Can You Match the Acronym to the Military Branch?

By: Deborah Beckwin
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Which branch of the military uses the term BAMCIS?
Marines
In the United States Marine Corps (USMC), BAMCIS stands for the six steps of troop-leading. 1) Begin planning. 2) Arrange recon. 3) Make recon. 4) Complete planning. 5) Issue orders, 6) Supervise. Usually, when a task is successfully completed, a Marine will say BAMCIS.
Navy
Army
Air Force

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In what military branch does LTDB come from?
Army
Navy
In the United States Navy (USN), LTDB stand for "living the dream, baby." It's a sarcastic remark about being in the Navy.
Air Force
Marines

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Which military branch has a NAP?
Air Force
Army
In the United States Army (USA), NAP stands for non-airborne personnel. This means these soldiers aren't trained to parachute from airplanes. They used to be called LEG (low-entry ground soldier), but that's a more offensive term.
Navy
Marines

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Every military branch has a place where service members eat together. What branch uses the acronym DFAC?
Army
Marines
Air Force
So instead of the mess tent or the chow hall, you have the DFAC. That's the USAF acronym for "dining facility."
Navy

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Which military branch uses the acronym LRS-C?
Air Force
Navy
Army
LRS-C stands for long range surveillance company. This group heads up special recon forces within an intelligence group. Each platoon has a speciality: desert/mountain, water, and HALO (parachuting at a low altitude).
Marines

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A "FOD walk" can be found in which branch?
Army
Marines
Navy
Air Force
FOD stands for foreign object debris. Servicemembers in the USAF will go on a "FOD walk" to remove FOD from the flight line, or where aircraft are parked and serviced.

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Which branch of the U.S. military uses ARMY as an acronym to tease another branch of the military?
Air Force
Army
Navy
Marines
The military branches like to tease each other about who is the best. For the USMC, ARMY stands for "Ain't Ready to be a Marine Yet".

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In which military branch is the acronym, MARINE, used?
Navy
The Navy and the Marines work closely together, since the Marines do a lot of amphibious work. So two versions of MARINE are: "Marines Always Ride in Navy Equipment" and "Muscles Are Required Intelligence Not Essential."
Army
Air Force
Marines

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Which branch of the military has an AMTRAC?
Navy
Marines
AMTRAC is short for AMphibious TRACtor. This doesn't refer to the train company, Amtrak. It's also what's called an LVT, landing vehicle, tracked, which brings cargo and vehicles from a ship to the shore.
Army
Air Force

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Where in the military can you find FAST?
Air Force
Navy
Army
Marines
FAST stands for Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams, which are a special ops security force that works to fight against antiterrorist threats. They work with the Navy, the Marine Corps and other places (e.g., providing extra security at U.S. embassies).

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In the armed forces, where will you find FAIPs?
Army
Air Force
In the USAF, a FAIP stands for First Assignment Instructor Pilot. After receiving their wings from pilot training, instead of receiving their first aircraft, they're sent to pilot instructor training and become instructor pilots. To be picked as an FAIP, you have to be in the top half of your class.
Navy
Marines

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In which military branch was the IA program used?
Navy
IA stands for Individual Augmentation (or Augmentee referring to the person in the program). The Navy deployed sailors (individually) to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from six to 14 months. Other terms for IAs were "being in the Narmy" (Navy & Army) or "Sand Sailors."
Marines
Army
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Which branch has a DBA?
Marines
Navy
Air Force
If you're in the United States Air Force (USAF), you definitely don't want to be a DBA. That stands for DirtBag Airman. This service member is gross, lazy and doesn't really regard the rules or the Air Force code of conduct.
Army

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Where in the military can you find a MCPOO?
Air Force
Marines
Army
Navy
MCPOO is a Navy acronym for "Master Chief Petty Officer of the Obvious." So you could consider this as a Naval version of "Captain Obvious."

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Which armed forces branch refers to non-judicial punishment as NJP?
Army
Marines
The Army and Air Force refer to this as Article 15, while the Navy call it the admiral's mast or captain's mast. The Marines call non-judicial punishment, a sanction not requiring a court martial, as in NJP, or a ninja punch. Punishments include losing pay or getting a rank demotion.
Air Force
Navy

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Where would you most likely hear JARTGO?
Navy
JARTGO stands for "Just Another Reason To Get Out." Some sailors seem to have a sarcastic love/hate relationship with the Navy, since there are plenty of tongue-in-cheek sayings about leaving. But they aren't the only branch to have these snarky sayings.
Army
Marines
Air Force

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TFOA is not a good thing, but which branch coined the acronym?
Marines
Army
Air Force
Navy
TFOA is a Navy term meaning "Things Falling Off Aircraft." It was created decades ago when the Navy realized that parts (including missiles!) were often falling off Navy aircraft. This is potentially dangerous when it occurs over populated areas vs. open ocean.

