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Military Abbreviations

Most commonly used acronyms in the Air Force and few of those used in our Air Force MOMS BMT Facebook group

(This list is by no means complete)

AAFES =Army and Air Force Exchange Service

AB = Airman Basic (This is also what they are referred to while in Basic)

ABU = Airman Battle Uniform

A1C = Airman 1st Class

ADSC = Active Duty Service Commitment

AEF = Air and Space Expeditionary Force

AETC = Air Education and Training Command

AF = Air Force

AF & SF Family Support = Air Force  & Space Force Support

AFB = Air Force Base

AFSC = Air Force Specialty Code

Airman = Airman is the title given to all men & women in the Air Force regardless of rank

Amn = Airman

*Angel = (This is what we call our members in our Facebook group)

ASD = Assignment Selection Date

ASVAB = Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This test will help determine job placement.

Banners = Are signs that are either bought or made to hold up during the Airman's Run on Thursday  (BMT)
***They are also used to Welcome our Airmen home from deployment or if they are coming home on leave.

BAH = Basic Allowance for Housing

  • *BAM = Best Angel Motivator (this is our term for those that help one another in our Facebook group)

Base Passes = One must have a Military I.D. or DoD (Department of Defense) card to enter a military post.
** BMT - The recruiter should have given your son/daughter a VARL (Visitor Access Request Letter) to complete and submit. If not, this can still be submitted by WOT 3. If WOT 3 has come & gone and/or you have not received the passes ( between WOT 3 and 6) you can will have to wait until after the coin ceremony to allow the new Airman to meet the party at the gate to sign them in.

Base Liberty = Earned Privilege granted by MTIs to visit on-base facilities and enjoy free time away from training. This usually Thurs and Sun. Unless Town Liberty is earned

Battlefield Airmen = Provide worldwide forward presence, engagement, information operations, precision strike and rescue operations. Battlefield Airmen are the special operations force of the Air Force. They include Combat Controllers (CCT), Pararescumen (PJ), Tactical Air Control Party members (TACP) and Special Operations Weather Technicians (SOWT). Though the careers are very different, they all begin with the Battlefield Airmen indoctrination course. Your physical and mental limits will be pushed and then pushed some more. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you'll run everywhere you go, you'll spend hours doing laps in a pool and more calisthenics than ever before. The purpose is to show you you're capable of more than you think, and that if you desire to succeed, you will. The training is demanding but necessary to ensure those that survive the first few weeks have a better shot of making it through to the end.

BCG = Term given to the glass that are/where deemed to be so ugly they called them Birth Control Glasses. They're not so bad now ;) but the term is still used. ( BMT)

BEAST =Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training held during WOT 7, the trainees are tested on their knowledge of what they have learned up to this point and use it. ( BMT)

Bed Aligners = Will make sure that the beds are lined up in a perfectly & proper row. ( BMT)

BMT = Basic Military Training

BMT TRC = Basic Military Training Reception Center

Boot = A term given to a new Airman just out of BMT 'Boot Camp' or Tech School.

BTZ = Below the zone (BTZ) is a competitive early promotion program offered to enlisted U.S. Air Force personnel in the grade of Airman First Class/E-3. This is an opportunity for consideration of early promotion to Senior Airman six months prior to their expected time

BX = Base Exchange (Only those with a Military or DoD are allowed to purchase items)

CAC = Common Access Card (Military ID)

CATM  = Combat Arms Training and Maintenance

CBRNE = Chamber Training [Gas Chamber] Chemical, Biological, Nuclear Defense Training

CC = Company Commander

CDCs = Career Development Courses; computer or paper-based volumes of information that further the training you learn in technical training school. CDCs are completed with an examination, which you must successfully pass. CDCs are required to hit your 5-skill level, with an additional set required for your 7-skill level

CLAW = Creating Leaders Airmen and Warriors (CLAW)

COC = Chain Of Command

CONUS = Continental United States
OCONUS = Outside Continental Untied States

Deployment = Deployment is not always or only combat operations. Deployed in support of an operation. So airman can be deployed for humanitarian operations like Ebola support to Africa or nuclear deterrent operations in Korea

D-FAS =Defense Finance and Accounting Service

DoD = Department of Defense

Dorm Nicknames:

Bat House = Named because some bats found their way into the dorm. ( BMT Dorm)

Fire House = Named because some Tech School students were breaking rules and started a small fire while smoking cigarettes. (Tech School Dorm)

Jail House = Named because it use to be base jail. (Tech School Dorm)

EC = Entry Control

EOC = The End of Course (EOC) test is the final written evaluation of all of your education and training.

FDS = First Duty Station

FEST = Field Expeditionary Skills Training. Security/tactical stuff that is meant to prepare them for what they will be doing in BEAST. ( BMT)

FLT = Flight, a group of Airmen that are in training together, consisting of approximately 45-60 Trainees. ( BMT)
           Or a group of Airmen that work together at a base in the same job. (Post BMT)

Green Dot = The "Green Dot" you see on Facebook showing that someone is currently on line.

