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***** A *****

A/A air to air
AA avenue of approach; assembly area
AAA antiaircraft artillery
A2C2 Army airspace command and control
AADC area air defense commander
AAP Allied Administrative Publication
AASLT air assault
AAW antiair warfare
ABN airborne
ABCCC airborne battlefield command and control center
ABCS Army Battle Command System
ACA airspace coordination area; airspace control authority
ACE air combat element (NATO); analysis and control element; aviation combat element (USMC)
AFCT aircraft
ACL allowable combat load; allowable cabin load
ACM airspace control measures
ACO airspace control order
ACP air control point; Allied Communications Publication
acq acquisition
ACR armored cavalry regiment
ACT analysis control team
AD air defense; armored division
ADA air defense artillery
ADC area damage control; assistant division commander
ADC(M) assistant division commander (maneuver)
ADC(S) assistant division commander (support)
ADM atomic demolition munitions
admin administrative
ADOA air defense operations area
ADP automated data process(ing)
AEW airborne early warning
AFSOC Air Force special operations component
A/G air to ground
AG adjutant general
AGL above ground level
AGM air-to-ground missile
AGS Armored Gun System (light tank)
AI air interdiction
AIM air intercept missile
AJ Azerbaijan
ALCE airlift control element
ALO air liaison officer; artillery liaison officer
alt altitude, alternate
AMB air mission brief; air mobility branch
AMC air mission commander
ammo ammunition
ANGLICO air/naval gunfire liaison company
AO area of operations
AOA amphibious objective area
AOC air operations center
AOI area of interest
AOR area of responsibility
AP antipersonnel
APC armored personnel carrier
APOD aerial port of debarkation
APOE aerial port of embarkation
APP Allied Procedural Publication
AQ Samoa (US)
AR Army regulation; armor
ARFOR Army forces
ARG amphibious ready group
armd armored
ARSOA Army special operations aviation
ARSOF Army special operations forces
ARSOTF Army special operations task force
arty artillery
AS Australia; area security
ASCC Army service component commander
ASL authorized stockage list; allowable supply list
aslt assault
ASLT PSN assault position (graphics)
ASM antiship missile
ASOC air support operations center
ASP ammunition supply point
ASR alternate supply route; ammunition supply rate
ASW antisubmarine warfare
AT antiterrorism; antitank
ATACMS Army Tactical Missile System
ATC air traffic control
ATF amphibious task force
atk attack
ATK PSN attack position (graphics)
ATM air tasking message (Army)
ATO air tasking order
ATP ammunition transfer point; Allied Tactical Publication
AVIM aviation intermediate maintenance
AVLB armored vehicle-launched bridge
AVLM armored vehicle-launched mine clearing
AVLO aviation liaison officer
avn aviation
AWACS Airborne Warning and Control System
AXP ambulance exchange point

***** B *****

B biological (graphics)
BA Bahrain
BAI battlefield air interdiction
BAS battalion aid station
BC battle command
BCC battlefield circulation control
BCD battlefield coordination detachment
BCOC base cluster operations center
BDA battle damage assessment
BDAR battle damage assessment and repair
bde brigade
BDOC base defense operations center
BDU battle dress uniform
BDZ base defense zone
BE Belgium
BF beginning of radioactive fallout
BFV Bradley fighting vehicle
BH Belize
BICC battlefield information coordination center
biol biological
BK Bosnia-Herzgovina
BL Bolivia
BMCT begin morning civil twilight
BMNT begin morning nautical twilight
bn battalion
BO Belarus
BOS battlefield operating systems
BP battle position
BPAD broadcast public affairs detachment
B/P be-prepared mission
BPSE brigade PSYOP support element
BR Brazil
BRAA bearing, range, altitude, aspect
BSA brigade support area
btry battery
BU Bulgaria
BZ buffer zone

