Hooah (ˈhuːɑː) is a U.S. Army
United States Army
The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services...

 and a Canadian Army
battle cry
Battle cry
A battle cry is a yell or chant taken up in battle, usually by members of the same military unit.Battle cries are not necessarily articulate, although they often aim to invoke patriotic or religious sentiment....

 used by soldiers and also in use by the U.S. Air Force airmen "referring to or meaning anything and everything except no."


Some popular usages of HUA include:
  • "Heard, understood and acknowledged" (acronym as "HUA")
  • What to say when at a loss for words
  • "Good copy"
  • "Roger," "solid copy," "good," "great," "message received," "understood," "acknowledged"
  • "Glad to meet you," "welcome"
  • "All right!"
  • "Thank you"
  • "Eh?"
  • "You've taken the correct action"
  • "Outstanding!"
  • "That's cool" or "that's OK." As in, "That's hooah."
  • To motivate another soldier.
  • Did not hear what was said, but not going to ask to repeat.
  • Anything and everything except "no."

Hooah can also:
  • describe a dedicated soldier. As in, "He's hooah" or "He's super hooah."
  • be used as a call and response cheer, with one soldier exclaiming, "hooah!," and other soldiers responding in like.
  • be uttered at random and in a group in order to boost morale. One or a few soldiers will begin chanting "hooah!," and then others join in.
  • describe Army Rangers. As in "The hooah-hooahs."
  • be used as a sarcastic remark for something specific to the Army. Sometimes used sarcastically. As in, "This detail is about as hoo-ah as it gets."
  • be made off-limits in so-called, "no hooah zones."
  • Derived from an acronym meaning "Head up your ass",and originally spelled HUA(The Air Force uses this spelling), It was first used by NCO's of the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California. Remark was generally used when talking about new Soldiers in a unit.

See also

  • Oorah - The United States Marine Corps
    United States Marine Corps
    The United States Marine Corps is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States...

     and United States Coast Guard
    United States Coast Guard
    The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

  • Hooyah
    Hooyah is the war cry or battle cry used by the United States Navy SEALs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams, and Navy Deep Sea Divers. Recently, the US Navy as a whole has adopted it as a result of MCPON Rick West's regular use of the saying...

     - The United States Navy
    United States Navy
    The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

     and United States Air Force
    United States Air Force
    The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...

  • HOOAH! Bar
    HOOAH! Bar
    The HOOAH! bar is an energy bar created by the United States military in 1996. It was originally provided to military personnel packaged within a field ration, such as the Meal, Ready-to-Eat, Meal Cold Weather, or First Strike Ration.The name comes from the word "hooah," a battle cry commonly used...

     - a US military
    Military of the United States
    The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States. They consist of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.The United States has a strong tradition of civilian control of the military...

     energy bar
  • Huzzah
    Huzzah is an archaic English interjection of joy or approbation. According to the Oxford English Dictionary it is "apparently a mere exclamation". The dictionary does not mention any specific derivation...

    - an 18th century equivalent

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