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
ADMAdmiral (4-star)
AFSCArmy Field Support Command
AMC - BlueAir Mobility Command
AMC - GreenArmy Materiel Command
AMCCOMArmament Munitions and Chemical Command
ARMCOMArmament Command
ATBAdvanced Tactical Bomber
ATFAdvanced Tactical Fighter
ASCArmy Sustainment Command
ASLArtillery Systems Laboratory
BCEBefore Common Era
BGBrigadier General (1-star)
CALFCommon Affordable Lightweight Fighter
CIACentral Intelligence Agency
CMDRCommander
COLColonel
CONADContinental Air Defense Command
CPLCorporeal
CPTCaptain
CPTPCivilian Pilot Training Program
DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DoDDepartment of Defense
ENSEnsign (O-1)
GENGeneral (4-star)
GWOTGlobal War On Terror
HMSHis/Her Majesty's Ship (Royal Navy)
IOCIndustrial Operations Command
ISAFInternational Security Assistance Force
JASTJoint Advanced Strike Technology
JCSJoint Chiefs of Staff
JMCJoint Munitionis Command
JSFJoint Strike Fighter
LCDRLieutenant Commander
LTLieutenant
LTCLieutenant Colonel
LTGLieutenant General (3-star)
MACMajor Army Command
MAJMajor
MGMajor General (2-star)
MSCMajor Subordinate Command
MUCOMMunitions Command
NAACPNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NABNaval Amphibious Base
NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization
NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATFNaval Advanced Tactical Fighter
NORADNorth American Aerospace Defense
NGBNext Generation Bomber
ODSOperation Desert Storm
ODS2Operation Desert Shield
OEFOperation Enduring Freedom
OIFOperation Iraqi Freedom
OSCOperations Support Command
OWCOrdnance Weapons Command
PVTPrivate
RADMRear Admiral (2-star)
RCSRadar Cross-Section
RDEResearch, Development, and Engineering
ReARMRenovation of Armament Manufacturing
RMSRoyal Mail Ship
SEALSea, Air, and Land
SFCSergeant First Class
SGTSergeant
SSGStaff Sergeant
STOLShort Take-Off and Landing
TACOMTank-automotive and Artillery Command
TDATable of Distribution & Allowances
USAUnited States Army
USARUnited States Army Reserve
USAACUnited States Army Air Corps
USAAFUnited States Army Air Force
USAFUnited States Air Force
USMCUnited States Marine Corps
USNUnited States Navy
USSUnited States Ship
USSFUnited States Space Force
VADMVice Admiral (3-star)
VTOLVertical Take-Off and Landing
WAAFWomen's Auxiliary Air Force
WASPWomen's Auxiliary Service Pilot
WECOMWeapons Command (U.S. Army)
WOWWomen Ordnance Workers
WRLWeapons Research Laboratory
WSOWeapon Systems Operator