List of U.S. government and military acronyms

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List of initialisms, acronyms ("words made from parts of other words, pronounceable"), and other abbreviations used by the government and the military of the United States. Note that this list is intended to be specific to the United States government and military—other nations will have their own acronyms.

0–9[edit]

  • 0K – Zero Killed (pronounced OK, as the expression that everything is okay)
  • 1LT – First Lieutenant (U.S. Army) (USMC uses "1stLt" and USAF uses "1st Lt")
  • 2LT – Second Lieutenant (U.S. Army) (USMC uses "2ndLt" and USAF uses "2d Lt")
  • 2IC – Second In Command
  • 1SG – First Sergeant (E-8 Army)
  • 777 – (Pronounced triple 7) Refers to the M777 howitzer. A towed 155 mm artillery weapon. It succeeded the M198 howitzer in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army in 2005. The M777 is also used by the ground forces of Australia, Canada, India and Saudi Arabia. It made its combat debut in the War in Afghanistan.

A[edit]

  • A – Analog
  • A1C – Airman First Class (USAF E-3)
  • A2C2 – Army Airspace Command And Control
  • A-3 – (Operations Directorate (COMAFFOR))
  • A-5 – (Plans Directorate (COMAFFOR))
  • AA – Anti-Aircraft
  • AA – Armed Forces America
  • AA – Assembly Area
  • AA – Assessment Agent
  • AA – Avenue Of Approach
  • AAA – Army Audit Agency
  • AAA – Antiaircraft Artillery
  • AAA – Arrival And Assembly Area
  • AAA – Assign Alternate Area
  • AAAD – Airborne Anti-Armor Defense[1]
  • AAAS – Amphibious Aviation Assault Ship
  • AABB – American Association of Blood Banks
  • AABWS – Amphibious Assault Bulk Water System
  • AAC – Activity Address Code
  • AACG – Arrival Airfield Control Group
  • AADC – Area Air Defense Commander
  • AADP – Area Air Defense Plan
  • AA&E – Arms, Ammunition, And Explosives
  • AAEC – Aeromedical Evacuation Control Team
  • AAFC – Australian Air Force Cadets (Australia)
  • AAFES – Army and Air Force Exchange Service
  • AAFIF – Automated Air Facility Information File
  • AAFS – Amphibious Assault Fuel System
  • AAFSF – Amphibious Assault Fuel Supply Facility
  • AAGS – Army Air-Ground System
  • AAI – Air-To-Air Interface
  • AAM – Air-To-Air Missile
  • AAMDC – US Army Air And Missile Defense Command
  • AAOE – Arrival And Assembly Operations Element
  • AAOG – Arrival And Assembly Operations Group
  • AAP – Allied Administrative Publication
  • AAP – Assign Alternate Parent
  • AAR – After Action Report
  • AAR – After Action Review
  • AAS – Army Apprentice School (Australia)
  • AAST – Aeromedical Evacuation Administrative Support Team
  • AAT – Automatic Analog Test
  • AAT – Aviation Advisory Team
  • AAU – Analog Applique Unit
  • AAV – Amphibious Assault Vehicle
  • AAW – Antiair Warfare
  • AB – Airbase
  • AB – Airman Basic (USAF E-1)
  • ABCA – American, British, Canadian, Australian Armies Program
  • ABCS – Army Battle Command System
  • ABD – Airbase Defense
  • ABU – Airman Battle Uniform (U.S. Air Force)
  • ABV – Assault Breacher Vehicle (U.S. Army)
  • ABFC – Advanced Base Functional Component
  • ACU – Army Combat Uniform (U.S. Army)
  • ADOS – Active Duty, Operational Support
  • ADSW – Active Duty, Special Work
  • AE – Armed Forces Europe
  • AEW&C – Airborne Early Warning And Control
  • AFI – Awaiting Further Instruction/Air Force Instruction (requirement guide)
  • AFMC – Armed Forces Medical College
  • AFOQT – Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
  • AFOSI – United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • AFSC – Air Force Specialty Code
  • AHA – Ammunition Holding Area
  • AIM – Airborne Intercept Missile (U.S. Military)
  • AIPD – Army Institute For Professional Development
  • AIS – Automated Information System
  • AIT – Advanced Individual Training (U.S. Army)
  • Amn – Airman (USAF E-2)
  • ALCON – All Concerned (U.S. Military)
  • AMU – Aircraft Maintenance Unit
  • AMXG – Aircraft Maintenance Group
  • AMXS – Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • ANG – Air National Guard (USAF)
  • AOC – Air Operations Center
  • AOL – Absent Over Leave (U.S. Navy)
  • AO – Area Of Operations
  • AOR - Area of responsibility
  • A&P – Administrative And Personnel
  • AP – Armed Forces Pacific
  • AP – Armor-Piercing
  • APC – Armored Personnel Carrier
  • APFSDS – Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
  • APFT – Army Physical Fitness Test (U.S. Army)
  • APFU – Army Physical Fitness Uniform (U.S. Army)
  • APO – Army Post Office; See Also FPO
  • APPN – Appropriation Number (U.S. Military)
  • APRT – Army Physical Readiness Test (U.S. Army)
  • ARCENT/TUSA – US Army Forces Central Command (CENTCOM)/Hq Third US Army (TUSA)[2]
  • ARPANET – Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (e.g., 1969 to 1989; antecedent of the information superhighway; now DARPA)
  • ARM – Anti-Radar Missile
  • ARM – Anti-Radiation Missile
  • ARMS – Automated Recruit Management System (U.S. Military)
  • ARMS – Aviation Resource Management System (USAF)
  • ARNG – Army National Guard (U.S. Army)
  • ARS – Air Refueling Store
  • ART – Alarm Response Team (USAF)
  • ARVN – Army Of The Republic Of (South) Viet Nam (U.S. Military)
  • ASAP – Army Substance Abuse Program (U.S. Military)
  • ASAP – As Soon As Possible
  • ASEAN – Association Of South East Asian Nations
  • ASM – Air-to-Surface Missile
  • ASCM – Anti-Ship Cruise Missile
  • ASROC – Anti-Submarine ROCket
  • ASV – Anti-Surface Vessel (airborne radar)
  • ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • ASW – Anti-Submarine Warfare
  • ATC – Air Training Corps
  • ATC – Air Traffic Control
  • ATFU – Ate The Fuck Up (not squared away)[3]
  • ATO – Air Tasking Order
  • ATO – Antiterrorism Officer
  • ATRRS – Army Training Requirements And Resources System
  • AWACS – Airborne Warning and Control System
  • AWOL – Absent Without Leave

