The Difference between Roger and Affirmative

Affirmative. This is the Jolly Roger.

“Baron 219TU*, Washington Center, verify you are climbing to 9,000.”

“Baron 9TU, roger.”

“Baron 9TU, you are climbing to 9,000?”

“Baron 9TU, roger. 9,000.”

“Baron 9TU, did the last sector controller assign you 9,000? I need an ‘affirmative,’ indicating yes he did, or a ‘negative’ indicating he didn’t.”

Roger that.

Here are the various forms of “Roger” and their meanings.

“Roger,” means: “I understand.”

“Roger that,” means: “I understand.”

“That’s a roger,” means: “I understand.”

Roger never means “Yes,” “Okay,” or “Will comply.” The aviation terms for those words are: “Affirmative,” “Okay,” and “Wilco.” Roger that?

*This call sign, and conversation is fictitious, but based upon an actual radio exchange.

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