When communicating, usually by phone or radio – but sometimes now when wearing a face mask, it can be difficult to get yourself across – especially when spelling things out. S and F are often confused, as are M and N. Nowhere is this more important than in the military, when a grid square MM2454 is very different to NN2454 – there’s no point in landing your troops in a school playground in Croatia, when they need to be on a Battlefield in Somalia. So NATO came up with a method of delivering letters without confusion using a standard alphabet (psst, Cubs, we’ll be using this next term, so time to learn!)
Practice – imagine you’re on the phone to someone and you have a bad line, you’ve said your name twice, but they still can’t understand you – practice spelling your name out loud using the Phonetic Alphabet.
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