Military Acronyms

Let's face it, the Military loves their acronyms. It doesn't matter if you're a new recruit, seasoned operator or the spouse of a soldier, you're going to eventually come up against a term you haven't encountered before. Don't sweat it, we've got you covered with our Military Acronym Finder. If you've got some time to kill, browse through the acronym's letter by letter. If you just need to find a definition for an acronym real quick, use the handy search box. If we missed an Acronym in our database, send it to us!

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Acronyms Definitions

Popular Military Acronyms

ASVABThe Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States armed forces.
MILSPECmilitary specification
OCSOfficer Candidate School
ACUArmy Combat Uniform
AITAdvanced Individual Training
BDUBattle Dress Uniform
BCTBasic Combat Training
MOLLE or M.O.L.L.E.MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
DODDepartment of Defense
DEFCONdefense readiness condition
MIAmissing in action
POWprisoner of war
SPAWARThe Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), based in San Diego, is an echelon II organization within the United States Navy and Navy's technical authority and acquisition command for C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), business information technology and space systems.
DFGLDFGL Distinct Faith Group Leader

Featured Military Acronyms

CCIRcommander's critical information requirement; International Radio Consultative Committee
airmiss(DOD,NATO) See near miss.
J-2T-1joint staff target operations division
ULFultra low frequency
SCTshipping coordination team; single channel transponder
Navy special operations component(DOD) The Navy component of a joint force special operations component. Also called NAVSOC. See also Air Force special operations component; Army special operations component.
E3Echelon 3; electromagnetic environmental effects
terrestrial environment(DOD) The Earth's land area, including its man-made and natural surface and sub-surface features, and its interfaces and interactions with the atmosphere and the oceans.
localizer(DOD,NATO) A directional radio beacon which provides to an aircraft an indication of its lateral position relative to a predetermined final approach course.
guerrilla force(DOD) A group of irregular, predominantly indigenous personnel organized along military lines to conduct military and paramilitary operations in enemy-held, hostile, or denied territory.