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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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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
GCSground control station
FWDforward
air defense warning conditions(DOD) A degree of air raid probability according to the following code. The term air defense region/sector referred to herein may include forces and units afloat and/or deployed to forward areas, as applicable. Air defense warning yellow - attack by hostile aircraft and/or missiles is probable. This means that hostile aircraft and/or missiles are en route toward an air defense region/sector, or unknown aircraft and/or missiles suspected to be hostile are en route toward or are within an air defense region/sector. Air defense warning red - attack by hostile aircraft and/or missiles is imminent or is in progress. This means that hostile aircraft and/or missiles are within an air defense region/sector or are in the immediate vicinity of an air defense region/sector with high probability of entering the region/sector. Air defense warning white - attack by hostile aircraft and/or missiles is improbable. May be called either before or after air defense warning yellow or red. The initial declaration of air defense emergency will automatically establish a condition of air defense warning other than white for purposes of security control of air traffic. Also called ADWCs.
other detainee(DOD) Person in the custody of the US Armed Forces who has not been classified as an enemy prisoner of war (article 4, Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (GPW)), retained personnel (article 33, GPW), or civilian internee (article 78, Geneva Convention). Also called OD. See also civilian internee; custody; detainee; prisoner of war; retained personnel.
GTMglobal transportation management
FOUOfor official use only
NAVELSGNavy Expeditionary Logistic Support Group
countersign(DOD,NATO) A secret challenge and its reply. See also challenge; password.
HYEhigh-yield explosives
N-4Navy component logistics staff officer

 

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