Military Acronyms - Air Force

Acronym Defintion
A/C Aircraft
A1C Airman First Class
A2C Airman Second Class
A3C Airman Third Class
AADS Alaskan Air Defense Sector
AAFES Army and Air Force Exchange Service
AB Air Base
AB Airman Basic
ABDR Aircraft Battle Damage Repair
ABM Air Battle Manager
ABU Airman Battle Uniform
ABW Air Base Wing
ACA Airspace Control Authority
ACC Air Combat Command
ACOT Advanced Communications Officer Training
ACSC Air Command and Staff College
ACW Air Control Wing
ADC Aerospace Defense Command
ADC Area Defense Counsel
ADCON Administrative Control
ADP Airman Development Plan
ADPE Automated Data Processing Equipment
ADR Airfield Damage Repair
ADSC Active Duty Service Commitment
AEF Aerospace Expeditionary Force
AEF Air Expenditionary Force
AES Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
AETC Air Eduction and Training Command
AEW Air Expeditionary Wing
AF2IC Airforce Command and Control Integration Center
AFA Air Force Academy
AFA Air Force Association
AFAA Air Force Audit Association
AFAM Air Force Achievement Medal
AFAMS Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation
AFB Air Force Base
AFCA Air Force Communications Agency
AFCAA Air Force Cost Analysis Agency
AFCAT Air Force Catalog
AFCEC Air Force Civil Engineering Center
AFCENT Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment
AFCENT Air Forces Central
AFCESA Air Force Civil Engineering Support Agency
AFCFM Air Force Career Field Manager
AFCLC Air Force Culture and Learning Center
AFCM Air Force Commendation Medal
AFDC Air Force Doctine Center
AFDW Air Force District of Washington
AFE Aircrew Flight Equipment
AFETS Air Force Engineering and Technical Services
AFFMA Air Force Frequency Management Agency
AFFSA Air Force Financial Services Center
AFFSA Air Force Flight Standards Agency
AFGSC Air Force Global Strike Command
AFH Air Force Handbook
AFHRA Air Force Historical Research Agency
AFI Air Force Instruction; or as a duty status, awaiting further instructions
AFIA Air Force Inspection Agenct
AFIAA Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency
AFIS Air Force Inspection System
AFISRA Air Force Intelligence, Survelliance and Reconnaissance Agency
AFIT Air Force Institute of Technology
AFLC Air Force Logistics Command
AFLMA Air Force Logistics Management Agency
AFLOA Air Force Legal Operations Agency
AFMA Air Force Manpower Agency
AFMAN Air Force Manual
AFMC Air Force Material Command
AFMOA Air Force Medical Operations Agency
AFMPC Air Force Military Personnel Center
AFMS Air Force Medical Service or Air Force Manpower Standards
AFMSA Air Force Medical Support Agency
AFNIC Air Force Network Integration Center
AFNOC Air Force Network Operations Center
AFNORTH Air Forces Northern
AFNSEPO AirForce National Security Emergency Preparedness Office
AFNWCA Air Force Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency
AFOG Air Force Operations Group
AFOQT Air Force Officer Qualifing Tese
AFOTEC Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
AFPAA Air Force Public Affairs Agency
AFPAM Air Force Pamphlet
AFPC Air Force Personnel Center
AFPCA Air Force Pentagon Communications
AFPD Air Force Policy Directive
AFPEO Air Force Program Executive Office
AFPET Air Force Petroleum Agency
AFPOA Air Force Personnel Operations Agency
AFRBA Air Force Boards Agency
AFRC Air Force Reserve Command
AFRIMS Air Force Records Information Management System
AFRL Air Force Research Lab
AFROTC Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
AFRPA Air Force Real Property Agency
AFS Air Force Station
AFSA Air Force Sergeants Association
AFSC Air Force Safety Center
AFSC Air Force Specialty Code
AFSC Air Force Systems Command
AFSFC Air Force Security Forces Center
AFSO 21 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century
AFSOC Air Force Special Operations Command
AFSOUTH Air Forces Southern
AFSPC Air Force Space Command
AFSVA Air Forces Services Agency
AFT Alert Fire Team
AFTO Air Force Technical Order
AFVA Air Force Visual Aids
AFVEC Air Force Virtual Education Center
AFWA Air Force Weather Agency
AG (TAG) Adjutant General (The)
AGE Aerospace Ground Equimpent
AGE Ranger An AGE Technician
AGOW Air Ground Operations Wing
AGS Aircraft Generation Squadron
AGSM Anti-G Straining Maneuver
