Acronym Hell - Part 2

Acronym Hell - Part 2

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Acronym HellA List of Basic Acronyms and Terms for the Rookies - Part 2

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.

This is the second part of the basic military acronyms and terms list.


FRG - Family Readiness Group (also know as Family Support Group)

LES - Leave and Earnings Statement (i.e. pay stub, but it's electronic.  Tax season ring a bell?)

Leave - Approved time away from duty (Party time!)

JFTR - Joint Federal Travel Regulation

MCCS - Marine Corps Community Services - provides support services for Marine active duty, reserve components, their families & survivors

MCX - Marine Corps Exchange - Marine Corps term for a military department store (NOT the liquor store)

MWR - Morale, Welfare and Recreation

NEX - Navy Exchange - Navy term for a military department store (NOT the liquor store)

OCONUS - Outside the Continental United States (Again, it's harder to say the acronym than it is to just say/type it out)

Package Store - Navy term for a liquor store (YES!)

PCS - Permanent Change of Station (Quit your job and cancel the cable because you're moving!)

PX - Post Exchange - Army term for a military department store (NO liquor here either)

SGLI - Service members Group Life Insurance

Social Security Number - They're not asking for yours, they're asking for your wife's (Only took me 2 years before I stopped giving them mine first by mistake.)

Space A - Space available

Sponsor - Your service member (Your sugar-momma wife!)

TAD - Temporary Additional Duty, a short assignment, usually to a school (Some of the more difficult transitional moves...do you stay-put or go with her??)

TDY - Temporary Duty, a longer assignment often to another unit (See above)

TSP - Thrift Savings Plan (Good way to start saving money)

Title 10 - Federal orders to deploy (oh shit)

Title 32 - State orders to mobilize (See above)

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

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There seems to be a common thread running through military sociability: booze. It's the thread that allows you to tie one on just about anytime. It's everywhere. At the Exchange, at the local Class Six…hell, you might even score some free booze from those distributors hosting tasting events throughout the year. Play your cards right, and you could be half in the bag before the sun even goes down.
When I first drive through the gates, there's always the sign telling me how many days it's been since the last alcohol related incident on post. And when that sign 'resets' back to 1, I'm always tempted to check it out: “Uh oh, what did (one of a handful of likely suspects) do now?” Thankfully, I've never triggered it myself. Yet.



 

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