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US Army Acronyms

Alphabetical Listing of US Army Acronyms

  • AAF — Army Airfield
  • AAFES — Army And Air Force Exchange Service
  • AAM — Army Achievement Medal; Air-to-Air Missile (see ATAM); Automated Acquisition Module
  • AAR — After-Action Review (formerly After-Action Report); Air-to-Air Receive; Air-to-Air Refueling; Aircraft Accident Report
  • ABN — Airborne
  • AC — Aircraft Commander; Active Component; Alternating Current; Aircraft; Aircraft Carrier; Air Conditioning; Air Controller; Aircrew; Armament Computer; Associate Contractor
  • ACU — Army Combat Uniform; Assault Craft Unit; Annunciator Control Unit; Automatic Calling Unit; Administrative Control Unit
  • AIT — Advanced Infantry Training; Advanced Individual Training (specialty Training Post-BCT); Aircraft Interface Tester; Automated Interactive Target; AUTODIN Interface Terminal; Automated Identification Technology
  • ALICE — All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment
  • AMF — Army Modular Force
  • AN — Army/Navy; See JETDS
  • ANCOC — Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course
  • AO — Accounts Office; Acquisition Objective; Action Officer; Aircraft Operator; Oiler (underway Replenishment); Administration Officer; Air Officer; Area of Operations; Aviation Ordnance Person
  • AOC — Air And Space Operations Center; Air Operations Center; Army Operations Center; Air/Oil Cooler; Approach On Course; Auxiliary Output Chips; Aviation Ordnance Chief; Area of Concentration
  • AOO (AO) — Area of Operations; Aviation Ordnance Officer
  • AOR — Area of Responsibility; Allowance Overrides; Annual Operating Requirement; Area of Operations; Replenishment Oiler (underway Replenishment)
  • APC — Armored Personnel Carrier; Acquisition Professional Community; Accelerated Provision Concepts; Account Processing Code; Activity Process Codes; Agency Program Coordinator; Air Project Coordinator; Aerial Port Commander; Assign Pre-programmed Conference (l
  • APFT — Army Physical Fitness Test
  • ARCAM — Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
  • ARCOM — Army Commendation Medal
  • ARFORGEN — Army Force Generation
  • ASAP — As Soon As Possible (pronounced AY-sap)
  • ASCC — Army Service Component Command
  • ASI — Additional Skill Identifier
  • ASOC — Air Support Operations Center
  • AST — Area Support Team
  • ASW — Anti-Submarine Warfare; Average Surface Wind
  • ATAM — Air-To-Air Missile
  • AVF — All-Volunteer Force
  • AWOL — Absent Without Official Leave. Not At One’s Place of Duty
  • AWR — Air Worthiness Release
  • B/N — Bombardier/Navigator. The Observer On A US Air Force Fighter-bomber.
  • BAH — Basic Allowance For Housing (formerly BAQ)
  • BAQ — Basic Allowance For Quarters; Basic Aircraft Qualification
  • BCD — Bad Conduct Discharge; Binary-Coded Decimal; Battlefield Coordination Detachment
  • BCT — Basic Combat Training (familiarly Basic Training Or Basic)
  • BDU — Battle-Dress Uniform; Bomb Dummy Units
  • BEQ — Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
  • BLUF — Bottom Line Up Front (i.e.
  • BNCOC — Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course
  • BOG — Beach Operations Group
  • BOQ — Bachelor Officers’ Quarters
  • BRM — Basic Rifle Marksmanship
  • BSB — Base Support Battalion
  • BWT — Battlefield Weather Team
  • BX — Base EXchange. Air Force Name For A PX (see Below.)
  • CAB — Combat Aviation Brigade; Cabin; Centralized Accounting & Billing (Navy); Contract Adjustment Board; Cost Analysis Brief; Combat Action Badge
  • CAC — Common Access Card; Community Activity Center
  • CAPE — Corrective Action Through Physical Exercise
