Author Topic: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CAF  (Read 209371 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


  • Guest
Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CAF
« on: July 20, 2003, 00:48:00 »
Hey just thought these would be good to know for anyone who wonders what we‘re all talking about when we use abbreviations. Or in Abbreviated form: HJTTWBGTKFAWWWWATAWWUA

Abbreviations from Defence Plan 2001 (DND/CF)

List of Abbreviations Page LA-1

LOA List of Abbreviations  :D
AAD Area Air Defence
ABM Anti-Ballistic Missile
ACCS Air Communications and Command Squadron
ACP Aid of the Civil Power
ACV Arms Control Verification
ALSC Afloat Logistics and Sealift Capability
AOR Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment
APC Armoured Personnel Carrier
ADM(FIN CS) Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance and Corporate Services)
ADM(IE) Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment)
ADM(IM) Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)
ADM(MAT) Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)
ADM(HR-MIL) Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources-Military)
ADM(HR-CIV) Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources-Civilian)
ADM(POL) Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)
ADM(S&T) Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology)
AEW Airborne Early Warning
AFC Armed Forces Council
AFCCIS Air Force Command and Control Information System
ARLU Annual Reference Level Update
ASC Advanced Surgical Centre
ASD Alternative Service Delivery
ATL Advanced Training List
$BY Budget-Year Dollar
BP Business Plan
BTL Basic Training List
C˛ Command and Control
C4ISR Command, Control, Communications, Computers,
Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance
CADRE Command & Control and Area Air Defence Replacement
CANMILSATCOM Canadian Military Satellite Communications
CANUS Canada-United States
CAP Career Assignment Program
CAS Chief of the Air Staff
CASARA Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association
CCMD Canadian Centre for Management Development
CCO Canadian Cadet Organizations
CCO/CIC Canadian Cadet Organization/Cadet Instructors Cadre
CCU Commodore Convoy Unit
CDS Chief of the Defence Staff
CEP Corporate Environmental Program
CF Canadian Forces
CFB Canadian Forces Base
CFCS Canadian Forces Command System
CFEC Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre
List of Abbreviations Page LA-2
CFGB Canadian Forces Grievance Board
CFHA Canadian Forces Housing Agency
CFIOG Canadian Forces Information Operation Group
CFNA Canadian Forces Northern Area
CFNBC Canadian Forces Nuclear Biological Chemical
CFNCIU Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit
CFRETS Canadian Forces Recruitment, Education and Training
CFMWC Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre
CFRGHQ Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters
CFS Canadian Forces Station
CFSRS Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio System
CFSU Canadian Forces Support Unit
CHRA Canadian Human Rights Act
CHRC Canadian Human Rights Commission
CI Communications Intelligence
CLC Canada Labour Code
CLS Chief of the Land Staff
CMG Canadian Medical Group
CMJ Chief of Military Judges
CMS Chief of the Maritime Staff
CND Computer Network Defence
COE Concept of Employment
C Res & Cdts Chief Reserves and Cadets
CRS Chief Review Services
CSE Communications Security Establishment
CSG Canadian Support Group
CSS Combat Service Support
CT Counter Terrorism
CUC Common User Corp
DART Disaster Assistance Response Team
DB Director Budget
DCDS Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff
DDA Director Defence Analysis
DDH Helicopter Carrying Destroyer
DFAIT Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
DFO Department of Fisheries And Oceans
DGHS Director General Health Services
DGMC Director General Military Careers
DGMHRPP Director General Military Human Resource Policy and
DGMRS Director General Management Renewal Services
DGNS Director General Nuclear Safety
DGPA Director General Public Affairs
DGSP Director General Strategic Planning
DIHRS Defence Integrated Human Resources System
DIN Defence Information Network
List of Abbreviations Page LA-3
DM Deputy Minister
DMC Defence Management Committee
DMS Defence Management System
DND Department of National Defence
DND/CF LA Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces Legal
DP Defence Plan
DPG Defence Planning Guidance
DSP Defence Services Program
DWAN Defence Wide Area Network
ECS Environmental Chief of Staff
EE Employment Equity
EMS Expenditure Management System
EPA Effective Project Approval
EPC Emergency Preparedness Canada
EPM Equipment Program Management
EW Electronic Warfare
FAA Financial Administration Act
FFH Helicopter Carrying Frigate
FMAS Financial and Managerial Accounting System
FORD Financial Officer Recruitment and Development
FY Fiscal Year
GDP Gross Domestic Product
HLVW Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled
HMCS Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship
HQ Headquarters
HR Human Resources
IIE Integrated Information Environment
IMAC Information Management Advisory Committee
IMI Information Management Infrastructure
IO Information Operations
IOCC Information Operations Coordination Cell
IP Information Protection
IRF Immediate Reaction Forces
ISR Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance
JAG Judge Advocate General
JC2IS Joint Command and Control Information System
JFHQ Joint Force Headquarters
JOG Joint Operations Group
JTF Joint Task Force
JTF HQ Joint Task Force Headquarters
JSG HQ Joint Support Group Headquarters
JSP Joint Space Project
LAV Light Armoured Vehicle
LFC Land Force Command
LFCS Land Forces Command System
LFDTS Land Forces Doctrine and Training System
List of Abbreviations Page LA-4
LFIS Land Forces Information System
LTCP Long Term Capital Plan
LSVW Light Support Vehicle Wheeled
MARCOM Maritime Command
MARLANT Maritime Forces Atlantic
MARPAC Maritime Forces Pacific
MASIS Materiel Acquisition Support Information System
MCF Main Contingency Force
MCDV Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel
MCOIN Maritime Command Information Network
MetOC Meteorological and Oceanographic
MLVW Medium Logistics Vehicle Wheeled
MND Minister of National Defence
MOS Military Occupation Structure
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPCC Military Police Complaints Commission
MR Miscellaneous Requirements
MSA Maritime Support Auxiliary
MSP Munition Supply Program
MTAP Military Training Assistance Program
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVRES HQ Naval Reserve Headquarters
NBCD Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence
NDCC National Defence Command Centre
NDHQ National Defence Headquarters
NDOL National Defence On-Line
NER Nuclear Emergency Response
NFTC NATO Flying Training In Canada
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NIS National Investigation Service
NLU National Level Unit
NORAD North American Aerospace Defence
NORAD OUTCAN North American Aerospace Defence Outside Canada
NP National Procurement
NSS National Search and Rescue Secretariat
O&M Operations and Maintenance
OAG Office of the Auditor General
OCI Office of Collateral Interest
OGD Other Government Department
OL Official Languages
OOTW Operations Other Than War
OPI Office of Primary Interest
P RES Primary Reserve
PCO Privy Council Office
PDOC Personnel Development Oversight Committee
PGM Program Guidance Memorandum
PMB Program Management Board
PMF Performance Measurement Framework
PMO Project Management Office
PMSL Project Management Source List
PPA Preliminary Project Approval
PRAS Planning, Reporting and Accountability Structure
PSC Public Service Commission
PSEA Public Service Employment Act
PSER Public Service Employment Regulations
PSSRA Public Service Staff Relations Act
PSSRB Public Service Staff Relations Board
PWGSC Public Works and Government Services Canada
PY Person-Year
QOL Quality of Life
R&D Research and Development
RAMS Realty Asset Management System
RAME Realty Asset Measurement and Evaluation
RASP Realty Asset Strategic Plan
RCC Rescue Coordination Centre
RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RMA Revolution in Military Affairs
S&T Science and Technology
SAR Search and Rescue
SCP Strategic Capabilities Plan
SCONDVA Standing Committee On National Defence And Veterans
SDS Sustainable Development Strategy
SEMC Strategic Environmental Management Committee
SHIRBRIG Standby High Readiness Brigade
SLA Service Level Agreement
SNFL Standing Naval Forces Atlantic
SRR Supplementary Ready Reserve
SSK Diesel Submarine
SSSR Site Support Services Review
STANAVFORLANT Standing Naval Forces Atlantic
STANAVFORMED Standing Naval Forces-Mediterranean
SWE Salary Wage Envelope
TB Treasury Board
TBC To Be Confirmed
TBS Treasury Board Secretariat
TLN The Leadership Network
UN United Nations
UNSAS United Nations Standby Arrangement System
VCDS Vice Chief Of The Defence Staff
VLLAD Very Low Level Air Defence
WMD Weapons Of Mass Destruction


