Military Acronyms

Military Acronyms


The list of acronyms below are commonly used within the military and the National Guard Family Program community. Be aware that there may be acronyms or terms that are unique to your location.

If there is an acronym that you do not see here, send us an e-mail through the contact link above and we will add it to this list.

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AARTS Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System
AASCU American Association of State Colleges and Universities
AAFES Army and Air Force Exchange Service
ACCOMPANIED TOUR Tour of duty with family members
ACE American Council on Education
ACES Army Continuing Education System
ACT American College Testing Assessment Programs
ACS/FPC Army Community Service/Family Program Coordinator
ACTIVE AIR FORCE On active duty
ACTIVE ARMY On active duty
AD Active Duty
ADJ Adjutant
ADVANCED PAY Payment before [duty performed] actually earned
AER Army Emergency Relief
AFAP Army Family Action Plan
AFTB Army Family Team Building
AG Adjutant General
AGR Active Guard and Reserves
AIT Advanced Infantry Training
AKO Army Knowledge Online
ALERT Emergency call to be ready
ALLOTMENT Designated payment by Guardsman to bank or individual
ALLOWANCE Pay and special compensation
APF Appropriated Funds
APFT Army Physical Fitness Test
APO Army Post Office
AR Army Regulation
ARC American Red Cross
ARNG Army National Guard
ARNGUS Army National Guard of the United States
ARTICLE 15 Disciplinary action
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASE Automotive Service Excellence (Examination)
ASI additional skill identifiers
ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
AT Annual Training
ATRRS Army Training Requirement and Resources System
AWOL Absent Without Leave
BAQ Basic allowance for quarters
BARRACKS/BILLETS Place where a Guardsman lives
BAS Basic allowance for subsistence
BCT Basic Combat Training
BDE Brigade
BDU Battle dress uniform (jungle, desert, cold weather)
BENEFITS Medical, dental, commissary, etc
BN Battalion
BNCOC Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course
BX Base Exchange
CADRE Leadership at training level
CCAF Community College of the Air Force
CHAIN OF COMMAND Leadership structure
CHAIN OF CONCERN An informal self-help channel for family members
CDR Commander
CDC Child Development Center
CDS Child Development Services
CG Commanding General
CGSC Command and General Staff College
CHAMPUS Civilian Health & Medical Program for the Uniformed Services
CHAPLAIN Military minister, priest, rabbi, or pastor
CID Criminal Investigation Division
CLEARING Obtaining official release from post/base
CLEP College Level Examination Program
CO/Co Commanding Officer/Company
COB Close of Business
CODE OF CONDUCT Rules by which a Guardsman must live
COLA Cost of Living Allowance
COLORS National and unit/organization flags
COMMISSARY Grocery store for military
CONUS Continental United States
COURT-MARTIAL Trial system within the Army/Air Force
CPO Civilian Personnel Office
CQ Charge of quarters (duty required after duty hours)
CS/C of S Chief of Staff
CY Calendar year
DA Department of Army
DANTES Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
DAYROOM Recreation area in Guardsman lodging
DCSPER Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel
DEA Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
DECA Defense Commissary Agency
DEERS Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
DEP Delayed Entry Program
DEPLOYMENT Guardsman sent on a mission without family members
DETAIL A job or assignment
DEROS Date of Estimated Return from Overseas
DFAS Defense Finance and Accounting System
DI Drill Instructor
DIC Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
DINING IN Formal social gathering for Guardsmen only
DINING OUT Formal social gathering of Guardsmen with spouses
DIRECT DEPOSIT Guardsman’s guaranteed check to bank
DISCHARGE Departure from active duty
DO Duty Officer
DOB Date of Birth
DOD Department of Defense
DOGTAGS Identification tags worn by Guardsmen
DOR Date of Rank
DPP Deferred Payment Plan
DRESS BLUES Informal attire with four-in-hand tie/formal attire with bow tie
