Lingo at USAFA


15-Year Member
Jun 9, 2006
I know that most of you know this, but here are some odd/unique words and phrases you might hear in USAFA discussions.

"the Zoo" or "Blue Zoo"-US Air Force Academy. Comes from the feeling you get when you see tourists looking over the Chapel wall at you.

"Mitch's"-Mitchel Hall (mess hall)

"Vandy" or "Sijan"-the two dormatories (Vandenburg and Sijan Halls)

"A-hall"-Arnold Hall (cadet recreation building.)

"Beast"-BCT, basic cadet training

"Doolie", "4 degree", "4dig", "Smack"-4th Classmen (Freshmen)

"Firstie" 1st Class Cadet (seniors)

"Cadre"-upperclassmen who run BCT

"Spirit Mission"-funny pranks usually done by 4th classmen

"ALO"-Academy Liason Officer, the officer who helps prospective students, point of contact for admissions

"Recognition"-3 day event in the spring where 4th class cadets earn their prop and wings

"Prop and Wings"-metal pin worn on the flight cap to show "upperclass" status as a cadet.

Anyone have any others to contribute or ask?
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