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These are just some of the best known Three (or more) Letter Abbreviations:
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==Serious==
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* [[AFV]] - Armoured Fighting Vehicle
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* ASU - Active Service Unit (The Boyos)
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* BA(G) - British Army (Germany)
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* BALO - Brigade Air Liason Officer
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* [[BAOR]] - British Army of the Rhine
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* BATSU - British Army Training Support Unit
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* BATT - British Army Training Team
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* BATUS - British Army Training Unit Suffield
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* BCR - Battle Casualty Replacement
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* BER - Beyond Economical Repair
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* [[BFG]] - British Forces Germany
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* BKYC - British Kiel Yacht Club
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* BLR - Beyond Local repair
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* [[BOO]] - Battalion Orderly Officer
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* [[BOS]] - Battalion Orderly Sergeant
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* CEFO - Combat Equipment Fighting Order (obsolete - now superseded by PLCE)
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* CEI - Communications Electronic Instruction
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* CES - Complete Equipment Schedule
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* CQMS - Company Quartermaster Sergeant
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* CRA - Commander Royal Artillery
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* [[CRE]] - Commander Royal Engineers
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* COIN - Counter Insurgency
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* CTR - Close Target Recce
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* DALO - Divison Air Liason Officer
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* E4a - Specialist RUC Squad
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* [[EOD]] - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
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* [[ERV]] - Emergency Rendezvous ''(also [[Electronic Repair Vehicle]])''
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* [[FAC]] - Forward Air Controller
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* FIBUA - Fighting In Builtup Areas
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* [[FOO]] - Forward Observation Officer
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* FoS - Foreman of Signals
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* FPF - Final Protective Fire
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* FRU - Force Research Unit
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* FRV - Final Rendezvous
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* FRV - Fast Reaction Vehicle
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* FUP- Forming Up Point
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* GOC - General Officer Commanding
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* [[GPMG]] - General Purpose Machine Gun
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* [[GPS]] - Global Positioning System
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* HALO - High Altitude Low Opening
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* HLS - Helicopter Landing Site
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* HMSU - Home Office Support Unit
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* [[IED]] - Improvised Explosive Device
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* IEDD - Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
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* IO - Intelligence Officer
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* JEWT - Jungle Exercise Without Trees
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* JSAT - Joint Service Adventure Training
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* JSPC - Joint Services Parachute Centre
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* KTC - Kiel Training Centre
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* [[LE]] - Late entry Officer
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* LMF - Lacking Moral Fibre
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* LRDG - Long Range Desert Group (WW2)
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* LSW - Light Support Weapon
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* MiD - Mention in Despatches
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* MPI - Mean Point of Impact
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* NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
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* MRF - Military Reconnaissance Force
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* NEWD - Night Exercise Without Darkness
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* PLCE - Personal Load Carrying Equipment
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* POA - Point Of Aim
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* [[POL]] - Petrol, Oil, Lubricants
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* POW - Prisoner of War
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* [[PPA]] - Popski's Private Army (WW2)
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* PTI - Physical Training Instructor
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* QMSI - Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor
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* QRF - Quick Reaction Force
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* RMBPD - Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment (WW2)
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* RSP - Render Safe Proceedure
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* RTU - Returned To Unit
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* RUC - Royal Ulster Constabulary (George Cross)
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* [[SBS]] - Special Boat Service
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* [[SLR]] - Self Loading Rifle; 7.62mm UK built FN FAL (obsolete - replaced by [[SA80]]/IW/L85)
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* SMG - Sub-Machine Gun
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* SMIG - Sergeant Major Instructor Gunnery (RA)
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* SMIS - Sergeant Major Instuctor Signals (RA)
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* SNS - Special Night Squads (Palestine)
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* SOE - Special Operations Executive (WW2)
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* SPTA - Salisbury Plain Training Area
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* SUIT - Sight Unit Infantry Trilux (obsolete - replaced by [[SUSAT]])
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* SUSAT - Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux
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* TEWT - Tactical Exercise Without Troops
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* TFIB - Token Female in Battalion (obsolete)
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* TOT - Time on Target
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* TPU - Timer and Power Unit
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* TWOK - Tested Working OK
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* UDR - Ulster Defence Regiment
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* VCP - Vehicle Check point
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* WMD - Weapons of Mass Destruction (''See [[TLA#Serious|NBC]]'') ''(also [[Weapon of Mass Distraction]])''
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* WT - Wireless Telegraphy
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* YoS - Yeoman of Signals
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==Not So Serious==
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* ACC - Aldershot Concrete Commandos, Andy Capps Commandos
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* AGC - Alf Garnet's Commandos
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* BJAFO - Basically Just A F*cking Observer (2nd Pilot)
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* BOB - Bird or Bloke
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* BOBFOC - Body Off Baywatch, Face Off Crimewatch
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* BOHFOC- Body of Halle, face of Chuck.
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* BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!
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* CHIPS - Causing Havoc In Public Spaces
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* CSB - Credit Stealing Bast*rd
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* CTF - Chuffed To F*ck
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* DADAFA - Deputy Assistant Director of Absolutely F*ck All
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* DILLIGAF - Do I Look Like I Give A F*ck
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* FAFO - Fire & F*ck Off
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* [[FEB]] - Fucking English Bastard/Bitch (for the [[Jocks]] of us out there)
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* FFC - F*cks a F*ck Club
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* FISH - Fighting In Someone's House
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* FIWAF - Fighting Indians with a Fish
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* FOAD - F*ck Off And Die
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* FUBAR - F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition
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* GAFA - Great Arabian F**K All
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* GEO - Geographically-Embarrased Officer
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* INT - Intelligence Never Tested
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* ITF - Impressed To F*ck
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* JAFFA - Just Another Fat F*cking Adminstrator
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* KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
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* MARINE - Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential
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* MFP - Mixed Fruit Pudding
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* MUPPET - Most Useless Person Pirbright Ever Trained
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* NEWT - Not to be Employed With Troops
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* NAAFI - No Ambition And F*ck-all Interest
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* [[NFI]] - Not Very Interested, also Not Feckin' Invited
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* NORWICH - (K)nickers Off Ready When I Come Home
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* OMO - Old Man Overseas
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* PENIS - Planning Exercise Not Involving Soldiers
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* POETS day - P*ss Off Early - Tomorrow's Saturday
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* PONTI - Person Of No Tactical Importance
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* PPPPPPP - Prior Preparation & Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
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* PUFO - Pack Up, F*ck Off
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* RAOC - Rag And Oil Corps
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* REMF - Rear Echelon Motherf*cker
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* RLC - Really Large Corps
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* SAS - State Authorised Slaughter
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* SNAFU - Situation Normal, All F*cked Up
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* SOUP - Single Officer Unnecessary Purchase
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* STAB - Stupid TA Bastard
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* TA - Toy Army
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* TAFFAARD - Take A Flying F*ck At A Rolling Doughnut
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* TCH - That C**t Hoon (as used by the Chief of the General Staff and his mates, no less!)- the former SofS for defence, Geoff Hoon
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* TEWI - Tactical Exercise Without Interest
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* UDR - Uncle Dermot's rifles; Under Developed Ranger
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* [[UNBENAF]] - (Medical) - Unecessary Breast Examination - (Nothing abnormal found)
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* UMIN - Ugliest Man In NATO
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* USMC - Uncle Sam's Misguided Children
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* [[VOL]] - Vision of Loveliness.
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==Honours & Awards==
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* DSO - Did Something Outstanding
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* OBE - Other Buggers' Efforts
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* MBE - My Bloody Efforts
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* CMG - Call Me God
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* KCMG - Kindly Call Me God
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* GCMG - God Calls Me God