B[edit]

  • BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing
  • BAMCIS – Begin planning Arrange Recon Make the plan Complete the plan Issue the order Supervise (U.S. Marine Corps)
  • BAR – Browning Automatic Rifle
  • BAU – Behavioral Analysis Unit
  • BCD – Battlefield Coordination Detachment
  • BCD – Bad Conduct Discharge (aka Big Chicken Dinner)
  • BCG – Birth Control Glasses (U.S. Military Slang)
  • BCT – Basic Combat Training (U.S. Army)
  • BCT – Brigade Combat Team
  • BDA – Battle Damage Assessment
  • BDE – Brigade (U.S. Army)
  • BDF – Barbados Defence Force (Barbados)
  • BDU – Battle Dress Uniform (U.S. Military)
  • Be – Beriev (Russian)
  • BEA – Budget Execution Authority (U.S. Navy)
  • BEQ - Batchelor Enlisted Quarters (U.S. Military)
  • BFT – Blue Force Tracker (U.S. Military)
  • BG – Bodyguard
  • BGHR – By God He's Right (U.S Military)
  • BLUF – Bottom Line Up Front (U.S. Military)
  • BMNT – Begin Morning Nautical Twilight (U.S Army)
  • BMOW - Boatswain's Mate Of The Watch (U.S. Coast Guard)[4]
  • BN – Battalion (U.S. Army)
  • BOHICA – Bend Over Here It Comes Again (U.S. Military Slang)
  • BRAC – Base Realignment And Closure
  • BRAT (American) – Born Raised And Transferred (American usage, refers to dependent children of military personnel) Usually Pronounced "Military Brat" (Or "Air Force BRAT", or Army "Brat", Navy "Brat" etc.).[5]
  • BRAT (British) – British RegimentAttachedTraveler (British military usage, may have been the original usage, which was later adapted to the American military: Means "child that travels with a soldier"), or "Born, Raised and Trapped". Usually pronounced "Military Brat" or "Base Brat".[6][7]
  • BUB – Battle Update Brief
  • BVR – Beyond Visual Range (USAF)
  • BX – Base Exchange (USAF)
  • BZ – spoken "Bravo Zulu", meaning "congratulations, job well done"

C[edit]