Grilled cheese & Jesus = On Sundays many Trainees eat grilled cheese for lunch and attend church services. ( BMT)

HUA = HUA means:

  1. "Heard, understood, and acknowledged"
  2. What to say when at a loss for words
  3. "Good copy"
  4. "Roger,"
  5. "solid copy,"
  6. "good,"
  7. "great,"
  8. "message received,"
  9. "understood,"
  10. "acknowledged"
  11. "Glad to meet you,"
  12. "welcome"
  13. "All right!"
  14. "Thank you"
  15. "Eh?"
  16. "You've taken the correct action"
  17. "You're wrong, but you outrank me."
  18. "Outstanding!"
  19. "That's cool" or "that's OK." As in, "That's hooah." To motivate another soldier. Did not hear what was said, but not going to ask to repeat.
  20. Anything and everything except "no."

Hooah can also be used as a call and response cheer, with one soldier exclaiming, "hooah!," and other soldiers responding in like. Be uttered at random and in a group in order to boost morale. One or a few soldiers will begin chanting "hooah!," and then others join in. Be used as a sarcastic remark for something specific to the Army. Sometimes used sarcastically. As in, "This detail is about as hoo-ah as it gets." It can be used to describe a highly motivated individual. As in, "Greenfield has been extremely Hoo-ah lately." It can be used to assert one's identity as a member of the Army (particularly in the midst of personnel from sister services) source: Wikipedia

HUA = Air Force

HOOAH = Army

OORAH = Marine


IBD = Integrated Base Defense

Jody (Jodie) Calls = Explained by Tricia: The songs get the name jody call or jody (also, jodie) from a recurring character, a civilian named "Jody" whose luxurious lifestyle is contrasted with military deprivations in a number of traditional calls. Jody is the person who stays at home, drives the soldier's car, and gets the soldier's sweetheart while the soldier is in recruit training or in country...Obscene, scatological, and offensively violent jody calls exist; their official use in formal training is now discouraged by the U.S. military, with an emphasis on "clean" versions of traditional jodies. The flexibility of jodies is nearly unlimited, and old jodies have always been retired or rewritten as times and wars change. Jody calls are a subset of work songs, and share in their rhythmic properties. Most jody calls have a call and response structure; one soldier initiates a line, and the remaining soldiers complete it...

Latrine Team = The 'Team' that cleans the bathrooms. Their 'Leader' is the Latrine Queen. ( BMT)

LES = Leave and Earnings Statement

MEPS = Military Entrance Processing Station

MRE = Meal Read to Eat

MTI = Military Training Instructor

MTL = Military Training Leader

NPS = Non Prior Service

OCP = Operational Camouflage Pattern

OPSEC = Operations Security (Keeping the military safe)

PERSEC = Personal Security System (keeping ourselves safe)

PCS = Permanent Change of Station. A PCS is when a service member leaves their current base and moves to a new one. This new base could be overseas or stateside and IS NOT A DEPLOYMENT, although in some cases, one my receive family separation pay depending on the location. Not all bases allow for family to follow.

PDD = Projected Departure Date

PSC = Postal Service Center. Only time this is not needed is during BMT.

RAP = Recruiter Assistance Program

RNLT = Report Not Later Than date

RTT = Return To Training

Recycle = To be sent back to an early week of training due to disciplinary reasons or failure to pass. (see note below) ( BMT)

Retreat = Signals the end of the official duty day, and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the U.S. flag.

Reveille = A musical signal for the start of the duty day.

SAPR Program = Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

SQ = Squadron (unit) that your Airman is assigned to.

TAP OUT (Tapping Out) = releasing your Airman from formation. At the conclusion of the Coin Ceremony & Graduation, the Airmen are standing in formation and are not allowed to leave until such time that they are tapped out. This is a gentle touch, hug, hand shake from another person usually a loved one. ( BMT)

TEMPER =Tent Extendable Modular PERsonnel

TDL = TACTICAL DEPLOYMENT LEADER - Four trainees are selected to be TDLs, which are the Element Leaders of BEAST.  They assist the BEAST Monitors. ( BMT)

TDY =Temporary Duty  A "TDY" is a temporary assignment, usually to attend a school, conference, temporarily help a unit which is undermanned, or participate in an exercise... Not in support of an operation... Airman receive additional and incentive pay while deployed such as IDP, Family Separation, Hazardous Duty, and their money is TAX Free.

