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Military Lingo, Part 2

The AAR on this publication’s first story on Military Lingo has led my editorial CO to ask for another SITREP.

To be HIGH SPEED – LOW DRAG, this writer will DRIVE ON in accomplishing the mission.

Bear in mind that the military’s acronyms are pronounceable words, initialisms are unpronounceable words, and that expressions a unique group of words.


  • ALCON (All concerned)
  • AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave)
rong>BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure)
  • BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fu**er)
  • CHT (Pronounced “chit”, it means the Collection, Holding and Transfer of sewage from Navy ships)
  • COB (Chief of the Boat)
  • COP (Combat Outpost)
  • FIDO (Fire Direction Officer)
  • FOD (Foreign Object Damage)
  • FRAGO (A change to an operational order, or OPORD)
  • HALO (High Altitude Low Opening)
  • INTEL (Short for intelligence)
  • JAG (Judge Advocate General)
  • OPORD (Operational Order)
  • POG (Person Other Than Grunt)
  • SAM (Surface-to-Air Missile)
  • SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape)
  • SITREP (Situation Report)
  • UNSAT (Unsatisfactory)
  • WAG (Wild Ass Guess)
  • WILCO (Will comply)

    • AAR (After Action Report)
    • APC (Armored Personnel Carrier)
    • BDU (Battle Dress Uniform)
    • BFT (Blue Force Tracker)
    • CCP (Casualty Collection Point)
    • CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge)
    • CID (Criminal Inv
      estigative Division)
    • CO (Commanding Officer)
    • CP (Check Point)
    • CSH (Combat Support Hospital)
    • DZ (Drop Zone)
    • FMC (Fully Mission Capable)
    • FST (Forward Surgical Team)
    • HE (High Explosive)
    • KIA (Killed in Action)
    • MIA (Missing in Action)
    • MI (Military Intelligence)
    • MOS (Military Occupation Specialty)
    • MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)
    • NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
    • OSI (Office of Special Investigations)
    • OSM (Oh S**t Moment)
    • QRF (Quick Reaction Force)
    • RTO (Radio Telephone Operator)
    • SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
    • SP (Start Point)
    • TFOA (Things Fall Off Aircraft
    • UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)
    • WTF (See Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot)


    • Birth Control Glasses (Unflattering eyewear given out during basic training)
    • Camelback (Water bladder carried on back)
    • Chair Force (Personnel who fly a desk rather than an aircraft)