Military Acronyms - Army

Acronym Defintion
AFMC Armed Forces Medical College
AHA Ammunition Holding Area
AIM Airborne Intercept Missile 
AIPD Army Institute for Professional Development
AIS Automated Information System
AIT Advanced Individual Training 
AKIA Enemy Killed in Action
ALCON All Concerned
AMU Aircraft Maintenance Unit
AMXG Aircraft Maintenance Group
AMXS Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
AO Area of Operations
AOL Absent Over Leave
AP Armed Forces Pacific
AP Armor-Piercing
APC Armored Personnel Carrier
APFSDS Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
APO Army Post Office; See Also FPO
APPN Appropriation Number (U.S. Military)
APRT Army Physical Readiness Test (U.S. Army)
ARCENT/T USA US Army Forces Central Command (CENTCOM)/Hq Third US Army (TUSA)
ARM Anti-Radar Missile
ARM Anti-Radiation Missile
ARMS Automated Recruit Management System
ARMS Aviation Resource Management System
ARPANET Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (preceededDARPA)
ART Alarm Response Team
ARVN Army of the Repblic of (South) Vietnam 
ASAP Army Substance Abuse Program
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASCM Anti-Ship C Missile
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations
ASM Air-to-Surface Missile
ASV Anti-Surface Vessel (Airborne Radar)
ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
ATC Air Traffic Control
ATC Air Training Corps
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 Airbase
BAH Basic Allowance for Housing
BAMCIS Begin planning Arrange Recon Make the plan Complete the plan Issue the order Supervise (US Marine Corps)
BAR Browning Automatic Rifle
BAU Behavioural Analysis Unit
BCD Bad Conduct Discharge (aka Big Chicken Dinner)
BCD Battlefield Coordination Detachment
BCG Birth Control Glasses (Slang)
BCT Basic Combat Training (U.S. Army)
BCT Brigade Combat Team
BDE Brigade 
BDF Barbados Defense Force (Barbados)
BDU Battle Dress Uniform
Be Beriev (Russian)
BEA Budget Execution Authority 
BFT Blue Force Tracker
BG Bodyguard
BGHR By God He's Right
BLUF Bottom Line Up Front
BMNT Begin Morning Nautical Twilight 
BN Battalion 
BOHICA Bend Over Here It Comes Again (Slang)
BRAC Base Realignment and Closure
BRAT Born Raised And Transferred (dependent children of military personnel)
BRAT British RegimentAttachedTraveler (British military usage,"child that travels with a soldier"
BUB Battle Update Brief
BVR Beyond Visual Range
BX Base Exchange
BZ spoken "Bravo Zulu", meaning "congratulations, job well done"
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 Civil Affairs Group. Military members assigned to assist civilian governments with restoring infrastructure 
CAGE Commercial and Government Entity
CALL Center for Army Lessons Learned
Capt Captain (USMC, US Army, USAF O-3)
CAS Close Air Support
CASEVAC Casualty Evacuation
CAT Combat Application Tourniquets
CBRN Chemical Boilogical Radiological Nuclear
CBU Cluster Bomb Unit
CCIP Continually Calculated Impact Point 
CCIR Commanders Critical Information Requirements
CCP Casualty Collection Point
CCRP Contiually Calculated Release Point 
CDAT Computerized Dumb A** Tanker (M1 Abrams Crewmen)
CDIAC Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
CDRUSPA COM Commander United States Pacific Command
CENTCOM Central Command
CH Cunt Hair (A Unit of Measurement)
Chief Chief Warrant Officer
CHU Containerized Housing Unit
CIA Central Intelligence Agency
CIB Combat Infantry Badge
CIC Command Intelligence Center 
CINCLANT Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Forces
CINCPAC Commander-in-chief, Pacific Forces
CIWS Close-In Weapon System
CJOTUS Chief Justice of the United States
CMSgt Chief Master Sergeant
CO Commanding Officer
COA Course of Action
CODELS Congressional Delegations
Col Colonel
COMINT Communcations Intelligence
COMSEC Communication Security
CONUS ContinentalUnited States(U.S. military, pron. "cone-us")
CONUSA ContinentalUnited StatesArmy (numbered Armies of U.S. military)
COP Combat Out Post
CORDS (U.S. Military, Vietnam Era)
CoS Chief of Staff
COT Commissioned Officer Training
CP Check Point (Usually Numbered i.e. "CP1")
CPL Corporal (U.S. Army and Marine Corps E-4)
CPT Captain (US Army O-3)
CPX Command Post Exercise
CQB Close Quarters Battle
CRC CONUS Replacement Center (a military processing center atFort Benning,Georgia, US)
CSAR Combat Search and Rescue
CSM Command Sergeant Major (U.S. Army E9 highest Army enlisted rank))
CT Counter-Terrorism Team
CTR Close Target Reconnaissance
CUB Commander Update Brief
CVN Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier
CZN Nuclear-poweredAirshipCarrier
DA Defense Attache
