Military Acronyms - Navy

Acronym Defintion
1MC 1 Main Circuit, Shipboard Public Address System
3M Maintenance and Material Management (3M)
3MC Maintenance Material Management Coordinator
5MC 5 Main Circuit, Carrier Flight Deck Address System
A-STRIKE Assistant STRIKE Operations Officer (Carrier Scheduler/Planner)
AA Airman Apprentice
AAW Anti-Air Warcraft
AB Aviation Boatswain's Mate
ABE Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Launching and Recovery)
ABF Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels)
ABH Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Aircraft Handling)
AC Air Traffic Controlman
ACR Armored Cruiser
AD Aviation Machinist's Mate
ADCON Administrative Control
ADNS Automated Digital Network System
ADRIFT Loose from moorings and out of control; Anything lost or out of hand
ADSW Active Duty Special Work (US Navy Reserve, type of active duty orders, typically 6 months in duration)
ADT Active Duty Training (US Navy Reserve, type of active duty orders, typically more than 30 days but less than 6 months)
AE Aviation Electrician's Mate
AF Aviation Photgrapher's Mate
AFC Aviation Fire Control
AFCM Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman
AFFF Aqueous Film Forming Foam
AFSB Afloat Forward Staging Base
AFT Towards the stern (tail) of a ship
AG Aerographer's Mate
AIMD 1st Naval Construction Division
AIMD Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (or Detachment)
Airwolves HSM-46
AK Aviation Storekeeper (outdated; merged into LS rating)
ALL HANDS The entire ship’s company, both Officer and Enlisted
ALLOTMENT An amount of money a Sailor has coming out of regular pay
ALNAV All Navy
ALPO Assistant Lead Petty Officer
AM Aviation Structural Machanic
AME Aviation Structural Mechanic - Environmental (Air Conditioning, Oxygen, and Ejection Seats), Aviation Mechanical Exception
AMH Aviation Structural Mechanic - Hydraulics
AMMRL Aviation Maintenance Material Readiness List
AMO Assistant Maintenance Officer
AMS Aviation Structural Mechanic - Structures
AN Airman
AO Aviation Ordnanceman
AOE Fast Combat Support-Supply ship, operated by Military Sealift Command (US Merchant Marines)
AOW Auxilliaryman of the Watch
APG Advanced Pay Grade
APG Opportunity to advance to a higher pay grade based on previously obtained experience
AR Airman Recruit
Argonauts VFA-147
ARRS Afloat Readiness Reporting System
AS Aviation Support Equipment Technician
ASAU Air Search and Attack Unit
ASTB Aviation Selection Test Battery
ASUW Anti-Surface Warfare
ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
ASVAB Test administered by the military to determine qualification for enlistment in the Armed Forces
ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare
ASW Auxiliary
ASWO Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer
AT Annual Training (US Navy Reserve, type of active duty orders, typically less than 30 days)
AT Aviation Electronics Technician
ATG Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, Mayport, FL
AUTEC Atantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center
AUXO Auxilliaries Officer
AVCM Master Chief Avionics Technician
AVGAS Aviation Gasoline
AVIATION BOATSWAIN'S MATE Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (AB) work with all aspects of naval aircraft from aircraft launch and recovery (ABE) to aircraft fueling (ABF) to aircraft handling (ABH)
AWCS Assistant Work Center Supervisor
AWSTS Corpus Christi, TX
AYE,AYE Response acknowledging the understanding of a command/statement
AZ Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
B/N Bombardier/Navigator; NFO in A-3B Skywarrior, A-5A Vigilante and A-6 Intruder attack aircraft
BAM Bad A** Marine
BARRACKS A building where Sailors live when ashore
Battle Cats HSL-43
BB Battleship
BCD Bad Conduct Discharge (also colloquially known as "Big Chicken Dinner")
BCGs Birth Control Glasses
BCM Beyond Capable Maintenance; Equipment status that indicates the item cannot be repaired and must be sent out for rework or disposed
Bear Aces VAW-125
BELOW Downstairs, like the next deck below
BESS Basic Enlisted Submarine School
Big Red VPU-1
BJOQ Blue Jacket of the Quarter
BJOY Blue Jacket of the Year
Black Aces VFA-41
Black Eagles VAW-113
Black Knights HS-4
Black Knights VFA-154
Black Lions Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Atlantic Fleet
Black Ravens (Expeditionary) VAQ-135
Blackhawks HS-3
Blackjacks HSC-21
BLACKSHOE Non-aviation rate for Enlisted personnel as well as Officers; A “shoe” is a ship driver/Surface Warfare Officer
Blue Blasters VFA-37
Blue Diamonds VFA-146
BLUE NOSE A Sailor who has crossed either the Arctic or Antarctic Circle; Also applies to Officers
Bluetails VAW-123
BM Boatswain's Mate
BMOW Boatswain's Mate of the Watch
BMT Basic Military Training
BMT Initial instruction given to new military personnel
BOATSWAIN'S MATE The oldest rating in the Navy, Boatswain's Mates (BM) are "jack-of-all-trades" Sailors who perform general seamanship duties on board Navy ships
BOHICA Bend Over Here It Comes Again
BOL Bupers Online
Bounty Hunter VFA-2
BOW The forward part of a ship or boat
BRIGHTWORK Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted
Broadarrows Commander, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing, Atlantic Fleet
BROWNSHOE Aviation personnel