RORO - Roll on, Roll Off Capability
FFL - Corvette
BOHICA- Bend Over Here It Comes Again
SNAFU= situation normal all ****** up.
SNARFU= situation normal already really ****** up.
C-7A1 = M16A2
C-8 = CAR
C-9 = minimi light machine gun 5.56mm
C-6 = FN Mag 58 general purpose machine gun(GPMG)
M203 = a C-7A1 with a 40mm grenade launcher.
SAM=Surface to Air Missile
RPG=Rocket Propelled Grenade
Pointy head= officer
man with the bars=officer
brass= officers
higher= officers
Track= M113
Bus= M113 or LAV III
battle taxi= APC
Wog = any non combat trades person.
leg= any non jumper
C/S = call sign
MBT =main battle tank
apc = armour personal carrier.
fast air = jets
HE = high explosive
HEAT = high explosive anti tank
M-72 =light wieght anti tank launcher
84= 84mm anti tank gun portable
REMF= american term ....rear area mother f*cker
bear *** = jump with no gear....
bullet launcher= rifle
« Last Edit: May 06, 2017, 19:31:26 by kratz »

Offline Spr.Earl

  • Veteran
  • *****
  • 235
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 3,719
  • Grizzled Old Veteran
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2003, 08:51:00 »
REMF = Rear Echelon Mother F‘er!

