Using the Military Alphabet

abc_blocks If you’re going to use speech recognition I’ve found you need to know the military alphabet.  When having to spell something for the computer such as the word “computer” using the standard method, “see oh em pee you tea ee are”, speech recognition often gets confused.  It can confuse the letter B with the letter D, the letter C with a letter E, etc.  Instead I use the military alphabet which speech recognition understands.

The word computer would now be spelled “Charlie Oscar mike papa uniform tango echo Romeo”.  However, when dictating to the computer in this way you still must say press before each letter.  Here is the military alphabet for reference:

Alpha

Bravo

Charlie

Delta

Echo

Foxtrot

Golf

Hotel

India

Juliet

Kilo

Lima

Mike

November

Oscar

Papa

Quebec

Romeo

Sierra

Tango

Uniform

Victor

Whiskey

X-Ray

Yankee

Zulu

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2 Comments »

  1. TomW said

    Do you end up dictating “whiskey tango foxtrot” a lot? 🙂

  2. proffybean said

    All the time, but I always forget the darn thing!

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