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List of initialisms, acronyms ("words made from parts of other words, pronounceable"), and other abbreviations used by the government[where?] and the military[where?]:

0–9Edit

  • 1LTFirst Lieutenant (U.S. Army) (USAF uses "1st Lt")
  • 2LTSecond Lieutenant (U.S. Army) (USAF uses "2d Lt")
  • 2IC – Second In Command

AEdit

  • Aanalog
  • A1CAirman 1st Class (USAF E-3)
  • A2C2Army airspace command and control
  • A-3 – (Operations Directorate (COMAFFOR))
  • A-5 – (Plans Directorate (COMAFFOR))
  • AAAnti-Aircraft
  • AAassessment agent
  • AAavenue of approach
  • AAAantiaircraft artillery
  • AAAarrival and assembly area
  • AAAassign alternate area
  • AAASamphibious aviation assault ship
  • AABBAmerican Association of Blood Banks
  • AABWSamphibious assault bulk water system
  • AACactivity address code
  • AACArmy Air Corps (British)
  • AACAustralian Army Cadets (Australia)
  • AACGarrival airfield control group
  • AADCarea air defense commander
  • AADParea air defense plan
  • AA&Earms, ammunition, and explosives
  • AAECaeromedical evacuation control team
  • AAFCAustralian Air Force Cadets (Australia)
  • AAFESArmy and Air Force Exchange Service
  • AAFIFautomated air facility information file
  • AAFSamphibious assault fuel system
  • AAFSFamphibious assault fuel supply facility
  • AAGSArmy air-ground system
  • AAIair-to-air interface
  • AAMair-to-air missile
  • AAMDC – US Army Air and Missile Defense Command
  • AAOEarrival and assembly operations element
  • AAOGarrival and assembly operations group
  • AAPAllied administrative publication
  • AAPassign alternate parent
  • AARafter action report
  • AARafter action review
  • AASArmy Apprentice School (Australia)
  • AASTaeromedical evacuation administrative support team
  • AATautomatic analog test
  • AATaviation advisory team
  • AAUanalog applique unit
  • AAVamphibious assault vehicle
  • AAWantiair warfare
  • ABairbase
  • ABAirman Basic (USAF E-1)
  • ABCAAmerican, British, Canadian, Australian Armies Program
  • ABCSArmy Battle Command System
  • ABDairbase defense
  • ABFCadvanced base functional component
  • ADFAustralian Defence Force (Australia)
  • ADFAAustralian Defence Force Academy (Australia)
  • ADFCAustralian Defence Force Cadets (Australia)
  • ADOSActive Duty, Operational Support
  • ADSWActive Duty, Special Work
  • AFIAwaiting Further Instruction
  • AFOAnother Fucking Observer
  • AFOSIAir Force Office of Special Investigations
  • AHAAmmunitionHoldingArea
  • AIMAirborne Intercept Missile (U.S. military)
  • AIPDArmy Institute For Professional Development
  • AIRTCAir Training Corps (former name for the Australian Air Force Cadets)
  • AITAdvanced Individual Training (U.S. Army)
  • AmnAirman (USAF E-2)
  • ALCONAll CONcerned (U.S. military)
  • AMUAicraft Maintenance Unit
  • AMXGAircraft Maintenance Group
  • AMXSAircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • AnAntonov (Russian)
  • ANZACAustralian and New Zealand Army Corps
  • AOLAbsent Over Leave (U.S. Navy)
  • AOArea of Operations
  • A&Padministrative and personnel
  • APArmor-Piercing
  • APCArmored Personnel Carrier
  • APFSDSArmour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
  • APOArmy Post Office; See also FPO
  • APPNAppropriation Number (U.S. Military)
  • APRTArmy Physical Readiness Test (U.S. Army)
  • ARAAustralian Regular Army (Australia)
  • AResArmy Reserve (Australia)
  • ARMAnti-Radar Missile
  • ARMAnti-Radiation Missile
  • ARMSAutomated Recruit Management System (U.S. military)
  • ARMSAviation Resource Management System (USAF)
  • ARTAlarm Response Team (USAF)
  • ARVNArmy of the Republic of (South) Viet Nam (U.S. Military)
  • ASAPArmy Substance Abuse Program (U.S. military)
  • ASAPAs Soon As Possible
  • ASEANAssociation of South East Asian Nations
  • ASMAir to Surface Missile
  • ASMAnti-Ship Missile
  • ASVAnti-Surface Vessel (airborne radar)
  • ASWAnti-Submarine Warfare
  • ATCAir Training Corps
  • ATCAir Traffic Control
  • ATOAir Tasking Order
  • ATOAntiterrorism Officer
  • ATTRSArmy Training Requirements And Resources Development
  • AWOLAbsent Without OfficialLeave

