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  • A

    Alpha

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  • AA

    Airman Apprentice

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  • AAA

    Awaiting Aircraft Availability

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  • AAFES

    Army Air Force Exchange Service; also called BX

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  • AB

    Air Base (overseas)

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  • ABN

    Airborne

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  • ABU

    Airman Battle Uniform

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  • ACAP

    Army Career and Alumni Program

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  • ACC

    Air Combat Command

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  • ACE

    Schools award military students credit toward a degree based on training and occupational specialty.

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  • ACS

    Army Community Service

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  • ACSC

    Air Command and Staff College

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  • ACU

    Army Combat Uniform

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  • AD

    Active Duty (the military member)

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  • ADA

    Air Defense Artillery

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  • ADAR

    Air Defense Artillery Regiment

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  • ADSC

    Active Duty Service Commitment

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  • AEF

    Aerospace Expeditionary Force

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  • AER

    Army Emergency Relief

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  • AETC

    Air Education Training Command

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  • AFAF

    Air Force Assistance Fund (charity fund raising for AFAS)

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  • AFAR

    Airborne Field Artillery Regiment

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  • AFAS

    Air Force Aid Society

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  • AFB

    Air Force Base

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  • AFI

    Air Force Instruction (regulations)

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  • AFIT

    Air Force Institute of Technology

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  • AFLC

    Air Force Logistics Command

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  • AFMC

    Air Force Materiel Command

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  • AFOQT

    Air Force Officer Qualifying Test

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  • AFPAM

    Air Force Pamphlet

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  • AFRC

    Air Force Reserve Command

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  • AFSC

    Air Force Specialty Code

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  • AFSOC

    Air Force Special Operations Command

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  • AFTB

    Army Family Team Building

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  • AFVC

    Armed Forces Vacation Club

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  • AGR

    Active Guard or Reserve

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  • AIR

    Airborne Infantry Regiment

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  • AIT

    Advanced Individual Training

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  • AKO

    Army Knowledge Online

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  • ALS

    Airman’s Leadership School

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  • AMC

    Air Mobility Command

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  • AMD

    Air Missile Defense

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  • AMN

    Airman

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  • ANCOC

    Advanced Non Commissioned Officers’ Course

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  • ANG

    Air National Guard

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  • AOIC

    Assistant Officer in Charge

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  • APFT

    Army Physical Fitness Test

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  • APO

    Air Post Office

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  • ARC

    American Red Cross

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  • ARNG

    Army National Guard

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  • ASAP

    Army Substance Abuse Program

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  • ASAP

    As Soon As Possible

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  • ASCC

    Army Strong Community Center

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  • ASEP

    Army Spouse Employment Partnership

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  • ASTS

    Aeromedical Staging Squadron

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  • ASVAB

    Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

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  • AT

    Annual Tour

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  • ATC

    Annual Training Conference

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  • AWC

    Air Warfare Center

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  • AWOL

    Absent Without Leave

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  • B

    Bravo

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  • BAH

    Basic Allowance for Housing

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  • BAQ

    Basic Allowance for Quarters

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  • BAS

    Basic Allowance for Subsistence

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  • BASD

    Active Service Date, this is the date the Armed Forces recognizes as your spouses start date of Active Duty

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  • BCG

    Basic Combat Glasses (Birth control glasses)

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  • BCT

    Brigade Combat Team

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  • BCT

    Basic Combat Training (Army)

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  • BDE

    Brigade

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  • BDUs

    Battle Dress Uniform; also called cammies (camouflage)

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  • BEQ

    Bachelor Enlisted Quarters

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  • Blackshoe

    Non-aviation rate enlisted personnel

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  • BLT

    BATALLION LANDING TEAM

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  • BMOC

    Big Man on Campus (the General)

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  • BMT

    Basic Military Training

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  • BN

    Battalion

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  • BNCOC

    Basic NCO Course

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  • BOQ

    Bachelor Officer Quarters

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  • BPED

    Basic Pay Entry Date

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  • BRAC

    Base Realignment and Closure

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  • Brownshoe

    Aviation rate enlisted personnel

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  • BSTB

    Brigade Special Troops Battalion

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  • BTM

    Boarding Team Member Coast Guard- Able to get on civilian boats and check for illegal activity and safety regulations.