AKRAOC Alaska Region Air Operations Center
ALCM Air Launched Cruise Missle
ALCON All cConcerned
ALO Air Liason Officer
ALS Airman Leadership School
AMC Air Mobility Command
AMJAMS Automated Militart Justice Analysis and Management System
AMMO Troop Munitions Systems Technician AMMO (U.S. Air Force)
AMMS Airborn Missle Maintenance Squadron Missle Badge
Amn Airman
AMS Academy of Military Science
AMT Aircraft Metals Technology
AMW Air Mobility Wing
AMXS Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
ANG Air National Guard
ANR Alaskan NORAD Region
AO Authorized Outage
AOC Air and Space Operations Center
AOG Aircraft On Ground
AP Air Police (Obsolete term; see SF)
ARI Alcohol Related Incident
ARRS Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (Obsolete Term)
ARS Air Rescue Squadron (Obsolete Term; see RQS)
ART AEF (Air Expenditionary Force) Reporting Tool
ART Armed or Alarm Response Team
ARW Air Refueling Wing
AS Air Station
AS Airlift Squadron
ASAFA United States Air Force Academy
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASBC Air and Space Basic Course
ASI Authorized Service Interruption
ASR Airport Survelliance Radar
ATAG Assistant to the Adjuctant General
ATC Air Traffic Control
ATC Air Training Command
ATCALS Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems
ATO Aint-Terrorism Officer
ATO Air Tasking Order
AU Air University
AU-ABC Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative
AW Airlift Wing
AWACS A War Against Common Sense
AWACS Airborne Warning and Control System (on E-3 Sentry aircraft)
AWC Air War College
AWOL Absent Without Leave
AWP Awaiting Parts
BAH Basic Allowance for Housing
BAQ Bachelor Airman Quarters
BAS Basic Allowance for Substitence
BASH Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard
BCOT Basic Communications Officer Training
BDOC Basic Defense Operations Center
BDU Battle Dress Uniform
BEQ Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
BFM Basic Fighter Maneuvers
BFT Blue Force Tracking
BIT BystanderIntervention Training
BITC Base Information Transfer Center
BITS Base Information Transfer System
BLUF Bottom Line Up Front
BMT Basic Military Training
BOHICA Bend Over, Here it Comes Again
BONE Nickname for the B-1 Lancer, as in B-One"
BOQ Bachelor Officer Quarters
BOS Base Operating Support
BOT Basic Officer Training
Box Nasty A sandwich & snack meal in a cardboard box handed out for long flights
BPZ Below Primary Zone
BRAC Base Realignment and Closure
Brig Gen Brigadier General
BRM Base Records Manager
BS Bomb Squadron
BSA Basic Surface Attack
BTZ Below the zone
BUFF Big Ugly Fat F------ (Slang Nickname for Boeing B-52 Stratofortress)
BW Bomb Wing
BX Base Exchange (see AAFES)
C-Day The unnamed day on which a deployment operation begins or is to begin
C2 Command and Control
C4ISR Command, Control, Communications, Compputers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
CA Combat Arms
CAF Combat Air Force
CAFSC Control Air Force Specialty Code
CAI Computer Aided Instruction
CAMS Core Automated Maintenance System
CAN Computer Network Attack
CAOC Combined Air and Space Operations Center
CAP Civil Air Patrol
Capt Captain
CAS Close Air Support
CAST Combat Airman Skills Training
CAT Camper Alert Team (Security Forces, Missle Field Security)
CAT Crisis Action Team
CATM Combat Arms Training and Maintenance
CBCS Combat Communications Squadron
CBMC Communications Battlespace Management Course
CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives
CBT Computer Based Training
CC Commander
CCAF Community Colege of the Air Force
CCE Executive Order
CCF First Sergeant
CCT Combat Control
CD Deputy Commander
CDC Career Development Course
CE Civil Engineering
CEG Combat Evaluation Group
CEM Chief Enlisted Manager
CES Civil Engineering Squadron
CEVG Combat Evaluation Group
CFEPT Career Field Eductation and Training Plan
CFP Communications Focal Point
CFR Crash Fire Rescue
CFT Cockpit Familarization Trainer
CGO Company Grade Officer
CGOC Company Grade Officers' Council
Charlie Bravo Cut-Back, or being released early from duty
Charlie Foxtrot Cluster F*ck
Chief Proper term of address for Chief Master Sergeant
Chief Used by pilots to informally refer to maintenance personnel, specifically "Crew Chiefs."
