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1SG first sergeant
A&L administrative and logistics
A/DACG arriving/departing aircraft control group
AC Army airspace command and control
ACS Army airborne command and control system
AA assembly area
AAR after action review
AATF air assault task force
ABCS Army battle command system
ABF attack by fire
ACA airspace coordination area
ACFL agreed cease fire line
ACL allowable combat load
ACO air coordination order
ACP armament control panel
ACR armored cavalry regiment
ACR/L armored cavalry regiment/light
ACS air cavalry squadron
ACT air cavalry troop
ACTM air cavalry team
ACU area common user
AD air defense
ADA air defense artillery
ADO air defense officer
ADRG arc digitized raster graphic
ADSS ANVIS display symbology system
AFAPD Air Force applications program development
AGES air ground engagement system
AGMB advance guard main body
AGT air-ground team
AH attack helicopter
AHO above highest obstacle
AHRS attitude heading reference system
AHT assault helicopter troop
ALFGL automatic low frequency gain limiting
ALO air liaison officer
ALOA air limit of advance
ALOC administrative/logistics operations center
ALSE Army life support equipment
AM amplitude modulation
AMC Army Materiel Command
AMO air movement officer
AMPS aviation mission planning system
ANCD automated net control devices
ANGLICO air and naval gunfire liaison company
AO area of operation
AOC air operations center
AOT areas of transfer
APFSDS armor-piercing, fin-stabilized, discarding sabot (ammunition)
ARAT Army Reprogramming Analysis Team
ARFOR Army Force
arty artillery
ASAS-RWS all-source analysis system-remote work station
ASB aviation support battalion
ASE aircraft survivability equipment
ASI additional skill identifier
ASL authorized stockage list
ASOC air support operations center
ASP ammunition supply point
ATA air-to-air
ATAS air-to-air stinger
ATC air traffic control
ATCCS Army tactical command and control system
atchs attaches
ATF aviation task force
ATHS airborne target handover system
ATKHB attack helicopter battalion
ATKHT attack helicopter troop
ATM aircrew training manual, air targeting mode
ATO air tasking order
ATP ammunition transfer point
ATS air traffic services
AVIM aviation intermediate maintenance
avn aviation
AVTOC aviation tactical operations center
AVTR airborne video tape recorder
AVUM aviation unit maintenance
AWACS airborne warning and control system
BCBL battle command battle lab
BDA battle damage assessment
BDAR battle damage assessment and repair
BDE brigade
BHL battle handover line
BHO battle handover
BMNT beginning morning nautical twilight
BMO battalion maintenance officer
BMP Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty (literal Russian: combat vehicle, infantry)
Bn battalion
BP battle position
BSA brigade support area
C-E communication-electronic
C command and control
CV command and control vehicle
CI command, control, communication, and intelligence
CAM chemical agent monitor
CAS close air support
CASEVAC casualty evacuation
CATF commander amphibious task force
CCIR commander's critical information requirements
Cdr commander
CD-ROM compact disk-read only memory
CEOI communication electronic operating instructions
CEWI combat electronic warfare and intelligence
CF correlation factor
CFL coordinated fire line
CFT captive flight trainer
CG center of gravity
cGyph centigray per hour
CH cargo helicopter
CLF commander landing force
CMS countermeasure set
Cmd command
C-NITE Cobra night
CNR combat net radio
COA course of action
COLT combat observation lasing team
comm communication
COMMZ communication zone
COMSEC communications security
CONUS continental United States
COP combat observation post
COSCOM corps support command
CP command post
CPG copilot-gunner
CPO copilot-observer
CRP combat reconnaissance patrol
CS combat support
CSAR combat search and rescue
CSM command sergeant major
CSOP combat security observation post
CSS combat service support
CTCP combat trains command post
CTT commanders tactical terminal
CW continuous wave
CW2 Chief Warrant Officer, W-2
CW3 Chief Warrant Officer, W-3
CW4 Chief Warrant Officer, W-4
CW5 Chief Warrant Officer. W-5
