Military Acronyms and Terms

Alphabetical list of military acronyms and terms

Acronym or TermMeaning or Definition
AFBAir Force Base
AWOLAbsent Without Leave
AFRCAir Force Reserve Command
AAFArmy Airfield
AAFESArmy & Air Force Exchange(Stores on installations that are run by the military.)
ABAir Base
ACSArmy Community Service
A&FRCAirmen and Family Readiness Center
ADActive Duty – full-time occupation as part of a military force, as opposed to reserve duty.
AFAir Force or Armed Forces
AFRAir Force Reserves
AGRArmy Guard Reserve – a restricted and specialized active duty program of United States military reserves.
AERArmy Emergency Relief – financial assistance to help soldiers and their dependents.
AFAFAir Force Assistance Fund
AGAdjutant General
BAHBasic Allowance for Housing
BASBasic Allowance for Subsistence – food allowance meant to offset the cost of meals for the servicemember.
BX/PXBase Exchange/Post Exchange(the military owned store on an installation in which you would locate clothing and incidentals)
BENEFITSMedical, Dental, Commissary, etc.
CDCChild Development Center
CDSChild Development Services
CGCommanding General
CIDCriminal Investigation Division
CO/CoCommanding Office/Company
COLACost of Living Allowance
CONUSContinental United States
CYSSChild, Youth, and School Services
CHAIN OF COMMANDLeadership Structure
CLEARINGObtaining official release from post/base
COMMISSARYGrocery Store for military on installations
COURT-MARTIALMilitary Trial System
CACCommon Access Card (Military Issue Identification Card)
CHOW HALLDining Facility/Cafeteria
CQCharge of Quarters (a desk duty that is often 24 hours)
D Delta
DADepartment of the Army
DRESS UNIFORMService members uniform for special occasions or assigned wear/inspection
DFACDining Facility/Cafeteria
DEERSDefense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
DFASDefense Finance & Accounting System
DLADislocation Allowance – is used to partially reimburse you for expenses incurred relocating your household on a PCS.
DODuty Officer
DODDepartment of Defense
DDESSDomestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, located on some installations in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, Virgina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Cuba
DoDDSDepartment of Defense Dependent Schools, a network of schools, both primary and secondary, that serve the dependents of United States military and civilian DoD personnel in three areas of the world; Europe, Pacific, and Eastern United States and Caribbean areas.
DOJDepartment of Justice
DPPDeferred Payment Plan
DSNDefense Switch Network (worldwide telephone system)
DENTACDental Activity
DEPLOYMENTA mission without family members
DETAILA job or assignment
DISCHARGERelease from Active Duty
DUTY ASSIGNMENTJob or place of duty
EFMPExceptional Family Member Program
ENEnlisted (pay grades E-1 to E-9)
ENTITLEMENTIs something you have a right to receive or claim by law
ESPRIT DE CORPSMorale within unit or organization
F Foxtrot
FACFamily Assistance Center – assist the families of military service members during peacetime and during training or mobilization. A FAC is open to all branches of the military (Air Guard, Army Guard, Active Duty Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and all Reserve Components). A Family Assistance Center provides a “one-stop shopping” & resource to help family members cope with any issue they encounter as a military dependent.
FAPFamily Advocacy Program – supportive programs and services for active duty Soldiers and their Families. The program and services offered range from infant, children, teens, individuals, couples, and parents.
FPCONForce Protection Condition
FMField Manual
FRGFamily Readiness Group – is a command-sponsored organization of family members, volunteers, soldiers and civilian employees associated with a particular unit.
FRSAFamily Readiness Support Assistant
FSAFamily Seperation Allowance – a pay that is accrued when a servicemember is on orders where they cannot take their family
FYFiscal Year
FAMILY ADVOCACYProgram that assists with child and spouse abuse issues
GOGeneral Officer
GOVGovernment Owned Vehicle
GSAGeneral Services Administration
GarrisonPost or Community
GRADECorresponds to pay level of service member
GUEST HOUSETemporary Living Quarters
HIGH SPEEDA way to describe an excellent service member
HHC/HHD/HHBHeadquarters Company/Detachment/Battery
HORHome of Record
HROHuman resources office
HARDSHIP TOURUnaccompanied tour of duty
HAZARDOUS DUTY PAYExtra pay for duty in hostile area
HOMESTEADINGremaining at one duty station for an extended tour or consecutive tours
HOUSING OFFICEWhere service members check in to be assigned housing on the installation
HOOAH/HOORAH/OORAH/HOOYAHShouted by a service member to acknowledge something or show pride
IGInspector General
ITOInvitational Travel Order
ID CardIdentification Card
INSIGNIAIndicates branch of service
JAGJudge Advocate General
JUMP PAYExtra pay for parachute status
KIAKilled in Action
KLICKslang for kilometer
L Lima
LESLeave and Earnings Statement
LEAVEApproved time away from duty
LOCATION ALLOWANCEAllowance received for PCS move
MEDDACMedical Department
MIMilitary Intelligence
MIAMissing In Action
MILPOMilitary Personnel Office
MOAAMilitary Officers’ Association of America
MOB/DEPMobilization and Deployment
MOIMemorandum of Instruction
MPMilitary Police
MOSMilitary Occupational Specialty
MTFMilitary Treatment Facility
MREMeals Ready to Eat
MWRMorale, Welfare and Recreation
NAFNon-Appropriated Funds
NCONon-Commissioned Officer – a position of authority obtained by promotion through the enlisted ranks.
NCOICNon-Commissioned Officer in Charge
OCONUSOutside the continental United States
OHAOverseas Housing Allowance
OICOfficer in Charge
OPSECOperational Security
ORDERSSpoken or written instructions
PACPersonnel Administration Center
PAOPublic Affairs Officer
PAY GRADEDOD system if designating a U.S. serviceperson’s pay (E-1 through E-9, W-1 through W-5, if applicable, and O-1 through O-10), not to be confused with rank.
PCPatrol Cap
PCMPrimary Care Manager
PCSPermanent Change of Station – the official relocation of an active duty military service member – along with any family members living with her or him – to a different duty location, such as a military base.
PLTPlatoon (several squads within a company)
PMOProvost Marshall Office
POAPower of Attorney
POVPrivately Owned Vehicle
PTPhysical Training
PROTOCOLCustoms and Courtesies
QOLQuality of Life
QUARTERSGovernment Housing
RDRear Detachment
RANKOfficial Title
RETREATBugle/flag ceremony at end of day
REVEILLEBugle call/ceremony at beginning of day
S Sierra
SATOScheduled Airlines Ticket Office
SBPSurvivor’s Benefit Plan
SDStaff Duty
SDOStaff Duty Officer
SECDEFSecretary of Defense
SGLIServicemen’s Group Life Insurance
SEPERARTION PAYPay for unaccompanied duty
SPACE ASpace Available Travel
SQUADSmallest tactical unit in the Army
SQUARED AWAYA squared away soldier knows what he or she is doing, has outstanding performance, is neat in his or her appearance, and is always on time.
TDYTemporary Duty
TIGTime in Grade
TLATemporary Living Allowance
TAPSLast bugle call of the day
TA-50Field Gear
UCMJUniform Code of Military Justice
USOUnited Service Organization