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Hooah
"HOOAH"
(who-a) .adj. (slang used by soldiers, primarily airborne/ rangers) referring to or meaning anything and everything except “NO”

So, where did the term originate? The simple answer is that nobody knows, although there are dozens of theories. Heck, nobody can even agree on the correct spelling of this widely used military "word."

"No matter how one might spell the word -- with or without a hyphen, a U instead of two Os, and so on -- the word is still an expression of high morale, strength and confidence. And, when powered by an overwhelmingly proud, and usually loud, tone of voice, hooah seems to stomp out any possibility of being bound by the written word. "

Here is my take on the word "HOOAH" FROM MY TAKE IN the U.S. Army

1. What to say when at a loss for words.( ya-know what I mean)
2. Good copy, solid copy, roger, good, great, message received, understood.
3. Glad to meet you, welcome.
4. I don't know the answer but I’ll check on it. I haven't the guest idea.
5. I’m listening.
6. l'm not listening.
7. That’s enough of you dribble--sit down.
8. Stop sniveling.
9. Oh % it you’ve got to be kidding.
10. Yes!
11. Thank you.
12. Go "to the next slide.
13. You've taken the correct action.
14. I don’t know what that means, but I'm too embarrassed to ask for clarification.
15. Amen.
16. good morning/night.
17. Airborne-lets Jump!
18. Screw you!
19. Totally cool.
20. Were gonna march all night/day.
21. This field problem sucks!
22. Another MRE!
23. Fantastic!
24. Endex!
25. F-ing-A.
26. You don't know what the!@@xx@@ you're talking about but I’ll humor you anyway!
27. Eat crap and die!
28. SQUARED AWAY!
29. What a Retard/Stupid!
30.___________etc.etc.etc.etc.etc

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/jointservices/a/hooah.htm

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SGT 94 E Radio Comsec Repairer
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SFC Davis, sometimes it means, "No." Here are some examples:


SGT: (after a long, incoherent ramble) "... Tracking?"
SPC: "Hooah."
Translation: No, I'm not tracking, but I want you to stop talking now.
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SGT: "Is SPC Snuffy still at his appointment?"
SPC: "Hooah!"
Translation: No, he's probably at the PX, but far be it for me to throw him under the bus.
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SGT: "If you score anything less than a 280, you WILL retake your PT test."
SPC: "Hooo-ahhhh."
Translation: I have no intention of complying.
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CPL John C.
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CH (LTC)(P) (Join to see) - You forgot Wilco, HUWA. There was a couple of others but I forgot them.
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CPL John C.
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CH (LTC)(P) (Join to see) - You forgot Wilco, HUWA. Think there was another one but I forgot it or them.
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TSgt Sean LaPlante
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I once saw Rob Schneider's stand-up routine about "Dude" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77v_Q0mhbZU).

That about sums it up about Hooah as well.
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PO2 Bull Halsey
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Then, prior to the H word, there was the F word. It's possible that the F word was essentially replaced and cleaned up by this genius replacement in the dialect, but has the same essential place holder in military jargon.
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TSgt Sean LaPlante
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Thanks Dude, I mean sir dude....
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SP5 Peter Keane
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to me, it means that someone, somewhere, thought the Army needed something foolish to say just as much as the Marines.
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SGT Joseph Jones
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2LT Richard Browning

It was about before your time. It is thought that the Vietnam war started it but the reason doesn’t make sense it says the Vietnamese word for yes was something close to Hooah unless you’re from 1841 or sooner it’s been around. My dad went to basic in “79” and used it then
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Sgt Peter Schlesiona
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Agreed, Peter Keane. I heard the "OORAH" for the first time in maybe 1990 at Camp Pendleton, CA while at a reunion of my Vietnam battalion. We ALL thought it was silly and, unlike the historic "Gung Ho", had no meaning. Gung Ho is Chinese and means "Work Together". Joseph Jones - I don't agree with you, at least not in connection with the overall Army. My best friend growing up went Army at the same time I went Marine Corps. Asked him about "HOOAH" maybe 10 years ago (after I heard OORAH in the Corps) and he'd never heard of it - ever.
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SSG Kenny Blalock
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Went through basic in 74 and never heard it uttered by Army personnel until sometime in 90s. When I heard an evaluator at an FTX say it I thought "what a dumbass thing to say". I still think that.
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Sgt Richard Sprague
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SGT Joseph Jones, you claim to be a history lover. You claim the beginning of Hooah was in 1841, long before the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps was organized on 10 Nov 1775. 1775 came before 1841, so Hooah was not around long before the Marine Corps.
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