  • C1 – Command
  • C2 – Command And Control
  • C3 – Command Control And Communication
  • C4IR – Command Control Communication Computers Intelligence And Recognition
  • CAC – Common Access Card (U.S. DoD, pron. "cac")
  • CAG – Commander, Air Group (U.S. Navy, pron. "cag")
  • CAG – Civil Affairs Group. Term used for military members assigned to assist civilian governments with restoring infrastructure (All U.S. branches, pron. "cag")
  • CAGE – Commercial and Government Entity
  • CALL – Center for Army Lessons Learned
  • CAPTCaptain (U.S. Navy, USCG O-6)
  • CaptCaptain (USMC O-3)
  • CPTCaptain (U.S. Army, USAF O-3)
  • CAS – Close Air Support
  • CASEX – Coordinated Anti-Submarine EXercise[8]
  • CASEVAC – Casualty Evacuation
  • CAT – Combat Application Tourniquets
  • CBRN – Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear
  • CBU – Cluster Bomb Unit
  • CCIP – Continually Calculated Impact Point (USAF/USMC Aviation)
  • CCIR – Commanders Critical Information Requirements
  • CCP – Casualty Collection Point
  • CCRP – Continually Calculated Release Point (USAF/USMC Aviation)
  • CDAT – Computerized Dumb Ass Tanker (M1 Abrams Crewmen)
  • CDIAC – Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
  • CDRUSPACOM – Commander United States Pacific Command
  • CENTCOM – Central Command (U.S. Military)
  • CF – Cluster Fuck (always pronounced phonetically "Charlie Foxtrot")
  • CHU – Containerized Housing Unit
  • Chief – Chief Warrant Officer
  • CIA – Central Intelligence Agency
  • CIB – Combat Infantry Badge
  • CIC – Command Intelligence Center (U.S. Navy)
  • CINCLANT – Commander-in-chief, Atlantic Forces (U.S. Navy before 2002)
  • CINCLANTFLT – Commander-in-chief, Atlantic Fleet (U.S. Navy before 2002)
  • CINCPAC – Commander-in-chief, Pacific Forces (U.S. Navy before 2002)
  • CIWS – Close-In Weapon System
  • CJOTUS – Chief Justice of the United States
  • CMSgt – Chief Master Sergeant (USAF E-9; highest AF enlisted rank)
  • CMSAF – Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (USAF E-9 – Senior Enlisted Member)
  • CO – Commanding Officer
  • COA – Course of Action
  • COB – Chief Of the Boat (Chief Petty Officer in charge of the Boat usually a Master Chief (USN Submariner Terminology))
  • CoB - Close of Business (End of the duty day)
  • COCOM – Combatant Commander
  • CODELS – Congressional Delegations
  • COL – Colonel
  • COMINT – Communications Intelligence
  • COMPACFLT – Commander, Pacific Fleet (U.S. Navy)
  • COMSEC – Communication Security
  • CONUS – Continental United States (U.S. military, pron. "cone-us")
  • CONUSA – Continental United States Army (numbered Armies of U.S. military)
  • CORDS – (U.S. military, Vietnam era)
  • COP – Combat Out Post
  • CoS – Chief of Staff
  • COT – Commissioned Officer Training
  • CPL – Corporal (U.S. Army and Marine Corps E-4)
  • CPO – Chief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-7)
  • CPT – Captain (U.S. Army O-3)
  • CP – Check Point (Usually Numbered i.e. "CP1")
  • CPX – Command Post Exercise
  • CQB – Close Quarters Battle
  • CRC – CONUS Replacement Center (a military processing center at Fort Benning, Georgia, US)
  • CSM – Command Sergeant Major (U.S. Army E-9 highest Army enlisted rank))
  • CSAR – Combat Search And Rescue
  • CTCounter-terrorism Team
  • CTA - Common Table of Allowances
  • CTR – Close Target Reconnaissance
  • CUB – Commander Update Brief
  • CVN – Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier (NOTE: the V comes from the expression "heavier than air flying machine")
  • CWO – Chief Warrant Officer
  • CZN – Nuclear-powered Airship Carrier (NOTE: the Z comes from the use of the word Zeppelin although non-Zeppelin airships would also be transported on a CZN)

D[edit]

