • Yeah, I'm sorry ... but this is more a question about military lingo, and less about movies. If it were asking for an explanation about their use in a specific scene this would probably be on topic. A general question about military communication isn't really what we are here for. – iandotkelly Nov 7 '18 at 22:43

I can't be 100% sure without any context, but I assume that "No names over the net" means "don't use each other's real names while talking over the radio". Military personnel typically use codenames during sensitive missions, to protect the identities of those taking part (i.e. from enemy reprisals).

"Alfa whiskey" is part of the NATO phonetic alphabet, which is used to transmit alphanumeric codes over radio or telephone lines, ensuring they can be understood even if the reception is bad. "Alfa whiskey" would simply be "AW". What "AW" means in the context of the film you were watching is impossible to say without knowing what film it was.


From Wikipedia:

The 26 code words in the NATO phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet in alphabetical order as follows: Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

These are used in place of words they either don't need to, or don't want to specify over the radio.

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