Can You Guess These Easy Military Acronyms?

MILITARY

By: John Miller

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About This Quiz

The United States military is one of the most jargon-laden organizations on planet Earth. That’s partly due to the esoteric nature of many of its functions – nowhere in civilian life must one deal with DoDAAC (Department of Defense Activity Address Code) or CINCLANTFLT (Commander-in-chief, Atlantic Fleet). Those acronyms are often a product of standardization procedures, efficiency ... and bureaucracy. In this quiz, do you think you can identify these easy military acronyms?

If you’ve ever served, you’ll immediately understand acronyms like LT, CO and FOB. They’re all standard terms for daily life in the military. But even hardened leathernecks may forget the exact meaning of jumbled letters like CODELS and FBCB2. That’s why we’re going to keep it easy on you this time around – think of this quiz as BCT for harder quiz to come.

So the acronyms we throw at you will be more basic, like EPW, FIST and EOD. And if you don’t know those, we’ll share: Enemy Prisoner of War, Fire Support Team and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Think you’ll be able to blow up the rest of our tough quiz terms?

Throw on your BDU and grab your M16! Take aim at this military acronym quiz now!

DOD

The DOD, or Department of Defense, is one of the biggest employers in the world. Its many employees plan and operate the U.S. military.

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APC

The APC, or Armored Personnel Carrier, is a way to transport men and women through hostile zones. Sometimes the armor is effective against IEDs … sometimes it's not.

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POW

Battles invariably end with troops being captured by opposing forces. These troops are now POWs, Prisoners of War.

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AAA

Pilots never like to hear that "AAA" or Antiaircraft Artillery, is expected during a mission. AAA can fill the sky with shrapnel that destroys aircraft.

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KIA

KIA stands for Killed in Action. Bloody battles find KIAs strewn all over the war zone.

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MIA

After a major operation, there are always soldiers listed as "MIA." It means they are missing in action, perhaps wounded or captured.

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IED

IEDs are Improvised Explosive Devices, bombs cobbled together from commonly available products. They've become notorious in recent Middle East conflicts, wounding many American troops.

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CO

The CO is the Commanding Officer of a unit. It's not a rank, it's a sign that you recognize an officer's superior rank.

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NCO

NCOs are the guys and gals who haven't yet received a commission. They typically emerge from the enlisted ranks.

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ETA

In the military, you'd better be on time. That means you always have to know your ETA -- Estimated Time of Arrival.

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SAM

A SAM is a Surface-to-Air Missile. Pilots loathe SAMs, which are more powerful and more accurate by the year.

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PT

It's a lowlight of many troops' days -- PT, or physical training. Run three miles out, and three miles back. Over and over again.

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OCS

OCS is Officer Candidate School. All up-and-coming officers must complete OCS in order to to be effective leaders.

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RPG

An RPG is one of the funnest weapons to fire -- it's a rocket-propelled grenade. And it makes a very large boom.

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BCT

Your military adventure begins here … with BCT. Basic Combat Training is required for all new military personnel, equipping them with essential battlefield skills.

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FOB

The FOB is the Forward Operating Base, which is very close to the front lines. When you serve at the FOB, you have to be ready for anything.

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LZ

The LZ is the Landing Zone. It's often the place where missions truly begin.

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CENTCOM

U.S. CENTCOM is Central Command. During a major fight, CENTCOM plays a huge role in coordinating and planning combat operations.

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MILSPEC

The United States Military Standard, or MILSPEC, is shorthand for the specifications and standards used to insure interoperability of equipment and systems throughout the military.

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OP

It's where you keep an eye on the enemy. The OP is the Observation Post.

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DOA

Some wounded troops become DOA -- Dead on Arrival. It means there's no point in continuing emergency medical procedures.

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DMZ

The DMZ between North and South Korea is a famously dangerous area. It's the Demilitarized Zone, a no-man's land of sorts.

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ROE

Before every armed mission, the CO lays out the ROE, the Rules of Engagement. Troops understand how and when they're allowed to engage the enemy.

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DEFCON

DEFCON stands for Defense Readiness Condition, and it is followed by a number, such as "2." DEFCON 1 is the most serious, and could mean that war is imminent, or that the alien saucer has parked over the White House.

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BDU

When a fight is nigh, you'd best dress for the occasion. Grab your BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) and your weapon, it's time to do some shooting.

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USCG

The USCG is the United States Coast Guard, the often-underappreciated branch of the military that's taken part in all of America's major conflicts.

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CPT

"CPT" is a common acronym for Captain. Captains are highly respected (usually) and highly paid officers.

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MRE

MRE is Meal Ready to Eat. They are basic rations that sustain troops in places where perishable foods aren't an option.

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MOS

After generalized training, many troops select an MOS, a Military Occupation Specialty. There they can choose to learn a skill that best suits their individual talents.

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CHU

Soldiers call it home. A CHU is a Containerized Housing Unit, basically a cramped box where troops sleep. They're common on overseas bases.

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