***** C *****

C chemical (graphics)
C command and control
C2W command and control warfare
C3 command, control, and communications
C3CM command, control, and communications countermeasures
C3I command, control, communications, and intelligence
C4I command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence
CA Canada; civil affairs; combat assessment
cal caliber
CALFEX combined arms live fire exercise
CAP crisis action planning; combat air patrol
CARP computed air release point
CARS combat arms regimental system
cas casualty
CAS close air support
CATF commander, amphibious task force
CATK counterattack (graphics)
cav cavalry
cbt combat
CCIR commander's critical information requirements
CCL combat-configured load
CCP communications checkpoint
CCT combat control team
CD chemical defense; counterdrug; Chad
C-day unnamed day on which a deployment operation commences or is to commence
CDM chemical downwind message
CDS container delivery system
CE command element
CENTCOM United States Central Command
CEP circular error probable
CEWI combat electronic warfare and intelligence
CFA covering force area; call forward area
CFL coordinated fire line
CG commanding general
cGy centigray
CH China; chaplain
chem chemical
CHS combat health support
CI combat intelligence; counterintelligence; Chile
CINC commander of a combatant command; commander in chief
CJCS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
CJTF commander, joint task force
CLF commander, landing force
CLR STA clearing station (graphics)
cmd command
CMO civil-military operations
CMOC civil-military operations center
co company
CO commanding officer; Colombia
COA course of action
COCOM combatant command (command authority)
COFM correlation of forces and means
COLT combat observation and lasing team
COMINT communications intelligence
comm communications
COMMZ communications zone
COMSEC communications security
CONPLAN concept plan
const construction
CONUS continental United States
COSCOM corps support command
CP command post
CPSE corps PSYOP support element
CPX command post exercise
CS combat support; Costa Rica
CSAR combat search and rescue
CSC combat stress control
CSH corps surgical hospital
CSR controlled supply rate
CSS combat service support
CSSE combat service support element
CT counterterrorism
CTCP combat trains command post
CU Cuba
CUWTF Combined Unconventional Weapons Task Force
CW chemical warfare
CY Cyprus
CZ combat zone

***** D *****

D dental (graphics)
DA Denmark; direct action
DAO division ammunition officer
DCA defensive counterair; Defense Communications Agency
DCM deputy chief of mission
DCS defensive counterspace; Defense Communications System
D-day unnamed day on which a particular operation commences or is to commence
D-3 3 days prior to D-day
D+7 7 days after D-day
D+90 90 days after D-day
DE directed energy
DEFCON defense readiness condition
det cord detonation cord
DEW directed-energy warfare
DFSCOORD deputy fire support coordinator
DGZ desired ground zero
DISCOM division support command
DISE division intelligence support element
DISUM daily intelligence summary
div division
DLIC detachment left in contact
DMZ demilitarized zone
DOA direction of attack
DOD Department of Defense
DOS day of supply
DOW died of wounds
DP decision point
DPSE division PSYOP support element
DPU data processing unit
DR Dominican Republic
DRB division ready brigade
DS direct support
DSA division support area
DSM decision support matrix
DST decision support template
DSU direct support unit
DTG date-time group
DWRIA died of wounds received in action
DZ drop zone

***** E *****

EA engagement area; electronic attack; emergency action
EAC echelons above corps
EAD echelons above division
EC Ecuador
ECM electronic countermeasures
E&E evasion and escape
EECT end evening civil twilight
EEFI essential elements of friendly information
EEI essential elements of information
EENT end evening nautical twilight
EF end of radioactive fallout
eff effective
EG Egypt
EI Ireland
ELINT electronic intelligence
ELSEC electronics security
EMCON emission control
EMI electromagnetic interference
EMP electromagnetic pulse
EN engineer (unit designations; graphics)
ENCOORD engineer coordinator
engr engineer
ENY enemy (graphics)
EOD explosive ordnance disposal
EP electronic protection
EPW enemy prisoner of war
equip equipment
ERP engineer regulating point
ES electronic warfare support; El Salvador
ESM electronic warfare support measures; electronic surveillance measures
EUCOM European Command
EW electronic warfare
EZ extraction zone

