Acronyms and Abbreviations

A/L administrative/logistics

AA assembly area

AAR after-action review

ACA airspace coordination area

ACE armored combat earthmover

AD air defense

ADA air defense artillery

AFV armored fighting vehicle

AG adjutant general

AI area of interest

ALO air liaison officer

ANGLICO air naval gunfire liaison company

AO area of operations

APC armored personnel carrier

AR Army regulation

ARSOTF Army special operations task force

arty artillery

ASP ammunition supply point

AT antitank

ATGM antitank guided missile

atk attack

ATKHB attack helicopter battalion

ATP ammunition transfer point

AVLB armored vehicle-launched bridge


BAI battlefield air interdiction

BAS battalion aid station

bde brigade

BFV Bradley fighting vehicle

BHL battle handover line

BICC battalion information control center

BLPS ballistic laser protection system

BMNT beginning morning nautical twilight

BMO battalion maintenance officer

BMP (a Threat fighting vehicle)

bn battalion

BP battle position

BRMD (a Threat scout car)

BSA brigade support area

BTR (a Threat vehicle)


C3CM command, control, and communications countermeasures

CAS close air support

cbt combat

CBU cluster bomb unit

CDR commander

CEOI communications-electronics operation instructions (this acronym has been replaced by "SOI," which is reflected in Change 1)

CESO communications-electronics signal officer (this acronym has been replaced by "signal officer, which is reflected in Change 1)

CEV combat engineer vehicle

CF covering force

CFA covering force area

CFFS combat field feeding system

CFL coordinated fire line

cGy centigray(s)

CINC Commander in Chief

CLAMS cleared lane marking system

CLOS cloud-free line of sight

CMT company maintenance team

co company

COA course of action

COLT combat observation/lasing team

COMMZ communications zone

COMSEC communications security

COP command observation post (opposing forces)

COSCOM corps support command

CP command post

CS combat support

CSM command sergeant major

CSR controlled supply rate

CSS combat service support

CTA common table of allowances


DA Department of the Army

deploy deployment

DEW directed-energy weapons

DISCOM division support command

div division

DLIC detachment(s) left in contact

DP decision point

DPICM dual-purpose improved conventional munition

DS direct support

DSA division support area

DTG date-time group

DVOD direct-view optical device

DZ drop zone


EA engagement area

ECM electronic countermeasures

EPW enemy prisoners of war

EW electronic warfare

EXTAL extra time allowance


FA field artillery

FAC forward air controller

FARP forward area rearm/refuel point

FASCAM family of scatterable mines

FCL final coordination line

FCT firepower control team

FD fire direction

FDC fire direction center

FEBA forward edge of the battle area

FIST fire support team

fld field

FLOT forward line of own troops

FM field manual

FO forward observer

FPF final protective fires

FRAGO fragmentary order

FS fire support

FSB forward support battalion

FSC fire support coordination

FSCL fire support coordination line

FSCOORD fire support coordinator

FSE fire support element

FSO fire support officer

FSS fire support section

FSV fire support vehicle

FTX field training exercise

fwd forward


G1 Personnel

G2 Intelligence

G3 Operations and Plans

G4 Logistics

G5 Civil Affairs

GEMSS ground-emplaced mine scattering system

GLLD ground laser location designator

GPS Global Positioning System

GS general support

GSR ground surveillance radar

GTA graphic training aid


HC hexachloroethane (smoke grenade)

HE high explosive

HEMMS hand-emplaced minefield marking set

HEMTT heavy expanded mobility tactical truck

HET heavy equipment transporter

HHC headquarters and headquarters company

HIMS HMMWV interchangeable mount system

HMMWV high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle

HPM high power microwave

HPT high-payoff target

HQ headquarters

HUMINT human intelligence

hvy heavy


IAW in accordance with

ICM improved conventional munitions

IDP initial delay position

IEW intelligence and electronic warfare

IPB intelligence preparation of the battlefield

IR intelligence requirements

ITV improved TOW vehicle


JAAT joint air attack team


km kilometer(s)

