Some Military Abbreviations

#1
AB Able Seaman
Adjt Adjutant
Adj-Gen Adjutant-General
AF Admiral of the Fleet
AG Adjutant-General
AHC Army Hospital Corps
AIF Australian Imperial Forces
ANZAC Austrailian and New Zealand Army Corps
AO Army Order
AOC Army Ordnance Corps
AOD Army Ordanance Department
APM Assistant Provost-Marshal
APO Army Post Office
ASC Army Service Corps
AVD Army Veterinary Department
Bde Brigade
BEF British Expeditionary Force
Bn Battalion
Brig Brigadier
Brig-Gen Brigadier-General
BSC Bengal Staff Corps
Capt Captain
CF Chaplain to the Forces
C in C Commander in Chief
CO Commanding Officer
Col Colonel
Com Commander
Comdr Commander
Coy Company
Cpl Corporal
CS Colour Sergeant
CSM Company Sergeant Major
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
DFM Distinguished Flying Medal
div Division
DL Deputy Lieutenant
DLI Durham Light Infantry
DSC Distinguished Service Cross
DSM Distinguished Service Medal
DSO Distinguished Service Order
EEF Egyptian Expeditionary Force
FM Field Marshal
GHQ General Headquarters
GOC General Officer Commanding
GS General Staff
gn Gunner
HAC Honourable Artillery Company
HG Horse Guards
HLI Highland Light Infantry
HMAS His Majesty`s Australian Ship
HMCS His Majesy`s Canadian Ship
HMS His Majesty`s Ship
IA Indian Army
ID Intelligence Department
ISO Imperial Service Order
IY Imperial Yeomanry
KOSB King`s Own Scottish Borderers
KORL King`s Own Royal Lancashire/Lancaster Regiment
KOYLI King`s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
KRRC King`s Royal Rifle Corps
LD Light Dragoons
LI Light Infantry
Lr Lancer
Lt Lieutenant
Maj Major
MEF Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
MGC Machine Gun Corps
MM Military Medal
NCO Non-commissioned Officer
OD Ordinary Seaman
OS Ordinary Seaman
PM Provost-Marshal
QM Quarter-master
QMG Quartermaster-General
QMS Quartermaster-Sergeant
RA Rear Admiral
RA Royal Artillery
RAF Royal Air Force
RAMC Royal Army Medical Corps
RAOC Royal Army Ordnance Corps
RAPC Royal Army Pay Corps
RASC Royal Army Service Corps
RD Royal Dragoons
RE Royal Corps of Engineers
RFA Royal Field Artillery
RFC Royal Flying Corps
RGA Royal Garrison Artillery
Rgt Regiment
RHA Royal Horse Artillery
RHG Royal Horse Guards
RIM Royal Indian Marines
RM Royal Marines
RMA Royal Military Academy
RMA Royal Marine Artillery
RMC Royal Military College
RMLI Royal Marine Light Infantry
RN Royal Navy
RNAS Royal Naval Air Service
RNR Royal Naval Reserve
RNVR Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
RSM Regimental Sergeant-Major
RV Rifle Volunteers
SAA Small Arms Ammunition
SAS Special Air Sevice
SBS Special Boat Service
SC Staff-office Corps
SERG Sergeant
SM Sergeant-Major
SO Staff Officer
SQN Squadron
TA Territorial Army
TF Territorial Force
VC Victoria Cross
WAAC Women`s Army Auxillary Corps
WRAC Women`s Royal Army Corps
WAAC Women`s Army Auxillary Corps
WD War Department
WRAF Women`s Royal Air Force
WRNS Women`s Royal Naval Service

Got more? why not add them for us to learn.
 
#4
Although a lot is out of date!

Main stuff you would perhaps need to know would be abbreviations for ships; e.g. LPD-Landing Platform Dock, and abbreviations for Ranks; e.g. Lt Cdr-Lieutenant Commander.
 
#7
There is one you missed in the 'H' section

Harry

That lives in front of everything ie;

Harry snowers, Harry skint, Harry skidders

Your task is to decypher them and any others anyone else cares to add.
 

penrecon

Lantern Swinger
#8
This list is very out of date - it seems to date from the Second World War era, so I wouldn't go quoting much of it at an interview!

