Do you ever wonder what your service member is trying to say? Here is a list of popular military acronyms!
AAR – After Action Report
AAR – After Action Review
AFI – Air Force Instruction.
AO – Area Of Operations
APO – Army Post Office
APRT – Army Physical Readiness Test (U.S. Army)
ASAP – Army Substance Abuse Program (U.S. Military)
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
AWOL – Absent With Out Leave
BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing
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
BN – Battalion (U.S. Army)
BDE – Brigade (U.S. Army)
BX - Base Exchange (Air Force)
CENTCOM – Central Command (U.S. Military)
Chief – Chief Warrant Officer
CM – Continue Mission.
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
Col – Colonel
COMSEC – Communication Security
CONUS – Continental United States (U.S. military, pron. "cone-us")
CPL – Corporal (U.S. Army and Marine Corps E-4)
CPO – Chief Petty Officer (USCG/USN E-7)
CPT – Captain (US Army O-3)
CP – Check Point (Usually Numbered i.e. "CP1")
CWO – Chief Warrant Officer
DFAC – Dining Facility.
DFAS – Defense Finance and Accounting Service (U.S. Military)
DONSA – Day of no scheduled activity. A U.S. Army acronym.
ENDEX – End Exercise. Used by the U.S. Army.
EOD – Explosive Ordnance Disposal
ETA – Estimated time of arrival
ETS – Estimated Termination of Service
FAN – Forward Air Navigator.
FISH – Fighting In someone's House. Acronym describing urban warfare.
FTA – In the U.S.M.C.: Failure to Adapt. A reason why recruits may fail out of basic.
GPS – Global Positioning System
HANO – High Altitude, No Opening. Refers to a parachute jump where the parachute fails to deploy. This is usually a fatal situation.
HIC – Head in Clouds/Concrete. Used to describe officers who insist on ineffective courses of action.
HQ - Headquarters
HHB – Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
HHC – Headquarters and Headquarters Company
HHT – Headquarters and Headquarters Troop
ID – IDentification
IED – Improvised Explosive Device
IG – Inspector General (US Military)
KIA – Killed In Action
KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.
LT – Lieutenant
LTC or Lt Col – Lieutenant Colonel
LTG or Lt Gen – Lieutenant General
MAJ – Major
MIA – Missing In Action
MRE – Meal Ready to Eat. A 3,600 calorie meal packaged in a wrapper.
MSG – Master Sergeant (US Army E-8)
MSgt – Master Sergeant (USAF E-7)
NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer
NCOIC – Non Commissioned Officer in Charge
NLT – No Later Than
OCONUS – Outside Continental United States
OCS – Officer Candidate School
OIC – Officer in Charge
OIG – Office of Inspector General
PCS – Permanent Change of Station
PFT – Physical Fitness Test
PII – Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Identity Information
PL – Platoon Leader (U.S. Army)
PLT – Platoon (U.S. Army)
PMCS – Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services.
PMS – Preventative Maintenance Scheduled.
POV – Privately Owned Vehicle.
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)
RCPO – Recruit Chief Petty Officer. Pronounced "are-pock." Not inherently derogatory, but may be used in a dismissive way.
ROAD – Retired On Active Duty. Generally refers to any service member who is lazy and ineffective, typically those weeks or months away from leaving the military.
RTB – Return to Base.
SA – Situational Awareness.
SFC – Sergeant First Class (U.S. Army E7)
SGM – Sergeant Major (U.S. Army E9 – Sometimes referred to as Staff Sergeant Major)
SGT – Sergeant (U.S. Army E5) (U.S. Marines uses Sgt)
SITREP – Situation Report
SOCOM – Special Operations Command.
SOP – Standard Operating Procedures
SP – Start Point. A U.S. Army term.
SPC – Specialist (U.S. Army E-4)
SSG – Staff Sergeant (US Army E-6)
SSgt – Staff Sergeant (US Air Force E-5) (U.S. Marines E-6)
TBD – To Be Determined
TDY – Temporary Duty (U.S. Military)
TOC – Tactical Operations Center
IC – Troops In Contact
TS – Top Secret.
TSgt – Technical Sergeant (USAF E-6)
USO – United Service Organizations (U.S. Military)
WIA – Wounded In Action
WO1 – Warrant Officer 1
XO – Executive Officer