BS Battle Stations
BS On board ship, a location and conditions to respond to when under attack or experiencing an emergency such as a fire
BS The final test at Boot Camp that determines the passage to becoming a US Navy Sailor
BT Boiler Technician
BU Builder
BUD/S A SEAL training course that develops mental and physical stamina as well as leadership skills
BUD/S Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL
BULKHEAD The wall of a ship
Bulls VFA-81
BUMED Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
BUOY An anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an object
BUPERS Bureau of Naval Personnel
BUPERS Organization served to provide administrative leadership, policy planning and general oversight of the Navy
BUSANDA Bureau of Supplies and Accounts
BUWEPS Bureau of Naval Weapons
BZ Bravo Zulu (Meaning Well Done)
CA Construction Apprentice
CA Heavy Cruiser (Outdated)
CAG Commander, Air Group
CAG Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
CAPT Captain
CARRY ON An order to resume work or duties
CAST OFF To throw off, to let go, to unfurl
CB Construction Battalion (Seabees) The Navy community of construction workers
CDB Career Development Board
CDO Command Duty Officer
CDR Commander
CDR Navy Senior Officer Rank (0–5)
CE Construction Electrician's Mate
CEC Civil Engineer Corps
CEC Cooperative Engagement Capability
CEC Officer corps that oversees the construction, renovation, maintenance and building of Navy projects all over the world
CF Charlie Foxtrot, Polite form of "Cluster F*ck"
CG Guided Missile Cruiser
CGN Guided Missile Cruiser, Nuclear Powered (outdated)
CHAIN LCOKER Compartment in which anchor chain is stowed
Chargers HS-14
Chargers HSC-28
CHC Chief of the Chaplains of the United States Navy
CHENG Chief Engineer (Surface Only)
CHIT Forms used to request taking leave, a day off, etc.
CHIT BOOK Coupon or receipt booklet
CHMC Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (always a Navy flag officer)
CHOW HALL (MESS DECK) A place to eat
CIC Combat Information Center
CICO Combat Information Center Officer
CIS CASREP Information System
CIVLANT Civilian Life as defined by Atlantic Fleet personnel
CIVPAC Civilian Life as defined by Pacific Fleet personnel
CIWS Close-In Weapon System
CM Construction Mechanic
CMC Commandant of the Marine Corps or Chaplain of the Marine Corps or Command Master Chief
CMDCM Command Master Chief
CMDCS Command Senior Chief
CMS-ID Career Management System-Interactive Detailing
CN Constructionman
CNATRA Chief of Naval Air Training
CNAVRES Chief of Navy Reserve
CNET Command Naval Education and Training
CNO Chief of Naval Operations
CNO The highest ranking Officer in the US Navy
CO A commissioned Navy Officer in charge of a designated Navy command
CO Commanding Officer
COB Chief of the Boat (traditionally found only on submarines; pronounced "cob")
COD Carrier Onboard Delivery
COLORS Raising and lowering of the National Ensign, the American flag and organization flags
COMACCLOGWING Commander, Airborne Command and Control Logistics Wing
COMATG PAC Commander, Afloat Training Group Pacific
COMCMRON ONE Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Two
COMCMRON THREE Mine Countermeasures Division Thirty-One
COMCMRON TWO Mine Countermeasures Division Eleven
COMCVW Commander, Carrier Air Wing
COMDESGRU Commander, Destroyer Group
COMDESRON Commander, Destroyer Squadron
COMDESRON Commander, Destroyer Squadron 21
COMDESRON Commander, Destroyer Squadron 23
COMDESRON Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7
COMDESRON FOURTEEN Regional Support Organization
COMDESRON NINE Commander, Destroyer Squadron 9
COMDESRON ONE Commander, Destroyer Squadron 1
COMDESRON SIX Commander, Destroyer Squadron Fourteen
COMDESRON THREE ONE Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31
COMDESRON TWO Commander, Amphibious Group Two
COMDESRON TWO-EIGHT Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Six
COMDESRON TWO-SIX Commander, Destroyer Squadron Two
COMDESRON TWO-TWO Commander, Surface Warfare Development Group
COMEODGRU ONE Commander, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Group 1
COMEODGRU TWO Fleet Integrated Logistics Activity, Portsmouth, VA
COMESG THREE Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three
COMEWTGPAC Commander, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific
COMEX Commence Exercise
COMEXSTRKGRU SEVEN Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7
COMFAIRMED Tactical Support Center
COMFAIRWESTPAC Commander, Fleet Air, Western Pacific
COMHELSEACOMBATWINGPAC Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Pacific
COMHSLWINGPAC Commander, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, Pacific
COMHSWINGPAC Commander, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, Pacific
COMINEWARCOM Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron One
COMLANTFLT Commander, US Atlantic Fleet
COMMINDIV ELEVEN Commander, Mine Countermeasures Division 11
COMMO Communications Officer
COMNAVAIRES Commander, Naval Air Force, Reserve
COMNAVAIRFOR (also CNAF) Commander, Naval Air Forces
COMNAVAIRLANT (also CNAL) Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic
COMNAVAIRPAC Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific
COMNAVAIRPAC Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Pacific Fleet