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  • BX/PX

    Base Exchange (AF); Post Exchange (Army)

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  • C

    Charlie

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  • CBRN

    Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear

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  • CC

    Commander

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  • CCAF

    Community College of the Air Force

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  • CCC

    Command Career Counselor

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  • CCF

    First Sergeant

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  • CCMSGT

    Command Chief Master Sergeant, formerly known as the Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA)

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  • CCT

    Combat Controller Team

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  • CDC

    Career Development Course

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  • CDC

    Child Development Center

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  • CDC

    Child Development Center – which is the daycare on base

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  • CE

    Civil Engineer

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  • CF

    Child free

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  • CFC

    Combined Federal Campaign (charity fund raising for multiple charities)

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  • CGO

    Company Grade Officer (O1-O3 officers – second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and captain)

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  • CGSC

    Command and General Staff College

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  • CHOP

    Navy Supply Corps Officer

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  • Chow

    Food

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  • CINC

    Commander-in-Chief

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  • CIWS

    Close in Weapons System

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  • CLEP

    College Level Examination Program

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  • CMC

    Command Master Chief

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  • CMDCM

    Command Master Chief (US Navy)

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  • CMOW

    Crew Member of the Watch

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  • CO

    Commanding Officer

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  • COB

    Chief of Boat (Used on Subs in place of CMC)

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  • COB

    Contingency Operating Base

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  • COB

    Close of Business

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  • COB

    Chief Of the Boat- A chief, usually a Senior or Master Chief that overseas the morale and well being of the enlisted personal on a submarine.

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  • COC

    Chain Of Command

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  • COLA

    Cost of Living Allowance

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  • CONUS

    Continental United States (the contiguous 48 states)

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  • CPO

    Civilian Personnel Office

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  • CPO

    Chief Petty Officer

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  • CQ

    Charge of Quarters

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  • CS

    Communications Squadron

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  • CSS

    Commander’s Support Staff

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  • D

    Delta

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  • DAF

    Department of the Air Force

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  • DARED

    Dependency Application/Record of Emergency Data

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  • DCU

    Desert Combat Uniform

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  • DD

    Dear Daughter

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  • DeCA

    Defense Commissary Agency

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  • DECA

    Defense Commissary Agency

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  • Deck

    Floor

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  • DEERS

    Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System

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  • DEROS

    Date Estimated Return from Overseas

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  • DFAC

    Dining Facilities Administration Center (i.e., mess hall or cafeteria)

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  • DFAS

    Defense Finance and Accounting Service

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  • DH

    Dear Husband

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  • DIEM

    of Initial Entry into Military, the very first day your spouse was actually sworn into the Armed Forces

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  • DITY

    Do-It-Yourself Move

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  • Divo

    Division Officer

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  • DLA

    Dislocation Allowance

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  • DNIF

    Duty Not Involving/Including Flying

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  • DOB

    Date of Birth

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  • DOD

    Department of Defense

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  • DONSA

    Day of No Scheduled Activities

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  • DOR

    Date of Rank

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  • DOS

    Date of Separation

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  • DPP

    Deferred Payment Plan

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  • DS

    Dependent Spouse

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  • DS

    Dear Son

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  • DSN

    Defense Switched Network (worldwide telephone system)

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  • DTS

    Defense Travel System

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  • DV

    Disabled Veteran

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  • DVR

    Diver

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  • DWAS

    Defense Working Capital Accounting System

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  • DX

    Direct Exchange

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  • E

    Echo

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  • EAF

    Expeditionary Aerospace Force

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  • EAOS

    End of Active Obligated Service

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  • EFMP

    Exceptional Family Member Program

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  • EOD

    Explosive Ordinance Disposal

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  • EPR

    Enlisted Performance Report

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  • EQUAL

    Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing

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  • ERB

    Enlisted Records Brief, the record the Armed Forces maintains that shows everything your spouse has done, i.e. deployments, schools, rank, marital status etc.