CI Counterintelligence, Compliance Inspection
CISM Close in Security Mobile
CJCS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Class Six BX-Administered store where beer, wine & liquor is sold at a discounted price with no sales tax
CMASF Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
CMO Chief Medical Officer (term for senior medical officer at Military Entrance Processing Station)
CMO Civil Military Operations
CMSgt Chief Master Sergeant
CND Computer Network Defense
CND Could not Duplicate
CNO Computer Network Operations
CNT Counter Narco-Terror
Coa Course of Action
Col Colonel
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
COMAFFOR Commander, Air Force Forces
COMINT Communications Intelligence
CONOPS Concept of Operations
CONS Contracting Squadron
CONUS Continental United States
Cop Term for Air Force Security Forces Personnel
COT Commissioned Officer Training
CPF Civilian Personnel Flight
CPTS Comptroller Squadron
Crew Chief Generally used as an informal slang term for Aerospace Maintenance Personnel, AFSC 2A5.
Crew Chief More formally used to refer to an individual in charge of an aircraft maintenance related task requiring multiple people.
CRO Combat Rescue Officer
CRO COMSEC Responsible Officer
CS Communications Squadron
CSAF Chief of Staff of the Air Force
CSAR Combat Search and Rescue
CSC Central Security Control
CSO Combat Systems Officer
CSS Commander's Support Staff
CUI Combined Unit Inspection
CWO Chief Warrant Officer
D-Day The unnamed day on which operation begins or is to begin
D*ckbeaters Term referring to one's hands. Often yelled by MTIs in the form of "pin those D*ckbeaters to your side!"
DACBT Dissimilar Air Combat Training
DAFSC Duty Air Force Specialty Code
DART Dumbass Radio Troop
DAS Date Arrived Station
DBA Dirtbag Airman (An Airman who does not represent the Air Force Core Values)
DCO Defensive Cyber Operations
DEAD Destruction fo Enemy Air Defenses
DEERS Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System
Dependent A non-military spouse and/or children, entitled to a DD 1173 Military Dependent ID Card
Dependent Non-Military family member of a service member
DEROS Date Estimated Return from OverSeas
DFAC Dining Facility
DFAS Defense Finance and Accounting Service
DINSTAAR Danger is No Stranger to An AGE Ranger (see AGE)
DMSP Defense Meterogical Satelite Program
DNIF Duties Not Including Flying
DOE Date of Enlistment
Dollar Ride A pilot's first flight in an airframe
Doolie nickname for a first year Air Force Academy (AFA) cadet
DOR Date of Rank
Double Dip Full-time Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel when in a dual status and receiving income from two sources
DRSN Defense Red Switch Network
DRU Direct Reporting Unit
DSCS Defense Satelite Communications System
DSD Developmental Special Duty
DSN Defense Switched Network
DSPD Defense Support to Public Diplomacy
DT Development Team
DTS Defense Travel System
DV Distinguished Visitor
DV Visiting civilian equivalents such as GS-15, SES or politically-appointed or elected government officials
DV Visiting enlisted personnel in pay grade E-9, visiting officer personnel in pay grades O-6 through O-10
DVOQ Distinguished Visiting Officers Quarters
DVQ Distinguished Visitors Quarters
DWC Deputy Wing Chaplain
E-Var Electronic Visitor Access Request
EAD Extended Active Duty
EADS Eastern Air Defense Sector
ECM Electronic Counter Measures
ECP Entry Control Point
EELV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
EET Exercise Evaluation Team
EFMP Exceptional Family Member Program
EGI Embedded GPS/Inertial Navagation
EI Engineering & Installation
EIS Engineering & Installation Squadron
ELINT Electronic Signals Intelligence
Embrace the Suck Slang used among junior enlisted referencing they have little say in undesirable decisions
EMEDS Expeditionary Medical Support
EMSEC Emission Security
ENJJPT Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training
EO Equal Opportunity
EOC Emergency Operations Center
EOD Explosive Ordiance Disposal
EPR Enlisted Performance Report