COMNAVBEACHGRU ONE Commander, Naval Beach Group 1
COMNAVBEACHGRUP TWO Navy Cargo Handling Battalion West
COMNAVESFOR Commander, Navy Reserve Forces
COMNAVIRPAC Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Pacific Fleet
COMNAVSEASYSCOM Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command
COMNAVSECGRU Commander, Naval Security Group
COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC Commander, Naval Surface Group Mid-Pacific
COMNAVSURFGRU PACNORWEST Commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific North-West
COMNAVSURFGRU TWO Commander, Destroyer Squadron 6
COMNAVSURFLANT Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28
COMNAVSURFWARDEVGRU Commander, Surface Warfare Development Group
COMNCWGRU ONE Naval Coastal Warfare Group One
COMNCWGRU TWO Commander, Mine Warfare Command
COMPACFLT Commander, Pacific Fleet (Formerly CINCPACFLT)
COMPACFLT Commander, United States Pacific Fleet
COMPACFLT Commander, United States Pacific Fleet
COMPATRECONGRU Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group
COMPATRECONWING Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing
COMPHIBGRU TWO Commander, Amphibious Squadron 2
COMPHIBRIN ELEVEN Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11
COMPHIBRON EIGHT Commander, Naval Beach Group 2
COMPHIBRON FIVE Commander, Amphibious Squadron 5
COMPHIBRON FOUR Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6
COMPHIBRON ONE Commander, Amphibious Squadron 1
COMPHIBRON SEVEN Commander, Amphibious Squadron 7
COMPHIBRON SIX Commander, Amphibious Squadron 8
COMPHIBRON THREE Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3
COMPHIBRON TWO Commander, Amphibious Squadron 4
COMPTUEX Composite Training Unit Exercise
COMREGSUPPGRU Commander, Regional Support Organization
COMSEC Communications Security
COMSTRATCOMWINGONE Commander, Strategic Communications Wing One
COMSTRKFIGHTWINGPAC Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific
COMSUBDEVRON TWELVE Commander, Submarine Group 10
COMSUBFOR Commander, Submarine Forces
COMSUBGRU TEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 16
COMSUBGRU TWO Commander, Submarine Squadron 2
COMSUBLANT Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Atlantic Fleet
COMSUBLANT Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic
COMSUBLANT Commander, Submarine Group 2
COMSUBPAC Commander, Submarine Force, United States Pacific Fleet
COMSUBPAC Commander, Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet
COMSUBPAC Commander, Submarine Forcem United States Pacific Fleet
COMSUBPRU SEVEN Commander, Submarine Group 7
COMSUBRON EIGHT Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12
COMSUBRON ELEVEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 11
COMSUBRON FIFTEEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 15
COMSUBRON FIVE Commander, Submarine Squadron 5
COMSUBRON FOUR Commander, Submarine Squadron 6
COMSUBRON NINE Commander, Submarine Squadron 9
COMSUBRON NINETEEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 19
COMSUBRON ONE Commander, Submarine Squadron 1
COMSUBRON SEVEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 7
COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 17
COMSUBRON SIX Commander, Submarine Squadron 8
COMSUBRON SIXTEEN Commander, Submarine Squadron 20
COMSUBRON THREE Commander, Submarine Squadron 3
COMSUBRON TWENTY Naval Air Force, United States Atlantic Fleet
COMSUBRON TWO Commander, Submarine Squadron Four
COMSURFPAC Commander, Naval Surface Force, United States Pacific Fleet
COMSURFWARDEVGRU Commander, Regional Support Group
COMTACGRU Commander, Tactical Air Control Group
COMTACGRU ONE Commander, Tactical Air Control Group 1
COMTAG MIDPAC Commander, Afloat Training Group Mid-Pacific
COMTAG PACNORWEST Commander, Afloat Training Group Pacific North-West
COMTAG WESTPAC Commander, Afloat Training Group West Pacific
COMTRAWING Commander, Training Air Wing
COMVAQWINGPAC Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, Pacific
CORTRAMID Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen
COS (also CoS) Flag Officer's Chief of Staff
Cougars VAQ-139
CPO Chief Petty Officer
CPOM Chief Petty Officer's Mess
CR Contruction Recruit
CREO Career Reenlistment Objectives
CRG Coastal Riverine Group
CS Culinary Specialist
CSADD Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions
CSC Combat Systems Coordinator
CSC Command Senior Chief
CSC Culinary Specialist Chief
CSEC Computerized Self Evaluation Checklist
CSMC Combat Systems Maintenance Center
CSOOW Combat Systems Officer of the Watch
CSOSS Combat Systems Operational Sequencing Systems
CT Cryptologic Technician
CTI Cryptologic Technician Interpretive
CTI Navy linguists tasked to gather highly classified intelligence information for the Navy’s top-level decision makers using foreign language skills
CTM Cryptologic Technician Maintenance
CTN Cryptologic Technician Networks
CTR Cryptologic Technician Collection
CTT Cryptologic Technician Technical
CUP OF JOE A cup of coffee
CV-TSC Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Weapons School, Atlantic Fleet
CVN Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier (Aircraft Carrier, Nuclear)
CVN-68 USS Nimitz
CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson
CVN-72 USS Abraham Lincoln
CVN-73 USS George Washington
