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List of government and military acronyms

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

0–9

  • 1LT - First Lieutenant (U.S. Army)
  • 2LT - Second Lieutenant (U.S. Army)

A

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  • A - analog
  • A2C2 - Army airspace command and control
  • A-3 - (Operations Directorate (COMAFFOR))
  • A-5 - (Plans Directorate (COMAFFOR))
  • AA - Anti-Aircraft
  • AA - assessment agent
  • AA - avenue of approach
  • AAA - antiaircraft artillery
  • AAA - arrival and assembly area
  • AAA - assign alternate area
  • AAAS - amphibious aviation assault ship
  • AABB - American Association of Blood Banks
  • AABWS - amphibious assault bulk water system
  • AAC - activity address code
  • AAC - Army Air Corps (British)
  • AAC - Australian Army Cadets (Australia)
  • 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
  • ABCA - American, British, Canadian, Australian Armies Program
  • ABCS - Army Battle Command System
  • ABD - airbase defense
  • ABFC - advanced base functional component
  • ADF - Australian Defence Force (Australia)
  • ADFA - Australian Defence Force Academy (Australia)
  • ADFC - Australian Defence Force Cadets (Australia)
  • ADOS - Active Duty Other Services
  • ADSW - Active Duty Special Work
  • AFI - Awaiting Further Instruction
  • AFO - Another Fucking Observer
  • AFOSI - Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • AIM - Airborne Intercept Missile (U.S. military)
  • AIPD - Army Institute For Professional Development
  • AIRTC - Air Training Corps (former name for the Australian Air Force Cadets)
  • AIT - Advanced Individual Training (U.S. Army)
  • An - Antonov (Russian)
  • ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
  • AOL - Absent Over Leave (U.S. Navy)
  • A&P - administrative and personnel
  • AP - Armor-Piercing
  • APC - Armored Personnel Carrier
  • APFSDS - Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
  • APO AE - Army Post Office Armies in Europe
  • APPN - Appropriation Number (U.S. Military)
  • APRT - Army Physical Readiness Test (U.S. Army)
  • ARA - Australian Regular Army (Australia)
  • ARes - Army Reserve (Australia)
  • ARM - Anti-Radar Missile
  • ARM - Anti-Radiation Missile
  • ARMS - Automated Recruit Management System (U.S. military)
  • 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 (U.S. military)
  • ASEAN - Association of South East Asian Nations
  • ASM - Air to Surface Missile
  • ASM - Anti-Ship Missile
  • ASV - Anti-Surface Vessel (airborne radar)
  • ATO - Antiterrorism Officer
  • ATTRS - Army Training Requirements And Resources Development
  • AWOL - Absent Without Leave

B

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  • BCT - Basic Combat Training (U.S. Army)
  • BDF - Barbados Defence Force (Barbados)
  • Be - Beriev (Russian)
  • BEA - Budget Execution Authority (U.S. Navy)
  • BOHICA - Bend Over Here It Comes Again (US Military)

C

  • C1 - Command
  • C2 - Command And Control
  • C3 - Command Control And Communication
  • C4IR - Command Control Communication Computers Intelligence And Recognition
  • CAC - Common Access Card (DoD)
  • CAG - Commander, Air Group (U.S.)
  • CAGE - Commercial and Government Entity
  • CAS - Close Air Support
  • CAT - Combat Application Tourniquets
  • CCIR - Commanders Critical Information Requirements
  • CDIAC - Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
  • CENTCOM - Central Command (U.S. Military)
  • CF - Cluster Fuck
  • CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
  • CIC - Command Intelligence Center (U.S. Navy)
  • CINCLANT - Commander-in-chief, Atlantic Forces (U.S. Navy)
  • CINCLANTFLT - Commander-in-chief, Atlantic Fleet (U.S. Navy)
  • CINCPAC - Commander-in-chief, Pacific Forces (U.S. Navy)
  • CIWS - Close-In Weapon System
  • CO - Commanding Officer
  • CO - Company
  • CODELS - Congressional Delegations
  • CONUS - Continental United States (U.S. military)
  • CORDS - (U.S. military, Vietnam era)
  • COS - Chief of Staff
  • CPT - Captain
  • CPX - Command Post Exercise
  • CQB - Close Quarters Battle
  • CSM - Command Sergeant Major (U.S. Army E9)
  • CT - Counter-terrorism Team
  • CVN - Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier (NOTE: the V comes from the expression "heavier than air flying machine")
  • 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

  • DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (U.S. Military)
  • DFAS - Defense Finance and Accounting Service (U.S. Military)
  • DMS - Defense Message System (U.S. Military)
  • DMZ - Demilitarized Zone
  • DoDAF - Department of Defense Architectural Framework

E

  • EOD - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • ETA - Estimated time of arrival
  • EUCOM - European Command (U.S. Military)
  • Exfil - Exfiltration

F

  • FA - Field Artillery
  • FAR - Federal Acquistion Regulation
  • FBCB2 - Force XXI Battlefield Command Brigade and Below
  • FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FEBA - Forward Edge of the Battle Area
  • FLOT - Forward Line of Troops
  • FLOTUS - First Lady of the United States (U.S. – see POTUS)
  • FNG - Fucking New Guy
  • FOB - Forward Operating Base
  • FOD - Foreign Object Damage (U.S.)
  • FOD - Foreign Object Debris (U.S.)
  • FSA - Force Structure Allowance
  • FSTE - Foreign Service Tour Extension
  • FTUS - Full Time Unit Specialist
  • FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Repair
  • FUBAR - Fucked Up Beyond All Repair

