Translate The Code: Learn The Lingo Of The New CBS Military Drama

Don't sound like a boot! Pick up these terms and you'll be ready for a wet-down.
Posted on Mar 12, 2019 | 02:30pm
Sometimes it can seem like the military has its own language. Sometimes it can seem like courts have their own language, too!

When you watch the riveting new drama The Code, which airs Mondays at 9/8c â€‹on CBS and CBS All Access, you enter the world of elite JAG (Judge Advocate General) attorneys with the U.S. Marines.

If any of their authentic lingo is new to you—or if you just need a quick refresher—we've got you covered with this handy glossary.

READ: The Code: These Fearless Marines Won't Back Down In The Field Or In The Courtroom​



While most of this will be in alphabetical order, we'll start with one you really should know!

UCMJ - Uniform Code of Military Justice (a.k.a. "The Code," where we get the series name)

"If you commit a crime against a fellow Marine, you will be prosecuted under the UCMJ."

Here are some other important terms from The Code ...

Boot - Somebody new to the unit, or somebody fresh out of, or still in, boot camp

Bronze Star - Awarded for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone



Butterbar - Second Lieutenant, derogatory towards new officers fresh out of OCS (more on that later!)

CACO - Casualty Assistance Calls Officer

"After the Marine was killed on base, the CACO assigned to help his spouse was able to ensure a proper funeral."

Cashiering - Dishonorable Discharge

CO - Commanding Officer



COB - Close of Business (end of the day's working hours)

Devil Dogs - Marines

Hotwash - After-action evaluations of performance in an exercise

ID-10-T (ID-ten-T) - Idiot

IOC - Infantry Officer Course

JA - Judge Advocates



KIA - Killed in action

MARSOC - Marine Special Operations Command

Molly Marine - The first statue of a woman in a service uniform (1943); also an award for notable achievement for active duty women Marines

MRTC - Marine Raider Training Center



MP - Military Police

NCIS - United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service; also, the hit show NCIS which airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access

NJP - Non Judicial Punishment; minor offense (ex: late for duty)

OCS - Officer Candidate School

Oscar Mike - Operationally Mobile or "on mission" (i.e., out in the field)



PFC - Private First Class

POG - Any Marine who isn't infantry (used in a derogatory way)

PT -  Physical Training

UA - Unauthorized Absence

Wet-down - Serving drinks in honor of one's promotion

Now that you know the lingo, watch all new episodes of The Code on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.