In peacetime and times of war, the United States Armed Forces relies on massive manpower, big guns ... and a truly byzantine legion of acronyms.
Everyone from high-flying pilots to generals to infantry uses a raft of esoteric alphabetical jumble to quickly communicate ideas and messages that would simply be too hard to describe in normal English. So, rather than say Commander, Air Group every time, you simply say “CAG.” Do you think you know enough about military acronyms to pass this DS (drill sergeant)-level quiz?
You probably already know that CAPT refers to “Captain” and LT is for “Lieutenant,” because they’re used in about every war movie ever made. But did you know that BDE stands for “brigade”?
These days, technology is as important as lead bullets. That’s why America stresses the importance of EW, or electronic warfare. But if all else fails, troops will rely on GBUs (guided bomb units) to destroy their enemies.
Careful with this tough military acronym quiz! If you’re not careful, you’ll be just another wounded warrior who has to be picked up at the CCP (casualty collection point). Ace this thing and use HE (high explosive) rounds to smash an enemy to smithereens!
The CO is the commanding officer. You’ll salute the CO every day ... or you’ll be spit shining your boots more often than anyone else.
AWOL — it’s one of the most notorious acronyms in the military, and it means "Away Without Leave." If you go AWOL, you can bet your commanding officer will try to track you down.
"MP" stands for military police. These are the men and women who provide law enforcement throughout military bases, and they’re extremely handy when soldiers run wild.
All flight crews fear "AA," or ack-ack, anti-aircraft munitions. In intense battles, AA can fill a whole sky with shrapnel.
The "DOD" is everywhere you go in the military — it’s the Department of Defense, one of the biggest employers on Earth, and it coordinates all U.S. military activities.
ETA is estimated time of arrival. You can’t conduct efficient military operations if you can’t accurately gauge your ETA.
Naval Aviation Pilots were the focal point of the Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun."
Soldiers who are on "AD," or active duty, could be deployed to just about anywhere at a moment’s notice.
The PFT is the physical fitness test. It’s a necessary rite of passage for any soldier that’s out in the field.
It is the Global Positioning System, or GPS, which uses satellites zooming all around Earth. GPS receivers can help both soldiers and civilians track and monitor location with relative ease.
The landing zone, or just LZ, is where vehicles and troops will hit the ground running. In some situations, the LZ is right in the middle of a combat zone.
The USN is the United States Navy. Many of the acronyms used in the Navy are different than those employed by other branches of the military.
Troops taking fire from the enemy rely on CAS, or close air support, to keep the bad guys at bay. Modern munitions and technologies make CAS more effective than ever before.
OCS is officer candidate school. It’s where officers learn the fundamental skills that help them lead men and women in war.
It’s one of the saddest acronyms the military knows — KIA. It means, of course, killed in action.
The CINC is the Commander-in-Chief, better known as the president of the United States. He’s the guy who ultimately makes the final decisions on American military action.
The news has made famous IEDs or improvised explosive devices. U.S. troops, especially in the Middle East, often find themselves "blowed up" by IEDs.
JAG is for Judge Advocate General, a fancy term for military lawyers. "JAG" is a TV show about military law that found an audience in the mid-‘90s.
It’s rarely a good thing if you’re captured by the enemy. It means you’re a POW, or prisoner of war, and there’s no telling what might happen to you.
The "FOB" is a forward operating base. It’s where both men and machines are prepped and then sent to engage the enemy.
Casualty reports show those killed in action, and also those who are MIA — missing in action. In heavy combat, many soldiers go MIA and are never seen again.
It’s a bad conduct discharge — BCD — and better known as a "big chicken dinner." If you’re discharged from the military for bad conduct, the stink may well follow you throughout your career.
The United States Marine Corps is one of the proudest units in the entire U.S. Armed Forces. The USMC is often the first squad to see fire in an amphibious combat environment.
If your commanding officer tells you to nab an "HVT," or high-value target, you’d best acheive your objective. HVTs are critical to a mission’s success.
Solider have basic housing expenses and the "BAH," or basic allowance for housing, covers a good chunk of those costs.
A DMZ, or demilitarized zone, is typically an area between two forces formerly at war. The long-standing DMZ between North and South Korea is one of the most famous DMZs ever.
An RPG is a rocket-propelled grenade, and a MOAB is the mother of all bombs. Either — or better yet, both — are suitable for blasting your enemy.
SEALs are one of the most elite special forces units on Earth. These Sea, Air and Land teams are trained for the hardest and most complicated missions imaginable.
HALO stands for high-altitude, low-opening, and paratroopers understand it well. In a HALO jump, troopers jump from high altitude, free fall, and then open their parachutes at a low altitude.
0K is "zero K," or zero killed. It’s the kind of thing a commander wants to hear from his troops after an engagement.