CVN-74 USS John C. Stennis
CVN-76 USS Ronald Reagan
CVW Carrier Air Wing
CWO Chief Warrant Officer
Dambusters VFA-195
DAPA Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor
DC Damage Controlman
DCA Damage Control Assistant
DCAG Deputy Air Wing Commander (see CAG)
DCC Damage Control Center
DCO Damage Control Officer (Chief Engineer) or Direct Commission Officer
DCPO Damage Control Petty Officer
DD Destroyer
DD214 Certificate of release or discharge from Active Duty
DD214 DD Form 214
DDG Guided Missile Destroyer
DDR Radar Picket Destroyer
DE Destroyer Escort
DECK The floor
DEEP SIX To dispose of or throw away
DEP Delayed Entry Program
DEP Program that allows recruits to join the Navy but postpone reporting for duty for up to a year
DESDIV Destroyer Division
DESRON Destroyer Squadron
DEVGRU Naval Special Warfare Development Group, formerly (and informally still) SEAL Team SIX
DFM Diesel Fuel Marine (F-76), standard Navy bunker fuel
Diamondbacks VFA-102
DIRNSA Director of the National Security Agency
DL Destroyer Leader (outdated)
DLA Dislocation Allowance
DLA Money provided to Sailors to aid in moves from one duty station to another
DLG Guided Missile Destroyer Leader (outdated)
DLGN Nuclear-powered Guided Missile Destroyer Leader (outdated)
DM Destroyer Minelayer (Outdated)
DM Illustrator Draftsman
DMHRSi Defense Medical Human Resources System - internet
DMI An inspection of bed making, folding and stowing of gear
DMI Departmental Material Inspection
DOD Department of Defense
DOD Federal department in charge of organizing and supervising all agencies related directly to national defense, specifically the Armed Forces
DOD (also DoD) Department of Defense
DON Department established by Congress to provide support and leadership to the US Navy
DoN Department of the Navy
DON Department of the Navy
Dragon Whales HSC-84
Dragonslayers HS-15
DRB Discipline Review Board
DRRS-N Defense Readiness Reporting System - Navy
DSG Defense Strategic Guidance
DT Dental Technician
DT Enlisted Sailor tasked with assisting Navy Dentists in providing dental care to Navy personnel and their families
Dusty Dogs HS-11
Eagles VFA-115
EAOS Date at which one’s Naval service has been officially completed
EAOS End of Active Obligated Service
EAOS End of Active Obligated Service
Easyriders HSL-37
EAWS Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
ECRC Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center
EDMC Engineering Department Master Chief (Submarines)
EDO Engineering Duty Officer
EEBD Emergency Escape Breathing Device]
EIDWS Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist
Eightballers HSC-8
EM Electrician's Mate
EM Emergency Management
EMCON Emissions Control
EMI Extra Military Instruction
EMO Electronics Material Officer
EN Engineman
ENL Enlisted
ENL Rank achieved by Sailors who have completed the minimum educational requirement of a high school diploma
ENLISTED The general work force of the Navy and Navy Reserve
ENS Ensign
ENSIGN The rank of an Officer between Chief Warrant Officer and Lieutenant Junior Grade
EO Equipment Operator
EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal
EOD Technicians tasked to safely dispose of explosive materials
EOOW Engineering Officer of the Watch
EOS Enclosed Operating Space
EOSS Engineering Operational Sequencing Systems
ERS Engineroom Supervisor
ESWS Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
ET Electronics Techinician
EW Electronic Warfare
EWS Engineering Watch Supervisor
EXW Expeditory Warfare
F/MC Fleet (or Force) Master Chief
FA Fireman Apprentice
FAC An individual who directs the action of military aircraft engaged in close air support of land forces
FAC Forward Air Controller
FAC/A Forward Air Controller/Airborne
FAST Snugly secured
FATHOM A unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water
FC Fire Controlman
FCDIT Surface Warfare Officers School Command Newport, RI
FCDSSA Fleet Combat Direction Systems Support Activity
FCF Functional Check Flight
FCPCP Fleet Computer Programming Center of the Pacific
FCPOM First Class Petty Officer's Mess
FDO Flight Deck Officer
FICEURLANT Fleet Intelligence Center Europe & Atlantic
FIELD DAY Full-blown cleaning, sort of like spring cleaning in overdrive
Fighting Checkmates VF-213
Fighting Marlins VP-40
Fighting Redcocks VFA-22
Fighting Totems VP-69
Fighting Vigilantes VFA-151
Firebees Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic
FIRST LIEUTENANT The Officer responsible to the XO for the deck department/division aboard ship
FIS Fire Inhibit Swtich
Fist of the Fleet VFA-25
FLAG OFFICER Any commissioned Officer in pay grade 0–7 or above
Fleet Angels HSC-22
FLTSURGTM EIGHT Fleet Surgical Team 8
FLTSURGTM FOUR Fleet Surgical Team 4
FLTSURGTM SEVEN Fleet Surgical Team 7
FLTSURGTM SIX Fleet Surgical Team 6
FLTSURGTM TWO Fleet Surgical Team 2
Flying Eagles VFA-122
FMF Fleet Marine Force
FMF Fleet Marine Force
FMSS Field Medical Service School
FN Fireman
FOD Foreign Object Damage (Debris and Detection also used in some cases)
FR Fireman Recruit
FRC Fleet Readiness Center
FRS Fleet Replacement Squadron (Formerly RAG)
FSA Food Service Attendant
FSO Food Service Officer
FT Fire Control Technician
FTN Forget the Navy (Polite Form)
FTN Full-Time Navy (Humorous Form)
