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This is a list of established military terms which have been in use for at least 50 years. Since technology and doctrine have changed over time, not all of them are in current use, or they may have been superseded by more modern terms. However, they are still in current use in articles about previous military periods. Some of them like camouflet have been adapted to describe modern versions of old techniques.

Administrative (all arms)

Intelligence

Doctrinal

On land

Arms and services

Doctrinal

These terms are used for talking about how armed forces are used. Many of the terms below can be applied to combat in other environments although most often used in reference to land warfare.

Ordnance

These terms concern identification of means of combat to inflict damage on the opponent.

Edged

Weapons that inflict damage through cutting or stabbing.

Projectile munitions

Munitions are weapons and ordnance that inflict damage through impact.

Individual

Firearms

Artillery

Crew-served, non-vehicle mounted weapons

Guns

Explosives

Explosive ordnance causes damage through release of chemical energy.

Incendiary

Incendiary ordnance causes damage through release of heat.

Vehicles

Engineering

See also List of fortifications

Geographic

Naval

Arms and services

These terms concern combat arms and supporting services of armed forces used in naval warfare.

Doctrinal

These terms concern the type of use of naval armed forces.

Operational

Ordnance

Vessels

Engineering

Air

Arms and services

These terms concern combat arms and supporting services of armed forces used in air warfare.

Operational

Doctrinal

These terms concern the type of use of aviation armed forces.

Tactics

Ordnance

Aircraft

Engineering

Space

Arms and services

Doctrinal

See also

References

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