ERCC Engine Run Crew Change
ERO Engine Running Onload/Offload
EW Electronic Warfare
EWO Electronic Warefare Officer
FA Fitness Assessment
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAB Forward Air Base
FAC Forward Air Controller
FAIP First Assignment Instructor Pilot
FAM Functional Area Manager
Farts and darts Clouds and dars embroidery found on field grade and general officers' service cap visors
Fat Albert Nickname used for the C-5A Galaxy until revoked by USAF as “derogatory”
FGO Field Grade Officer
FIGMO Frig it I Got My Orders
Fini Flight A pilot's last flight in the aircraft before he/she leaves a squadron, a wing, or retires from the Air Force
FLPP Foreign Language Profeciency Pay
FM Financial Management Controller
FMC Fully Mission Capable
FMS Field Maintenance Squadron
FMS Foreign Mission Sales
FNG Frickin New Guy
FOA Field Operating Agency
FOD Foreign Object Damage
FOUO For Official Use Only
Four Cans of Freedom Nickname for the C-130 Hercules
Four Fan Trash Can Nickname for the C-130 Hercules
FRED Fricking Ridiculous Economic Disaster (term for the C-5 Galaxy)
FS Fighter Squadron
FSB Force Shaping Board
FSS Forse Support Squadron
FTAC First Term Airman's Center
FTS Flying Training Squadron
FTU Formal Training Unit
FTW Flying Training Wing
FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
FW Fighter Wing
FYSA For Your Situational Awareness
G-LOC G-Induced Loss of Consciousness
GBS Global Broadcast Service
GC Guidance and Control
GCCS (Pronounced geeks/giks) Global Command and Control System
GCIC Global Cyberspace Integration Center
GCLM Ground Launched Cruise Missle
GDT Ground Control Station
GDT Ground Data Terminal
Gen General
GNC Guidance and Control
GO General Officer
GOCO Government Owned, Contractor Operated
GOGO Government Owned, Government Operated
GOV Government Owned Vehicle
Gp Group
GPC Government Purchase Card
GPS Global Positioning System
GSE Ground Support Equipment
GTC Government Travel Card
GWOT Global War On Terrorism
HAART Humanitarian Assistance Rapid Response Team
HAF Headquarters Air Force
HAHO High Altitude, High Opening
HALO High Altitude, Low Opening
Hanger "#" A nonexistent hangar (e.g., if there are 4 hangars, then it would be Hangar 5); heard most often over radios as slang code for latrine/bathroom/Porta John. Example: "Get me to Hangar 5!"
HARM High Speed Anti-Radiation Missle
HARM Host Aviation Resource Management
Hawg Nickname for the A-10 Thunderbolt II
HAZCON Hazardous Condition
HC Chaplain Headquarters
HIA Held in Abeyance
HO Historian's Office
HPC Historic Properties Custodian
HTS HARM Targeting System
HUA Heard, Understood, Acknowledged
HUAW Hurry Up and Wait
HUD Head's Up Display
HUMINT Human Intelligence
IA Information Assurance
IAW In Accordance With
ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic Missle
ID 10 T Problem A problem that is created by an "idiot"
IFE In-Flight Emergency
IFF Identification Friend or Foe
IFF Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals
IFFCC Integrated Flight and Fire Control Computer
IFS Introductory Flight Screening
IFT Introductory Flight Training
IG Inspector General
ILS Instrument Landing System
IMDS Integrated Maintenance Database System
IMINT Imagery Intelligence
INOP Inoperativ/Inoperable
INOSC Integrated Network Operations and Security Center
IOC Initial Operational Capability
IOIC Information Operations Integration Course
IP Information Operations
IP Insturctor Pilot
IPB Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace
IS Intelligence Squadron
ISR Intelligence, Surveilance, and Reconnaissance
ITT Information, Tickets, and Travel
IYAAWAT If You Ain't Ammo, You're Waitin' On Them
IYAAYAS If You Ain't Ammo, You Sh*t
J-STARS Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System on the E-8 JSTARS aircraft
JA Judge Advocate
JA/ATT Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training
JAOC Joint Air and Space Operations Center
JATO Jet-Assisted Take-Off
JDAM Joint Direct Attack Munition
JEEP Just Educated Enough to Post (Security Forces)
JEEP Just Enough Education to Pass