BEdit

  • BAMCISBegin planning Arrange Recon Make the plan Complete the plan Issue the order Supervise (US Navy Seabees)
  • BAR - Browning Automatic Rifle
  • BAUBehavioural Analysis Unit
  • BCGBirth Control Glasses (U.S. Military)
  • BCTBasic Combat Training (U.S. Army)
  • BDFBarbados Defence Force (Barbados)
  • BeBeriev (Russian)
  • BEABudget Execution Authority (U.S. Navy)
  • BGHRBy God He's Right (U.S Military)
  • BOHICABend Over Here It Comes Again (US Military)
  • BRACBase Realignment And Closure Comission
  • BRATBorn RaisedAndTransferred (refers to dependent children of military personnel)
  • BUB - Battle Update Brief
  • BVRBeyond Visual Range (USAF)

CEdit

  • C1Command
  • C2Command And Control
  • C3Command Control And Communication
  • C4IRCommand Control Communication Computers Intelligence And Recognition
  • CACCommon Access Card (U.S. DoD, pron. "cac")
  • CAGCommander, Air Group (U.S. Navy, pron. "cag")
  • CAGECommercial and Government Entity
  • CASClose Air Support
  • CASEXCoordinated Antil-Submarine EXercise
  • CATCombat Application Tourniquets
  • CBRNChemical Biological Nuclear Radiological
  • CBUCluster Bomb Unit
  • CCIRCommanders Critical Information Requirements
  • CDIACCarbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
  • CDRUSPACOM Commander United States Pacific Command
  • CENTCOMCentral Command (U.S. Military)
  • CFCluster Fuck (always pronounced phonetically "Charlie Foxtrot")
  • CIACentral Intelligence Agency
  • CICCommand Intelligence Center (U.S. Navy)
  • CINCLANTCommander-in-chief, Atlantic Forces (U.S. Navy before 2002)
  • CINCLANTFLTCommander-in-chief, Atlantic Fleet (U.S. Navy before 2002)
  • CINCPACCommander-in-chief, Pacific Forces (U.S. Navy before 2002)
  • CIWSClose-In Weapon System
  • CMSgtChief Master Sergeant (USAF E-9; highest AF enlisted rank)
  • CMSAFChief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (USAF E-9 – Senior Enlisted Member)
  • COCommanding Officer
  • COCompany
  • COACourse of Action
  • COCOMCombatant Commander
  • CODELSCongressional Delegations
  • COMINTCommunications Intelligence
  • COMPACFLTCommander, Pacific Fleet (U.S. Navy)
  • CONUSContinental United States (U.S. military, pron. "cone-us")
  • CONUSAContinental United States Army (numbered Armies of U.S. military)
  • CORDS – (U.S. military, Vietnam era)
  • CoSChief of Staff
  • CPLCorporal (U.S. Army and Marine Corps E-4)
  • CPOChief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-7)
  • CPTCaptain
  • CPXCommand Post Exercise
  • CQBClose Quarters Battle
  • CRCCONUS Replacement Center (a military processing center at Fort Benning, Georgia, US)
  • CSMCommand Sergeant Major (U.S. Army E9)
  • CTCounter-terrorism Team
  • CUB - Commander Update Brief
  • CVNNuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier (NOTE: the V comes from the expression "heavier than air flying machine")
  • CZNNuclear-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)

DEdit

  • DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (U.S. Military)
  • DFACDining Facility (U.S. Military)
  • DFASDefense Finance and Accounting Service (U.S. Military)
  • DINFACDining Facility (U.S. Military)
  • DMSDefense Message System (U.S. Military)
  • DMZDemilitarized Zone
  • DoDAACDepartment of Defense Activity Address Code (U.S. Military)
  • DoDAFDepartment of Defense Architectural Framework (U.S. Military)
  • DoDICDepartment of Defense Identification Code (U.S. Military)