DRESS MESS Formal attire; short jacket equivalent to “white tie and tails”
DSN Defense Switched Network (current term for Autovon)
DSST DANTES Subject Standardized Test
DUTY ASSIGNMENT Job/place while on active duty
DVA Department of Veteran’s Administration
ECEP Excelsior College Examination Program
EOA Equal Opportunity Adviser
EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
EER/OER Enlisted/Officer Evaluation Report
EFMP Exceptional Family Member Program
EM Enlisted Member
EN Enlisted
ESC Education Support Center
ESPRIT DE CORPS Morale within unit or organization
ETS Estimated Time of Separation
ETS Expiration Term of Service
FAC Family Assistance Center
FAMILY ADVOCACY Program that assists with child and spouse abuse problems
FAMILY CARE PLAN Written instructions for care of family members while sponsor is away from duty station (can include provisions for finances, wills, and guardianship)
Provides family support services to active dutymembers and their familiesOrganization of family members, volunteers, and mutualGuardsmen/civilian employees belonging to a unit/organization that together provide an avenue of support and assistance and a network of command, communication among the family members, the chain of command, and community resources
FCP Family Care Plan
FDU Full Dress Uniform
FIELD DAY Designated day for military displays
FIELD GRADE Majors, lieutenant colonels, and colonels
FLO Family Liaison Office
FM Family Member/Field Manual
FMEAP Family Member Employment Assistance Program
FORMATION Gathering of Guardsmen in a prescribed way
FORSCOM Forces Command
FPC Family Program Coordinator
FRGs Family Readiness Group
FRO Family Readiness Officer
FROCK Assume next higher grade without pay
FRSSC Family Readiness and Support Service Contractor
FRUIT SALAD Ribbons and medals worn on uniform
FRG Family Support Group
FTA Federal Tuition Assistance
FY Fiscal Year
FYI For Your Information
GARRISON Post or community
GEAR Equipment used by Guardsmen
GED General Education Diploma
GI BILL Education entitlement
GI PARTY Clean up duty
GMAT Graduate Management Admissions Test
GO General Officer
GRADE Corresponds to pay level of Guardsman (E-3, O-2, etc.)
GRE Graduate Record Examination
GREEN BERETS Special Forces
GS General Schedule (Government civilian employee pay grades)
GUEST HOUSE Temporary living quarters
GUIDON Unit identification flag
HARDSHIP TOUR Unaccompanied tour of duty
HASH MARKS Stripes for enlisted members’ time in service
HAZARDOUS DUTY PAY Extra pay for duty in hostile area
HHC Headquarters and Headquarters Company
HOR Home of Record
HOUSING OFFICE Where Guardsmen check in for housing
HQ Headquarters
HQDA Headquarters, Department of the Army
HS Home Station
IADT Initial Active Duty Training
ID Card Identification card
IET Initial Entry Training
IG Inspector General
INFO For the Information Of
INSIGNIA Indicates branch of Guardsmen
IRR Individual Ready Reserve
ITO Information Travel Office/Invitational Travel Order
ITT Information, Tours, and Travel
JAG Judge Advocate General
JODY CALL Troop cadence for marching or running
JR EN Junior Grade Enlisted Personnel
JR NCO Junior Grade Noncommissioned Officer
JUNGLE BOOTS Special boots for tropical climates
JUMPS Joint Uniform Military Pay System
K-9 Dogs trained for military police service
KLICK Slang for kilometer
KP Kitchen Patrol
LEAVE Approved time away from duty
LES Leave and Earnings Statement
LOCATION ALLOWANCE Allowance received for PCS move
LOGISTICS Equipment and support needed for performance
MACOM Major Army Command
MAP Military Assistance Program
MCFP Military community Family Policy
ME/U Mind Extension University
MEDIVAC Medical evacuation
METL Mission Essential Task List
MFRC Military Family Resource Center
MGIB Montgomery GI Bill
MGIB-AD Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty
MGIB-SR Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
MIA Missing in Action
MOAA Military Officers’ Association of America
MOI Memorandum of Instruction
MOS Military Occupational Specialty
MOTOR POOL Area where official vehicles are kept
MP Military Police
MPRJ Military Personnel Records Jacket (201 File)
