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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30 Ways of Thanks Day #8

30Still.jpgMilitary kids face some unique challenges, and sometimes a great teacher makes all the difference. Say thanks to the teachers taking care of our military children!

 

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.

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Wars within the War

img-roland-220x130.pngDuring this time of war, in addition to the regular attacks on our troops by enemy forces, there have also been other types of attacks. These "green on blue" attacks are "friendly" forces killing our troops. In 2011, there were 35 instances. In 2012 so far, there have been 51. These things get quite a bit of media coverage due to the loss of life as a direct result.

Something that concerns me just as much, if not more than "green on blue" attacks, is the threat that wears the same uniform as my wife. Sexual harassment and assault are a big problem within the military. Men and women are victimized by their comrades. As a Army civilian employee, I have to attend the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, along with the Soldiers. It is saddening to hear the stories of those that have been attacked by people they trusted with their lives.

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