Caller: Hi, do you know those call letters that the military uses, A Alpha, B Bravo, C Charlie? I was wondering what they are called and I'd like a list of all of them.
Me: OK, let me put you on hold and do some research.
Fortunately it wasn't very busy yesterday. I spend about 5 minutes looking in dictionaries, military books, other reference books, etc., then decide it would be better if I called him back. He said he'd rather wait on the line or call me back, so I ask him to please call me back. He calls back in about 30 min and here's what I told him--
I looked in many reference materials and couldn't find anything. However, I did look on Amazon and found a juvenile book called Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet. Our book is checked out, but I looked at the subjects of the book and found that the letters are the ICAO Alphabet Code. Then I googled ICAO alphabet code and found the list! (BTW- ICAO stands for International Civil Aviation Organization).