Tuesday, August 7, 2012


The official teaser trailer for Katherine Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty". This is Bigelow's follow up to "The Hurt Locker" with writer Mark Boal. The film chronicles the US search and killing of Al Queda leader Osama Bin Laden. A joint combined CIA-DOD effort tracked down wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden; Seal Team 6 provided the shooters for what was a JSOC mission but inside sources have confirmed to me that on Prom Night they had adult chaperones i.e. SFOD-D.

FYI: "Zero Dark Thirty" is military for 'early in the morning - before the break of day' - I have heard and used this phrase throughout my entire career in Airborne and Special Forces units at Fort Bragg and overseas, going back to 1983; just like "Hurt Locker" is Marine Corps slang - I first became aware of this term from a couple of Recon Marines who attended my Q-Course class.

I guess now that Hollywood has co-opted these phrases we won't be able to use them anymore. Everybody will think we're taking our lines from the movies when in reality thats the way we speak. Damn. - S.L.


  1. 25 years in the Navy, exposure to hundreds of Marines and Soldiers, and I've never heard ZERO Dark Thirty.... I've always heard O Dark Thirty, an in OH Dark Thirty.

    So...we're safe.

    Of course, YMMV

  2. Cargosquid, I am an ex-Navy Airdale and we were always saying that the first flights of the day off the "boat" (none of us Airdales called that big ole nuke ship a ship, it was always "the Boat") was at "Oh Dark Thirty". That was "Roof" slang (the "Roof" was the Flight Deck which we never called it that, it was the "Roof") for the first launch sometime before sunrise! The best time of the day to be "shooting" jets!

    BT: Jimmy T sends.