Part of any culture is the 'slang' or 'inside' language that members of the culture use to communicate with each other. The Military is certainly no different in this respect than any other culture. There are several sources of Acronyms that CFTT has found that should be useful to anyone interested in researching a word or expression they have heard but don't quite understand. All of us have been there at one time or another. Between these sites, you should find what you need in most cases.
In fact, if you wish to add to our list and know of an Acronym that is missing, feel free to go to the Contact Page and submit it to us. Some day, when time permits, we will try to consolidate the three sources below into one list and we can include your suggestion at that time.
- Click Here... This is a very staight forward and well organized list. Many of your needed Acronyms will be found in this PDF
- This is very complete and interesting web site that includes a wide range of Acronyms arranged in interesting categories. Additionally, there's some good music provided that may make your search enjoyable River Vet Web Site Glossary. If you prefer a PDF copy of this document, you can Click Here for it
- Click Here... Another list provided by John Mundt, Ph.D. who had this in the handout document of his PESI Training course
- Click Here... This last one is from Alison Lighthall. Although there is much of what you see in the first two, it contains some unique terms.
What names do you refer to a military memnbers as based on which Service they belong to?
Here a short list of some very common terms with an emphasis on Army terms:
- OEF - Operation Enduring Freedom - it is a multinational military operation aimed at dismantling terrorist groups, mostly in Afghanistan. It officially commenced on Oct. 7, 2001 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.
- OIF - Operation Iraqi Freedom - also known as the Iraq War; began on 3/20/2003.
- USAR - United States Army Reserve
- USANG - United States Army National Guard
- E1-E9; O1-O10 - Enlisted Ranks; Officer Ranks
- SPC Specialist, rank of E4, often referred to a “Spec 4”
- First SGT - First Sergeant, rank of E7, is the lead enlisted person in a company. It and SSG,
E6 Staff Sergeant, are key leadership ranks with lots of job pressures
- NCO - Non-Commissioned Officer, ranks E6 through E9
- IEDs - Improvised Explosive Devices
- FOB - Forward Operating Base
- Sandbox - Iraq and Afghanistan
- Down Range - Deployed to anyplace where there is shooting
- Outside the Wire - Leave the safety of the "enclosed" military base (FOB)
- Taking the Pack Off - Leaving mentally and physically from combat
- Top Cover - Making sure the boss looks good