  • DA – Defence Attaché
  • DAC – Department of the Army Civilian
  • DAGO – Department of the Army General Officer
  • DAGR – Defense Advanced GPS Receiver
  • DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (U.S. Military)
  • DASA – Division Artillery Security Area
  • DAT – Dumb Ass Tanker
  • DC3 – Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • DCAA – Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • DCMA – Defense Contract Management Agency
  • DD-214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  • DEROS – Date Estimated Return From Overseas
  • DEVGRUthe United States naval special warfare DEVelopment GRoUp
  • DFAC – Dining Facility (U.S. Military)
  • DFAS – Defense Finance and Accounting Service (U.S. Military)
  • DIA – Defense Intelligence Agency
  • DINFAC – Dining Facility (U.S. Military)
  • DISA – Defense Information Systems Agency
  • DLA – Defense Logistics Agency
  • DLB – Dead Letter Box
  • DMDC – Defense Manpower Data Center
  • DME – Depot Maintenance Enterprise (U.S. Military)
  • DMEA – Defense Microelectronics Activity
  • DMS – Defense Message System (U.S. Military)
  • DMZ – Demilitarized Zone
  • DOA – Dead on Arrival
  • DoDAAC – Department of Defense Activity Address Code (U.S. Military)
  • DoDAF – Department of Defense Architectural Framework (U.S. Military)
  • DoDIC – Department of Defense Identification Code (U.S. Military)
  • DOEHRS – Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System (U.S. Military)
  • DOP – Drop-Off Point
  • DPMs – Disruptive Pattern Material
  • DRT – Dead Right There; wounded in such a way as to indicate immediate and/or unavoidable death; often used as a sarcastic form of the civilian acronym DOA (Dead On Arrival)
  • DTO – Daily Tasking Order
  • DTRA – Defense Threat Reduction agency
  • DZ – Drop Zone

E[edit]

  • E&E – Escape and Evade
  • EA – Electronic Attack
  • ECP – Entry Control Point
  • EDCSA – Effective Date of Change of Strength Accountability (obsolete for U. S. Army)
  • EHRS – Electronic Health Records (Software)
  • EI – Engineering and Installation
  • EIS – Engineering and Installation Squadron, Environmental Impact Statement
  • EIB – Expert Infantry Badge
  • EI SIT – Engineering and Installation Site Implementation Team
  • EKIA – Enemy Killed in Action
  • ELINT – Electronic Intelligence
  • EMI – Extra Military Instruction
  • ENS – Ensign (U.S. Navy junior officer rank, O-1)
  • EOD – Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • EOS – End of Service
  • EP – Electronic Protection
  • EPR − Enlisted Performance Report
  • EPW – Enemy Prisoner of War
  • ERV – Emergency Rendezvous
  • ESSENCE – Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (U.S. Military)
  • ETA – Estimated time of arrival
  • ETS – Estimated Termination of Service
  • EUCOM – European Command (U.S. Military)
  • EW – Electronic Warfare (comprises EA, EP)
  • Exfil – Exfiltration (Opposite of infiltration; exiting undetected)

F[edit]

  • FA – Field Artillery
  • FAK – First Aid Kit
  • FAR – Federal Acquisition Regulation
  • FBCB2 – Force XXI Battlefield Command Brigade and Below
  • FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FEBA – Forward Edge of the Battle Area
  • FFEFire for effect
  • FIDO – FIre Direction Officer
  • FIGMO – Fuck It, Got My Orders
  • FIST – Fire Support Team
  • FISTer – Member of a Fire Support Team
  • FIST-V – Fire Support Team Vehicle
  • FISINT – Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence
  • FISHDO – Fuck It, Shit Happens, Drive On
  • FitRep – Fitness Report
  • FLOT – Forward Line of Troops
  • FLOTUS – First Lady of the United States (U.S. – see POTUS)
  • FM – Field Marshal; more commonly "Field Manual"
  • FMC – Fully Mission Capable
  • FMTV – Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (U.S. Army)
  • FNG – Fucking New Guy
  • FO – Forward Observer
  • FO – Foxtrot Oscar (i.e. Fuck Off) (US/UK Forces)
  • FOB – Forward Operating Base
  • FOD – Foreign Object Damage (U.S.)
  • FOD – Foreign Object Debris (U.S.)
  • FOI - Field of Imaging
  • FPO – Fleet Post Office; See also APO
  • FRACU – Flame-Resistant Army Combat Uniform (U.S. Army)
  • FSA – Force Structure Allowance
  • FSTE – Foreign Service Tour Extension
  • FTG – Fleet Training Group (U.S. Navy) or Fuck The Guard (U.S. Coast Guard)
  • FTUS – Full Time Unit Specialist
  • FUBAR – Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition or Fucked Up Beyond All Repair
  • FYSA – For Your Situational Awareness
  • FYI – For Your Information

