The spelling alphabet used from March 1956 by NATO allies was formally adopted a few years later by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) making it the established universal phonetic alphabet governing all military, civilian, and amateur radio communications.
NATO phonetic alphabet (A-Z): Alfa/Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu
The German spelling alphabet is standardized by DIN 5009 which has been updated as recently as June 2022. It replaces a lot of common German first names from the previous revision by the names of cities.
2022 German spelling alphabet (A-Z): Aachen, Berlin, Chemnitz, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Goslar, Hamburg, Ingelheim, Jena, Köln, Leipzig, München, Nürnberg, Offenbach, Potsdam, Quickborn, Rostock, Salzwedel, Tübingen, Unna, Völklingen, Wuppertal, Xanten, Ypsilon, Zwickau
1996 German spelling alphabet (A-Z): Anton, Ärger (Ä), Berta, Cäsar, Charlotte (Ch), Dora, Emil, Friedrich, Gustav, Heinrich, Ida, Julius, Kaufmann, Ludwig, Martha, Nordpol, Otto, Ökonom (Ö), Paula, Quelle, Richard, Siegfried, Schule (Sch), Eszett (ß), Theodor, Ulrich, Übermut (Ü), Viktor, Wilhelm, Xanthippe, Ypsilon, Zacharias
In addition to the ones mentioned above the following spelling alphabets can be used in your ciphereditor workflow: Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
- Declassified documents on the NATO phonetic alphabet
- Website offering sound clips for each word in 11 spelling alphabets
- Spelling alphabet on Wikipedia
- Phonetic alphabet dictionary source on GitHub