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PJs are a part of which branch of the military?
Air Force
The PJs (from parajumpers) are a special ops and air combat group belonging to the Air Force, formally called Pararescuemen. To become a PJ involves nearly two years of training and has the nickname of "Superman School."
Marines
Navy
Army

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CCF is not where you'd want to be. Which military branch has another name for this place?
Air Force
Army
CCF stands for Correctional Custody Facility, which is a minimum-security prison. The Army calls it Charlie's Chicken Farm. A soldier would be sent here via Article 15, a non-judicial punishment which does not involve the need of a court martial.
Marines
Navy

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Which military branch is known to use the term ETS as "Echo Tango Suitcase"?
Navy
Marines
Air Force
Army
ETS officially means Expiration Term of Service, which refers to the completion of a soldier's service contract. Using Echo Tango Suitcase (instead of the NATO phonetic alphabet of Sierra) means this soldier does not intend to re-enlist.

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Which armed forces branch uses COB in the way that many civilians do?
Marines
Army
In the Army, COB means Close of Business, which means admin work and training ends. This is also known as "end of day," but COB is also a popular way for civilian businesses to talk about the end of regular business hours. In the Navy, COB means Chief of the Boat, the sailor on a Navy submarine who advises with the commanding officer and the executive officer.
Air Force
Navy

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In this military branch, CBs had an important role in WWII.
Navy
The CB's stand for Construction Battalions, with the longer name of United States Naval Construction Battalions. They're a part of the Naval Construction Force that goes by the more nautical name, Seabees. Because of the attack on Pearl Harbor, CBs were allowed to work on military bases but also fight back when needed, which civilians were legally barred from doing.
Army
Air Force
Marines

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This branch of the armed forces uses the acronym SOTG.
Army
Navy
Marines
The Marines have the SOTG, or Special Operations Training Group, which provides special ops for the Marines and other branches of the military. Courses include sniper training, reconnaissance and surveillance. and mountaineering skills.
Air Force

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Where will you most likely hear people talking about G-LOC?
Marines
Air Force
G-LOC is an acronym for G-Loss of Consciousness. This happens with pilots endure sustained g-forces, which prompts a loss of oxygen to the brain. Pilots are trained to deal with high g-forces so they can prevent G-LOC, which includes being in a centrifuge and learning Anti-G Straining Maneuvers (AGSM).
Navy
Army

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Which military branch can you find a Prime BEEF?
Marines
Army
Navy
Air Force
Maybe this acronym made you hungry if you're a meat eater, but a Prime BEEF has nothing to do with food. It's a civil engineer unit of the Air Force (meaning Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force). The Prime BEEF provides a number of support services if an emergency arises.

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In which armed forces branch will you find MCCS?
Marines
MCCS stands for the Marine Corps Community Services. It's a group of programs that help support Marines and their families.
Air Force
Army
Navy

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What branch of the military has a specific use for LOM, which is NOT Legion of Merit?
Army
In the Army, LOM means lack of motivation, and it's usually used for those who voluntarily drop out of Ranger School. Students who choose to drop out have to sign a letter or memo stating that they had LOM, which will prevent them from re-enrolling in the future.
Marines
Navy
Air Force

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This military branch developed a parachuting technique known as HALO.
Army
Navy
Air Force
HALO stands for high altitude, low opening. A parachutist will open the parachute closer to the ground after jumping out of a plane. There's also HAHO, high altitude, high opening, where a parachutist will open the parachute just a few seconds after jumping.
Marines

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In what armed forces branch does the MA rating go back to the American Revolutionary War?
Army
Marines
Navy
MA stands for Master-at-arms in the Navy. They provide law enforcement and protection for the Navy. This was a British invention (with sheriffs at sea), but the Master-at-arms became an official part of the Navy in 1797, making it one of the Navy's oldest divisions.
Air Force

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If you're out in the field, you may see a CK used by what branch?
Air Force
Marines
Navy
Army
CK is the acronym for containerized kitchen. It's basically a mobile kitchen from where food can be cooked and served out in the field.

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In what military branch do they work on their PLFs?
Marines
Army
If you're a parachutist or paratrooper in the Army, you'll learn the proper and safe way to do a PLF, a parachute landing fall. The safer way to fall is to hit the balls of your feet and then throw yourself sideways while hitting the side of your legs, hip and then back.
Air Force
Navy

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Where can you find LOX?
Navy
Army
Marines
Air Force
The USAF uses LOX, or liquid oxygen, for oxygen systems in aircraft. And sometimes, people use it for cooling beer.

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A service member of which branch of the military could be suffering from THS?
Air Force
Navy
Army
THS, "Too Hooah Syndrome," is a unique concern for the Army, When someone has supremely high Army standards and holds not only themselves but everyone else to those standards.
Marines

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In which military branch can you find a SNOB?
Air Force
Army
Marines
Navy
This is a teasing acronym for submarine service members, meaning "Shortest Nuke on Board." It means that this person has shortest length of time left on the boat. And usually, they've enlisted once and do not intend to re-enlist.

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If you watched TV between 1995 and 2005, you'll know this one. Which branch uses the acronym JAG?
Navy
JAG stands for Judge Advocate General Corps, which is the legal division of the Navy. Most of the corps is made up of Legalmen, paralegals who help Navy and Marine Corps lawyers.
Air Force
Marines
Army

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