DA Department of the Army
DAO division ammunition officer
DAART downed aircraft/aircrew recovery team
DART downed aircraft recovery team
DASB division aviation support battalion
DCS division cavalry squadron
DEL deployment equipment list
DEW directed energy weapons
DF direction finding
dig digital
DIG date-time group
DISCOM division support command
Div division
DMMC division material management center
DMSO division medical supply office
DP decision point
DPW Department of Public Works
DRA data rate adapter
DS direct support
DSA division support area
DST decision support template
DTC data transfer cartridge
DTED digital terrain elevation data
DTM data transfer module
DTR defense transportation regulation
DTS data transfer system
DVO direct view optics
DZ drop zone
EA engagement area
ECAS environmental compliance assessment system
ECCM electronic counter-countermeasures
ECM electronic countermeasures
ED environmental division
EEFI essential elements of friendly information
EEI essential elements of information
EENT end evening nautical twilight
EFST essential fire support task
EGI embedded GPS/INS
EID emitter identification database
EMCOM emissions control
EO electro-optical
EP electronic protection
EPW enemy prisoner of war
ERFS extended range fuel system
ES electronic support
ESM electronic support measures
ETAC enlisted terminal attack controller
EU electronic unit
EW electronic warfare
EWO electronic warfare officer
EWS electronic warfare support
EXTAL extra time allowance
FA field artillery
FAA forward assembly area
FAC forward air controller
FARE forward area refueling equipment
FARP forward area arming and refueling point
FASCAM family of scatterable mines
FCC flight coordination center
FCR fire control radar
FEBA forward edge of the battle area
FFA free-fire area
FFAR folding fin aerial rockets
FFIR friendly force information requirements
ST fire support team
FH frequency hopping
FLE forward logistics element
FLIR forward looking infrared
FLOT forward line of own troops
FM field manual, frequency modulation
FOC flight operations center
FORSCOM United States Army Forces Command
FOV field of view
FP forward patrol
FPF final protective fires
FRAGO fragmentary order
FSB forward support battalion
FSCL fire support coordination line
FSCM fire support coordinating measures
FSCOORD fire support coordinator
FSE forward support element, forward security element
FSO fire support officer
FSSE forward service support elements
FWF former warring factions
G3 Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations and Plans)
GAS ground aided seeker
GB gigabyte
GCA ground controlled approach
GCT ground cavalry troop
GFAP general framework agreement for peace
GLO ground liaison officer
GMRR guards motorized rifle regiment
gnd ground
grp group
GPS global positioning system
GRREG graves registration
GS general support
GSAB general support aviation battalion
GSR ground surveillance radar
GT gun target
GTM ground targeting mode
GUI graphical user interface
HA holding area
HAZCOM hazardous communications
HAZMIN hazardous waste minimization
HE high explosive
HERO hazards of electromagnetic radiation to ordnance
HESC heavy equipment supply company
HF high frequency
HHB headquarters and headquarters battalion
HHC headquarters and headquarters company
HHQ higher headquarters
HHT headquarters and headquarters troop
HIMAD high-to-medium altitude air defense
HIRSS hover infrared suppression system
HM hazardous material
HMMWV high mobility multipurpose wheel vehicle
hr hour
HSC headquarters and supply company
HSD horizontal situational display
HUMINT human intelligence
HW hazardous waste
HVT high valve target
ID identification
IDM improved data modem
IEBL inter-entity boundary line
IEW intelligence and electronic warfare
IFF identification, friend or foe
IFOR implementation force
IMC instrument meteorological conditions
IMCPU improved master controller processor unit
IMSP improved mast mounted sight system processor
INS inertial navigation system
INTSUM intelligence summary
IO information operations
IP instructor pilot
IPB intelligence preparation of the battlefield
IR infrared
ITO installation transportation officer
IW information warfare