Things like Australian Imperial Force, ANZAC and RNVR are all examples!
 

x4nd

Lantern Swinger
#9
NotmeChief said:
There is one you missed in the 'H' section

Harry

That lives in front of everything ie;

Harry snowers, Harry skint, Harry skidders

Your task is to decypher them and any others anyone else cares to add.
I wonder if HBM is on that web site?

:dwarf:
 
#11
Chill out stefan, you will not be asked questions of that nature.

All they will ask you is questions about your background, family, education, hobbies and intrests, why you want to join.

Just make sure you research your branch, all the info you need on this should be found on the branch leaflets they give you at the AFCO. It wouldnt hurt to go the extra distance and find some more info off the web. But as far as learning military abbreviations goes, why? Find out what type of ships weve got, (i.e T23, T42, T22, T45 etc.) no need to remeber every name and pennant number! What operations we are carrying out (Gulf, S/Atlantic etc.)

Edit: It looks like your gonna be a a bootie, so belay the last and er, find out some bootie type things.

All they are trying to do is paint a picture of your background to see if your suitable for RN life.

Best of Luck
 
#12
You missed out Cdo. And CS is not Colour Sergeant, it's C/Sgt.

Here are a couple of tactical one's for you which will sound much more impressive at interview for my beloved Corps. Then again, they might just think you're a walt and tel you feck off. Anyway, see if you can find out what they mean and come back and tell us otherwise you will be RTU.

DF
FDF
SF (not 'them'. Think GPMG)
FIBUA
RV
FUP
CASEVAC
RAP
Sitrep
FOB
GPMG
HEAT
HESH
WP
HVM
MFC
APC
ARV
MBT
MLRS
UAV
TOW
Two i/c
Fecking REMF

I'm bore now. SNAFU :dwarf:

Edited to add SF is not 'them'.
 
#15
OK, I'll give it a go cos I am bored and the water isn't heated for my bath yet :lol:

DF - Direction Finding
FDF - Fiddle De Figures :afro: (sorry don't know that one)
SF - Sustained Fire
FIBUA - Fighting In Built Up Areas
RV - Rendezvous
FUP - Follow Up Point (?)
CASEVAC - Casualty Evacuation
RAP - Regimental Aid Post
Sitrep - Situation Report (aaagh whasshappening)
FOB -
GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun
HEAT - High Explosive Anti Tank
HESH - High Explosive Squash Head
WP -
HVM
MFC -
APC - Armoured Personnel Carrier
ARV - Armoured Reconnisance Vehicle
MBT - Main Battle Tank
MLRS - Multiple Launch Rocket System
UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
TOW - (know its an anti tank missile but that's all)
Two i/c - Second in Command
Fecking REMF - Fecking Rear Echelon Mother Fcuker

sad man that I am :lol:

stab
 
#16
Stab to fill in your gaps.
FOB=Forward operating base
WP=White phos (nasty burny grenade)
HVM=High velocity missile
MFC =Crusty old fat stripy that everyone slags off until you need morters landing within 20 m at 500 metres range then he becomes a god(Morter fire controller)

FDF not too sure but In army terms it looks like FPF which is final protective fire,I.E. arty on my position now as we are being over run and we are bugging out .

ARV = armoured recovery vehicle

On the whole not a bad effort Stabradrop
 
#18
Deeps said:
Stab to fill in your gaps.
FOB=Forward operating base
WP=White phos (nasty burny grenade)
ah yes, ouch :tp: time :)

HVM=High velocity missile
MFC =Crusty old fat stripy that everyone slags off until you need morters landing within 20 m at 500 metres range then he becomes a god(Morter fire controller)

FDF not too sure but In army terms it looks like FPF which is final protective fire,I.E. arty on my position now as we are being over run and we are bugging out .

ARV = armoured recovery vehicle

On the whole not a bad effort Stabradrop
Why thanks deeps :salut: been ages since i did a test like that, not bad for an ex ta rlc who left in 2001!!
 
#19
RAMC - Rob All My Comrades
REME - Rough Engineering Made Easy
Royal Artillery - Drop Shorts (for two reasons!)

There must be many more but I can't be arsed!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#20
Have to say the only acronyms I've ever asked at interview are: What is involved in the PJFT?, what is the RNST?, for Royals: What doess PRMC involve?, and finally what abbreviation is usually used for your branch title?

The last one I have to ask for myself because some bugger keeps changing the branch title.

I agree with the previous comment that it's "handy" to know rank abbreviations. For Potential Officers obviously there's a greater range of questions, but acronyms seldom figure greatly.
 
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