Army life is always interesting. It even has a language all it’s own. There is an acronym or abbreviation for just about everything Army. I use many of these in my blog posts and then realize that “hey, not everyone speaks military!”, so I try to explain what it means. This entry of “Army Life” is going to be all about those acronyms. As you read down the list and explanations, you may feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t take long before these just become part of your everyday life. As a new Army wife, you can think you’re losing your mind though!! So let the Army lingo begin!!
LES – Leave and Earning Statement – our pay stub BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing – money they give us to help pay rent/mortgage COB – Close of Business – end of the working day POV – Privately Owned Vehicle – our personal vehicle
NCO– Non-Commissioned Officer – basically the working class of the military CO – Commanding Officer – officer in charge of the unit XO – Executive Officer – second in command officer
BCT – Basic Combat Training – this is what hubby is a Drill Sergeant for; it teaches boys to become men….and soldiers AIT – Advanced Individual Training – this school teaches you the MOS that you’ll do in the military MOS – Military Occupational Specialty – your job; mechanic, computers, truck driver, etc. DA – Department of the Army DoD – Department of Defense
PCS – Permanent Change of Station – this is when you move from one post to another ETS– Expiration of Terms of Service – in simple terms, this is when you get out or your contract is up TDY – Temporary Duty – soldier goes to school or another post, but isn’t permanently stationed there FTX – Field Training Exercise – they literally “go to the field” and play soldier; training done as a unit, sleep in tents, dig a trench, etc. CONUS – Continental United States – you’re stationed in the U.S. OCONUS – Outside Continental United States – any duty outside the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii; often Germany, Korea of any such AO – Area of Operations – in simple terms it’s where you work/are stationed
ACU– Advanced Combat Uniform – the uniform the Army wears with the new digital camouflage pattern BDU– Battle Dress Uniform – the woodland camo pattern uniform AWOL – Absent Without Leave – leaving your duty without approval BX/PX– Base or Post Exchange – shopping center on a post or base run by AAFES (Army Air Force Exchange Service) NBC – Nuclear, Biological, Chemical – agents used during combat against our troops MRE– Meal Ready to Eat – packaged food with a shelf life of many years; ate during FTX, combat, etc.
PT– Physical Training – daily o’dark-thirty exercise CQ – Charge of Quarters – usually 24 hour duty watching barracks soldiers and monitoring phones and unit
Confused enough with those acronyms?? If not, here’s some lingo and slang used by the Army and some of it’s used by other military as well.
TOP – another name for First Sergeant POGEY BAIT– snack food taken on FTX or combat SHORT – getting released or out of military soon (90 days or less) LIFER – career military person KLICKS – kilometers GRUNT – infantryman DEUCE – utility 2 1/2 ton truck CHOW – any meal FUBAR – F*ck*d Up Beyond Recognition – as messed up as it can be ATE UP – something that’s messed up BATTLE RATTLE or HAPPY GEAR – full combat gear GI – Government Issue HIGH SPEED – highly motivated, squared-away soldier REAL WORLD – civilian life BCG – birth control glasses – the initial glasses given to new recruits HOOCH – living quarters SAND BOX or DOWN RANGE – Iraq HOUSEHOLD 6 – family/household commander (ME!!)
Last but not least there’s HOOAH!! This is probably my favorite word and it has many meanings. It can mean “yes” or “way to go”. It can mean “good” or “understood” and it can mean “welcome”. It can even mean “Amen”!! It can mean “thank you”, “you’re kidding”, “really neat” or “next”. It can mean “stop”, “not listening”, “no idea/don’t know” or “you’re kidding”. The one thing that it doesn’t mean is “NO”!!
Now that you’re all confused, can you figure out how many relate to my hubby, me or our family?? Tell me what you think in your comment!! If you know one that I haven’t listed, let me know that too!! I skipped many, so it’ll be fun to find out if anyone knows some of them!!
The next installment will be Army Life: Moving