J-SEAD joint-suppression of enemy air defense
JAAT joint air attack team
JCO joint commission observer
JMC joint military commission
JPN jam program number
JSTARS joint surveillance target attack radar system
JTF joint task force
KIA killed in action
km kilometer
KMIH kilometer traveled in an hour
KMPH kilometers per hour
KW Kiowa Warrior
LAN local area network
LANTIRN low altitude navigation target infrared night
LBA Longbow Apache
LCE load carrying equipment
LCU lightweight computer unit
LD line of departure
LNO liaison officer
LOA limit of advance
LOAL lock on after launch
LOAL-DIR lock on after launch-direct
LOAL-HI lock on after launch-high
LOAL-LO lock on after launch-low
LOBL lock on before launch
LOC line of contact
LOGPAC logistics package
LOS line of sight
LP listening post
LRF/D laser range finder/designator
LRSD long range surveillance detachment
LST laser spot tracker
LZ landing zone
MAC Military Airlift Command
MACOM major command
maint maintenance
MBA main battle area
MCOO modified combined obstacle overlay
MCS maneuver control system
MCS/P maneuver control system/phoenix
MDMP military decision making process
ME main effort
MEDEVAC medical evacuation
METL mission essential task list
METT-T mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time available
MFD multifunction display
MFO multifunction display
MI military intelligence
MIA missing in action
MICLIC mine-clearing line charge
MIH miles traveled in an hour
MILES multiple integrated laser engagement system
MILSTAMP military standard transportation and movement procedure
min minute
MMC materiel management center
MMS mast-mounted sight
MOPP mission oriented protective posture
MOUT military operation in urban terrain
MPH miles per hour
MPSM multipurpose submunition
MRB motorized rifle battalion
MRC motorized rifle company
MRE meal, ready to eat
MRP motorized rifle platoon
MRR motorized rifle regiment
MRT minimum resolvable temperature
MS mission support, movement station
MSB main support battalion
MSCA military support to civilian authorities
MSE mobile subscriber equipment
MSEC-BBS multiservice electronic combat-bulletin board system
MSR main supply route
MTI moving target indicator
MTO message to observer
NAI named areas of interest
NAVAIDS navigational aids
NBC nuclear, biological, and chemical
NCO noncommissioned officer
NCOIC noncommissioned officer in charge
NCS net control station
NCTR noncooperative target recognition
NEO noncombatant evacuation operations
NEP National Environmental Protection Agency
NET new equipment training
NFA no-fire area
NFL no-fire line
NGFS naval gun fire support
NIGA neutron induced gamma activity
NIMA National Imagery and Mapping Agency
NOE nap-of-the-earth
NRB natural resources branch
NSFS naval surface fire support
NVD night vision device
NVG night vision goggle
O/O on order
O&I operations and intelligence
OCOKA obstacles, cover and concealment, observation and fields of fire, key terrain, and avenues of approach
OCONUS outside continental United States
OD outside dose
ODA optical display assembly
OH observation helicopter
OIC officer in charge
OP observation post
OPCON operational control
PLAN operation plan
OPORD operation order
OPSEC operations security
OPTEMPO operation tempo
ORF operational readiness float
OT observer target
PA pressure altitude
PAC pitch attitude cue
PAF preassault fires
PC pilot in command
PCC precombat checks
PCI precombat inspection
PCOA probable courses of action
PDU pilot display unit
photo photograph
PIR priority intelligence requirements
PL phase line
PLL prescribed load list
PLS palletized load system
plts platoons
PMCS preventive maintenance checks and services
POC point of contact
POD port of debarkation
POE port of embarkation
POL petroleum, oils, and lubrication
POR preparation of replacement for overseas movement
PPAR purpose of fires, priority of fires, assets available/allocations and restrictions
PPC performance planning card
PPM progressive phase maintenance
PRC populace and resources control
PST past time
PW pulsed wave
PZ pickup zone
QRF quick reaction force
R&S reconnaissance and surveillance
RADAR radio detection and ranging
RAS regimental aviation squadron