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  • ERD

    Early Return of Dependents

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  • ESC

    Enlisted Spouses Club

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  • ESGR

    Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

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  • ESWS

    Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist

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  • ETS

    Expiration of Term of Service

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  • EWC

    Enlisted Wives Club (title being phased out in favor of ESC)

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  • EXW

    Expeditionary Warfare

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  • F

    Foxtrot

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  • FFSC

    Fleet and Family Service Center

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  • FGN

    Family Game Night

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  • FGO

    Field Grade Officer (O-4 through O-6 officers)

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  • FGT

    Family Get Together

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  • File 13

    Trash can

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  • FLT

    Flight

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  • FM

    Family Member

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  • FMF

    Fleet Marine Force

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  • FNG

    Freakin’ New Guy

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  • FNO

    Family Night Out

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  • FOB

    Forward Operating Base

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  • FOD

    Foreign Object Debris or Foreign Object Damage

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  • FRG

    Family Readiness Group

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  • FRO

    Family Readiness Officer

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  • FRSA

    Family Readiness Support Assistant

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  • FS

    Family Services

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  • FSC

    Family Support Center

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  • FUBAR

    Freaked Up Beyond All Recognition

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  • FUBAR

    Fudged Up Beyond All Recognition

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  • G

    Golf

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  • Gedunk

    The canteen or snack bar of a large vessel of the United States Navy.

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  • Geedunk

    The canteen or snack bar of a large vessel of the United States Navy.

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  • ggAVN

    Aviation

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  • GMT

    Greenwich Mean Time

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  • GOLF

    Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden

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  • GOV

    Government Owned Vehicle

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  • GQ

    General Quarters

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  • GS

    General Schedule (Civil Service worker)

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  • GSU

    Geographically Separated Unit

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  • H

    Hotel

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  • HDP

    Hazard Duty Pay

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  • HHG

    Household Goods

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  • Hockey Puck

    Often used in reference to the thing in your MRE’s or C-Rats that is supposed to be a cookie or brownie, but has more of the characteristics of a hockey puck.

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  • HOLA

    Housing Overseas Living Allowance

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  • HQ

    Headquarters (generally wing commander’s office)

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  • I

    India

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  • IAW

    In Accordance With

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  • IG

    Inspector General

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  • IHTFP

    I Hate This Freakin’ Place

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  • J

    Juliett

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  • JAG

    Judge Advocate General (legal office)

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  • JFTR

    Joint Federal Travel Regulation

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  • JPAC

    Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

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  • K

    Kilo

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  • KISS

    Keep it Simple, Sergeant

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  • KVN

    Key Volunteer Network

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  • L

    Lima

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  • LES

    Leave and Earning Statement

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  • Liberty

    Time Off

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  • Limdu

    Limited Duty

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  • LPO

    Leading Petty Officer

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  • M

    Mike

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  • M GI Bill

    Montgomery GI Bill

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  • MA 3

    MASTER at ARMS 3rd Class

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  • MAC

    Military Airlift Command

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  • MCX

    Marine Corps Exchange

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  • MEB

    Medical Evaluation Board

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  • MEDCOM

    Medical Command

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  • MEU

    Marine Expeditionary Unit

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  • MGI

    College Funds

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  • MM

    Machinist Mate

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  • MOBCOM

    Mobilization Command

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  • MOS

    Military Occupational Specialty

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  • MP

    Military Police

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  • MPF

    Military Personnel Flight

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  • MRAP

    Military Rapid Armour Program

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  • MRE

    Meal, Ready to Eat

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  • MSRRA

    Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

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  • MSS

    Mission Support Squadron

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  • MTF

    Military Treatment Facility, or base clinic/hospital

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  • MTI

    Military Training Instructor. Drill sergeant for the USAF.

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  • MWR

    Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

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  • N

    November

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  • NAF

    Non-Appropriated Funds

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  • NATO

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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  • NCO

    Non-Commissioned Officer

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    Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge

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  • NEX

    Navy Exchange

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  • NLT

    Not Later Than

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  • NOSC

    Navy On-Scene Coordinator

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  • NTC

    National Training Center. Located in Ft. Irwin, CA

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  • O

    Oscar

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  • OCONUS

    Outside the Continental United States (overseas tour, includes Alaska & Hawaii)

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  • OHA

    Overseas Housing Allowance

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  • OIC

    Officer in Charge

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  • OJT

    On the Job Training

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  • Ombudsman

    Volunteer, a spouse, who is the well trained link between sailors and their families.

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  • OOD

    Officer Of the Deck

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  • OPM

    Office of Personnel Management

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  • OPR

    Office of Primary Responsibility

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  • OPR

    Officer Performance Report

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  • OPSEC

    Operational Security – Protecting critical information to protect the mission and the service members – such as dates, times, troop movements, security procedures, locations, ship movements, etc.

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  • ORE

    Operational Readiness Exercise

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  • ORI

    Operational Readiness Inspection

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  • OSC

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