Revision as of 17:33, 23 January 2006


These are just some of the best known Three (or more) Letter Abbreviations:

Serious

  • AFV - Armoured Fighting Vehicle
  • ASU - Active Service Unit (The Boyos)
  • BA(G) - British Army (Germany)
  • BALO - Brigade Air Liason Officer
  • BAOR - British Army of the Rhine
  • BATSU - British Army Training Support Unit
  • BATT - British Army Training Team
  • BATUS - British Army Training Unit Suffield
  • BCR - Battle Casualty Replacement
  • BER - Beyond Economical Repair
  • BFG - British Forces Germany
  • BKYC - British Kiel Yacht Club
  • BLR - Beyond Local repair
  • BOO - Battalion Orderly Officer
  • BOS - Battalion Orderly Sergeant
  • CEFO - Combat Equipment Fighting Order (obsolete - now superseded by PLCE)
  • CEI - Communications Electronic Instruction
  • CES - Complete Equipment Schedule
  • CQMS - Company Quartermaster Sergeant
  • CRA - Commander Royal Artillery
  • CRE - Commander Royal Engineers
  • COIN - Counter Insurgency
  • CTR - Close Target Recce
  • DALO - Divison Air Liason Officer
  • E4a - Specialist RUC Squad
  • EOD - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • ERV - Emergency Rendezvous (also Electronic Repair Vehicle)
  • FAC - Forward Air Controller
  • FIBUA - Fighting In Builtup Areas
  • FOO - Forward Observation Officer
  • FoS - Foreman of Signals
  • FPF - Final Protective Fire
  • FRU - Force Research Unit
  • FRV - Final Rendezvous
  • FRV - Fast Reaction Vehicle
  • FUP- Forming Up Point
  • GOC - General Officer Commanding
  • GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun
  • GPS - Global Positioning System
  • HALO - High Altitude Low Opening
  • HLS - Helicopter Landing Site
  • HMSU - Home Office Support Unit
  • IED - Improvised Explosive Device
  • IEDD - Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
  • IO - Intelligence Officer
  • JEWT - Jungle Exercise Without Trees
  • JSAT - Joint Service Adventure Training
  • JSPC - Joint Services Parachute Centre
  • KTC - Kiel Training Centre
  • LE - Late entry Officer
  • LMF - Lacking Moral Fibre
  • LRDG - Long Range Desert Group (WW2)
  • LSW - Light Support Weapon
  • MiD - Mention in Despatches
  • MPI - Mean Point of Impact
  • NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
  • MRF - Military Reconnaissance Force
  • NEWD - Night Exercise Without Darkness
  • PLCE - Personal Load Carrying Equipment
  • POA - Point Of Aim
  • POL - Petrol, Oil, Lubricants
  • POW - Prisoner of War
  • PPA - Popski's Private Army (WW2)
  • PTI - Physical Training Instructor
  • QMSI - Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor
  • QRF - Quick Reaction Force
  • RMBPD - Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment (WW2)
  • RSP - Render Safe Proceedure
  • RTU - Returned To Unit
  • RUC - Royal Ulster Constabulary (George Cross)
  • SBS - Special Boat Service
  • SLR - Self Loading Rifle; 7.62mm UK built FN FAL (obsolete - replaced by SA80/IW/L85)
  • SMG - Sub-Machine Gun
  • SMIG - Sergeant Major Instructor Gunnery (RA)
  • SMIS - Sergeant Major Instuctor Signals (RA)
  • SNS - Special Night Squads (Palestine)
  • SOE - Special Operations Executive (WW2)
  • SPTA - Salisbury Plain Training Area
  • SUIT - Sight Unit Infantry Trilux (obsolete - replaced by SUSAT)
  • SUSAT - Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux
  • TEWT - Tactical Exercise Without Troops
  • TFIB - Token Female in Battalion (obsolete)
  • TOT - Time on Target
  • TPU - Timer and Power Unit
  • TWOK - Tested Working OK
  • UDR - Ulster Defence Regiment
  • VCP - Vehicle Check point
  • WMD - Weapons of Mass Destruction (See NBC) (also Weapon of Mass Distraction)
  • WT - Wireless Telegraphy
  • YoS - Yeoman of Signals