DAC Department of the Army Civilian
DAGR Defense Advanced GPS Receiver
DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 
DC3 Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center
DCAA Defense Contract Audit Agency
DCMA Defense Contract Management Agency
DEROS Date Estimated Return from Overseas
DEVGRU the United States naval special warfareDevelopment Group
DFAC Dining Facility (U.S. Military)
DFAS Defense Finance and Accounting Service 
DIA Defense Intelligence Agency
DINFAC Dining Facility (U.S. Military)
DISA Defense Information Systems Agency
DLB Dead Letter Box
DMDC Defense Manpower Data Center
DME Depot Maintenance Enterprise 
DMEA Defense Microelectronics Activity
DMS Defense Message System
DMZ Demilitarized Zone
DOA Dead on arrival
DoDAAC Department of Defense Activity Address Code 
DoDAF Department of Defense Architactural Framework 
DoDIC Department of Defense Identification Code 
DOEHRS Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System 
DOMs Disruptive Pattern Material
DOP Drop-Off Point
DRT Dead Right There; wounded in such a way as to indicate immediate and/or unavoidable death
DRT often used as a sarcastic form of the civilian acronymDOA(Dead On Arrival)
DTO Daily Tasking Order
DTRA Defense Threat Reduction Agency
DZ Drop Zone
E&E Escape and Evade
EA Elecronic Attack
ECP Entry Control Point
EDCSA Effective Date of Change of Strength Accountability 
EHRS Electronic Health Records (Software)
EI Engineering and Installation
EI SIT Engineering and Installation Site Implementation Team
EIS Engineering and Installation Squadron, Environmental Impact Statement
ELINT Electronic Intelligence
EMI Extra Military Instruction
EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal
EOS End of Service
EP Electronic Protection
EPW Enemy Prisoner of War
ERV Emergency Rendezvous
ESSENCE Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETS Estimated Termination of Service
EUCOM European Command
EW Electronic Warfare (Comprises EA, EP)
Exfil Exfiltration (Opposite of infiltration; exiting undetected)
FA Field Artillery
FA Force Structure Allowance
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
FFE Fire for Effect
FIDO Fire Direction Officer
FISINT Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence
FIST Fire Support Team
FIST-V Fire Support Team Vehicle
FISTer Member of a Fire Support Team
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
FO Forward Observer
FO Foxtrot Oscar (US/UK Forces)
FOB Forward Operating Base
FOD Foreign Object Damage (U.S.)
FOD Foreign Object Debris(U.S.)
FPO Fleet Post Office; See Also APO
FSTE Foreign Service Tour Extension
FTUS Full Time Unit Specialist
FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition or Fouled Up Beyond All Repair
FYI For Your Information
FYSA For Your Situational Awareness
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
HAAMS High Altitude Airdrop Missions
HAHO High Altitude High Opening
HALO High Altitude Low Opening (Airborne)
HBL Holiday Block Leave
HE High Explosive
HEAT High Explosive Anti-Tank Warhead
HEP High Explosive, Plastic
HESH High Explosive Squash Head (British anti-tank round)
HHB Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
HHC Headquarters and Headquarters Company
HHT Headquarters and Headquarters Troop
HMFIC Head Man Frickin' In Charge – colloquialism for the highest-ranking person present
HMMWV High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle  (Pronounced Humvee)
HOMSEC Homeland Security
HQ Headquarters
Hr.Ms His/Her Dutch Majesty's Ship(Dutch Royal Navy ship)
HRAP Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program
HUMINT Human Intelligence
HVI High Value Individual
HVT High Value Target
HYT High Year Tenure
IAF Indian Air Force
IAF Israeli Air Force
IAVA Information Assurance Vulnerability Alert 
ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
ICE Indiviual Carrying Equipment
ID Identification
IED Improvised Explosive Device
IFAK Individual First Aid Kit
IFF Identification Friend or Foe
IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle
IG Inspector General (US Military)
IN Infantry
INSCOM United States Rmy Intelligence and Security Command
INTERPOL International Criminal Police Organization
ISO Inter School Code
ISR Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
IYAAYAS If You Ain't AMMO, You Ain't sh*t
JA Judge Advocate (General)
JAG Judge Advocate General
JATO Jet-Assisted Take Off
JDAM Joint Direct Attack Munition
JEEP Just Enough Essential Parts
JETDS Joint Elcectronics Type Designation System
JSAM Joint Service Achievement Medal
JSF Joint Strike Fighter
JSOC Joint Special Operations Command