JEEP Just Entering Electronic Principals
JEIM Jet Engine Intermediate Maintenance
JFACC Joint Forces Air Component Commander
JOAP Joint Oil Analysis Program
JOPES Joint Operation Planning and Execution System
JPATS Joint Primary Air Training System
JPME Joint Professional Military Education
JPPT Joint Primary Pilot Training
JSF Joint Strike Fighter
JSOW Joint Standoff Weapon
JSUPT Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
JWICS Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System
KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
LAPES Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System
LATN Low Altitude Tactical Navigation
Lawn Dart Nickname for the F-16 Fighting Falcon or any other fast, pointy nosed, single engine fighter aircraft
LCAP Logistics Compliance Assment Program
LEAP Language Enabled Airman Program
LG Logistics Group
LGB Laser-Guided Bomb
LIFT Lead In Fighter Training
LIMFAC Limiting Factor
Linda Lovelace Reference to the G-5 Galaxy Aircraft, because it kneels and takes it from both ends
LMR Land Mobile Radio
LOA Letter of Admonishment
LOA Letter of Appreciation
LOAC Law of Armed Conflict
LOC Letter of Counseling
LOGI Logistics NCOIC (Squadron, Group, Wing)
LOR Letter of Reprimand
LOWAT Low Altitude Training
LRS Logistics Readiness Squadron
LT Familiar term for a Lieutenant, Second or First; used by those under his/her command
Lt Col Lieutenant Colonel
Lt Gen Lieutenant General
LWOP Leave Without Pay
MAC Military Airlift Command
MAF Mobility Air Force
Maj Major
Maj Gen Major General
MAJCOM Major Command
MANPADS Man-Portable Air Defense System
MARE Major Accident Response Exercise
MASINT Measurement and Signature Intelligence
MATS Military Air Transport Service (disestablished command, superseded by MAC and then AMC)
MDG Medical Group
MDS Mission Design Series of aircraft
MEO Military Equal Opportunity
MEPS Military Entrance Processing Station
METL Mission Essential Task Listing
MFLC Military and Family Life Counselor
MFT Mobile Fire Team
MICAP Mission Incapable
MICT Management Internal Control Toolset
MIF Maneuver Item File
MILDEC Military Deception
MILSTRIP Military Standard Requistioning and Issue Procedure
MLR Management Level Review
MOAB Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb/Mother of all Bombs
MOOTW Military Operations Other that War
MOS Maintenance Operation Squadron
Mosquito Wings Nickname for the Airman rank insignia
MPF Military Personnel Flight
MRE Meal Ready to Eat
MS Missle Squadron
MSG Mission Support Group
Msgt Master Sergeant
MSME Medical Standarde Management Element
MSS Mission Support Squadron
MTI Military Training Instructor
MTL Military Training Leader
Mud Hen Nickname for the F-15E Strike Eagle
MW Missle Wing
MWR Morale, Welfare and Recreation
MWS Major Weapons System
MX Maintenance
MXG Maintenance Group
MXS Maintenance Squadron
NAF Numbered Air Force
Nav Navigator, now known as a Combat Systems Officer
NCC Network Control Center
NCO Non-Commissioned Officer
NCOA Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
NCOIC Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
NCW Network Centric Warfare
NDI Nondestructive Inspection
NEADS Northeast Air Defense Sector
NGB National Guard Bureau
NIPR Non-secure Internet Protocol (IP) Router Network
NKAWTG Nobody Kicks Ass Without Tanker Gas
NMC Non Mission Capable
NMSA Non-Nuclear Munitions Storage Area
NMUSAF National Museum of the United States Air Force
Non-rated Officer USAF commissioned officer not holding an aeronautical rating
Nonner Derogatory term used by aircraft maintenance personnel when referring to enlisted and officers who are not directly involved in aircraft maintenance or manning aircraft
Nonner Non-sortie generating.
NOSC Network Operations and Security Center
NOTAM Notice to Airmen
NSI Nuclear Surety Inspection
NUB New Useless B!tch (reference for new person on station; contraction for newbie)
NVG Night Vision Goggles
OA Occupational Analysis
OA Outstanding Airman
OAPT Officer Awaiting Pilot Training
OAPTer An officer in OAPT status.