G[edit]

  • G1 – General Staff Level office for Personnel and Manpower (Division and Above)
  • G2 – General Staff Level office for Military Intelligence (Division and Above)
  • G3 – General Staff Level office for Operations and Plans (Division and Above)
  • G4 – General Staff Level office for Logistics (Division and Above)
  • G5 – General Staff Level office for Military/Civil Affairs (Division and Above)
  • G6 – General Staff Level office for Signal and Communication (Division and Above)
  • G7 – General Staff Level office for Training and Exercises (Division and Above)
  • G8 – General Staff Level office for Force Development and Analysis (Division and Above)
  • G9 – General Staff Level office for Civil Operations (Division and Above)
  • GBU – Guided Bomb Unit
  • GEN – General
  • GI – Government Issue
  • GIG – Global Information Grid
  • GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out
  • GM – Gone Mersault
  • GO – General Officer
  • GOCO – Government owned, contractor operated
  • GPMG – General Purpose Machine Gun
  • GPS – Global Positioning System
  • GS – General Schedule

H[edit]

I[edit]

J[edit]

K[edit]

  • KATUSA – Korean Augmentation Troops to the United States Army (also known by lower ranking U.S. soldiers as "Koreans Aggravating The U.S. Army")
  • KIA – Killed In Action
  • KFOR -- Kosovo Force
  • KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid – USAF
  • KO – Contracting Officer, Navy
  • KP – Kitchen Police or Kitchen Patrol
  • KBO – Keep Buggering On

L[edit]

  • LAAD – Low Altitude Air Defense
  • LAAT – Low Altitude Assault Transport
  • LAV – Light Armored Vehicle
  • LCDR – Lieutenant Commander (U.S. Navy)
  • LCpl – Lance Corporal (U.S. Marines)
  • LES – Leave and Earnings Statement
  • LIC – Low Intensity Conflict
  • LP – Listening Post
  • LP/OP – Listening Post Observation Post
  • LPC – Leather Personnel Carrier (boot)
  • LGOP – Little Group Of Paratroopers
  • LMTV – Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (U.S. Army)
  • LPO – Leading Petty Officer (U.S. Navy)
  • LT – Lieutenant
  • LTC or Lt Col – Lieutenant Colonel
  • LTG or Lt Gen – Lieutenant General
  • LTJG – Lieutenant, Junior Grade (U.S. Navy)
  • LUP – Lying-Up Point
  • LZ – Landing Zone

M[edit]

  • MACV/SOG – Military Assistance Command Vietnam / Studies and Observation Group
  • MAJ – Major
  • MARCORSYSCOM – MARine CORps SYStems COMmand (U.S. Military)
  • MARCENT Marine Corps Central Command[2]
  • MARFORRES – MARine FORces REServe (U.S. Marine Corps)
  • MARSOC – Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
  • MAV – Micro Air Vehicle
  • MAW – Maximum Allowable Weight
  • MBTMain battle tank
  • MC 326/2 – ″NATO Medical Support Principles and Policies″, approved by Military Committee, second revision.
  • MCCS – Marine Corps Community Services (also known by the humorous backronym "Marine Corps Crime Syndicate")
  • MCEN – Marine Corps Enterprise Network (U.S. Military)
  • MCEITS – Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Service (U.S. Military)
  • MCPOMaster Chief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-9)
  • MCPOCGMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard E-9 – Senior Enlisted Member)
  • MedEvacMedical evacuation
  • MFAMinistry of Foreign Affairs
  • MG – Machine gun
  • MGMajor general
  • MI – Military Intelligence
  • Mi – Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (Russian)
  • MIAMissing in action
  • MICV – Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle ( an Infantry fighting vehicle)
  • MiG – Mikoyan-Gurevich (Russian)
  • MILCON – Military Construction
  • MK – Mark
  • MK – Machinery Technician (U.S. Coast Guard rating)
  • MLRS – Multiple Launch Rocket System
  • MMFD – Miles and Miles of F...ing Desert (unofficial report in Gulf War)
  • MOA – Military Operating Area (USAF Airspace)
  • MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, also known as "Mother Of All Bombs".
  • MOAC – Mother of All Coffee (Green Bean Coffee)
  • MOB – Main Operating Base
  • MOBCOM – MOBile COMmand
  • MOPP – Mission Oriented Protective Posture
  • MOS – Military Occupation Specialty
  • MOUT – Military Operations in Urban Terrain
  • MPDS – Military Planning Data Allowance
  • MRAP – Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected
  • MREMeal, Ready-to-Eat (U.S. Military)
  • MRX – Mission Rehearsal Exercise
  • MSGMaster Sergeant (US Army E-8)
  • MSgt – Master Sergeant (USAF E-7)
  • MSO – Marine Safety Office (U.S. Coast Guard)
  • MTOE – Modified Table Of Organizational Equipment
  • MTS+ – Movement Tracking System Plus
  • MTVMedium Tactical Vehicle (U.S. Army)
  • MSDC+ – Marine Science Diving Club (Diving Club Of Hasanudin University)
  • MSR – Main Supply Route
  • MSR – Major Supply Route
  • MWR – Morale Welfare Recreation

