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.



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