A student recently asked me if I knew the NATO alphabet. I hadn’t heard of it so I told him to send me an email about it and voila…We have our #66 Math Minute Post!
Here are a few ideas on how you can spend your Math Minutes…
- Read about the NATO phonetic alphabet by visiting the site below. When you’re finished reading, leave a comment with 3 new things you learned. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_150391.htm
- Learn about how the alphabet was chosen and then post a new nugget of information that you learned. https://www.theweek.co.uk/70110/alpha-bravo-charlie-how-was-natos-phonetic-alphabet-chosen
- Visit the site below to see how the alphabet has changed over time. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/military-phonetic-alphabet-3356942
- Watch this video and then leave a comment spelling your first name using the correct NATO alphabet words.
- Check out how the U.S. Navy uses alphabet flags, numeral pennants, numeral flags, and special flags and pennants for visual signaling. Even thought the flags are not used for spelling out words, draw the flags that would spell your first name. https://www.navy.mil/navydata/communications/flags/flags.html
- What does the NATO alphabet have to do with math? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
CM (Charlie Mike): Means continue mission. Keep moving forward.
Thanks Alex from Swanson for this great Math Minute post idea! I love learning new things!
15 thoughts on “#66 Alpha Bravo Charlie”
I learned the following…
– The NATO is used to prevent spelling mistakes.
– Some people use NATO to contact people in emergencies such as rescue helicopters.
– Semephore is a way of communication where the people who use it are holding hand held flags.
Mike Alfa Romeo Yankee
I learned these 3 things:
1. The flags ships use to communicate can form any sentence
2. The NATO alphabet became effective in 1956 and was officially established a few years later
3. Ships also use panels to form sentences and communicate with aircraft
Mike Oscar Lima Lima Yankee
A nugget of information I learned was that the NATO alphabet is not just for spelling but for aircrews too.
1. BZ = Bravo Zulu
2. Ships use flags to send messages to each other
3. Morse code transmits text through on – off tones, light flashes or clicks.
Alpha delta echo Lima Yankee November
My name is Charlie Alfa mike India.
The NATO phonetic alphabet is used to prevent spelling mistakes and miscommunication between different countries
Multiple letters put together can mean a phrase
“Bravo Zulu” , means we’ll done, is commonly used in the military.
They use it for military communication. Which makes it easier to speak. Just like BZ stands for bravo Zulu and ND stands for nuclear disarmament. They use it for many things.
I learned that an older version of this alphabet started with Apples and Butter instead of Alfa Bravo.
M = mike
A = Alfa
D = delta
I = India
S = sierra
O = Oscar
N = November
What I learned is:
– ICAO chose a professor to create this language.
– It can be pronounced all over the world.
– They used it in World War 1 but didn’t understand each other.
– It is used at sea, in the air, or on land.
– They use flags for the letters.
Sierra, Alfa, Lima, Sierra, Alfa, Bravo, India, Echo, Lima.