FTS Full-time Support (full-time, active-duty personnel in US Navy Reserve)
GALLEY The kitchen
GANGWAY An opening in the bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accommodation ladder
GANGWAY when shouted means to get out of the way
Garudas (Expeditionary) VAQ-134
Gauntlets VAQ-136
GCCS-M Global Command and Control System-Maritime
GEAR LOCKER A storage room
GEEDUNK Candy, gum or cafeteria, sometimes called pogey bait
Gladiators VFA-131
GM Gunner's Mate
Golden Dragons VFA-192
Golden Eagles VP-9
Golden Falcon HS-2
Golden Hawks VAW-112
Golden Swordsmen VP-47
Golden Warriors VFA-103
GQ General Quarters (Call to Battle Stations)
GRAD AND GO A Boot Camp graduate who leaves for the next duty station three hours after graduation
Grandmasters HSM-70
Gray Knights VP-46
Gray Wolves VAQ-142
Greyhawks VAW-121
GROUND TACKLE The equipment used in mooring or anchoring a ship
GSA General Services Administration
GSE Gas Turbine Systems Technician - Electrical
GSM Gas Turbine Systems Technician _Mechanic
Gunslingers VFA-106
HA Hospital Apprentice
HEAD Restroom
HEDSUPPACTLANT Headquarters, Support Activity Atlantic
HELO Hellicopter
HM Enlisted Sailor tasked with assisting Navy Medical Officers in providing medical care to Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families
HM Hospital Corpsman
HMFIC Head Man In Charge
HN Hospitalman
HR Hosptial Recruit
HS Helicopter Squadron, Anti-Submarine Warfare (HS-4 Black Knights)
HSCWSL Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapons System Training School
HSCWSP Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific
HSMWSL Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Atlantic Fleet
HT Hull Maintenacne Technical
IAMM Individual Augmentation Manpower Management
IAP In Assignment Processing
IAW In Accordance With
IC Interior Communications Electrician
ICO In Case Of (or In Care Of)
IHO Industrial Hygiene Officer
IMF Intermediate Maintenance Facility
IMRL Individual Material Readiness List
indians HS-6
IP Irish Pennant - A loose thread of a Naval or Marine Uniform
Ironman VQ-3
IRT In Reference To
Island Knights HSC-25
IST Information System Technician
IT Information Technology
IT Naval community made up of communications experts who process, transmit and analyze a wide variety of data
ITS Information Technology Submarines
JACK BOX Access box to sound-powered phone circuitry
JAG Corps that provides legal services and advice in all legal matters involving the Navy or the Command
JAG Judge Advocate General
JAG Judge Advocate General's Corps, US Navy
Jaguars HSM-40
JBD Jet Blast Deflector (Carriers)
JFTEX Joint Task Force Execise
JHSV Joint High Speed Vessel
JO Journalist (obsolete), Junior Offier
Jolly Rogers VFA-105
JP-5 J Jet Propellant no. 5, standard Navy jet fuel (F-44, AVCAT)
JTF Joint Task Force
JTF The combination of more than one military service
Kestrels VFA-137
KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid
Knighthawks VFA-143
LADDER A device to move personnel from one level to another; Stairs
Lancers VAQ-131
LANTCOM Atlantic Command
LAWS Laser Weapon System
LCDR Lieutenant Commander
LCPO Leading Chief Petty Officer
LDO Limited Duty Officer
LEAVE Authorized absence, like vacation
LES Leave and Earnings Statement
LHD Amphibious Helicopter Dock
LHS Amphibious Helicopter Assault (Amphibious Class Ship)
LIBERTY Permission to leave the base, usually for not more than 48 hours
Liberty Bells VAW-115
LIFELINE Lines erected around the weather decks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side
LKA Amphibious Cargo Attack
LPD Amphibious Platform Dock (Amphibious Class Ship)
LPO Leading Petty Officer
LPOD Last Plane On Deck
LRAD Long Range Acoustic Device
LS Logistics Specialist
LSO Landing Signal Officer
LSO Naval Aviators specifically trained to facilitate the safe recovery of aircraft aboard aircraft carriers
LT Lieutenant
LTJG Lieutenant Junior Grade
MAA (also MA) Master-at-Arms
Mad Foxes VP-8
MALS Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron
MARLINSPIKE A life-size model ship where recruits practice mooring, line handling, putting out to sea and other aspects of basic seamanship
MAVNI Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest
MC Mass Communication Specialist
MCMDIV ELEVEN Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three
MCMDIV THIRTY-ONE Commander, South Central Regional Maintenance Center
MCO Material Control Officer
MCPO Master Chief Petty Officer
MCPON Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (pronounced "Mick Pon")
MCPON The senior most Enlisted member of the US Navy
MEPS Military Entrance Processing Station
MEPS Station where recruits take the ASVAB, physical exam, select a rating and take the Oath of Enlistment
Merlins HSC-3
MESS DECK The crew’s dining area
MESS DUTY A 90-day obligated duty working on the mess decks when first reporting aboard (aka MESS-CRANK’N)
MID-WATCH The midnight watch, the most dreaded watch because one loses the most sleep out of the rotation
MIDN Midshipman
MIDRATS Midnight Rations
Mighty Shrikes VFA-94
MM Machinist's Mate
MMCO Maintenance/Material Control Officer
MMCPO Maintenance Master Chief Petty Officer
MO Maintenance Officer (pronounced "Moe")
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPA Main Propulsion Assistant
MPA Military Patrol Craft (P-3 Orion, etc.)
