Military Acronyms

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Popular Military Acronyms

AcronymDefinition
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

AcronymDefinition
GCSCGlobal Contingency Service Contract
AATCCamphibious air traffic control center
disruptive pattern(DOD,NATO) In surveillance, an arrangement of suitably colored irregular shapes which, when applied to the surface of an object, is intended to enhance its camouflage.
plate(DOD,NATO) 1. In cartography: a. a printing plate of zinc, aluminum, or engraved copper; b. collective term for all "states" of an engraved map reproduced from the same engraved printing plate; c. all detail to appear on a map or chart which will be reproduced from a single printing plate (e.g., the "blue plate" or the "contour plate").
net call sign(DOD,NATO) A call sign which represents all stations within a net. See also call sign.
phase(DOD) In joint operation planning, a definitive stage of an operation or campaign during which a large portion of the forces and capabilities are involved in similar or mutually supporting activities for a common purpose.
ATDMadaptive time division multiplexer
migrant(DOD) A person who (1) belongs to a normally migratory culture who may cross national boundaries, or (2) has fled his or her native country for economic reasons rather than fear of political or ethnic persecution.
VMAQMarine tactical electronic warfare squadron
CFACommittee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes (UN)