OAR Occupational Analysis Report
OAY Outstanding Airman of the Year
OAYA Outstanding Airman of the Year Award
OCO Offensive Cyber Operations
OCONUS Outside the Continental United States
OCR Office of Collateral Responsibility
OFO Out Fracking Off
OG Operations Group
OIC Officer in Command
OL Operating Location
OODA Observe Orient Decide Act
OPCON Operational Control
OPR Office of Primary Responsibility
OPR Officer Performance Report
OPSEC Operations Security
OPTN Operationalizing and Professionalizing the Network
ORI Operational Readiness Inspection
ORM Operation Risk Management
OSI Office of Special Investigation
OSR Occupational Survey Report
OSS Operations Support Squadron
OT&E Operational Test and Evaluation
OTS Officer Training School
PA Public Affairs
PACAF Pacific Air Forces
PAFSC Primary Air Force Specialty Code
PAR Precision Approach Strategist
PAS Political Affairs Strategist
PAX Air Passengers
PCS Permanent Change of Station
PDS Permanent Duty Station
Perpes Nickname for PRP, takeoff on herpes
PERSCO Personnel Support for Contingency Operations
PFE Promotion Fitness Examination
PFM Pure Frick!n' Magic; Term to refer to a technical problem that somehow resolved itself
PFT Physical Fitness Test
PICNIC Problem In Chair, Not In Computer; Used by help desk personnel to indicate user ignorance
PING Person In Need of Graduation
PITT Person In need of Technical Training
PJ Pararescueman
PMC Partially Mission Capable
PME Professional Military Education
PMEL Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory
Pocket Rocket Term for the missile badges of ICBM, Cruise Missile Launch Operations and Missile Maintenance Personnel
POL Petroleum, Oils, & Lubricants, the traditional name for the Fuels Management Flight
Pop-Tart Airman whose technical schools are 6 weeks or less
posn Position
PRF Promotion Recommendation Form
Prime Beef Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force
PRP Personnel Reliability Program
PSDM Personnel Services Delivery Memorandum
PSYOP Psychological Operations
PTL Physical Training Leader
QAF Quality Air Force
Queep A task or duty that is completely useless and ultimately unrelated to your primary job.
RA Resource Advisor
RAF Royal Air Force
Rainbow Flight Fresh trainees at BMT who have not yet received uniforms
RAM Random Antiterrorism Measure
RAPCON Radar Approach Control
RAS Regional Affairs Strategist
Rated Officer USAF commissioned officer holding an aeronautical rating as a Pilot, Astronaut, Combat Systems Officer, Navigator, Air Battle Manager, Observer or Flight Surgeon
RED HORSE Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers
RET, Ret, (Ret) Designations for retired military personnel, typically following the service designation in a title, e.g., Col USAF (Ret)
RF Radio Frequency
RFF Request For Forces (Initiated by Army)
RHIP Rank Has Its Priviliges
RIF Reduction in Force
RIP Report on Individual Personnel
RNLTD Report No Later Than Date
ROAD Retired on Active Duty
RON Remain Overnight
ROTC Reserve Officers' Training Corps
RPA Remotely Piloted Aircraft
RQG Rescue Group
RQS Rescue Squadron (formerly ARS)
RQW Rescue Wing
RS Reconnaissance Squadron
RTB Return to Base
RTIC Real Time In the Cockpit
RW Reconnaissance Wing
SAASS School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
SABC Self Aid Buddy Care
SAC Strategic Air Command (disestablished MAJCOM)
SAF/SECAF Secretary of the Air Force
SAM Surface to Air Missle
SAPR Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
SARC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
SATCOm Satellite Communications
SAV Staff Assistance Visit
SBIRS Space-Based Infrared System
SCOD Static Close Out Date
SDF Standard Deployment Folder
SDP Defense Support Program
SEAD Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (pronounced "seed")
SEADS Southeast Air Defense Sector
Secret Squirrel Stuff Material classified above secret or special compartmentalized information
SEI Special Experience Identifer
Senior Informal shortening for Senior Master Sergeant
SEPCOR Separate Correspondence
SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape
SF Security Forces
SF Security Forces
SFS Security Forces Squadron
Sgt Sergeant
Shirt A unit first sergeant
Short Close to a PCS date or retirement
Sierra Hotel (SH) Sh*t Hot
SIGNT Signals Intelligence
SIPR Secret Internet Protocol
SKT Specialty Knowledge Test
Slick Sleeve Nickname for an Airman Basic (owing to the absencse of rank insignia on an individual's sleeve)
SLUF Short Little Ugly Frick (derogatory nickname for the LTV A-7 Corsair II)
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMSgt Senior Master Sergeant
Snacko A highly underestimated, mission critical position held most often by newly reported Lieutenants in a flying squadron.
