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The Phonetic Alphabet

Below is the military phonetic alphabet (also known as the NATO phonetic alphabet) as used by pilots, military personnel, and shortwave radio operators across the world. Use of this alphabet is recommended by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Emphasis is on the syllables in boldface type:

A ALFA (AL FAH)
B BRAVO (BRAH VOH)
C CHARLIE (CHAR LEE)
D DELTA (DELL TAH)
E ECHO (ECK OH)
F FOXTROT (FOKS TROT)
G GOLF (GOLF)
H HOTEL (HOH TELL)
I INDIA (IN DEE AH)
J JULIETT (JEW LEE ETT)
K KILO (KEY LOH)
L LIMA (LEE MAH)
M MIKE (MIKE)
N NOVEMBER (NO VEM BER)
O OSCAR (OSS CAH)
P PAPA (PAH PAH)
Q QUEBEC (KEH BECK)
R ROMEO (ROW ME OH)
S SIERRA (SEE AIR RAH)
T TANGO (TANG GO)
U UNIFORM (YOU NEE FORM)
V VICTOR (VIK TAH)
W WHISKEY (WISS KEY)
X X-RAY (ECKS RAY)
Y YANKEE (YANG KEY)
Z ZULU (ZOO LOO)

 

Paw Prints in Phonetic Alphabet

See The International Phonetic Association’s Web site for an exhaustive (and I don’t use that word lightly!) description of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the logic behind it.