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Hooah /ˈhɑː/ is a battle cry used by soldiers in the U.S. Army and airmen in the U.S. Air Force.[1] Originally spelled "Hough", the battle cry was first used by members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (United States) during the Second Seminole War in 1841, after Seminole chief Coacoochee toasted officers of the regiment with a loud "Hough!", apparently a corruption of "How d'ye do!"[2] Since WWII, the word has been widely used throughout the US Army and gained a more general meaning of "anything and everything except 'no'".[3][4] It is comparable to Oorah (Marines) in the United States Marine Corps, and Hooyah in the United States Navy.

Possible meanings

Some popular usages of hooah include:[5]

  • HUA means: "Heard, understood, and acknowledged"[6][7][8]

See also


  1. ^ https://www.thebalance.com/origins-of-hooah-3354119
  2. ^ "[https://archive.org/stream/fromevergladetoc00rode#page/56/mode/2up/ Theopohilus F. Rodenborough, "From everglade to cañon with the second dragoons, (second United States cavalry): an authentic account of service in Florida, Mexico, Virginia, and the Indian country, including the personal recollections of prominent officers ; with an appendix containing orders, reports and correspondence, military records, etc., etc., 1836–1875", New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "ANAD participates in Veterans Day events". U.S. Army. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  4. ^ "Soldier-Speak: A Brief Guide to Modern Military Jargon". U.S. Army. 2015-03-8. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  5. ^ – U.S. Army Hooah Race
  6. ^ Under the entry for HOOAH
  7. ^ Snopes inquiry
  8. ^ Some additional resource to the effect that "HUA" is indeed the proper usage from radio operators as "Heard, Understood, and Acknowledged" as opposed to a bacronym

External links

  • About.com article with ideas about Hooah's etymology
  • About.com article with some possible definitions
  • Hooah uttered at the end of the re-enlistment oath, Baghdad, July 4th, 2008: at time 1:08 on the video clip
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