***** F *****

FA field artillery
FAA forward assembly area
FAAD forward area air defense
FAADEZ forward area air defense engagement zone
FAAWC force antiair warfare commander
FAC forward air controller
FAC(A) forward air controller (airborne)
FARP forward arming and refueling point
FASCAM family of scatterable mines
fax facsimile
FB fire base
FCC flight coordination center
FCL final coordination line
FDC fire direction center
FDO flexible deterrent option ; fire direction officer
FDRP first destination reporting point
FEBA forward edge of the battle area
FES forced entry system
FEZ fighter engagement zone
FFA free-fire area
FFCC friendly forces coordination center; force fires coordination center
FFIR friendly forces information requirements
FH field hospital
FID foreign internal defense
FISINT foreign instrumentation signals intelligence
FIST fire support team
FLB forward logistics base
fld field
FLE forward logistics element
FLO fighter liaison officer
FLOT forward line of own troops
FM field manual; frequency modulated/modulation
FMC fully mission capable
FMF Fleet Marine Force
FO forward observer
FOB forward operations base
FOC flight operations center
FPF final protective fire
FPL final protective line
FR France
FRAGO fragmentary order
FSA forward support area (NGFS)
FSB forward support battalion
FSC fire support coordinator (USMC)
FSCC fire support coordination center (USMC)
FSCL fire support coordination line
FSCM fire support coordinating measure
FSCOORD fire support coordinator
FSE fire support element
FSO fire support officer
FSS fire support station (NGFS)
FSSG force service support group
FTCP field trains command post
fwd forward
FY Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

***** G *****

G1 Assistant Chief of Staff, Personnel
G2 Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence
G3 Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations
G4 Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics
G5 Assistant Chief of Staff, Civil Affairs
G6 Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications
GA nerve agent tabun
GB nerve agent sarin
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council
GCE ground combat element
GD nerve agent soman
GE Germany
GEOREF geographic reference
GG Georgia (the nation)
GIE global information environment
GMT Greenwich Mean Time
gp group
GPS global positioning system
GR Greece
GS general support
GSM ground station module
GSR general support-reinforcing; ground surveillance radar
GT Guatemala
GW guerrilla warfare
GZ ground zero

***** H *****

HA Haiti; holding area; humanitarian assistance
HACC humanitarian assistance coordination center
HAHO high-altitude high-opening (parachute technique)
HALO high-altitude low-opening (parachute technique)
HARM high-speed antiradiation missile
HCA humanitarian and civic assistance
HD heavy drop; blister agent (distilled Levinstein mustard)
HE high explosive
hel helicopter
HELO helicopter
HET heavy equipment transporter
HF high frequency
H-hour specific hour on D-day at which a particular operation commences
H-3 3 hours prior to H-hour
H+7 7 hours after H-hour
H+30 min 30 minutes after H-hour
HHB headquarters and headquarters battery (FA and ADA)
HHC headquarters and headquarters company
HHT headquarters and headquarters troop (cavalry units)
HIDACZ high-density airspace control zone
HIMAD high-altitude missile air defense
HL blister agent (mustard-lewisite mixture)
HMMWV high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle
HN host nation; blister agent (nitrogen mustard)
HO Honduras
HOB height (depth) of burst
hos hostile
HPRF high pulse repetition frequency
HPT high-payoff target
HQ headquarters
HR Croatia
H&S headquarters and service
HT blister agent (mustard T-mixture)
HU Hungary
HUMINT human intelligence
HVT high-value target

***** I *****

ICAC2 integrated combat airspace command and control
ID identification; infantry division
IDAD internal defense and development
IDP initial delay position
IED imitative electromagnetic deception
IEW intelligence and electronic warfare
IFF identification, friend or foe (radar)
IFV infantry fighting vehicle
IG inspector general
IHL intelligence handover line
IMINT imagery intelligence
IN India; infantry
inf infantry
INFOSEC information security
INTSUM intelligence summary
IPB intelligence preparation of the battlefield
IPW prisoner of war interrogation
IR information requirements; infrared, thermal; Iran
IS Israel
ISB intermediate staging base
ISE intelligence support element
ISS information system security
IT Italy
IV intravenous
IW information warfare
IZ Iraq

