Military Slang Abbreviations And Acronyms List

Army uses many different and unique materials and concepts that citizens are not exposed to. Because of this and the need for proper, clear communication, service members are focused on the language world apart from the daily life of the average person or a civilian.

Military Acronyms and Abbreviations 

Following is a long list of army acronyms and abbreviations for beginner armed forces personnel.

AWOL Absent With Out Leave
AA Air-to-Air
AA Anti-Aircraft
AAA Anti-Aircraft Artillery
AAAV Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle
AADC Area Air Defense Commander
AAFES Army Air Force Exchange System
AAFES Army and Air Force Exchange Service
AAM Air-to-Air Missile
ATCS Air Traffic Control Section
 APU Auxiliary Power Unit
BDU Battle Dress Uniform
BDZ Base Defense Zone
BEC Benefits Executive Committee
BM Ballistic Missile
BMCT Begin Morning Civil Twilight
CABG Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
CAHPS Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CAP Combat Air Patrol
CAS Close-Air Support
CASEVAC Casualty Evacuation
CAWS Close Assault Weapon System
DMR Designated Marksman Rifle
DoD Department of Defense
DOD Department of Defense
DoD Department of Defense (United States)
DoDI DoD Instruction
EAD Earliest Arrival Date
EAOS End of Active Obligated Service
EAS End of Active Service
EBT Electronic Benefit Transfer
ECCM Electronic Counter Counter Measures
FAC Forward Air Control / Forward Air Controller
FAE Fuel Air Explosives
FAV Fast Attack Vehicle
FBW Fly-by-Wire
FCC Family Child Care
HOTCC Hands on Throttle, Collective and Cyclic
HPT High-Payoff Target
ICBM InterContinental Ballistic Missile
ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
IDA Institute for Defense Analyses
IED Improvised Explosive Device
JSC Joint Chiefs of Staff
JSF Joint Strike Fighter
JSOW Joint Stand-Off Weapon
JSP Joint Strategic Plan
LMI Logistics Management Institute
LO Low Observables
LOA Letter of Authorization
ARCT Air Refueling Control Team
ARM Anti-Radiation Missile
ARRV Armored Repair and Recovery Vehicle
ARSOF Army special operations forces
ARV Armored Recovery Vehicle
ASV Anti-Surface Vessel
ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare
AT Anti-Tank
BRS Blended Retirement System
BVR Beyond Visual Range
BZ Buffer Zone
CFE Conventional Forces Europe
CFL Coordinated FireLine
CFR Code of Federal Regulations

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