TDY – PCS – TMO – FMO….WTH is all that?

13.5 years of military acronyms. Oye! I can remember being a newly married military wife and being flat out lost when my hubby and friends were talking. Huh? What did you say? And I often thought I would NEVER ever ever understand all this.

So here is a list of some of those common military acronyms, or at least the ones I know and hear often…..

PCS – Permanent Change of Station

SFS – Security Forces Squadron

TDY – Temporary Duty Station

TMO – Traffic Management Office (the place you talk to about packing and shipping your house when you move)

FMO – Furnishings Management Office (where you get loaner furniture overseas)

HHG – Household Goods

USAFE – United States Air Force in Europe

NCO – Noncommissioned officer (SSgt to CMsgt)

AFRC – Airmen and Family Readiness Center (a place to ask just about any question)

BAH – Basic Housing Allowance

OHA – Overseas Housing Allowance (a little different then BAH, and only if overseas)

BAS – Basic Allowance for Subsistence (extra money you get for food)

COLA – Cost of Living Allowance (usually an overseas assignment gets paid this)

IPCOT – In-Place Consecutive Overseas Tour (you get to stay at your current overseas duty station for another tour)

LES – Leave and Earnings Statement (pay stub)

ALS – Airmen Leadership School

NCOA – Non Commissioned Officer Academy

AADD – Airmen Against Drunk Driving (people to call for a ride if you are drinking)

AAFES – Army and Air Force Exchange Services (BX – Base Exchange or PX – Post Exchange)

I am sure there are more, especially if I think back to the missile field days with PRP, WSA, etc. Then they have funny acronyms, like FUBAR and KISS.

I am so sure I have missed some, I just cannot remember them all at once. What are your everyday acronyms? Can you say the phonetic alphabet?



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