***** J *****

JA Japan
JAAT joint air attack team
JCATF joint civil affairs task force
JCS Joint Chiefs of Staff
JCSE joint communications support element
JDISS Joint Deployable Intelligence Support System
JEZ joint engagement zone
JFACC joint force air component commander
JFC joint force commander
JFLCC joint force land component commander
JFMCC joint force maritime component commander
JFSOCC joint force special operations component commander
JIB Joint Information Bureau
JIC joint intelligence center
JLOTS joint logistics over-the-shore
JMC joint movement center
JO Jordan
JOA joint operations area
JOC joint operations center
JOPES Joint Operation Planning and Execution System
JP joint publication
JPOTF joint psychological operations task force
JRC joint reception center
JSEAD joint suppression of enemy air defenses
JSOA joint special operations area
JSOACC joint special operations air component commander
JSOLE joint special operations liaison element
JSOTF joint special operations task force
JSTARS Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System
JTB joint target board
JTF joint task force
JUWC Joint Unconventional Warfare Command
JUWTF Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force

***** K *****

KIA killed in action
km kilometer
KN Korea (North)
KS Korea (South)
kt kiloton
KU Kuwait
KZ Kazakhstan

***** L *****

L light (refers to light infantry) (graphics)
LAB logistics assault base
LANTCOM United States Atlantic Command
LAPES low-altitude parachute extraction system
LAV light armored vehicle
LC line of contact
LCC land component commander
LD line of departure
LD/LC line of departure is line of contact
LE Lebanon
LEN large extension node
LF landing force
LG Latvia
LH Lithuania
LIWA land information warfare agency
LL light line; latent lethality
LLTR low-level transit route
LNO liaison officer
LO lubrication order; law and order; Slovakia
LOA limit of advance
LOC lines of communications
LOD line of demarcation
LOGPAC logistics package
LOS line of sight
LOTS logistics over-the-shore
LP/OP listening post/observation post (USMC)
LRP logistics release point
LRS long-range surveillance
LRSD long-range surveillance detachment
LRSU long-range surveillance unit
LSD least separation distance
LTD laser target designator
LU Luxembourg
LY Libya
LZ landing zone

***** M *****

M mechanized (graphics)
MACCS Marine air command and control system
MACG Marine air control group
MACS Marine air control squadron
MAG Marine aircraft group
MAGTF Marine air-ground task force
MAIN primary command post (graphics)
maint maintenance
MALS Marine aviation logistics squadron
MarDiv Marine division
MASINT measurement and signature intelligence
MASS Marine air support squadron
max maximum
MBA main battle area
MCM mine countermeasures
MCRP Marine Corps Reference Publication
MD Moldavia; medium division
M-day mobilization day
mech mechanized
med medical
MED manipulative electromagnetic deception
MEDEVAC medical evacuation
MEF Marine expeditionary force
MEF(FWD) Marine expeditionary force (forward)
met meteorological
METL mission essential task list
METT-T mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time available (Army); mission, enemy , terrain and
weather, troops and support available, and time available (USMC)
MEU Marine expeditionary unit
MEZ missile engagement zone
MFF military free fall
MG Mongolia; machine gun
MHE materials handling equipment
MI military intelligence
MICLIC mine clearing line charge
MIE military information environment
MIJI meaconing, interference, jamming, and intrusion
MILSTD military standard
min minimum
MIST military information support team
MLC military load classification
MLRS multiple launch rocket system
mm millimeter
MOB main operations base
MOBA military operations in a built-up area
MOOTW military operations other than war (joint only)
MOPP mission-oriented protective posture
MOUT military operations on urbanized terrain
MP military police
MPA mission planning agent; manpower authorization; maritime patrol aircraft
MPC military pay certificate
MPF maritime prepositioning force
MPRF medium pulse repetition frequency
MRC major regional conflict/contingency
MRE meal, ready to eat
MRR motorized rifle regiment; minimum-risk route
MSB main support battalion
MSC Military Sealift Command; major subordinate command
MSD minimum safe distance
MSR main supply route
MSL mean sea level
mt megaton
MST maintenance support team
MTF medical treatment facility
MTT mobile training team
MU Oman
MX Mexico

