List of Acronyms & Abbreviations

Described below is a list of acronyms and abbreviations that appear on this site.  This is not all-inclusive and may miss a few.  Double check the post you're referencing to see if any of these are spelled out there, and pay attention to the context that they are used in.

AbbreviationMeaning
1LTFirst Lieutenant
2LTSecond Lieutenant
ATBAdvanced Tactical Bomber
ATFAdvanced Tactical Fighter
BCEBefore Common Era
BGBrigadier General (1-star)
CALFCommon Affordable Lightweight Fighter
CIACentral Intelligence Agency
COLColonel
CPLCorporeal
CPTCaptain
DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DoDDepartment of Defense
GENGeneral (4-star)
GWOTGlobal War On Terror
JASTJoint Advanced Strike Technology
JSFJoint Strike Fighter
LTCLieutenant Colonel
LTGLieutenant General (3-star)
MAJMajor
MGMajor General (2-stars)
NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization
NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATFNaval Advanced Tactical Fighter
NGBNext Generation Bomber
ODSOperation Desert Storm
ODS2Operation Desert Shield
OEFOperation Enduring Freedom
OIFOperation Iraqi Freedom
RCSRadar Cross-Section
RDEResearch, Development, and Engineering
SGTSergeant
STOLShort Take-Off and Landing
USAFUnited States Air Force
VTOLVertical Take-Off and Landing
WECOMWeapons Command (U.S. Army)