N[edit]

  • NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement
  • NAS – Naval Air Station
  • NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • NCIS – Naval Criminal Investigative Service (U.S. Navy)
  • NAVAIR – Naval Air Systems Command
  • NAVCENT – Naval Forces Central Command (U.S. Navy)[2]
  • NAVOCEANO – Naval Oceanographic Office
  • NBACC – National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
  • NCI – National Cancer Institute
  • NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer
  • NCOIC – Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
  • NCOES – Non-Commissioned Officer Education System
  • ND – Negligent Discharge
  • NDP – Night Defensive Position
  • NEFF – New Equipment Fielding Facility
  • NIBC National Interagency Biodefense Campus
  • NICBR – National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research
  • NLT – No Later Than
  • NMC – Not Mission Capable
  • NME – Non-Mission Essential
  • NMCI – Naval Marine Corps Intranet (U.S. Navy)
  • NNMSA – Non-Nuclear Munitions Storage Area
  • NOC -Non Official Cover
  • NORAD – North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • NPDES – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • NS – Network Services
  • NSA – National Security Agency
  • NSW – Naval Special Warfare
  • NSWDG – Naval Special Warfare Development Group
  • NUB – Non-Useful Body / Nuclear Unqualified Bitch (U.S. Nuclear Navy)

O[edit]

  • OBE – Overcome/Overrun By Events
  • OCONUS – Outside Continental United States
  • OCP – Operational Camouflage Pattern (U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force)
  • OCS – Officer Candidate School
  • ODA – Operational Detachment-Alpha (the standard 12-man team composed of U.S. Army Special Forces operators)
  • ODU – Operational Dress Uniform (U.S. Coast Guard)
  • OIC – Officer in Charge
  • OIG – Office of Inspector General
  • OM – On the Move (Normally just spelled out Oscar Mike)
  • O&M, MC – Operations & Maintenance, Marine Corps (U.S. Navy)
  • O&M, N – Operations & Maintenance, Navy (U.S. Navy)
  • OODA – Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act
  • OP – Observation Post
  • OPR – Officer Performance Report
  • OPT – Operational Planning Team
  • ORM – Operational Risk Management
  • Oscar – Man overboard
  • OSM – Oh Shit Moment (U.S. Marine Corps)
  • OSP – On Site Procurement
  • OSP – Orbital Services Program
  • OPORD – Operations Order
  • OPSEC – Operations Security
  • OTF – Out There Flapping (Airborne)
  • OTS – Officer Training School
  • OTV – Outer Tactical Vest

P[edit]

  • PACOM – Pacific Command
  • PACAF – Pacific Air Forces
  • PAQ – PALACE Acquire
  • PCS – Permanent Change of Station
  • PDS – Permanent Duty Station (U.S. Military)
  • PDT – Pre-Deployment Training
  • PE – Plastic Explosive
  • PFC – Private First Class (U.S. Military)
  • PFM – Pure Fuckin Magic (U.S. Military)
  • PFT – Physical Fitness Test
  • PII – Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Identity Information
  • PL – Platoon Leader (U.S. Army)
  • PLL - Prescribed Load List (U.S. Army)
  • PLT – Platoon (U.S. Army)
  • PMC – Partially Mission Capable
  • PME – Professional Military Education
  • PMS – Planned Maintenance Schedule (U.S. Navy)
  • PNG – Passive Night Goggles
  • PO – Post Office
  • PO1 – Petty Officer 1st Class (USCG/USN E-6)
  • PO2 – Petty Officer 2nd Class (USCG/USN E-5)
  • PO3 – Petty Officer 3rd Class (USCG/USN E-4)
  • POBCAK – Problem Occurs Between Chair And Keyboard
  • POL – Petroleum Oil & Lubricants (U.S. Air Force)
  • POC – Point Of Contact
  • POTUS – President of the United States
  • POG – Person Other than Grunt (All non-combat arms job fields i.e. any MOS or CMF other than infantry, cavalry, armor, and artillery; among infantrymen, refers to anyone other than infantry or Special Forces)
  • POW – Prisoner Of War
  • POV – Privately Owned Vehicle
  • PPG – PT Parade Games
  • PPPPPPP – Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance[10]
  • PRP – Personnel ReliabilityProgram
  • PRP – Pretty Retarded Program
  • PRT – Provincial Reconstruction Team
  • PRT – Physical Readiness Training (U.S. Army)
  • PT – Physical Training
  • PTB – Powers That Be
  • PV2 – Private 2nd class (U.S. Army E-2)
  • PVT – Private (U.S. Army and Marine Corps E-1)
  • PX – Post Exchange (U.S. Army)

