American military term
Thread poster: jsetbon
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Feb 8, 2006

How do we say a tank soldier in American military lingo?

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two2tango  Identity Verified
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Try the KudoZ section Feb 8, 2006

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shfranke  Identity Verified
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Tanker Feb 9, 2006


The common term in the US Army for a soldier assigned to an armor unit and who also is normally a crew member of a tank is "tanker."

Exception is that soldiers assigned to armored cavalry units (which conduct reconnaissance and screening missions ahead of an advancing main force) are called "troopers."

Armor and cavalry units, BTW, have their own distinctive hierarchy of names for their types of units, below.

Armor: Cavalry:

Company Troop

Battalion Squadron

Brigade Regiment

(When I was a staff officer in the light armor battalion of the 82d Airborne Division, the division's cavalry squadron was based right down the road from us.)


Hope this helps.


Stephen H. Franke
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San Pedro, California, USA

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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Tankers Feb 9, 2006

Hello jsetbon, please consider Enrique's comment for future questions like this. English (monolingual) is the best place for questions about the English language.

Hello Stephen,

and would you agree that the formal term is armor crewman?

Former member of
Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Amberg, Germany
PFC Kim Metzger (retired)

[Edited at 2006-02-09 21:00]

[Edited at 2006-02-09 21:01]

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shfranke  Identity Verified
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OK that "Armor crewman" is formal name, but armor Soldiers prefer just "tankers." Feb 14, 2006



Re... and would you agree that the formal term is "armor crewman?"

ANS: OK with me and agree that "armor crewman" is the proper formal name. That said, armor soldiers seem to prefer to refer to themselves as just "tankers" (other than soldiers serving in armored cavalry units, who prefer the appellation of "troopers").

Just saw some online photos of a change of command ceremony at a US Army armored cavalry unit stationed and operating in Iraq.
Everyone in the formation was wearing traditional cavalry items of spurs, wide leather cavalry belts with oval-shaped "US" buckles, and black stetsons.



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