MRE Meals Ready to Eat
MUSARC Major U.S. Army Reserve Command
MUTA Multiple Unit Training Assembly
MWR Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
NA Not Applicable
NAF Non-Appropriated Funds (generally located)
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCO Noncommissioned Officer
NCOA Noncommissioned Officers Association
NCODP Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Program
NCOER Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report
NCOIC Noncommissioned Officer in Charge
NGB National Guard Bureau
NGR National Guard Regulation
NLT Not Later Than
NTE The Praxis Series (Professional Assessment for beginning teachers)
OBC/OAC Officer Basic/Advanced Course
OCONUS Outside Continental United States
OCS Officer Candidate School
OIC Officer-in-Charge
OJT On the Job Training
OPSEC Operations Security
ORDERLY ROOM Company office
ORDERS Spoken or written instructions to Guardsman
PA Private Auto
PAC Personnel Administration Center
PAM Pamphlet
PAO Public Affairs Officer
PCS Permanent Change of Station
PEBD Pay entry basic date
PERSCOM Total Army Personnel Command
PLATOON Several squads within a company
PLDC Primary Leadership Development Course
PM Provost Marshal (police chief)
POA Power of Attorney
POC Point of Contact
POI Program of Instruction
POST EXCHANGE Army department store
POV Privately Owned Vehicle
POWER OF ATTORNEY Legal document permitting a person to act on behalf of another
PROTOCOL Customs and courtesies
PT Physical Training
PX Post Exchange
QTRS Quarters (living area)
RA Regular Army
RANK Official title of Guardsman
RC Reserve Component
RCE Regents College Examinations
RD Rear Detachment
RDC Rear Detachment Commander
RDF Rapid Deployment Force
R&D Research and Development
REFRAD Release From Active Duty
REG Regulation
REGT Regiment
RETREAT Bugle/flag ceremony at end of day
RE-UP Reenlist
REVEILLE Bugle call/ceremony at beginning of day
R&R Rest and Recreation
RFO Request For Orders
RIF Reduction In Force
RPO Regional Processing Office
ROSTER List of members
ROTC Reserve Officer’s Training Corps
RUFFLES ANDFLOURISHES Musical honor for general officers and equivalent rankingofficials
SAT Scholastic Assessment Test
SBP Survivor Benefit Plan
SD Staff Duty
SDNC Staff Duty Noncommissioned Officer
SDO Staff Duty Officer
SECFOR Security Force
SEPARATION PAY Pay for unaccompanied duty
SFPD State Family Program Director
SGLI Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance
SHORT TIMER Person with short time left to serve on active duty
SHORT TOUR Unaccompanied tour
SICK CALL Specific block of time for medical attention
SIDPERS Standard Installation/Division Personnel System
SJA Staff Judge Advocate
SMI Supplemental Medical Insurance
SMP Simultaneous Membership Program
SOC Service Members Opportunity College
SOCOM Special Operations Command
SOF Special Operations Forces
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SPACE A Space available
SPONSOR Person who is salaried by the Government
SQD Squad, a unit within a platoon
SQI skill qualification identifiers
SRB Selective Reenlistment Bonus
SSN Social Security Number
STARC State Area Command
SUBSISTENCE Food allowance
SURE PAY Guardsman’s guaranteed check to bank
TA Tuition Assistance
TAG The Adjutant General
TAF Total Army Family
TAFP Total Army Family Program
TAPS Last bugle call of the day
TDA Tables of Distribution and Allowances
TDY Temporary Duty
TOE Table(s) of Organization and Equipment
TRADOC Training and Doctrine Command
TSP Troop Support Packages
UCMJ Uniform Code of Military Justice
UIC Unit Identification Code
UMT Unit Ministry Teams
USACFSC U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center
USAR U.S. Army Reserve
USAREC U.S. Army Reserve Command
USC United States Code
USO United Service Organization
USWOA US Army Warrant Officers Association
VA Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly Veterans Administration)
VEAP Veterans Educational Assistance Program
VHA Variable Housing Allowance
WFPC Wing Family Program Coordinator
WO Warrant Officer
WOB Warrant Officer Basic Course
WOCS Warrant Officer Candidate School
XO Executive Officer
YS Youth Services