Air Force Acronyms

There are over 1,000 Air Force acronyms, initialisms and abbreviations. These cover training, deployment, rank, weapons, equipment, and more. Following is a list of a few of these acronyms categorized by type.

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Common Air Force Acronyms and Initialisms

Air Force Rank and Position

These include acronyms and abbreviations for military rank and positions:

  • A1C - Airman First Class
  • AB - Airman Basic
  • ABM - Air Battle Manager
  • Brig Gen - Brigadier General
  • Capt - Captain
  • CMSAF - Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
  • COMAFFOR - Commander, Air Force Forces
  • CSAF - Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • EWO - Electronic Warfare Officer
  • Gen - General
  • IG - Inspector General
  • IP - Instructor Pilot
  • Lt Col - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Maj - Major
  • MSgt - Master Sergent
  • NCO - Non-commissioned Officer
  • PTL - Physical Training Leader
  • ROAD - Retired On Active-Duty
  • SMSgt - Senior Master Sergeant
  • SNCO - Senior Non-commissioned Officer
  • SrA - Senior Airman
  • SSgt - Staff Sergeant
  • TSgt - Technical Sergeant
  • WAF - Women in the Air Force
  • WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilot
  • WSO - Weapon Systems Officer

Machines, Systems and Equipment

These include arcronyms for training equipment and weapons:

  • AWACS - Airborne Warning and Control System
  • CBRNE - Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives
  • CFT - Cockpit Familiarization Trainer
  • DSCS - Defense Satellite Communications System
  • EELV - Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
  • EGI - Embedded GPS/Inertial Navigation
  • GLCM - Ground Launched Cruise Missile
  • HARM - High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
  • ICBM - Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
  • JPATS - Joint Primary Air Training System
  • LGB - Laser-Guided Bomb
  • MOAB - Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb
  • NVG - Night Vision Goggles
  • SAM - Surface to Air Missile
  • SBIRS - Space-Based Infrared System
  • UAS - Unmanned Aircraft System
  • X-plane - Experimental aircraft

Miscellaneous Military Acronyms

These include acronyms commonly-used by an individual in the Air Force:

  • AWOL - Absent Without Leave
  • BAH - Basic Allowance for Housing
  • BDU - Battle Dress Uniform
  • COLA - Cost of Living Adjustment
  • ITT - Information, Tickets, and Travel
  • LOR - Letter of Reprimand
  • MRE - Meal Ready to Eat
  • NOTAM - Notice To Airmen
  • PFT - Physical Fitness Test
  • RTB - Return To Base
  • TLF - Temporary Living Facility

Consult the Air Force Supplement to the Department of Defense Dictionary for a full explanation of all Air Force acronyms. Then, you can explore some fun facts about Air Force One.