Military Acronyms

The U.S. military uses many acronyms which can be confusing to civilians. Here is a long list of common military acronyms to help you understand what you are reading or hearing.

Commonly-used Military Acronyms

  • 3M - Maintenance And Material Management (MMM)
  • A/A - Air-to-air
  • A/C - Aircraft
  • A/S - Airspeed
  • AAA - Anti-aircraft Artillery
  • AAA - Artifacts, Agents And Activities
  • AAAA - Army Aviation Association Of America
  • AALC - Amphibious Assault Landing Craft
  • AAW - Anti-air Warfare
  • AAWBOT - Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Basic Operator Trainer
  • ABC - Analog Backup Computer
  • ACCS - Advanced Communications Control System
  • ACFT - Aircraft
  • ACK - Acknowledge
  • ACLS - Auto Carrier Landing System
  • ACMS - Air Combat Maneuvering System
  • ACMS - Air Combat Maneuvering Simulator
  • ACO - Administrative Contracting Officer
  • ACSUBS - Aircraft Subsystems
  • ADA - Air Defense Artillery
  • ADA - Airborne Data Automation
  • ADC - Air Data Computer
  • ADL - Authorized Data List
  • ADPA - American Defense Preparedness Association
  • ADPSO - Automatic Data Processing Security Officer
  • ADS - Air Data System
  • ADS - Automated Data System
  • ADSU - Air Direction Sensing Unit
  • ADU - Air Data Unit
  • ADU - Audio Distribution Unit
  • AIF - Airborne Inhabited Fighter
  • AIMS - Altitude Identification And Measuring System
  • AHD - Ahead
  • ASCII - American Standard Computer Information Interchange
  • ASD - Assistant Secretary Of Defense
  • ASDS - Airborne Serial Data System
  • ASSET - Asset Source For Software Engineering Technology
  • ASSY - Assembly
  • AST - Aircraft System Trainer
  • ASTAB - Auto Status Board
  • ASTM - American Society For Testing And Materials
  • ASW - Anti-submarine Warfare
  • AZ - Azimuth
  • B - Bottom
  • BAT - Battery
  • BB - Battleship
  • BCM - Beyond Capability Of Maintenance
  • BM - Ballistic Missile
  • CASE - Computer Aided Software Engineering
  • CC - Configuration Control
  • CCA - Carrier Controlled Approach
  • CCSDSP - Closed Circuit Saturation Diving System
  • CCTDA - Cockpit Control Thrust Drive Actuator
  • CCTT - Command And Control Team Trainer
  • CCU - Computer Control Unit
  • CDD - Common Data Dictionary
  • CDI - Cumulative Damage Indes
  • CIS - Case Integration Services
  • CITIS - Contractor Integrated Technical Information Service
  • CIU - Cockpit Interface Unit
  • CJCS - Chairman Of The Joint Chief Of Staff
  • CJCS SROE - Chairman Of The Joint Chief Of Staff Standing Rules Of Engagement
  • CKPT - Cockpit
  • CL - Center Line
  • CL - Channel
  • CLIN - Contract Line Item Number
  • CLIP - Configuration Logistic Information Program
  • CLR - Clear
  • CLS - Contractor Logistics Support
  • CLTE - Cost And Lead Time Estimate
  • CM - Configuration Management
  • CMAN - Configuration Management
  • CMDS - Cockpit Management Display System
  • CMI - Computer Managed Instruction
  • CMM - Capability Maturity Model
  • CMPTSC - Conventional Marine Propulsion Training Steering Group
  • CMR - Configuration Management Review
  • CMRS - Calibration/measurement Requirements Summary
  • CMS - Cockpit Management System
  • CMSS - Configuration Management Support System
  • CMVWP - Commander Medium Attack Tactical Warfare Wing Pacific
  • CNEWTP - Consolidated Electronic Warfare
  • CNI - Comm/nav/iff
  • CNIU - Communication/navigation Interface Unit
  • DC - Damage Control
  • DISP - Display
  • DIST - Distance
  • DIVERTR - Diverter
  • DLSC - Defense Logistic Systems Center
  • DNA - Defense Nuclear Agency
  • DNS - Doppler Navigation Sensor
  • DOC - Descend On Course
  • DOD - Department Of Defense
  • DF - Direction Finder
  • EFIS - Electronic Flight Information System
  • EFR - Equipment Facility Requirements
  • FRB - Failure Review Board
  • FRD - Facilities Requirements Document
  • FRS - Fleet Readiness Squadron
  • HTCL - Remote Hover Trim Controller
  • HUD - Head Up Display
  • HVR - Hover
  • ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization MDTS Mcdonnell Douglas Training Systems
  • MDTS - Mcdonnell Douglas Training Systems
  • NVD - Night Vision Device
  • PAT - Process Action Team
  • PATT - Pattern
  • PAX - Passengers
  • QUICKSTRIKE - Mine
  • QUP - Quantity Per Unit Pack
  • STRT - Start
  • STT - Schedule Training Time
  • STTWG - Submarine Training/trainer Working Group
  • STVTS - Submarine Tactical Visual Training System
  • SWP - Space, Weight And Power
  • SWS - Strategic Weapons System
  • TCMDR - Troop Commander
  • WST - Weapon System Trainer
  • WTHR - Weather

Also, see our list of Common Military Vocabulary.