JSTARS Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System
JTF Joint Task Force
KATUSA Korean Augmentation Troops to the United States Army
KBO Keep Buggering On
KIA Killed in Action
KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid
KP Kitchen Police or Kitchen Patrol
LAAD Low Altitude Defense
LAV Land Artillery Vehicle
LCDR Lieutenant Commander
LCPL Lance Corporal (US Marine)
LES Leave and Earnings Statement
LGOP Little Group of Paratroopers
LP Listening Post
LP/OP Listening Post Observation Post
LPC Leather Personnel Carrier (boot)
LT Lieutenant
LTC or Lt C ol Lieutenant Colonel
LTG or Lt Gen Lieutenant General
LTJG Lieutenant, Junior Grade
LUP Lying-Up Point
LZ Landing Zone
MACV/SO G Military Assistance Command Vietnam / Special Operations Group
MAJ Major
MARCENT Marine Corps Central Command 
MARCORS YSCOM Marine Corps Systems Command (U.S. Military)
MARFORR ES Marine Forces Reserve (U.S. Marine Corps)
MARSOC Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
MAV Micro Air Vehicle
MAW Maximum Allowable Weight
MBT Main Battle Tank
MC 326/2 ″NATO Medical Support Principles and Policies″, approved by Military Committee, second revision
MCCS Marine Corps Community Services 
MCEITS Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Service 
MCEN Marine Corps Enterprise Network
MedEvac Medical Evacuation
MFA Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MG Machine Gun
MG Major General
Mi Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (Russian)
MI Military Intelligence
MIA Missing In Action
MICV Machanized Infantry Combat Vehicle
MiG Type of Russian Fighter Aircraft
MILCON Military Construction
MK Machinery Technician
MK Mark
MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
MMFD Miles and Miles of Frickin' Desert (unofficial report in Gulf War)
MOA Military Operating Area
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
MOUT Military Operations in Urban Terrain
MPDS Military Planning Data Allowance
MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
MRE Meal Ready to Eat
MRX Mission Rehearsal Exercise
MSDC+ Marine Science Diving Club 
MSG Master Sergeant (US Army E-8)
MSgt Master Sergeant (USAF E-7)
MTOE Modified Table of Organizational Equipment
MTS+ Movement Tracking System Plus
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NAS Naval Air Station
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVAIR Naval Air Systems Command
NAVCENT Naval Forces Central Command (U.S. Navy)
NAVOCEA NO Naval Oceanographic Office
NBACC National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
NCI National Cancer Institute
NCIS Naval Criminal Investigative Service 
NCO Non-Commissioned Officer
NCOES Non-Commissioned Officer Education System
NCOIC Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
ND Negligent Discharge
NDP Night Defensive Position
NEFF New Equipment Fielding Facility
NIBC National Interagency Biodefense Campus
NICBR National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research
NMC Not Mission Capable
NMCI Naval Marine Corps Intranet 
NME Non-Mission Essential
NNMSA Non-Nuclear Munitions Storage Area
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 
O&M, MC Operations & Maintenance,Marine Corps
O&M, N Operations & Maintenance, Navy 
OBE Overcome By Events
OCONUS Outside Continental United States
OCS Officer Candidate
ODA Operational Detachment-Alpha (12-man team ofUS Army Special Forces operators)
ODU Operational Dress Uniform
OIC Officer In Charge
OIG Office of Inspector General
OM On the Move (Normally just spelled out Oscar Mike)
OODA Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act
OP Observation Post
OPORD Operations Order
OPSEC Operations Security
ORM Operational Risk Management
OSM Oh Sh*t Moment
OSP On Site Procurement
OTF Out There Flapping
OTS Officer Training School
OTV Outer Tactical Vest
PACOM Pacific Command
PCS Permanent Change of Station
PDS Permanent Duty Station
PDT Pre-Deployment Training
PE Plastic Explosive
PFC Private First Class
PFM Pure Fricking Magic
PFT Physical Fitness Test
PII Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Identity Information
PL Platoon Leader
PLT Platoon 
PMC Partially Mission Capable
PME Professional Military Education
PMS Planned Maintenance Schedule 
PNG Passive Night Goggles
PO Post Office
POBCAK Problem Occurs Between Chair And Keyboard
POC Point of Contact
POG Person Other than Grunt - refers to anyone other than infantry orSpecial Forces
POL Petroleum Oil & Lubricants 
POTUS President of the United States
POV Privately Owned Vehicle
POW Prisoner of War
PPG PT Parade Games
PPPPPPP Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
PRP Personnel Reliability Program
