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Commonly used military terms

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  • AA

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

  • AAFES

  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service

  • abaft

  • To the rear of... see "aft" and "stern"

  • abeam

  • Alongside (of a ship)

  • ADS

  • Automated Diving Suit

  • AEGIS

  • An integrated total combat system

  • AFB

  • Air Force Base

  • AFIP

  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Afipia)

  • AFLOATTRAGRUPAC

  • Afloat Training Group Pacific (really!)

  • AFSC

  • A job description (similar to an MOS)

  • aft

  • Rear end of a ship; see "stern" and "abaft"

  • afterburner

  • Part of a jet engine

  • air strike

  • Fighter attack aircraft assigned an offensive mission.

  • air wing

  • The aircraft of an attack carrier

  • AIREVAC

  • Airborne evacuation

  • airframe

  • Parts of the airplane framework

  • airspeed

  • Speed of aircraft (one word)

  • aloft

  • Up higher, e.g. in the crow's nest

  • ALPAT

  • Alaska Patrol - USCG

  • AMAC

  • Adult Men's and Children's Group (AA)

  • amidships

  • In or towards the middle of a ship (one word)

  • AOD

  • Agent Orange disease

  • AQL

  • Acceptable Quality Level

  • ARC

  • Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center; see SARC

  • arresting cables

  • The cross-deck cables designed to engage the tailhook of an aircraft

  • astern

  • Towards the rear or back of a ship or formation

  • AUNK

  • Army, rank unknown

  • AWOL

  • Absence without leave

  • aye

  • Yes (or) understood


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