Acronym Hell - Part 1

Acronym Hell - Part 1

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A List of Basic Acronyms and Terms for the Rookies - Part 1

Start learning what in the world your wife and her co-workers are talking about today! This is a basic, beginners list of military acronyms (something the military is very fond of creating).

Why Learn?

Let's be honest. You won't make it 6 months without some of this basic communication knowledge.


ACS -   Army Community Services - provides support services to active duty, reserve components, their families and survivors

AFRC -  Airmen and Family Readiness Center - provides support services in the Air Force to active duty, reserve components, their families and survivors

AGR -  Active Guard and Reserve

Allotment - Deduction from a service member's pay - designated by the service member for a specific purpose such as a mortgage or a savings account

BAH -  Basic Allowance for Housing (Good Stuff!)

BAS - Basic Allowance for Subsistence (food) - only paid for service member, not for family

BX - Base Exchange - Air Force term for a military department store (NOT the liquor store)

Benefits - Provided by the Services, such as medical, retirement, commissary and exchange privileges (What helps make it all worth while.)

Chain of Command - Hierarchy of authority - who reports to whom (List of all service ranks can be found on Male Spouse 101)
CDC - Child Development Center

C-Store - Marine Corps term for a liquor store (YES!)

Class 6 Store - Army and Air Force term for a liquor store (See above)

Colors - National and unit flags

Commissary - Grocery store, often located on base (NOT the liquor store)

CONUS - Continental United States (not sure why we need this acronym...sounds like a disease or something.)

COLA - Not soda, but cost of living allowance

Cover – Hat (Really?)

Dependent - Family member, which is the preferred term (Relax, it's not so bad being the “dependent” every once in a while)

DITY - Do It Yourself move (Recommended way to move your valuables and stuff you don't want broken.  Partial DITY is the way to go!)

Exchange - Term for a military department store (NOT the liquor store either)

FFSC - Fleet and Family Service Center - provides support services for Navy active duty, reserve components, their families and survivors

Thank you to the National Military Family Association for providing this basic list of acronyms and terms.

See also...

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Do You Know Your American Flag Protocol?

Did You Know?

Did you know that American Flag Protocol (or American flag etiquette) is actually part of federal law? It provides general guidelines to answer some common questions about how the American flag should be handled and displayed. Although it is federal law, there are no federal penalties imposed for failures to comply with the law. 

While stationed at Los Angeles AFB, I drove by this motel on the way to work one morning and I noticed that the US flag was flying upside down. People were entering and leaving the building as if nothing was wrong. So, I pulled in and asked one of the workers if everything was okay in the building and I notified him that they were dislaying the flag upside down. He said everything was cool and he fixed the flag immediately, but he didn't understand why I was asking if everything was okay. So I explained to him that a US flag flying or displayed upside down is a distress signal (extreme danger to life or property)

Did you know that a US flag flying or displayed upside down is a distress signal?

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SAHD Life: My First Daddy-Daughter Dance

Father-Daughter Sweetheart Ball - Picture Booth

The YMCA Adventure Guides Father-Daughter Sweetheart Ball was not on my radar until a good friend of mine told me how he takes his daughters each year. I thought, "Cool! You and your girls are really excited about this thing, huh?" When my wife started getting emails about the event, there was no controlling her excitement. She was even talking about renting a car for the night!

Yeah...

In case you didn't know (like me), a daddy-daughter dance allows dad an opportunity to set an example and standard for how his daughter should be treated on a date. It is also an opportunity for dad to build that special bond with his daughter and make special memories.

Okay, based on the description above, I tossed the whole daddy-daughter dance thing out the window because my daughter and dating don't even go together in a sentence. And I can build that special bond with my daughter at the creek - FISHING!

But I thought about the whole thing (I do a lot of thinking) and with my "try-almost-anything-once" attitude, I went all in.

That's right! I went to my first daddy-daughter dance AND I LOVED IT!



 

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