Army Dictionary

Have you ever wondered what all these three letter acronyms meant? Or what the heck anything in this silly toon means? It’s possible that you don’t understand because it simply isn’t funny. On the other hand, “Joe” does speak in a cryptic half language.

We have provided the list below for those of you who don’t speak fobbitish/gruntling (Army talk).

Ranks

Enlisted

PVT, PV2
Private (E1,E2 the lowest form of life in the Army)
PFC
Private First Class (E3)
SPC
Specialist (sham shield, E4)
CPL
Corporal (sham shield in line to be E5)
SGT
Sergeant (E5)
SSG
Staff Sergeant (E6)
SFC
Sergeant First Class (E7)
MSG
Master Sergeant (E8)
1SG
First Sergeant (E8)
SGM
Sergeant Major (E9)
CSM
Command Sergeant Major (E9)
SMA
Sergeant Major of the Army (E-gads!)

Warrants

W-1
Warrant Officer 1
W-2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
Master Warrant Officer 5

Officers

2LT
Second Lieutenant (O1 & the officer version of a private)
1LT
First Lieutenant (O2)
CPT
Captain (O3)
MAJ
Major (O4)
LTC
Lieutenant Colonel (O5)
COL
Colonel (O6)
GEN
Oh my, they’re full of stars

Acronyms

ANOC
Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course
AO
Area of operations
AQI
Al-Qaeda in Iraq
BNOC
Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course
BRM
Basic Rifle Marksmanship. Fundamental shooting skills.
CBED
Car Borne Explosive Device
CHU
Containerized Housing Unit (home – sweet-home)
CIF
Central Issue Facility. The CIF mission is to stock, issue, exchange, and process turn-ins of designated items authorized by CTA 50-900, Appendix A.
CO
Commanding Officer; Company/Troop Commander
COIN
Counter Insurgency
CP
Check Point (used to screen vehicles & people … sometimes called a “control point” though not often)
EOD
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
EPW
Enemy Prisoner of War
FOB
Forward Operating Base
IA
Iraqi Army
IED
Improvised Explosive Device
IP
Iraqi Police
JAM
Jaish al Mahdi
JCOP
Joint Combat Operations Post
NCO
Non-commissioned officer; general term for all sergeants’ ranks. Enlisted leaders.
NCOIC
NCO In Charge
NFG
New F#@$in Guy
NFG errands
Useless jobs given to NFGs to keep them out of your way. Send them to look for some flightline or some propwash. Have them test a vehicle’s armor for soft spots.
OP
Observation Post
OPSEC
Operational Security
PL
Platoon Leader
PLT
Platoon
PSG
Platoon Sergeant
QRF
Quick Reaction Force
SOFA
Status of Forces Agreement, official name: “Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq” but ABUSARIOTWUSFIOTADTTPII was too long to remember
SOP
Standard Operating Procedure
TA-50
Table of Allowances 50. Army-issued individual equipment
The Wire
Security perimeter around a FOB
TOC
Tactical Operations Center
XO
Executive Officer

Military Jargon

Jody
The non-military guy who is back home with the military guy’s wife or girlfriend.
Fobbit
A term used to describe soldiers who never leave the wire, also known as the FOB. Originally used as a derogatory term, it has evolved into a term most often used by fobbits themselves. Go figure.
POGUE
Person Other than Grunt which is what nearly all non-infantry folk are called by infantry folk.
Terp
Interpreter
9 – Line
Nine line MEDEVAC (MEDical EVACuation) the format used to call in an injury requiring one be removed asap to a medical facility.
General Order No. 1
The base order for all deployed military personnel in Iraq that bans alcohol use, pornography, and a litany of other vices. Thanks a lot, Vietnam. You had to ruin the fun for everyone.
Frago
A fragmentary order; the ever-evolving update and change to mission that serves as the ringmaster to the Army’s circus.
Charlie Mike
Continue mission
Mikes
Army cool-guy speak for minutes
Oscar Mike
On the Move
Tango
Terrorist
Delta Tango
Dead Terrorist (the best kind)
Pop Smoke
To leave … fast.
Some portion of the above was stolen directly from Cpt.G formerly of KABOOM fame. We miss your blog, Cap’n & good luck with the new book!