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Hooah (pronounced /ˈhuːɑː/) is a U.S. Army battle cry used by soldiers "Referring to or meaning anything and everything except no."

  • Air Force: "Ahroo," among Security Forces, Combat Controllers or "Hooyah" among Pararescue

Other popular usages of hooah include:

  • "Heard, understood and acknowledged" (backronym 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"
  • "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.
  • Did not hear what was said, but not going to ask to repeat.
  • Anything and everything except "no."

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.
  • 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 cultureEdit

"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!". In the 2004 American film The Manchurian Candidate, Denzel Washington's character responds an order with it during the brainwashing procedure.


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, "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."

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