"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown

"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.

What did you say?

In the army life we spit out acronyms like they are our children's names. Most of the time we don't always realize we are doing it. I try not to use too many acronyms but here are a few good ones to know ...

FOB - Forward Operating Base (where service-members live while deployed)
FRG - Family Readiness Group (An organization that assists families of soldiers, gives information, helps boost morale)
ACU - Army Combat Uniform (the "camo" they wear)
TDY - Temporary Duty
PL - platoon leader
R&R - the 15 days of leave a soldier receives (I believe if they are ordered to deploy for 9 months or longer)

Please feel free to add any that I missed or to ask what something means.


  1. MOS- Military Occupational Skill (the job the soldier performs in the service)

    SRP- Soldier Readiness Process/Procedure ( prep for deployment)

    DLA- Dislocation Allowance (money the government pays to the soldier for having to relocate the family for a PCS move)

  2. ACU- Army Combat Uniform
    BDU-Battle Dress Uniform

    DFAC-Dining Facility
    DFAS-Defense Finance And Accounting System

    ETS- Expiration time of service

    CONUS _CONtinental US
    OCONUS-Outside CONtinental United States

    POA--most important..Power of Attorney!

    POV-Privatley Owned Vehicle
    RFO-request for oders

    Just a few to add to the list...oh I have been in this game too long!!! : )

  3. Sorry Megan...for got to sign my name for you...

    v/r---very respectfully


  4. HAHA! You didn't have to sign. I KNEW it was you.

  5. OPSEC (please see attached link)

    Goodness me how important this is! I am attaching a link that gives a good explanation of it. It was the list of rules I could find. Please post another one if you find a better one.

    Basically, be careful what you say. Just because something isn't "secret" doesn't mean it is okay for the world to see. Facebook can say ALOT - so be careful what you put out there.


  6. NCO- Noncomissioned Officer (I am right?)

    Just figured that out.


  7. HA! Yes, Rachel! Can't believe I didn't have that one up there. Thanks for adding!

  8. ABU- Airman's Battle Uniform
    ALS- Airman's Leadership School
    AMN- Airman
    A1C- Airman First Class
    APO- Air Post Office
    AWOL- Absent Without Leave
    BAH- Basic Allowance for Housing
    BMT- Basic Military Training
    COLA- Cost of Living Allowance
    DEERS- Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
    Dity- Do-It-Yourself Move (Partial DITY)
    EFMP- Exceptional Family Member Program
    FSC- Family Support Center

    Being an Army Brat and Air Force Wife I know a ton :) These are just some of the basic ones I try to remember for friends going into the military.


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