PRP Pretty Retarded Program
PRT Physical Readiness Training 
PRT Provincial Reconstruction Team
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
RAAF Royal Australian Air Force 
RAF Royal Air Force (UK)
RAN Royal Australian Navy
RATO Rocket Assisted Take Off
RCSC Rocket Canadian Sea Cadets
RFL Response Force Leader
RMC Royal Military College of Canada
RN Royal Navy (UK)
RNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force (New Zealand)
ROE Rules of Engagement
ROMA Data, Right Out of My A** Data / Unverifiable created data 
ROWPU Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit
ROZ Restricted Operating Zone
RPG Rocket-Propelled Grenade
RPM Round Per Minute
RS RatSh*t (Unserviceable)
RSS Regional Security System (Caribbean)
RTB Return to Base
RTO Radio Telephone Operator
RV Rendez-Vous
SA Situation Awareness
SAAS Standard Army Ammunition System
SAM Surface-to-Air Missile
SARS Search and Rescue Swimmer
SARSS Standard Army Retail Supply System
SAS Special Air Service (British Special Forces)
SBS Special Boat Service (British Special Forces)
SCIF Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility
SCO Squadron Commander (Squadron as used in theU.S. Army Regimental System)
SCOTUS Supreme Court of the United States
SD Status Destroyed or "Salty Dog". (Equipment that is written off as unrepairable and unsalvageable. )
SDD Solution Delivery Division (Military Health)
SEAC Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairmanof the Joint Chiefs of Staff
SEAL Sea, Air and Land (US Navy SEALs)
SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape
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
SJA Staff Judge Advocate
SLAM Standoff Land Attack Missile
SLOTUS Second Lady of the United States
SMA Sergeant Major of the Army (U.S. Army E9 – Senior Enlisted Member)
SMEAC Situation Mission Execution Admin/logistics Command/signal
SMSgt Senior Master Sergeant (USAF E-8)
SNAFU Situation Normal: All Fouled Up
SOCCENT Special Operations Command CENTCOM 
SOCOM United States Special Operations Command
SOFA Status of Forces Agreement
SOL Sh*t Out of Luck
SOLJWF Sh*t Out of Luck and Jolly Well Fouled 
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SOS Sh*t On a Shingle, or creamedchipped beefon toast
SPC Specialist (U.S. Army E-4)
SrA Senior Airman (USAF E-4)
SRR Special Reconnaissance Regiment (British special Forces)
SSDD Same Shift Different Day
SSDDBS Same Shift Different Day Bigger Shovel
SSG Staff Sergeant (US Army E-6)
SSgt Staff Sergeant
STOVL Short Takeoff, Vertical Landing
SUSFU Situation Unchanged, Still Fouled Up
SWAG Scientific Wild A** Guess
SWAK Sealed With A Kiss
TACP Tactical Air Control Party
TAD Temporary Additional Duty
TAO Tactical Action Officer
TARFU Things Are Really Fouled Up, or Totally And Royally Fouled Up
TBD To Be Determined
TC3 Tactical Combat Causuality Care
TCCC Tactical Combat Causuality Care
TDPFO Temporary Duty Pending Further Orders
TDY Temporary Duty
TF Task Force
TFOA Things Falling Off Aircraft
TG6 Task Group 6
TIC Troops In Contract
TOC Tactical Operations Center
TU Tits Up (Dead, Inoperable), a.k.a. "tango uniform"
UA Unauthorized Absense
UAS Unmanned Aerial System
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UCAV Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
ULLS Unit Level Logistics System 
UMA Unit Mobilization Assistor
UN United Nations
US Unserviceable
USA PATR IOT Act Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act
USAF United States Air Force
USAFA United States Air Force Academy
USAFE United States Air Forces in Europe
USAMRAA United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
USAMRIC D United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
USAMRIID United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease
USAMRM C United States Army Medical Research and Materiél Command
USAREC US Army Recruiting Command
USAREUR US Army European Command
USMA United States Military Academy (West Point)
USMC United States Marine Corps
USN United States Navy
USNA United States Naval Academy (Annapolis)
USO United States Organizations
USR Unit Status Report
USSS United States Secret Service
UUV Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
UXB Unexploded Bomb (Bomb Disposal)
UXO Uneploded Ordnance
VBIED Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device
VDM Visual Distinguishing Mark
VFD Volunteer Fire Department
VFR Volunteer Fire and Rescue (or in AviationVisual Flight Rules)
VPOTUS Vice President of the United States
WIA Wounded in Action
WILCO Will Comply
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
WSA Weapons Storage Area
XO Executive Officer