  • CASEVAC — CASualty EVACuation
  • CAV — Cavalry (Armored Cavalry Regiment); Cavalry Fighting Vehicle
  • CBR — Chemical-Biological-Radiological (see NBC); Charger Battery Relay
  • CENTCOM — United States Central Command (AFB MacDill
  • CIB — Combat Infantryman Badge; Combined Information Bureau; Controlled Image Base
  • CIF — Central Issue Facility
  • CO — Commanding Officer (also Conscientious Objector); Certifying Officer; Change Order; Contracting Officer
  • COA — Course of Action
  • COB — Close of Business. The End of The Day Or Duty Shift. MEANING: By The End of The Duty Day. USAGE: Get That To Me By COB Today!!!; Contingency Operating Base. Example: Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher
  • CONUS — CONtinental United States
  • CPX — Command Post Exercise
  • CQ — Charge of Quarters. A Company-level Position of Responsibility For Units Who House Troops In Their Areas. Given To A Mid-level Or Junior NCO Who Is Responsible For The Company’s Barracks And Area During Off-duty Hours When The Company Commander And/or F
  • CTA — Common Table of Allowances
  • CTC — Combat Training Center
  • CWO — Chief Warrant Officer; Communications Watch Officer
  • CWST — Combat Water Survival Test
  • CWT — Combat Weather Team
  • DA — Department of The Army; Data Adapter Aerospace Drift; Data Administrator; Direct Action; Directorate For Administration (DIA); Decision Agent; Developing Agency; Design Agent; Development Activity; Disbursing Advisory Notice; Drift Angle
  • DCM — Distinguished Conduct Medal; Data Channel Multi-plexer; Deputy Chief of Mission; Data Communication Module
  • DCU — Data Control Unit; Document Control Unit; Desert Camouflage Uniform (not Official)
  • DD — Destroyer (Navy Ship); Defense Department (see Department of Defense)
  • DFAC — Dining Facilities Administration Center (i.e.
  • DFAS — Defense Finance And Accounting System
  • DOD (DD) — Department of Defense (Defense Department
  • DPICM — Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (i.e.
  • DRU — Direct Reporting Unit
  • DX — Direct Exchange (of Damaged Equipment)
  • EFP — Explosively-Formed Projectile
  • EIB — Expert Infantryman’s Badge
  • EMT — Emergency Medical Technician; Emergency Medical Treatment; Elapsed Maintenance Time
  • EOD — Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • ETS — Expiration of Term of Service (scheduled Date of Separation From Active Duty); Electronic Time Keeping System; Emergency Temporary Standard; Engineering (and) Technical Services (Request); Engineering Time Standards; Estimating Tracking System; Estimated
  • EUCOM — United States European Command (Stuttgart-Vaihingen
  • EXSUM — Executive Summary
  • FARP — Forward Arming And Refueling Point/Forward-Arming Replenishment Package
  • FEBA — Forward Edge of Battle Area
  • FLOT — Forward Line of Own Troops
  • FOA — Field Operating Agency
  • FOB — Forward Operating Base; Forward Operations Base
  • FORSCOM — United States Army Forces Command (Ft. McPherson
  • FOUO — For Official Use Only
  • FTX — Field Training Exercise
  • FUBAR — Fucked Up Beyond Any Repair
  • GCM — Good Conduct Medal; General Court-Martial; Guidance Section
  • GFOQ — General/Flag Officers’ Quarters
  • GMC — General Military Course
  • HAHO — ‘High-Altitude High-Opening Parachute Technique (type of Parachute Jump
  • HALO — High-Altitude Low-Opening Parachute Technique (type of Parachute Jump
  • HANO — High-Altitude No-Opening Parachute Technique (type of Parachute Jump
  • HBCT — Heavy Gade Combat Team
  • HE — High-Explosive; Handling Equipment; Housing Expense; Heavy Equipment

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