***** N *****

NAI named area of interest
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVSOF naval special operations forces
NBC nuclear, biological, and chemical
NBCWRS nuclear, biological, and chemical warning and reporting system
NCA National Command Authorities
NCS net control station
NCTR noncooperative target recognition
NEO noncombatant evacuation operations
NFA no-fire area
NFL no-fire line
NGFS naval gunfire support
NGLO naval gunfire liaision officer
NGO nongovernmental organizations
NI Nigeria
NIST national intelligence support team
NL Netherlands
NLT not later than
NMCM not mission capable, maintenance
NMCS not mission capable, supply
NO Norway
NOTAM notice to airman
NPG network participating group
NSFS naval surface fire support
NSWG naval special warfare group
NSWU naval special warfare unit
NU Nicaragua
NVD night vision device
NZ New Zealand

***** O *****

OAS offensive air support
obj objective
OCA offensive counterair
OCOKA observation, concealment, obstacles, key terrain, and avenue of approach (Army)
OCS offensive counterspace
OEG operation exposure guide
OP observation post
OPCOM operational command (NATO)
OPCON operational control
OPLAN operation plan
opns operations
OPORD operation order
OPSEC operations security
OPTEMPO operational tempo
OT observer-target

***** P *****

PA Paraguay; public affairs
PAA position area for artillery
PACOM United States Pacific Command
PD point of departure
PDB PSYOP dissemination battalion
PDF principal direction of fire
PE Peru
PERINTSUM periodic intelligence summary
pers personnel
PGIF predicted ground impact point
PIR priority intelligence requirements
PIREP pilot report
PK` Pakistan
PL phase line; Poland
PLD probable line of deployment
plt platoon
PM provost marshal; preventive maintenance; Panama
PMCS preventive maintenance checks and services
PNL prescribed nuclear load
PO Portugal
POD port of debarkation
POE port of embarkation
POG psychological operations group
POL petroleum, oils, and lubricants
POTF PSYOP task force
PP passage point
PRF pulse repetition frequency
PS personnel services
PSE PSYOP support element
psn position
PSYOP psychological operations
pub publication
PUP pop-up point
PVNTMED preventive medicine
PVO private voluntary organizations
PW prisoner of war
PWRS prepositioned war reserve stock
PZ pickup zone
PZCO pickup zone control officer

***** Q *****

QA Qatar

***** R *****

R reinforcing
R3P rearm, refuel, and resupply point
RAA rear assembly area
RAAMS route antiarmor mine system
RAD radiation absorbed dose
RAOC rear area operations center
RAS rear area security
RAU remote access unit
RCA riot control agent
RD radius of damage
REAR rear command post (graphics)
recon reconnaissance
regt regiment
REMS remotely employed sensor
RES radiation exposure status
retrans retransmission
RFA restrictive fire area
RFI request for intelligence/information
RFL restrictive fire line
RGR ranger (graphics)
RHU replacement holding unit
RIP relief in place
RISTA reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, and target acquistion. See RSTA also.
RL release line
RO Romania
ROE rules of engagement
ROI rules of interaction
ROM refuel on the move
ROTA releases other than attack (related nuclear, biological, and chemical)
ROZ restricted operations zone
RP Republic of Philippines; release point
RPB regional PSYOP battalion
RPV remotely piloted vehicle
RQ Puerto Rico
RS Russia; radiation status
RSO&I reception, staging, onward movement, and integration
RSR required supply rate
RSTA reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition
RV radius of vulnerability
RW Rwanda
RWR radar warning receiver

