Sailor Speak of the Week – Z-Gram



  • Various policy directives promulgated throughout the Navy by Admiral Elmo Zumwalt while serving as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).


Modern times. 1970.


Admiral Zumwalt issued some 121 Z-Grams during his time as CNO, most of them in the year 1970. They were aimed at reforming outdated Navy policies, retaining skilled personnel, and improving morale and recruiting efforts.

For more information, the Naval History and Heritage Command keeps an online archive of all of the Z-Grams.


Crowell, J. (2003, October 31). Naval Terminology, Jargon and Slang FAQ Part 2 – N through Z. Retrieved from

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