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Hooah /ˈhɑː/ is a battle cry used by members of the United States Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Space Force.[1] Originally spelled "Hough", the battle cry was first used by members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment 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 U.S. Army and gained a more general meaning of "anything and everything except 'no'".[3][4]

It is comparable to Oorah which the United States Marine Corps uses. The United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard use hooyah.

The phrase originated with the U.S. Army Rangers and in the early 1980s was considered a trait of Ranger battalions, spreading locally through Fort Lewis, Washington and Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the three Ranger battalions at the time.

Possible meanings[edit]

Some popular usages of hooah include:[5]

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

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  1. ^ "Where Did The Term 'Hooah' Come From?". Thebalance.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Theophilus F. Rodenborough (1875). 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. 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. ^ "About". Hooah Race. 23 July 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  6. ^ "COMBAT MilTerms: H". Combat.ws. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ "snopes.com: The origin of 'hoorah'!". Msgboard.snopes.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  8. ^ "History in the Movies". Stfrancis.edu. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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