23 ridiculously long military acronyms (and what they mean)

Mike Dowling
Feb 19, 2022 6:34 AM PST
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SUMMARY

The military is notorious for using acronyms and abbreviations, and here are 23 of them that approach YGTBSM status:

The military is notorious for using acronyms and abbreviations, and here are 23 of them that approach YGTBSM status:


1. AARDACONUS - Army Air Reconnaissance for Damage Assessment in the Continental United States

2. ADCOMSUBORDCOMPHIBSPAC - Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command (US Navy)

3. ARCCbtWMD - Army Council for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

4. ASTAMIDS - Airborne Standoff Minefield Detection System

Airborne Standoff Minefield Detection System (Photo: L-3)

5. CASTFOREM - Combined Arms and Support Task Force Evaluation Model

6. COMNAVAIRSYSCOM - Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

Vice Adm. David Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command and member of USNA's great Class of '82.

7. DEFREMANEDCEN - Defense Resources Management Education Center

8. FLEASWTRACENPAC - Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center - Pacific

9. HERCULES - Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (pictured below being loaded on to a C-17)

HERCULES being loaded onto a C-17 (Photo: Jason Minto/USAF)

10. HELANTISUBRON5 - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Five

11. HRCCIOSPB - Human Resources Command Chief Information Office Strategic Planning Branch

12. INCONMOVREP - Intra‐Continental United States Movement Report

13. MARCORSYSCOM - Marine Corps Systems Command

14. MILPERSIMS - Military Personnel Information System

15. MOBAALOCO - Mobilization Active Army locator

16. NAVCOMTELSTA ASCOMM DET WHIDBEY - Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station, Antisubmarine Warfare Communications Center Detachment Whidbey Island

17. NAVEODTECHDIV - Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division

18. POPNAMRAD - Policies, Organizations, and Procedures in Non‐atomic Military Research and Development

19. Prime BEEF - Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force. Pictured below, members of the U.S. Air Force 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron constructs a dome shelter on Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.

Photo: Senior Airman Sandra Welch/USAF

20. RED HORSE - Rapid Engineers Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron, Engineers

21. SINCGARS - Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System

Photo: Wikipedia

22. SLAMRAAM - Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile.

Photo: Wikipedia

23. USAADACENFB - United States Army Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss

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