The NATO Phonetic Alphabet is an alphabet developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and used for the sending of voice messages. The purpose of the alphabet is to help individuals avoid any spelling mistakes or misunderstandings during radio or telephone communications. It also helps make the voice messaging more clear since most of the time it can be accompanied by static, different types of interference, and other noises.
After the alphabet was developed in 1956, it was adopted for use by many organizations, such as the International Maritime Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, International Telecommunication Union, American Radio Relay League, etc. Some of them adopted the NATO Phonetic Alphabet without any changes, while others have slightly modified it for their convenience.
Due to the fact that the previous alphabet system had faults and caused a lot of confusion during military conflicts, the ICAO has conducted research that resulted in the creation of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. The ability to communicate clearly is especially important in dangerous situations, when people from different countries and with different accents work together.
A Military Alphabet PDF can be downloaded below.
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