SNAFU Situation Normal All Fouled Up
SNCO Senior Non-Commisssioned Officer
SNCOA Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
Snuffy Generic term given to any Airmen of lower rank. ("Here came Airman Snuffy late to the party as usual.")
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SOPS Space Operations Squadron
SOS Special Operations Squadron
SOS Squadron Officer School
SOW Special Operations Wing
SOWT Special Operations Weather Technician
Spark Chaser Nickname for aircraft maintenance personnel dealing with electronic, non-mechanical systems
Spirit Mission A good-natured act, commonly in the form of a prank, banner, or...reacquisition...of a person/thing, to show pride for a group of individuals. Usually harmless.
Sq Squadron
SrA Senior Airmen
SRC Solid Rock Café
SRT Security Response Team
SSgt Staff Sergeant
SST Supervisor Safety Training
Staff Informal shortening for Staff Sergeant
STEP Stripe Through Exceptional Performance
Stick Actuator Pilot
Stink Bug Nickname for the F-117 Nighthawk
Strike Eagle Nickname for the F-15E Strike Eagle
STS Special Tactics Squadron
SURF Single Uniform Request Format
SVS Services Squadron
SW Space Wing
SWA Southwest Asia
SWAG Scientific Wild-Ass Guess
SWO Staff Weather Officer
T&A Test and Acceptance
TAC Tactical Air Command
TAC-P Tactical Air Control Party
TACAN Tactical Air Navigation
TACON Tactical Control
TAFCSD Total Active Federal Commission Service Date
TAFMSD Total Active Federal Military Service Date
TAG(AG) The Adjutant General
Tail-End Charlie Person bringing up the rear of a formation or a tail gunner
TAP Transition Assistance Program
TBA Training Business Area
TCNO Time Compliance Network Order
TCTO Time Compliance Technical Order
TDY Temporary Duty
Tech Informal shortening of Technical Sergeant
TFCSD Total Federal Commissioned Service to Date
TGP Targeting Pod
TIG The Inspector General
TLAR That Looks about Right
TLF Temporary Living Facility
TO Technical Order
TOT Time Over Target
Tracking Following and understanding the subject at hand. (ie: "I need this done yesterday, Airman. Are you tracking?")
Tracking Offensive avionics on combat aircraft.
TRG Training Group
TRS Training Squadron
TRW Training Wing
TSgt Technical Sergeant
TST Time-Sensitive Target
TTP Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
TU Tango Uniform, slang for 'tits up'.
UAS Unmanned Aircraft System
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UCI Unit Compliance Inspection
UCSOT Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training
UHT Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training
UIF Unfavorable Information File
ULN Unit Line Number
UMD Unit Manpower Document
UNT Undergraduate Navigator Training (superseded by UCSOT)
UNWT Undergraduate Network Warfare
UPT Undergraduate pilot Training (superseded by ENJJPT, JSUPT and UHT)
USAF United States Air Force
USAFE United States Air Forces in Europe
USAFEC United States Air Force Expeditionary Center
USAFR United States Air Force Reserve
USAFWC United States Air Force Warfare Center
V/R Virtual Regards/very respectully (closing salutation)
VAQ Visiting Airman Quarters
VFR Visual Flight Rules
Viper Nickname for the F-16 Fighting Falcon
VML Vulnerable to Move List
vMPF Virtual Military Personnel Flight
VOQ Visiting Officer Quarters
VOR-VHF Omnidirectional Range
vRED Virtual Record of Emergency Data
VSP Voluntary Separation Pay
WADS Western Air Defense Sector
WAF Women in the Air Force
WAG Wild-Ass Guess
WAPS Weighted Airman Promotion System
WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots
WC Wing Chaplain
WG Wing
WIC Weapons Instructor Course
Winchester Out Of Ammo
WIT Wing Inspection Team
WOWWAJAA With Out Weapons We Are Just Another Airline
WRM War Reserve Material
WRT With Regard to / with reference to
WSA Weapons Storage Area
WSO Weapon Systems Officer
WX Weather
X-Plane Expirimental Aircraft
Y-Plane Prototype Aircraft
Zero Officer
Zoo Nickname for the Air Force Academy
Zoomie Nickname for an Air Force Academy graduate or cadet