MRDB Material Readiness Database
MSC Medical Service Corps
MSC Navy Officer Corps consisting of health-care administrators, optometrists, pharmacists, scientists and other specialized practitioners
MSG Message
MSW Main Seawater System
MTS Master Training Specialist
MU Musician
NAB Naval Amphibious Base
NAF Naval Air Facility
NALCOMIS Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System
NAS Naval Air Station
NAS JRB Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base
NATOPS Naval Air Training and Operational Procedure Standardization
NAVAIR Naval Air Systems Command
Naval Air Station Lemoore, California Carrier Air Wing Fourteen
NAVCARGOBN ONE Fleet Surgical Team Two
NAVCOMP Comptroller of the Navy
NAVEDTRA Chief of Navy Education and Training
NAVFAC Naval Facilities Engineering Command
NAVFLIGHTDEMRON Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
NAVMAT Naval Material Command
NAVMILPERSCOM Navy Military Personnel Command
NAVSEA Naval Sea Systems Command
NAVSECGRUACT Naval Security Group Activity
NAVSTA Naval Station
NAVSUBASE Naval Submarine Base
NAVSUP Naval Supply Systems Command
NAVTRA Chief of Naval Training
NAVY RESERVE Reserve component of the US Navy in which part-time Sailors and Officers are called into Active Duty, or mobilized, as needed
NAWCAD Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division
NAWCWD Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (formerly Pacific Missile Test Center)
NBSD Naval Base San Diego
NCDOC Naval Information Operation Command
NCDU Navy Comat Demolition Unit
NCF Naval Construction Force (Seabees)
NCIS Naval Criminal Investigative Service
NCM Navy Commendation Medal
NCTAMS Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station
NCTS Naval Computer Telecommunications Station
NECC Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
NEIC Sealift Logistics Command Atlantic
NeL Navy eLearning
NEX A department store for military personnel and their families
NEX Navy Exchange
NEX The Navy Exchange
NFAAS Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System
NFO Naval Flight Officer
NFO Normal Fuel Oil
NFO Officer who specializes in aircraft weapons and sensor systems (2nd seat in the cockpit)
Nightdippers HS-7
NIOC Combined Task Forces
NJROTC Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
NKO Navy Knowledge Online
NMCB Naval Mobile Contruction Battalion Seabees
NMCI Navy/Marine Corps Intranet
NMPS Navy Mobilization and Processing Site
NMTI Navy Military Training Instructor
NNSY Norfolk Naval Shipyard
NNWC Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command
NOSC Navy Operational Support Center (a US Navy Reserve shore command)
NOSR Network On-Site Representative
NPC Navy Personnel Command
NPS Non-Prior Service
NPS Someone without any previous military experience
NRC Main headquarters for Navy recruiting, located in Millington, Tennessee
NRC Navy Recruiting Command
NROTC A college scholarship program used to recruit future commissioned Officers for the Navy and Marine Corps
NROTC Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
NROWS Navy Reserve Order Writing System
NS Naval Station
NSAWC Center that provides training and service to aircrews and squadrons
NSAWC Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center
NSGA Naval Security Group Activity
NSIPS Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System
NSWC Naval Surface Warfare Center
NSWG Naval Special Warfare Group
NSY Naval Shipyard
NTC Naval Training Center
NUWC Naval Undersea Warfare Center
NWTD Non Watertight Door
NWU Navy Working Uniform
OAE Old Antartic Explorer
OBA Oxygen Breathing Apparatus
OCS A 12-week training program designed to give Officers a working knowledge of the Navy, equivalent to Boot Camp
OCS Officer Candidate School
OFFICER The leadership and management team of the Navy and Navy Reserve, requires a degree and completion of Officer Training
OFS Out Freaking Standing (Polite)
OIC A commissioned Navy Officer in charge of an organization, facility or function, responsible for others
OIC Officer in Charge
Old Buzzards VP-62
OM On the Move
OMBUDSMAN Volunteer who is the well-trained link between Sailors and their families
OMPF Official Military Personnel File
OOD Officer of the Deck
OOMA Optimized Organizational Maintenance Activity
OPCON Operational Control
OPNAV Ofice of the Chief of Naval Operations
OPS-O Operations Officer
OSA Overseas Contingency Operation Support Assignments
OSTR Optimal Ship Track route
OVERHEAD The ceiling
P-DAYS “Processing days” When recruits first arrive at Boot Camp, they are issued initial equipment, uniforms and supplies
PACOM Pacific Command
PAO Officer responsible for preparing and disseminating information relative to military operations
PAO Public Affairs Officer
PAPERCLIP People Against People Ever Reenlisting Civilian Life Is Preferred
Patriots VAQ-140
PAX Passengers
PCO Prospective Commanding Officer
PCS Permanent Change of Station
PDHA Post-Deployment Health Assessment
PDHRA Post-Deployment Health Re-Assessment
Pelicans VUP-19
PFA A required basic physical test conducted to determine the physical fitness of Navy personnel
PFA Physical Fitness Assessment
PHA Physical Health Assessment
PHRA Physical Health Re-Assessment
PI An inspection of a recruit’s personal appearance and uniform
