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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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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

ANZUSAustralia-New Zealand-United States Treaty
FROGfree rocket over ground
flight information region(DOD) An airspace of defined dimensions within which flight information service and alerting service are provided. Also called FIR. See also area control center.
nuclear safety line(DOD,NATO) A line selected, if possible, to follow well-defined topographical features and used to delineate levels of protective measures, degrees of damage or risk to friendly troops, and/or to prescribe limits to which the effects of friendly weapons may be permitted to extend.
controllable mine(DOD,NATO) A mine which after laying can be controlled by the user, to the extent of making the mine safe or live, or to fire the mine. See also mine.
airborne mission coordinator(DOD) The designated individual that serves as an airborne extension of the component commander or supported commander responsible for the personnel recovery mission, through the designated personnel recovery task force to manage requirements for the rescue force by monitoring the status of all its elements, requesting additional assets when needed, and ensuring the recovery and supporting forces arrive at their designated areas to accomplish the mission. Also called AMC. See also combat search and rescue; combat search and rescue task force; personnel recovery coordination cell.
UNLOCUnited Nations logistic course
irregular outer edge(DOD,NATO) In land mine warfare, short mine rows or strips laid in an irregular manner in front of a minefield facing the enemy to deceive the enemy as to the type or extent of the minefield. Generally, the irregular outer edge will only be used in minefields with buried mines.
anchorage(DOD) A specified location for anchoring or mooring a vessel in-stream or offshore.
apron(DOD) A defined area on an airfield intended to accommodate aircraft for purposes of loading or unloading passengers or cargo, refueling, parking, or maintenance.


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