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Hooah (pronounced /ˈhuːˌɑː/) is a slang pronunciation for the correct spelling of Ooh-Rah U.S. Army battle cry. It is used[1] by US Army soldiers "Referring to or meaning anything and everything except no."[2]



Other popular usages of hooah include:[4]

  • "Heard, understood and acknowledged" (backronym as "HUA")
  • "HUA" is used by ALL United States Air Force personel, not just by those listed above.
  • 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"
  • "Go to the next slide"
  • "You've taken the correct action"
  • "Amen!"
  • "Outstanding!"
  • "That's cool" or "that's OK." As in, "That's hooah."
  • To motivate another soldier.
  • Anything and everything except "no."
  • "Screw You!" or "Whatever" (when directed toward a superior ranking person)

Hooah can also:

  • describe a hardcore soldier. As in, "He's hooah" or "She's hooah."
  • be used 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. The chant is like a pack of wolves howling together.
  • 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."

In popular culture

  • "Hooah" can be found in the scripts of several military-related movies. One well-known example is Al Pacino's character, a former U.S. Army officer, in the movie Scent of a Woman (which may have popularized the longer "Hoo-Ah" version). "Hooah" also features prominently in Black Hawk Down, which depicts United States Army Rangers at the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia and Lions for Lambs a film about the war in Afghanistan. In Basic, Samuel L. Jackson's character finishes each line of his training briefings with "Give me a 'Hooah', Sergeant!".
  • Used as the meaning of "Heard Understood Acknowledged" by private young soldiers in the movie Renaissance Man from 1994.
  • In the episode "Semper Fidelis" of the TV series Jericho, former US Army Ranger Johnston Green realizes that a detachment of "US Marines" are imposters because they use the word "hooah". Genuine Marines would have said "Oorah" instead.
  • The GI unit in Red Alert 2 sometimes says "hooah" in response to an order by the player.
  • It is also incorrectly used in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past by the Sarge, a member of the "US Marines".
  • The computer game America's Army makes frequent use of the phrase, and pressing the H key on the keyboard in version 2 or below would make the player's character shout "Hooah" over the radio to other members of the player's team, sometimes eliciting a series of "Hooahs" in reply.
  • In the microtransaction, Free to play game of Combat Arms (video game), "Hooah" is featured as a voice-com taunt.
  • "Hooah" can be heard in Crysis, yelled by a Marine on the USS Constitution and at least one other point in the game.
  • In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the NEST team replies "Hooah" when Major Lennox gives instructions before the battle with the Decepticons in Egypt.
  • In the videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the US Army Rangers are heard multiple times throughout the game using Hooah for anything and everything except "no."


  1. ^ Hooah
  2. ^ - AMC Acquisition Policy
  3. ^ - "You can hear it shouted by Air Force Security Forces, Pararescue, and Combat Controllers."
  4. ^ - U.S. Army Hooah Race

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