Short: Refers to the number of days you have left to complete your Tour of Duty which was usually 12months or 365 days, example if you have 10 days to go before returning home you are Short
Blowfly: Refers to the Unit Hygiene person serving with the Company Medic or Regimental Aid Post would be Medical Corps. Was responsible for hygiene within the unit lines eg: long drop toilets, bucket showers and Cook House
Bait Layer: Referred to the Unit Cook or Cooks. These guys worked under extreme conditions to provide the best food they could from limited sources and with limited equipment
ANZACs in Vietnam: The 2nd, 4th and 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment were, for the Vietnam War, renamed as ANZAC Battalions, eg 6 RAR/NZ ANZAC Battalion, with an Australian Commanding Officer and a New Zealand Second in Command. Each battalion had an Infantry Company from the 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment(1RNZIR) based in Terendak Camp Malaysia attached for the Tour of Duty. The Companies were named either Whiskey or Victor, there were three Whiskey Companies and six Victor Companies who served with the Australian Battalions. Not every Vietnam Veteran has the privilege of being an ANZAC only the Australians and New Zealanders who served with these Battalions.
Vung Tau Ferry: HMAS Sydney an Aircraft carrier was converted to carry Australian troops to and from Vietnam, and acquired this name
Heads: Navy slang for Toilet
Vungers: Refers to Vung Tau the port where Australians disembarked and embarked from or too the Vung Tau Ferry.
XXXX: Beer from Queensland, spelt this way because some servicemen couldn’t spell
Albatross: Refers to the Iroquois Helicopter which carried troops and supplies
Bushranger: An Iroquois Helicopter converted to a Gunship with 2.75mm Rockets, mini guns and two Crewmen as door gunners
Spooky: Converted Dakota AC-47 aircraft operating as a gunship with three mini guns mounted on the left hand side of the aircraft providing close air support to ground troops
Dust Off: An unarmed Iroquois Helicopter carrying casualties from the battlefield either by landing or winching out through the jungle if they could not land either because of terrain or enemy activity
Ginger Beers: Engineers