EEdit

  • ECPEntry Control Point
  • ELINTElectronic Intelligence
  • EPWEnemy Prisoner of War
  • EODExplosive Ordnance Disposal
  • ETAEstimated time of arrival
  • EUCOMEuropean Command (U.S. Military)
  • ExfilExfiltration
  • EMP- Electronic Magnetic Pulse

FEdit

  • FAField Artillery
  • FAKFirst Aid Kit
  • FARFederal Acquistion Regulation
  • FBCB2Force XXI Battlefield Command Brigade and Below
  • 'Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FEBAForward Edge of the Battle Area
  • FIDOFIre Direction Officer
  • FIDOFuck It, Drive On
  • FIFOFirst In First Out
  • FIGMO - Fuck You, I've Got My Orders
  • FISINTForeign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence
  • FitRepFitness Report
  • FLOTForward Line of Troops
  • FLOTUSFirst Lady of the United States (U.S. – see POTUS)
  • FM - Field Marshal
  • FMCFully Mission Capable
  • FMSFuck Me Sideways (exclamatory)
  • FNGFucking New Guy (US Military/British Army)
  • FOBForward Operating Base
  • FODForeign Object Damage (U.S.)
  • FODForeign Object Debris (U.S.)
  • FPOFleet Post Office; See also APO
  • FSAForce Structure Allowance
  • FSTEForeign Service Tour Extension
  • FTUSFull Time Unit Specialist
  • FUBARFucked Up Beyond All Recognition
  • FUBAR - Fucked Up By Army Regulations

GEdit

  • G1General Staff Level office for Personnel and Manpower
  • G2General Staff Level office for Military Intelligence
  • G3General Staff Level office for Operations and Plans
  • G4General Staff Level office for Logistics
  • G5General Staff Level office for Military/Civil Affairs
  • G6General Staff Level office for Signal and Communication
  • G7General Staff Level office for Training and Exercises
  • G8General Staff Level office for Force Development and Analysis
  • G9General Staff Level office for Civil Operations
  • GBUGuided Bomb Unit
  • GENGeneral
  • GIGeneral Issue
  • GIGOGarbage In Garbage Out
  • GOGeneral Officer
  • GOCOGovernment owned, contractor operated
  • GPMGGeneral Purpose Machine Gun
  • GPSGlobal Positioning System
  • GROM – Polish Special Operations Team (Polish Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego)
  • Gulag – The Chief Administration of Collective Labor Camps (Russian Главное Управление Лагерей, "Glavnoye Upravleniye Lagerey")

HEdit

  • HEATHigh Explosive Anti-Tank warhead
  • HMASHer Majesty's Australian Ship (Australia)
  • HMCSHer Majesty's Canadian Ship (Canada)
  • HMMWVHigh Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (U.S. Military)
  • HMNZSHer Majesty's New Zealand Ship (New Zealand)
  • HMSHans Majestäts Skepp (His Majesty's ship, Sweden)
  • HMSHer Majesty's Ship (Royal Navy) (His Majesty's Ship if King)
  • HOMSECHomeland Security
  • HUMINTHuman Intelligence
  • HYTHigh Year Tenure (USAF)

IEdit

  • IAFIndian Air Force
  • IAFIsraeli Air Force
  • ICBMIntercontinental Ballistic Missile
  • IEDImprovised Explosive Device
  • IFAKIndividual First Aid Kit
  • IFFIdentification Friend or Foe
  • IFFIntroduction to Fighter Fundamentals (USAF)
  • IFVInfantry Fighting Vehicle
  • INSCOM – United States Army Intelligence and Security Command
  • IlIlyushin
  • InterpolInternational Criminal Police Organization
  • ISOInter School Course
  • ISRIntelligence, Surveillance, and Reconaissance
  • IYAOYASIf You Aint Ordnance You Aint Shit

JEdit

  • JETDSJoint Electronics Type Designation System
  • JSTARJoint Surveillance Target Acquisition Radar
  • JSOCJoint Special Operations Command