Not So Serious

  • ACC - Aldershot Concrete Commandos, Andy Capps Commandos
  • AGC - Alf Garnet's Commandos
  • BJAFO - Basically Just A F*cking Observer (2nd Pilot)
  • BOB - Bird or Bloke
  • BOBFOC - Body Off Baywatch, Face Off Crimewatch
  • BOHFOC- Body of Halle, face of Chuck.
  • BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!
  • CHIPS - Causing Havoc In Public Spaces
  • CSB - Credit Stealing Bast*rd
  • CTF - Chuffed To F*ck
  • DADAFA - Deputy Assistant Director of Absolutely F*ck All
  • DILLIGAF - Do I Look Like I Give A F*ck
  • FAFO - Fire & F*ck Off
  • FEB - Fucking English Bastard/Bitch (for the Jocks of us out there)
  • FFC - F*cks a F*ck Club
  • FISH - Fighting In Someone's House
  • FIWAF - Fighting Indians with a Fish
  • FOAD - F*ck Off And Die
  • FUBAR - F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition
  • GAFA - Great Arabian F**K All
  • GEO - Geographically-Embarrased Officer
  • INT - Intelligence Never Tested
  • ITF - Impressed To F*ck
  • JAFFA - Just Another Fat F*cking Adminstrator
  • KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
  • MARINE - Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential
  • MFP - Mixed Fruit Pudding
  • MUPPET - Most Useless Person Pirbright Ever Trained
  • NEWT - Not to be Employed With Troops
  • NAAFI - No Ambition And F*ck-all Interest
  • NFI - Not Very Interested, also Not Feckin' Invited
  • NORWICH - (K)nickers Off Ready When I Come Home
  • OMO - Old Man Overseas
  • PENIS - Planning Exercise Not Involving Soldiers
  • POETS day - P*ss Off Early - Tomorrow's Saturday
  • PONTI - Person Of No Tactical Importance
  • PPPPPPP - Prior Preparation & Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
  • PUFO - Pack Up, F*ck Off
  • RAOC - Rag And Oil Corps
  • REMF - Rear Echelon Motherf*cker
  • RLC - Really Large Corps
  • SAS - State Authorised Slaughter
  • SNAFU - Situation Normal, All F*cked Up
  • SOUP - Single Officer Unnecessary Purchase
  • STAB - Stupid TA Bastard
  • TA - Toy Army
  • TAFFAARD - Take A Flying F*ck At A Rolling Doughnut
  • TCH - That C**t Hoon (as used by the Chief of the General Staff and his mates, no less!)- the former SofS for defence, Geoff Hoon
  • TEWI - Tactical Exercise Without Interest
  • UDR - Uncle Dermot's rifles; Under Developed Ranger
  • UNBENAF - (Medical) - Unecessary Breast Examination - (Nothing abnormal found)
  • UMIN - Ugliest Man In NATO
  • USMC - Uncle Sam's Misguided Children
  • VOL - Vision of Loveliness.

Honours & Awards

  • DSO - Did Something Outstanding
  • OBE - Other Buggers' Efforts
  • MBE - My Bloody Efforts
  • CMG - Call Me God
  • KCMG - Kindly Call Me God
  • GCMG - God Calls Me God