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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
baseline costs(DOD) The continuing annual costs of military operations funded by the operations and maintenance and military personnel appropriations.
computer security(DOD) The protection resulting from all measures to deny unauthorized access and exploitation of friendly computer systems. Also called COMPUSEC. See also communications security.
ordered departure(DOD) A procedure by which the number of US Government personnel, their dependents, or both are reduced at a foreign service post. Departure is directed by the Department of State (initiated by the chief of mission or the Secretary of State) to designated safe havens with implementation of the combatant commander noncombatant evacuation operations plan.
rules for the use of force(DOD) Directives issued to guide United States forces on the use of force during various operations. These directives may take the form of execute orders, deployment orders, memoranda of agreement, or plans. Also called RUF.
CSAFChief of Staff, United States Air Force
CGFMFLANTCommanding General, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic
MIWmine warfare
damage expectancy (nuclear)(DOD) The probability that a weapon will arrive, detonate, and achieve at least a specified level of damage (severe or moderate) against a given target. Damage expectancy is a function of both probability of arrival and probability of damage of a weapon.
GMDSSGlobal Maritime Distress and Safety System
MSRVmessage switch rekeying variable

 

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