KEdit

  • KIAKilled In Action
  • KPKitchen Police or Kitchen Patrol

LEdit

  • LAAD Low Altitude Air Defense
  • LCDR – Lieutenant Commander (US Navy)
  • LCPL – Lance Corporal (US Marines)
  • LGOPLittle Group Of Paratroopers
  • LLMFLost Like a Mother Fucker
  • LT – Lieutenant
  • LTC or Lt Col – Lieutenant Colonel
  • LTG or Lt Gen – Lieutenant General
  • LTJG – Lieutenant, Junior Grade (US Navy)
  • LZLanding Zone

MEdit

  • MARCORSYSCOMMARine CORps SYStems COMmand (U.S. Military)
  • MARFORRESMARine FORces REServe (U.S. Marine Corps)
  • MAW Maximum Allowable Weight
  • MBTMain Battle Tank
  • MCENMarine Corps Enterprise Network (U.S. Military)
  • MCEITSMarine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Service (U.S. Military)
  • MCPOMaster Chief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-9)
  • MFAMinistry of Foreign Affairs
  • MGMajor General
  • MiMil Moscow Helicopter Plant (Russian)
  • MIAMissing In Action
  • MedEvacMedical Evacuation
  • MICVMechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle
  • MiGMikoyan-Gurevich (Russian)
  • MKMark
  • MKMachinery Technician (U.S. Coast Guard)
  • MOAMilitary Operating Area (USAF Airspace)
  • MOABMassive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (U.S. military)
  • MOBMain Operating Base
  • MOBCOMMOBile COMmand
  • MOPPMission Oriented Protective Posture
  • MPDSMilitary Planning Data Allowance
  • MRAPMine Resistant Ambush Protected
  • MREMeal Ready to Eat (U.S. Military)
  • MRXMission Rehearsal Exercise
  • MSgtMaster Sergeant (USAF E-7)
  • MTOEModified Table Of Organizational Equipment
  • MTS+Movement Tracking System Plus
  • MSDC+Marine Science Diving Club (Diving Club Of Hasanudin University)

NEdit

  • NAFTANorth American Free Trade Agreement
  • NASNaval Air Station
  • NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • NCISNaval Criminal Investigative Service (U.S. Navy)
  • NCONon-Commissioned Officer
  • NMCNot Mission Capable
  • NMCINaval Marine Corps Internet (U.S. Navy)
  • NNMSANon-Nuclear Munitions Storage Area

OEdit

  • OBEOvercome by Events (DoD)
  • OCONUS – Trespassing Outside Continental United States
  • OFOOut Fucking Off
  • OFPOwn Fucking Program
  • OMOn the Move (Normally just spelled out Oscar Mike)
  • O&M, MCOperations & Maintenance, Marine Corps (U.S. Navy)
  • O&M, NOperations & Maintenance, Navy (U.S. Navy)
  • OODAObserve, Orient, Decide, And Act
  • ORMOperational Risk Management
  • OSMOh Shit Moment (U.S. Marine Corps)
  • OPSECOperations Security
  • OTVOuter Tactical Vest

PEdit

  • PACOMPacific Command
  • PDSPermanent Duty Station (U.S. Military)
  • PDTPre-Deployment Training
  • PFCPrivate First Class (U.S. Military)
  • PFTPhysical Fitness Test
  • PLTPlatoon (U.S. Army)
  • PMCPartially Mission Capable
  • PMEProfessional Military Education
  • PMSPlanned Maintenance Schedule (U.S. Navy)
  • POPost Office
  • PO1Petty Officer 1st Class (USCG/USN E-6)
  • PO2Petty Officer 2nd Class (USCG/USN E-5)
  • PO3Petty Officer 3rd Class (USCG/USN E-4)
  • POBCAKProblem Occurs Between Chair And Keyboard
  • POCPoint Of Contact
  • POTUSPresident of the United States
  • POGPerson Other than Grunt (All Branches save Air Force)
  • POWPrisoner Of War
  • POVPrivately Owned Vehicle
  • PRPPersonll ReliabilityProgram
  • PRPPretty Retarted Program
  • PRTProvincial Reconstruction Team
  • PTPhysical Training
  • PV2Private 2nd class (U.S. Army E-2)
  • PVTPrivate (U.S. Army and Marine Corps E-1)

