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.

See also...

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Help for Male Military Spouse Dads at National At-Home Dad Network

logo_NAHDN-horiz.gifWe know that many our visitors here at Macho Spouse are dads - some working and some stay-at-home-dads - who are looking for answers to the question "How do I do this?" We are constantly looking for resources to help all male military spouses and we are happy to share a great online resource for dads.

Help is available for male military spouse dads at the National At-Home Dad Network. All dads can learn from this online resource that provides support, education and advocacy for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children.

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Top 5 Ways to Show Appreciation to Military Spouses

MSShirt.jpgA few weeks ago AT&T contacted me about writing a couple blogs on how best to appreciate a military spouse. Now, since Military Spouse Appreciation Day is on May 9th, I thought this was a great gesture by one of America's largest corporations to ask this question specifically of male spouses. Plus, AT&T offered a couple iPad gift baskets in exchange for my thoughts. The deal is that I have to share one of those iPads with you guys. I felt that offer was a no-brainer, so here you go. My top five ways people can acknowledge the sacrifices military spouses make on behalf of their families and nation. Before I begin, I want to make it clear that the following list is how I want to be appreciated; we're all different and I know other guys have different ideas. That's great! If you add your ideas below this story, I will put your name in a hat for a chance to win one of those AT&T iPad gift baskets (the only disclaimer I'm putting on this is that you must have your entry in before midnight on May 4th.)

One more thing, I feel a little self-conscious writing this because I really don't think anyone needs to appreciate me as a spouse. I'm happy and proud to live this lifestyle without any recognition. Tens of millions of people go to work everyday, many in not such great environments and/or circumstances. I do believe military spouses have it more difficult than most, but we're just doing our part to help make this country great.



 

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