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?