Town Pass = opportunity for the Airman to go into town

Trainee = A person that is in Basic Military Training ( BMT)

TRAINEE = This and AB is what they are referred to while in Basic ( BMT)

TRS/FLT = Training Squadron/Flight ( BMT)

UCMJ =Uniform Code of Military Justice

Visitor's Center = Where you would go if you need any assistance with your base pass. The Visitor's center at JBSA Lackland is located just prior to the Luke East Gate. Hours of operation are 24/7.

VARL =Visitor Access Request Letter

WOT = Week Of Training. Each Sunday will start a new WOT. ( BMT)

WG = Week Group : As explained by BMT:

You will notice the reference to week groups; for example WG 12012. Here is how to break it down.

WG = Week Group

15 = the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (1 October through September 30)

033 = the 12th week of  the Fiscal year This is my explanation, picture a calendar that has each week assigned a number in sequential order. Got it? Now, the Military as a whole starts their fiscal year Oct 1. So the week of Oct 1 is Week One = 15001. Each week a new group arrives and the week number changes Up. If your AB arrived between Dec 16-20 this is the "12th" week of the year. So the coordinating numbers for your AB are 15 = 2015, the year. The 0 = doesn't stand for anything other than a space. The 12 = the week of the year that he/those arrived Hence: 15012
Now, remember each week the number goes up. (LgS)

Wingman = your trainee or Airman's best friend, or assigned helper/escort when needed to assist you should you become ill or injured. A Wingman is not only at BMT, they can become a life long friend. Traditionally is a role that a person may take when a friend needs support with approaching potential partners. A wingman is someone who is on the "inside" and is used to help someone with intimate relationships. In general, a woman's wingman will help her avoid attention from undesirable prospective partners, whereas a man's wingman will help him attract desirable ones. A term used for friendship between one airman and another.

341 =  You'll learn all about the AETC Form 341 in Air Force Basic Military Training. This is the primary method the Air Education and Training Command uses to document discrepancies and excellence for non-prior service recruits in both basic training and Air Force Technical Schools.
At the top of the form are places for the recruit to enter his/her name, rank, and their squadron/flight information. Recruits in basic training and non-prior service airmen in technical schools must carry two completed copies of this form with them at all times.
If a staff member (Basic Training MTI, Military Training Leader, instructor, Airman leader, etc.) observes a discrepancy or observers you doing something extremely excellent, they can "pull" a 341 from you. Then they complete the bottom of the form, documenting what they observed and returns the form to your squadron for further action (disciplinary action, chewing out, pat-on-the-back, or whatever your chain of command determines is appropriate).


Recycle = You may think that failing basic training is the biggest threat, but you would be wrong. Only 8.2 percent of recruits fail to make it through Air Force Basic Military Training (AF BMT). Most of these are not due to reasons of failing any aspect of basic. The vast majority are due to medical reasons (pre-existing medical conditions that the recruit and Air Force didn't know about),  fraudulent information on enlistment documents, or failing the arrival urinalysis.

The biggest threat used by MTIs is  recycling. Recycling means sending you back to an earlier part of basic training, so you have to repeat that period all over again.

MTIs will make you think that they can recycle you for any reason -- they don't like the way you look, they don't like the way your Mama or Daddy look, or they don't like your breath. In actuality, MTIs don't have the authority, on their own to recycle you. That's up to the commanding officer, and the commanding officer is limited by basic training regulations as to when he can and cannot recycle a recruit. Recycling costs the Air Force money, because you are in training longer, and the Air Force works on a budget.

This  does not mean that you shouldn't take the recycling threat seriously. When making the decision as to whether or not to recycle a recruit, the commander relies heavily on the recommendations of your MTI. About 15 to 20 percent of recruits in AF BMT get recycled at one point or another.

Recycling isn't just used for disciplinary reasons. It's also used for recruits who fail a pass/fail requirement of basic. For example, if you fail to qualify with the  M-16 rifle on the  firing range, you will get recycled. If you fail the  final PT test, you will be recycled.

You could also be recycled for medical reasons. If you miss more than two or three days of training because of a medical condition, you will likely be recycled to make up for that training. For example, if you are hospitalized during week #3 of training, when the medical folks let you out, and certify you as fit for duty, you would likely be recycled to a different flight who is just entering week #3 of training.

Sources: compiled from Wikipedia, USAF BMT, USAF Basic Training and by Lorraine Silva & Nancy M. Dickinson


  • Military Alphabet & Numbers

A: Alpha

B: Bravo

C: Charlie

D: Delta

E: Echo

F: Foxtrot

G: Golf

H: Hotel

I: India

J: Juliet

K: Kilo

L: Lima

M: Mike

N: November

O: Oscar

P: Papa

Q: Quebec

R: Romeo

S: Sierra

T: Tango

U: Uniform

V: Victor

W: Whiskey

X: X-Ray

Y: Yankee

Z: Zulu



1: Wun

2: Too

3: Tree

4: Fower

5: Fife

6: Siks

7: Seven

8: Ait

9: Niner

0: Zeero


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