R[edit]

S[edit]

  • SA – Seaman Apprentice (USCG/USN E-2)
  • SA – Situation Awareness
  • SAAS – Standard Army Ammunition System (U.S. Army)
  • SAM – Surface-to-Air Missile
  • SAR – Search and Rescue (U.S. Coast Guard)
  • SARS – Search and Rescue Swimmer
  • SARSS – Standard Army Retail Supply System (U.S. Army)
  • SAS – Special Air Service (British special forces)
  • SBS – Special Boat Service (British special forces)
  • SCIFSensitive Compartmented Information Facility
  • SCO – Squadron Commander (Squadron as used in the U.S. Army Regimental System)
  • SCOTUS – Supreme Court of the United States
  • SCPO – Senior Chief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-8)
  • SD – "Status Destroyed" or "Salty Dog". (Equipment that is written off as unrepairable and unsalvageable. )
  • SDD – Solution Delivery Division (Military Health)
  • SEACSenior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • SFASSpecial Forces Assessment Selection
  • SEAL – Sea, Air and Land (U.S. Navy SEALs)
  • SERE – Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape
  • SFCSergeant First Class (U.S. Army E-7)
  • SFOD-AUnited States Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha – U.S. Special Forces team (see ODA)
  • SFOD-B – Special Forces Operational Detachment Bravo – U.S. Special Forces support group
  • SFOD-C – Special Forces Operational Detachment Charlie – U.S. Special Forces command group
  • SFOD-D – Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (U.S. Army counter-terrorism unit)
  • SGM – Sergeant Major (U.S. Army E-9 – Sometimes referred to as Staff Sergeant Major)
  • SGT – Sergeant (U.S. Army E-5) (U.S. Marines uses Sgt)
  • SHORAD - Short Range Air Defense
  • SITREP – Situation Report
  • SJA – Staff Judge Advocate
  • SLAM – Standoff Land Attack Missile
  • SLBMSubmarine-launched ballistic missile
  • SLOTUS – Second Lady of the United States
  • SMA – Sergeant Major of the Army (U.S. Army E-9 – Senior Enlisted Member)
  • SMEAC – Situation Mission Execution Admin/logistics Command/signal (U.S. Marine Corps basic knowledge)
  • SMSgt – Senior Master Sergeant (USAF E-8)
  • SN – Seaman (USCG/USN E-3)
  • SNAFU – Situation Normal: All Fucked/Fouled Up
  • SOCCENT – Special Operations Command CENTCOM[2]
  • SOCOMUnited States Special Operations Command
  • SOFA – Status of Forces Agreement
  • SOL – Shit Out of Luck (U.S. Army)
  • SOLJWF – Shit Out of Luck and Jolly Well Fucked (U.S. Marines)
  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedures
  • SOS – Shit On a Shingle, or creamed chipped beef on toast.
  • SPC – Specialist (U.S. Army E-4)
  • SPORTS – Slap, Pull, Observe, Release, Tap, Shoot.
  • SR – Seaman Recruit (USCG/USN E-1)
  • SrA – Senior Airman (USAF E-4)
  • SRBMUnited States Army Special Forces
  • SRRSpecial Reconnaissance Regiment (British special Forces)
  • SSBN – Nuclear-Powered Ballistic missile submarine
  • SSDD – Same Shit Different Day
  • SSDDBS – Same Shit Different Day Bigger Shovel
  • SSG – Staff Sergeant (U.S. Army E-6)
  • SSGN – Nuclear-Powered Cruise missile submarine
  • SSgt – Staff Sergeant (U.S. Air Force E-5) (U.S. Marines E-6)
  • SSN – Nuclear-powered attack submarine
  • STOVL – Short Takeoff, Vertical Landing
  • SUSFU – Situation Unchanged, Still Fucked Up
  • SWAGScientific Wild Ass Guess
  • SWAKSealed With A Kiss