RATT radio teletypewriter
RBECS remote battlefield electronic CEOI system
REDCON readiness condition
RF radio frequency
RFA restrictive fire area
RFI radar frequency interferometer
RFL restrictive fire line
RIF reconnaissance in force
RMMC regimental materiel management center
RMP reprogrammable microprocessor
ROE rules of engagement
ROS relief on station
RP release point
RSA regimental support area
RSDS radar signal detecting set
RSS regimental support squadron
RTO radiotelephone operator
RWS remote work station
S&S supply and service
S&T supply and transport
S1 adjutant
S2 intelligence officer
S3 operations and training officer
S4 supply officer
S5 civil affairs officer
SAD safe/arm device
SAL HF semiactive laser designated hellfire
SALT size, activity, location, and time
SALUTE size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment
SAM surface-to-air missile
SARH semi-active radar homing
SATCOM satellite communication
SA-6 (Gainful, Soviet SAM)
SA-8 (Gecko, Soviet SAM)
SA-11 Gadfy, Soviet Low-to-Medium Altitude SAM)
SBF support by fire
SCO squadron commander
SE supporting effort
SEAD suppression of enemy air defenses
SEMA special electronic mission aircraft
SHORAD short range air defense
SICP-RWS standard integrated command post rigid wall shelter
SIDPERS standard installation/division personnel system
SIGINT signal intelligence
SINCGARS single channel ground and airborne radio system
SIP system improvement program
SIT/STAT situation/status
SITREP situation report
SITTEMP situation and event template
SJA staff judge advocate
SME subject matter expert
SMO squadron maintenance officer
SOCCE special operations command and control element
SOF special operations force
SOI signal operation instructions
SOP standing operating procedures
SOSR suppress, obscure, secure, and reduce
SP start point
SPIN special instructions
SPOTREP spot report
sqdn squadron
SQI skill qualification identifier
SRA specialized repair authorization
SSA squadron support area
STACOM satellite communications
STU-III secure telephone unit-III
STX situational training exercises
TAA tactical assembly area
TAC tactical air coordinator
TAC CP tactical command post
TAC(A) tactical air coordinator (airborne)
TACAIR tactical air
TACAN tactical air navigation
TACFIRE tactical fire
TACP tactical air control party
TADS target acquisition and designation system
TAI target areas of interest
TC ACCIS Transportation Corps automated command and control information system
TCC transportation component command
TCIM tactical communication interface module
TCU transportable computer unit
TDIS time-distance
TDMP tactical decision making process
TF task force
TFE task force eagle
TI technical inspector
TIRS terrain reference index system
TIS thermal imaging sensor
TIS INTG thermal imaging sensor integrator
TOA transfer of authority
TOC tactical operations center
TOE/TO&E table of organization and equipment
TOF time of flight
TOO tactical operations officer
TOT time-on-target
TOW tube launched, optical tracked, wire guided (missile)
TPM terrain profile mode
TPME task, purpose, method, and end state
TRP target reference point
TSU telescopic sight unit
TTP tactics, techniques, and procedures
TVM track-via-missile
TVS television sensor
UAV unmanned aerial vehicle
UH utility helicopter
UHF ultra high frequency
UMCP unit maintenance collection point
UMO unit movement officer
UMT unit ministry team
UNIX multiuser, multitasking operating system
UNPROFOR United Nations Protection Force
US United States
USA United States Army
USAAVNC United States Army Aviation Center
USAF United States Air Force
USMC United States Marine Corps
USN United States Navy
USTRANSCOM United States Army Transportation Command
UTM universal transverse mercator
UWP universal weapon pylon
UXO unexploded ordnance
VHF very high frequency
VIXL video image crosslink
VMF variable message format
VPK vehicles per kilometer
VPM vehicles per mile
VSD vertical situation display
VTR video tape recorder
WARNORD warning order
WH white hot
WOD word of day
WO1 Warrant Officer One
WSPS wire strike protection system
XO executive officer
ZOS zone of separation


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