G

  • G1 - General Staff Level office for Personnel and Manpower
  • G2 - General Staff Level office for Military Intelligence
  • G3 - General Staff Level office for Operations and Plans
  • G4 - General Staff Level office for Logistics
  • G5 - General Staff Level office for Military/Civil Affairs
  • G6 - General Staff Level office for Signal and Communication
  • G7 - General Staff Level office for Training and Exercises
  • G8 - General Staff Level office for Force Development and Analysis
  • G9 - General Staff Level office for Civil Operations
  • GEN - General
  • GI - General Issue
  • GO - General Officer
  • GOCO - Government owned, contractor operated
  • GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun
  • GPS - Global Positioning S ystem
  • 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")

H

I

  • IAF - Indian Air Force
  • IAF - Israeli Air Force
  • ICBM - Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
  • IED - Improvised Explosive Device
  • IFF - Identification Friend or Foe
  • IFV - Infantry Fighting Vehicle
  • Il - Ilyushin
  • Interpol - International Criminal Police Organization
  • ISO - Inter School Course

J

  • JETDS - Joint Electronics Type Designation System

K

  • KIA - Killed In Action

L

  • LZ- Landing Zone

M

  • MARCORSYSCOM - MARine CORps SYStems COMmand (U.S. Military)
  • MBT - Main Battle Tank
  • MCEN - Marine Corps Enterprise Network (U.S. Military)
  • MCEITS - Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Service (U.S. Military)
  • MFA - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • MG - Major General
  • Mi - Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (Russian)
  • MIA - Missing In Action
  • MICV - Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle
  • MiG - Mikoyan-Gurevich (Russian)
  • MOAB - Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (U.S. military)
  • MOB - Main Operating Base
  • MPDS - Military Planning Data Allowance
  • MRAP - Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
  • MRE - Meal Ready to Eat (U.S. Military)
  • MRX - Mission Rehearsal Exercise
  • MTOE - Modified Table Of Organizational Equipment
  • MTS+ - Movement Tracking System Plus

N

  • NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement
  • NAS - Naval Air Station
  • NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • NCIS - Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • NMC - Not Mission Capable
  • NMCI - Naval Marine Corps Internet (U.S. Navy)

O

  • OBE - Overcome by Events (DoD)
  • OCONUS - Outside Continental United States
  • OFO - Out Fucking Off
  • 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
  • OPSEC - Operations Security
  • OTV - Outer Tactical Vest

P

  • PACOM - Pacific Command
  • PFT - Physical Fitness Test
  • PLT - Platoon (U.S. Army)
  • PME - Professional Military Education
  • PMS - Planned Maintenance Schedule (U.S. Navy)
  • PO - Post Office
  • POTUS - President of the United States
  • POG - Person Other than Grunt (All Branches save Air Force)
  • POW - Prisoner Of War
  • PT - Physical Training

R

  • RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force (Australia)
  • RAF - Royal Air Force (UK)
  • RAN - Royal Australian Navy (Australia)
  • RCSC - Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (Canada)
  • RFP - Request for Proposal (U.S.)
  • RMC - Royal Military College of Canada (Canada) in Kingston, Ontario
  • RN - Royal Navy (UK)
  • RNZAF - Royal New Zealand Air Force (New Zealand)
  • RPG - Rocket-Propelled Grenade
  • RPM - Rounds per minute
  • RSS - Regional Security System (Caribbean)
  • RV - Rendez-Vous

S

  • SAAS - Standard Army Ammunition System (U.S. Army)
  • SAM - Surface-to-air Missile
  • SARSS - Standard Army Retail Supply System (U.S. Army)
  • SEAL - Sea, Air and Land (US Navy SEALs)
  • 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))
  • SITREP - Situation Report
  • SMA - Sergeant Major of the Army (U.S. Army E9 - Senior Enlisted Member)
  • SNAFU - Situation Normal: All Fucked Up
  • SOCOM - United States Special Operations Command
  • SOL - Shit Out of Luck
  • SOP - Standard Operating Procedures
  • SOS - Shit On a Shingle
  • SSG - Staff Sergeant (US Army E6))

T

  • TAD - Temporary Additional Duty (U.S. Military)
  • TDY - Temporary Duty (U.S. Military)
  • TFOA - Things Falling Off Aircraft
  • TU - Tits Up (Dead)

U

  • UA - Unauthorized Absence
  • UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • UCAV - Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
  • ULLS - Unit Level Logisitics System (U.S. Army)
  • UMA - Unit Mobilization Assistor
  • UN - United Nations
  • US - Unserviceable
  • USAF - United States Air Force
  • USAFE - United States Air Forces in Europe
  • USA PATRIOT Act - Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act
  • USAREC - US Army REcruiting Command
  • USAREUR - US Army European Command
  • USMC - United States Marine Corps
  • USN - United States Navy
  • USO - United Service Organizations (U.S. Military)
  • USR - Unit Status Report
  • UUV - Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
  • UXB - Unexploded Bomb (bomb disposal; British)

V

  • VBIED - Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device
  • VDM - Visual Distinguishing Mark
  • VFD - Volunteer Fire Department

W

  • WIA - Wounded In Action
  • WO1 - Warrant Officer 1

Z

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