KM1H kilometers traveled in an hour

kph kilometers per hour


LAW light antitank weapon

LC line of contact

LD line of departure

ldr leader

LO liaison officer

LOA limit of advance

LOGPAC logistics package

LRP logistical release point

LZ landing zone


M1H miles traveled in an hour

MAB mobile assault bridge

MANPADS man-portable air defense system

MBA main battle area

MC mobility corridor

mech mechanized

MEDEVAC medical evacuation

METT-T mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time available

MG machine gun

MGB medium girder bridge

MICLIC mine-clearing line charge

MIJI meaconing, intrusion, jamming, and interference

MLC military load classification

MLRS multiple-launch rocket system

mm millimeter

mob mobilization

MOIC missile ordnance inhibit circuit

MOPP mission-oriented protective posture

mort mortar

MOUT military operations on urbanized terrain

MPT mobile pay team

MR motorized rifle (opposing forces)

MRE meal, ready-to-eat

MSB main support battalion

MSE mobile subscriber equipment

MSR main supply route

MST maintenance support team

MTMC Military Traffic Management Control

MTOE modified table of organization and equipment


NAI named areas of interest

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NBC nuclear, biological, chemical

NCA national command authority

NCO noncommissioned officer

NCOIC noncommissioned officer in charge

NCS net control station

NGF naval gunfire

NLT not later than

NO number

NVD night vision device


O&I operation and intelligence

OAKOC obstacles and movement, avenues of approach, key terrain, observation and fields of fire, and cover and concealment

OAS offensive air support

OB order of battle

OBJ objective

OCOKA observation and fields of fire, cover and concealment, obstacles, key terrain, and avenue of approach (this acronym has been replaced by "OAKOC," which is reflected in Change 1)

OEG operational exposure guidance

OFF officer

OIC officer in charge

OP observation post

OPCON operational control

OPLAN operation plan

OPORD operation order

OPSEC operations security


P&A personnel and administration

PA physician's assistant

PAC personnel and administration center

PADS position and azimuth determining system

PAO public affairs officer

PDDA power-driven decontaminating apparatus

PIR priority intelligence requirements

PL phase line

PLD probable line of deployment

PLL prescribed load list

plt platoon

PMCS preventive maintenance checks and services

POL petroleum, oils, and lubricants

PP passage point

PSNCO personnel staff noncommissioned officer

PSS personnel support system

PST pass time

PSYOP psychological operations

PW prisoner of war

PX post exchange

PZ pickup zone


R&S reconnaissance and security

RATT radio teletypewriter

RB ribbon bridge

recon reconnaissance

regt regiment

REMS remotely employed sensor

res reserve(s)

RF radio frequency

RFA restrictive fire area

RFL restrictive fire line

ROE rules of engagement

RP release point

RRP replacement receiving point

RSR required supply rate

RTE route


S1 Adjutant

S2 Intelligence Officer

S3 Operations and Training Officer

S3 Air Assistant S3, Air Operations

S4 Supply Officer

S5 Civil Affairs Officer

SALT supporting arms liaison team

SALUTE size, activity, location, unit, time, and equipment

sct scout

SEAD suppression of enemy air defense

SEE small emplacement excavator

SFCP shore fire control party

SFOD special forces operational detachment

sig signal

SIGINT signal intelligence

SIGSEC signal security

SITREP situation report

SOCCE special operations command and control element

SOF special operations force

SOI signal operation instructions

SOP standing operating procedure

SP start point

SP4 specialist fourth class

spt support

sqd squad

SSN Social Security Number

STANAG Standardization Agreement

STRIKWARN strike warning

STX situational training exercise


TAC Tactical Air Command

TACC tactical air control center

TACCS Tactical Army Combat Service Support (CSS) Computer System

TACFAX tactical facsimile

TACP tactical air control party

TAI target areas of interest

TAMMS The Army Maintenance Management System

TC training circular

TDIS time distance

TF task force

tgt target

thru through

TIWD terrain influenced wind direction

tm team

TM technical manual

TOC tactical operations center

TOT time on target

TOW tube-launched, optically tracked, wire guided

TRADOC Training and Doctrine Command (United States Army)

TRP target reference point

TTP tactics, techniques, and procedures

TTS tank thermal sight


UHF ultra high frequency

UMCP unit maintenance collection point

US United States

USAF United States Air Force


VEESS vehicle engine exhaust smoke system

veh vehicle

VPKM vehicles per kilometer

VPM vehicles per mile

VT variable time

VTR vehicle, tracked, recovery


WP white phosphorus


XO executive officer