T[edit]

  • TACP – Tactical Air Control Party (USAF)
  • TAD – Temporary Additional Duty (U.S. Military)
  • TAO – Tactical Action Officer (U.S. Military)
  • TBD – To Be Determined
  • TC3Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • TCCCTactical Combat Casualty Care
  • TDPFO – Temporary Duty Pending Further Orders (U.S. Military)
  • TDY – Temporary Duty (U.S. Military)
  • TEL – Transporter Erector Launcher
  • TF – Task Force
  • TFOA – Things Falling Off Aircraft
  • TG6 – Task Group 6 (group designation for NZ SAS – NZ Army)
  • TOC – Tactical Operations Center
  • TIC – Troops In Contact
  • TSgt – Technical Sergeant (USAF E-6)
  • TU – Tits Up (Dead, Inoperable), a.k.a. "tango uniform"
  • TARFU – Things Are Really Fucked Up, or Totally And Royally Fucked Up
  • TRADOC- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

U[edit]

  • UA – Unauthorized Absence
  • UAS – Unmanned Aerial System
  • UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • UCP – Universal Camouflage Pattern (U.S. Army)
  • UCAV – Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
  • ULLS – Unit Level Logisitics System (U.S. Army)
  • UMA – Unit Mobilization Assistor
  • UN – United Nations
  • US – Unserviceable
  • USS – United States Ship
  • USSS – United States Secret Service
  • USAF – United States Air Force
  • USAFA – the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • USAFE – United States Air Forces in Europe
  • USAMRICD – United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
  • USAMRIID – United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease
  • USAMRMC – United States Army Medical Research and Materiél Command
  • USAMRAA – United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
  • USA PATRIOT Act – Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act
  • USAREC – US Army REcruiting Command
  • USAREUR – U.S. Army European Command
  • USCG – United States Coast Guard
  • USCGC – United States Coast Guard Cutter
  • USMA – the United States Military Academy (U.S. Army) at West Point, New York
  • USMC – United States Marine Corps
  • USN – United States Navy
  • USNA – the United States Naval Academy (U.S. Navy) at Annapolis, Maryland
  • USO – United Service Organizations (U.S. Military)
  • USR – Unit Status Report
  • UUV – Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
  • UXB – Unexploded Bomb (bomb disposal; British)
  • UXO – Unexploded Ordnance

V[edit]

  • VBIED – Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device
  • VDM – Visual Distinguishing Mark
  • VFD – Volunteer Fire Department
  • VFR – Volunteer Fire and Rescue (or in Aviation Visual Flight Rules)
  • VPOTUS – Vice President of the United States

W[edit]

  • WIA – Wounded In Action
  • WO1 – Warrant Officer 1
  • WSA – Weapons Storage Area
  • WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • WILCO – Will Comply
  • WCS – Worst Case Scenario
  • WORM – War operating ready material

X[edit]

  • XO – Executive Officer

Y[edit]

  • YGBSM – You Gotta Be Shitting Me

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Army Termonology/82nd Airborne Division Termonology (late 1970s era)
  2. ^ a b c d US CENTCOM Command Structure
  3. ^ http://Www.Acronymfinder.Com/Ate-The-Fudge-Up-(polite-form%3B-Military-Slang-For-Someone-Constantly-Making-Mistakes)-(ATFU).Html
  4. ^ Krietemeyer, George E. (2000). The Coast Guardsman's Manual (Ninth ed.). Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland. p. 380. ISBN 1-55750-468-7.
  5. ^ Wertsch, Mary E. (January 2006). Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress. ISBN 0-9776033-0-X.
  6. ^ Clifton, Grace, "Making the Case for the BRAT (British Regiment Attached Traveler)", British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 30, No. 3 2004
  7. ^ Adams, Leah; Kirova, Anna (2006). Global Migration and education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. pp. 263–64. ISBN 0-8058-5838-5{{inconsistent citations}}CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  8. ^ "CASEX". TheFreeDictionary.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  9. ^ http://militarywords.com/result.aspx?term=JAFO
  10. ^ Graff, Garrett M. (January 8, 2021). "Behind the Strategic Failure of the Capitol Police".

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