PI Personal Inspections
PIR Boot Camp graduation
PIR Pass in Review
PO(3/2/1) Petty Officer (Third/Second/First Class)
POC Point of Contact
POD Plan of the Day
POM Plan of the Month
POOW Petty Officer of the Watch
PORT A place on a waterway with facilities for loading and unloading ships
PORT SIDE The left side of a nautical vessel
POTUS President of the United States
POW Plan of the Week
POW Prisoner of War
PRD Date on which a Navy Officer or Sailor’s next duty station is established based on their pay grade and community
PRD Projected Rotation Date
PRIFLY Primary Flight Control (Aircraft carriers)
Proud Warriors HSL-48
Providers VRC-30
PRT A required basic physical test conducted to determine the physical fitness of Navy personnel
PRT Physical Readiness Test
PSNS and IMF Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
PT Physical Training
PTS Perform to Serve
Pukin Dogs VFA-211
PWD Public Works Department
PXO Prospective Executive Officer
QAWTD/QAWTH Quick Acting Water Tight Door/Quick Acting Water Tight Hatch
QM Quartermaster
QMOW Quartermaster of the Watch
QUARTERS Assembling all hands for muster; Also refers to a home on base, a residence
RADCON Radiation Control
RADM Rear Admiral (United States)(Upper Half)
RAG Replacement Air Group, now known as Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS)
Rampagers VFA-86
Rangers VQ-2 (Disestablished 2012)
RATING A job specialty title
Rawhides Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fleet
RCA Reactor Controls Assistant
RDC Recruit Division Commander
RDC Recruit Drill/Division Commander
RDC Sailor responsible for training recruits at the Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC)
RDML Rear Admiral (United States)(Lower Half)
Red Lancers VP-16
Red Lions HSC-2
Red Rippers VFA-15
Red Wolves VC-6
REGSUPPORG Sea Logistics Atlantic
REVEILLE A signal signifying the start of a workday
RHIB (RIB) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat
RICKY A recruit
RIMPAC Rim of the Pacific
RIO Radar Intercept Officer (NFO in F-4 Phantom II and F-14 Tomcat)
RL A Line Officer is a commissioned Officer who is not eligible for sea command
RL Restricted Line
RLO Restricted Line Officer
RMD Restricted Maneuvering Doctrine
Rooks VAQ-137
Rough Riders VFA-125
Royal Maces VFA-27
RP Religious Program Specialist
RPM Remedial Project Mangaer
RPOC Recruit Petty Officer in Charge or Recruit Chief Petty Officer
RT Radiotelephone (Voice Radio)
RTC Campus located in Great Lakes, Illinois, where Navy recruits train to become Sailors Also known as Boot Camp
RTC Recruit Training Command
S1C Seaman 1st Class
S2C Seaman 2nd Class
S2F Speed to Fleet
SA Seaman Apprentice
Saberhawks HSL-47
SAG Surface Action Group
SAM Surface-to-Air Missile (NB-1)
SAPR Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
SARC Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman
SAU Search and Attack Unit
SCAT Small Craft Attack Team
SCBA Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Scorpions HSL-49
Scorpions (Expeditionary) VAQ-132
SCPO Senior Chief Petty Officer
Screaming Eagles VP-1
Screwtops VAW-124
SCRMC INGLESIDE Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Two
SCULLERY A place to wash dishes
SCUTTLEBUTT Term used primarily for rumors and rumor control
SCW Seebee Combat Warfare Specialist Insignia
SE Support Equipment
Sea Knights HSC-26
Seabees Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command
Seahawks HSL-41
Seahawks VRC-40
SEAL Members of the Navy Special Operations Force who specialize in direct action and special reconnaissance missions
SEAL Sea-Air-Land (Team)
SEALOGCENT Sealift Logistics Command Far East
SEALOGEUR Sealift Logistics Command Central
SEALOGFE Naval Network Warfare Command
SEALOGLANT Commander, Naval Coastal Warfare Group Two
SEALOGLANT Sealift Logistics Command Pacific
SEALOGPAC Sealift Logistics Command Europe
SEALs United States Navy SEALs (stands for Sea, Air, Land), officially termed Special Warfare Operators (SO)
SEAOPDET Sea Operational Detachment
SECDEF Secretary of Defense (United States)
SECNAV Civilian head of the Department of the Navy, responsible for conducting all affairs related to the Department
SECNAV Secretary of the Navy (United States)
SECURE To stop or quit work
SERMC MAYPORT Commander, Explosive Ordance Disposal Group Two
Shadowhawks VAQ-141
Shadows VQ-4
SICK BAY Medical facility located in a hospital, aid station or on board ship
SICLOS Shift Inspect Clean Lube Oil Strainers
Sidewinders VFA-87
SIQ Sick In Quarters
SIQ Term used when injury is such that in-hospital care is not required
Skinny Dragons VP-4
SLBM Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile
SN Seaman
SNA Student Naval Aviator
SNIPE Anyone who works in the Engineering department
SO Special Warfare Operator, aka US Navy SEAL
SOFA Status of Forces Agreement
SOP(A) Senior Officer Present (Ashore)
SOPA Senior Officer Present Afloat
SOQ Sailor of the Quarter
SOY Sailor of the Year
Spartans HSM-74
SPAWAR Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
SPAWARSYSCEN Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
SR Seaman Recruit
SRB Selective Reenlistment Bonus
SRW Shutdown Roving Watch
SS Submarine Specialist or Submersible Ship