***** S *****

S scatterable mines (graphics)
SA Saudi Arabia
S/A surface to air
SAAFR standard use Army aircraft flight route
SAB separate armored brigade
SAR search and rescue
SAEDA subversion and espionage directed against the Army
SALUTE size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment
SAM surface-to-air missile
SASP special ammunition supply point
SAT security assistance team
SATCOM satellite communications
SBF support by fire
SBU special boat unit
SCI sensitive compartmented information
SEAD suppression of enemy air defenses
SEAL sea-air-land team
SECDEF Secretary of Defense
SEN small extension node
SERE survival, evasion, resistance, and escape
SF special forces
SFC special forces command
SFOB special forces operations base
SFOD-ABC special forces operational detachment Alpha/Bravo/Charlie
SHAPE Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
SHELREP shelling report
SHF super-high frequency
SI Slovenia
SIB separate infantry brigade
SIDPERS Standard Installation Division Personnel System
SIF selective identification feature
sig signal
SIGINT signals intelligence
SIGSEC signals security
SITMAP situation map
SITREP situation report
SJA staff judge advocate
SO special operations; Somalia
SOCCE special operations command and control element
SOCORD special operations coordinator
SOF special operations forces
SOFA status-of-forces agreement
SOI signal operating instructions
SOLL special operations low-level
SOP standing operating procedures
SOSB special operations support battalion
SOSCOM special operations support command
SOSR suppress, obscure, secure, and reduce
SOT-A/B special operations team Alpha/Bravo
SOUTHCOM United States Southern Command
S&P stake and platform
SP start point; strongpoint; self-propelled; Spain
SPOD seaport of debarkation
SPOE seaport of embarkation
SPOTREP spot report
spt support
sqdn squadron
SRD secret restrictive data
ST SEAL team
STANAG standardization agreement (NATO)
SU Sudan
SUPCOM support command
SURFREP surf report
svc service
SY Syria

***** T *****

TAACOM Theater Army Area Command
TAB target acquisition battery
tac tactical
TAC tactical command post; tactical (artillery, naval gunfire, and close air support )
TACAN tactical air navigation
TACC tactical air control center (USN); tactical air command center (USMC)
TACCP tactical command post
TACON tactical control
TACP tactical air control party
TACSAT tactical satellite
TADIL tactical digital information link
TAF tactical air force
TAI targeted area of interest
TALCE tanker airlift control element
TALO tactical air liaison officer; theater airlift liaison officer
TAV total asset visibility
TBM tactical ballistic missile; theater ballistic missile
TCF tactical combat force
TCP traffic control post
TDA table of distribution and allowances
TEB tactical exploitation brigade
TECHCON technical control
TECHINT technical intelligence
TF task force
tgt target
THREATCON threat condition
TI Tajikistan
TIRS terrain index reference system
tm team
TM theater missile
TMD theater missile defense
TOC tactical operations center
TOE table of organization and equipment
TOR terms of reference
TOT time on target (naval gunfire, mortar, and close air support)
TOW tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided, heavy antitank missile system
TPFDD time-phased force and deployment data
TPFDL time-phased force and deployment list
TPT tactical PSYOP team
TRADOC United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
trans transportation
TRP target reference point
TS Tunisia; top secret
TU Turkey
TX Turkmenistan

***** U *****

UAV unmanned aerial vehicle
UGS unattended ground sensors
UHF ultrahigh frequency
UK United Kingdom
UMCP unit maintenance collection point
UN United Nations
UP Ukraine
US United States
USAF United States Air Force
USASOC United States Army Special Operations Command
USCG United States Coast Guard
USFK United States Forces Korea
USMC United States Marine Corps
USN United States Navy
UTM universal transverse mercator
UW unconventional warfare
UXO unexploded explosive ordnance
UY Uruguay
UZ Uzbekistan

***** V *****

V veterinary (graphics)
VE Venezuela
VFR visual flight rules
VHF very high frequency

***** W *****

WARNO warning order
WCS weapons control status
WFZ weapons free zone
WIA wounded in action
WS Samoa Western

***** Y *****

YE Yemen
YU Serbia and Montenegro Federal Republic

***** Z *****

Z Zulu Time
ZI Zimbabwe
ZK Czech Republic
ZOS zone of separation
ZULU Universal Time

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