REdit

  • RAAFRoyal Australian Air Force (Australia)
  • RAFRoyal Air Force (UK)
  • RANRoyal Australian Navy (Australia)
  • RCSCRoyal Canadian Sea Cadets (Canada)
  • REMFRear Echelon Mother Fucker
  • RFLResponse Force Leader
  • RFPRequest for Proposal (U.S.)
  • RMCRoyal Military College of Canada (Canada) in Kingston, Ontario
  • RNRoyal Navy (UK)
  • ROERules Of Engagement
  • ROWPUReverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit
  • RNZAFRoyal New Zealand Air Force (New Zealand)
  • RPGRocket-Propelled Grenade
  • RPMRounds per minute
  • RSRatShit (Australia – related to US – Unserviceable)
  • RSSRegional Security System (Caribbean)
  • RTBReturn To Base
  • RVRendez-Vous

SEdit

  • SASeaman Apprentice (USCG/USN E-2)
  • SASSpecial Air Service (British special forces)
  • SAASStandard Army Ammunition System (U.S. Army)
  • SAMSurface-to-air Missile
  • SARSSStandard Army Retail Supply System (U.S. Army)
  • SCPOSenior Chief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-8)
  • SEALSea, Air and Land (US Navy SEALs)
  • SFCSergeant First Class (U.S. Army E7)
  • SGMSergeant Major (U.S. Army E9 – Sometimes referred to as Staff Sergeant Major)
  • SGTSergeant (U.S. Army E5)(U.S. Marines uses Sgt)
  • SITREPSituation Report
  • SMASergeant Major of the Army (U.S. Army E9 – Senior Enlisted Member)
  • SMSgtSenior Master Sergeant (USAF E-8)
  • SNSeaman (USCG/USN E-3)
  • SNAFUSituation Normal: All Fucked Up
  • SOCOM – United States Special Operations Command
  • SOFAStatus of Forces Agreement
  • SOPStandard Operating Procedures
  • SOSShit On a Shingle, or creamed chipped beef on toast.
  • SPC – Specialist (U.S. Army E-4)
  • SRSeaman Recruit (USCG/USN E-1)
  • SrASenior Airman (USAF E-4)
  • SSDD - Same Shit Different Day
  • SSGStaff Sergeant (US Army E-6)
  • SSgtStaff Sergeant (US Air Force E-5)(U.S. Marines E-6)
  • SOL Shit Out of Luck (US Army)
  • SUSFU - Situation Unchanged, Still Fucked Up

TEdit

  • TADTemporary Additional Duty (U.S. Military)
  • TBD - To Be Determined
  • TDYTemporary Duty (U.S. Military)
  • TFOAThings Falling Off Aircraft
  • TICTroops In Contact
  • TSgtTechnical Sergeant (USAF E-6)
  • TUTits Up (Dead, Inoperable), a.k.a. "tango uniform"
  • TARFUThings Are Really Fucked Up, or Totally And Royally Fucked Up

UEdit

  • UAUnauthorized Absence
  • UASUnmanned Aerial System
  • UAVUnmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • UCAVUnmanned Combat Air Vehicle
  • ULLSUnit Level Logisitics System (U.S. Army)
  • UMAUnit Mobilization Assistor
  • UNUnited Nations
  • USUnserviceable
  • USSSUnited States Secret Service
  • USAFUnited States Air Force
  • USAFEUnited States Air Forces in Europe
  • USA PATRIOT ActUniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act
  • USARECUS Army REcruiting Command
  • USAREURUS Army European Command
  • USMCUnited States Marine Corps
  • USNUnited States Navy
  • USOUnited Service Organizations (U.S. Military)
  • USRUnit Status Report
  • UUVUnmanned Underwater Vehicle
  • UXBUnexploded Bomb (bomb disposal; British)
  • UXOUnexploded Ordanance

VEdit

  • VBIEDVehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device
  • VDMVisual Distinguishing Mark
  • VFDVolunteer Fire Department
  • VFRVolunteer Fire and Rescue

WEdit

  • WIAWounded In Action
  • WO1Warrant Officer 1
  • WSAWeapons Storage Area
  • WMDWeapons of Mass Destruction
  • WILCO - WILl COmply

XEdit

  • XO – Executive Officer

ZEdit

  • ZZulu time/Zulu hours
  • ZEPZeppelin

See alsoEdit

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