SSBN (aka Boomers) Hull classification for ballistic missile submarines; The SS denotes submarine, the B denotes ballistic missiles, and the N denotes nuclear-powered
SSES Ships Signals Exploitation Space; A compartment on a ship where embarked NAVSECGRU personnel, known a Cryptologic Technicians, do their work
SSGN Hull classification symbol for cruise missile submarine; The SS denotes submarine, the G denotes guided missile, and the N denotes nuclear-powered
SSN Hull classification symbol for general-purpose fast attack submarines; The SS denotes submarine, while N denotes nuclear-powered
SSOQ Senior Sailor of the Quarter
SSOY Senior Sailor of the Year
SSTG Ships Service Turbo Generator
STARBOARD The right side of a nautical vessel
STERN The aft part (rear) of a ship or boat
STG Sonar Technician Surface
Stingers VFA-113
STREAM Standard Tension Replenishment Alongside Method
STS Sonar Technician Submarines
SUBRON Submarine Squadron
SUBSAFE Submarine Safety Program
Sun Kings VAW-116
Sunliners VFA-83
SUPPO Supply Officer
SWAB A mop
Swamp Fox Carrier Tactical Support Center
SWCC Navy Special Operations Force member who operates the inventory of boats used for mission support
SWEEPERS Cleaning ritual that involves sweeping assigned areas
SWO Navy Officer Corps who pilot, operate and manage a surface ship such as destroyers and cruisers
SWO Surface Warfare Officer
SWO Surface Warfare Officer
Swordsmen VFA-34
SWOSCOLOM Newport Commander, Submarine Forcem United States Atlantic Fleet
T Missile Technician
TACK Meaning Dash or Hyphen
TACRON ELEVEN Tactical Air Control Squadron 11
TACRON TWELVE DET Tactical Air Control Squadron 12 Detachment
TACRON TWO ONE Tactical Air Control Squadron Two One
TACRON TWO TWO Tactical Air Control Squadron Two Two
TAD A temporary assignment of additional duty
TADCEN Training and Distribution Center
TAO Tactical Action Officer (Fights the ship under the supervision of the Captain)
TAPS Lights out, time for sleep
TAR Training and Administration of the Reserve
TE Task Element
TF Task Force
TFO Non-aircrew personnel that have passed requirements to act as part of the aircrew
TFO Temporary Flight Orders
TFOA Things Falling Off Aircraft
TG Task Group
Tigers VP-10
Tigertails VAW-126
TILLIE Large mobile crane on Flight Deck to pick up and move disabled aircraft Came from original crane designation: T1-E
TM Torpedoman's Mate
Tomcatters VFA-32
Top Hatters VFA-14
TOPGUN United States Navy Fighter Weapons School
Tridents HS-5
Tridents VP-45
TSP Troubled Systems Process
TU Task Unit
TURN TO Begin work
TYCOM Type Commanders
UA Unauthorized Absence, equivalent to Army absent without leave (AWOL)
UA Urinalysis
UAS Unmanned Aerial System
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UCMJ The foundation of all military law in the United States, applicable to all members of uniformed services of the United States
UCMJ Uniform Code of Military Justice
UDT Underwater Demolition Team
UNODIR Unless Otherwise Directed
UNREP Underway Replenishment
UNSAT Unsatisfactory
URL Officer of the line in the US Navy who is qualified to command ships, subs and aviation units
URL Unrestricted Line Officer
USMC United States Marine Corps, organized under the United States Department of the Navy
USN United States Navy
USNA United States Naval Academy (Annapolis)
USS United States Ship
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-75
USS Enterprise CVN-77
USS George H.W. Bush Commander, Fleet Air, Mediterranean
USS George Washington Carrier Air Wing Five
USS Harry S. Truman CVN-65
USS John C. Stennis Aircraft Carrier - Air Wing Nine
USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier - Air Wing Eleven
USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier - Air Wing Two
USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-69
UWT Underwater Telephone
VA/VAM Fixed Wing Attack/Fixed Wing Medium Attack
Valions VFA-31
Vanguard HM-15
VAQ Fixed Wing Electronic-Attack Squadron
VAW Fixed Wing Airborne Early Warning Squadron
VBSS Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure
VCNO Vice Chief of Naval Operations
VDS Variable Depth Sonar
VERTREP Vertical Replenishment
VF Fixed Wing Fighter (No Longer Used)
VFA Fixed Wing Strike Fighter Squadron
Vikings VAQ-129
Vipers HSL-60
VP Fixed Wing Patrol Squadron
VRC Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC-30 Providers)
VTU Volunteer Training Unit
VX Air Test & Evaluation Squadron (VX-4 Evaluation)
Wallbangers VAW-117
War Eagles VP-26
Warhawks HS-10
Warhawks VFA-97
Warlords HSL-51
WAVES Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
WCS Workcenter Supervisor
Wildcards HSC-23
Wildcats VFA-136
Wizards VAQ-133
Wizards VPU-2
WO Warrant Officer
Wolfpack HSL-45
WORKING ALOFT Working above the highest deck, generally performing maintenance on the ship’s mast
World Watchers VQ-1
WSO (Wizzo) - Weapon Systems Officer (Naval Flight Officer)
WSO Specific to the F/A-18F and F/A-18D aircrafts, an Officer who specializes in airborne weapons and sensor systems
WTC Waterfight Compartment
WTD Watertight Door
WTF Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, usually an interrogative phrase, but may also be used in a declarative manner
WTH Water Tight Hatch
XO Executive Officer - second in command, reporting to the Commanding Officer (CO)
Yellowjackets (Expeditionary) VAQ-138
YN Yeoman