Army Acronyms

There are hundreds of United States Army-specific acronyms that help the Army function more efficiently. When everyone has a set, condensed lingo to use in action, the response time is quicker and military action is more efficient.

Army Acronyms Army Acronyms

Although many acronyms have only one meaning, certain troops use special versions of these acronyms. Some actually have several different meanings depending on the context. Soldiers and other Army personnel will understand which phrase the acronym is indicating depending on the situation, time, and place in which the acronym is used.

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Learning the Army Acronyms or Abbreviations

Below is only a partial list of acronyms and abbreviations used by the Army. Many of these acronyms are introduced to soldiers and other United States Army personnel during training:

Army Rank and Position

  • ABN - Airborne
  • AMF - Army Modular Force
  • ASA - Assistant Secretary of the Army
  • COL - Colonel, Field-grade Officer
  • CPT - Captain, Company-grade Officer
  • CWT - Combat Weather Team
  • LTC - Lieutenant Colonel
  • MAJ - Major, Field-grade Officer
  • MG - Major General
  • NCO - Non-commissioned Officer
  • OCR - Officer of Co-Responsibility
  • PIR - Parachute Infantry Regiment
  • PW - Prisoner of War
  • RADC - Regional Air Defense Commander
  • RIO - Radar Intercept Officer
  • SBCT - Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • SGT - Sergeant
  • SMA- Sergeant Major of the Army
  • QRF - Quick Reaction Force
  • TC - Tank Commander
  • WSO - Weapons System Officer
  • XO - Executive Officer

Army Equipment and Facilities

  • AAF - Army Airfield
  • AAFES - Army and Air Force Exchange Service
  • BASOPS - Base Operations
  • CIF - Central Issue Facility
  • CTC - Combat Training Center
  • EOD - Explosive Ordinance Disposal
  • FOB - Forward Operating Base
  • FORSCOM - U. S. Army Forces Command
  • FOA - Field Operating Agency
  • HQ - Headquarters
  • HQDA - Headquarters, Department of the Army
  • OPSEC - Operational Security
  • POV - Privately Owned Vehicle

Miscellaneous Army and Other Military Acronyms

  • AAM - Army Achievement Medal
  • AR - Army Regulation
  • ASI - Additional Skill Identifier
  • AVF - All-Volunteer Force
  • BAH - Basic Allowance for Housing
  • CAPE - Corrective Action Through Physical Exercise
  • CASVAC - Casualty Evacuation
  • COA - Course of Action
  • CPX - Command Post Exercise
  • DA - Department of the Army
  • DRU - Direct Reporting Unit
  • EFP - Explosively-Formed Projectile
  • EIB - Expert Infantryman's Badge
  • EXSUM - Executive Summary
  • FOUO - For Official Use Only
  • FTX - Field Training Exercise
  • GCM - Good Conduct Medal
  • GMC - General Military Course
  • IED - Improvised Explosive Device
  • KIA - Killed In Action
  • LZ - Landing Zone
  • METL - Mission Essential Task List
  • MOAB - Officially
  • MOS - Military Occupational Specialty
  • OER - Officer Evaluation Report
  • OPORD - Operations Order
  • PLDC - Primary Leadership Development Course
  • PLF - Parachute Landing Fall
  • PMCS - Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services
  • POC - Point of Contact
  • POM - Program Objective Memorandum
  • PT - Physical Training
  • SOP - Standing Operating Procedure
  • SRS - Strategic Readiness System
  • STX - Situational Training Exercise
  • WILCO - Will Comply
  • WO - Warning Order
  • WP - White Phosphorus
  • ZI - Zone Of Interior
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More Information About Army Acronyms

Consult the Army Acronyms compiled for New Army Employees by the Department of the Army for a full explanation of all Army acronyms.