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    Why do the military say "Roger" then "Wilco" to confirm a radio message?

    Hint:  This trend started during the Second World War with the U.S. Navy....

    +1  Views: 611 Answers: 3 Posted: 10 years ago

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    Roger means message understood & Wilco means will comply.

    Chiangmai

    Just wanted to add that Roger and the sound of an "r" was derived from "Received".
    Maz

    I use it on ham radio most days.

    Some words with specialized meanings are used in radio communication throughout the English-speaking world, and in international radio communication, where English is the lingua franca.  Kind of like code words or Acronyms for sentences.  There is a whole list of them at


    Wilco – will comply


    Roger – I understand what you just said.

    Yvonne57

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    My answer came from Wikipedia.com I forgot to add it. Must give credit where credit is due. LOL
    Chiangmai

    Yvonne57, I was just thinking: anyone who knows the word lingua franca has to be a genius. :)
    Yvonne57

    Moderator
    You guys are killing me with laughter today. I am that brilliant. LOL

    Received makes more sense anyway don't you think.  I used to have to know that stuff when I was in the Army.  Brought back some memories. Thanks, yvonne57



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