Be Safe

Offline Marauder

  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • 14,240
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 834
  • Dirty Infidel
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2003, 10:01:00 »
Christ, with all those Asst Deputy Ministers and Directors of and sub-sub committes, it‘s no **** wonder there‘s no money left for bullets and gas for the carriers at the platoon level.

I think NDHQ came into being because the comm-a‘nists had some KGB type snap photos of Treadau (rest his black little soul) busting off some action on the side in some seedy hotel room and then blackmailed him. What better way to hobble an armed forces than to get it to starve itself from the head down?
"Lions mustn't concern themselves with the opinions of lambs."

Offline Jarnhamar

  • Subscriber
  • Legend
  • *
  • 269,436
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 10,350
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2003, 10:47:00 »
Sad thing is that doesnt even cover all the insane little acronyms we use.
There are no wolves on Fenris

Offline Spr.Earl

  • Veteran
  • *****
  • 235
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 3,719
  • Grizzled Old Veteran
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2003, 10:59:00 »
The sad thing is those little 8 Ignoranus‘who are sarounded by Bozone and are collecting, collectivly over a $1,000,000 a year!!! in salaries and exspence‘s!!!!!!!!!

Bozone = (n.):The substance surrounding stupid people that stop‘s bright ideas from penetrating.

Ignoranus =  :A person who‘s both stupid and an ***hole.

Be Safe


  • Guest
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2003, 00:59:00 »
OH Yah Guys Feel Free To Post Your own Acronyms or Abbreviations. I was Wondering If A Mod could make this so it wouldnt need to be bumped all the time..... Im looking at you doug!

Offline Pte.OShea

  • "Waldo"
  • Fallen Comrade
  • Jr. Member
  • *
  • 0
  • Posts: 67
  • Reservist
    • Calgary Highlanders
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2004, 18:55:00 »
Is there a list somewhere of all the acronyms in the Canadian Army? Perhaps one that‘s been compiled.
I know a lot of them but there‘s some I run across that I don‘t know and I don‘t want to be posting every time I see one, asking what it is.

If there‘s no resource to look at, I guess I‘m SOL eh =p.
War is a matter of vital importance to the state; a matter of life or death, the road either to survival or to ruin. Hence, it is imperative that it be studied thoroughly -Sun Tzu

Offline RecceO

  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • 7,430
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 540
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2004, 20:16:00 »
The following link contains some acronyms but mostly slang  Forces Slang

Yes Man

  • Guest
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2004, 21:58:00 »
This does not really have to do with your post but I think they should ban acronyms in the recruiting form and also at the recruiting centers.  It makes it way too hard to learn what is going on.

Offline Tyrnagog

  • Member
  • ****
  • -30
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 165
  • Civilian
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2004, 22:34:00 »
Yes Man... I really hope you are being sarcastic...
But the Sons of Martha favour their Mother of the careful soul and the troubled heart.
And because she lost her temper once, and because she was rude to the Lord her Guest,
Her Sons must wait upon Mary‘s Sons, world without end, reprieve, or rest.

Offline bossi

  • "vae soli, vae victus"
  • Veteran
  • *****
  • 2,530
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 2,763
  • The puck stops here ('War On Ice'!) Fight Smarter!
    • My pix (on MSN)
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2004, 22:36:00 »
There‘s an official CF publication, but I can‘t remember the name/number right now - I‘ll have to get back to you ...
Junior officers and NCOs who neglect to guide the thinking of their men are shirking a command responsibility.
-Feb 1955 Cbt Forces Journal
Those who appreciate true valour should in their daily intercourse set gentleness first and aim to win the love and esteem of others. If you affect valour and act with violence, the world will in the end detest you and look upon you as wild beasts. Of this you should take heed.
-Emperor Meiji: Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors, 4 January 1883

Offline Michael O'Leary

  • The moral high ground cannot be dominated by fire alone, it must be occupied to be claimed as held.
  • Fixture
  • *****
  • 325,780
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 9,670
    • The Regimental Rogue
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2004, 22:51:00 »
The old publication was called the Manual of Abbreviations. I‘m not even sure if it‘s been kept up to date, I haven‘t seen one in years. A search of the net brought up the following; they cover different levels of the administration, and certainly won‘t cover everything.  

Perhaps we need to run a thread where participants can toss in the unknown acronyms and responders can define them. Like the History Question thread, we don‘t need a new thread for each entry.


Offline Michael O'Leary

  • The moral high ground cannot be dominated by fire alone, it must be occupied to be claimed as held.
  • Fixture
  • *****
  • 325,780
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 9,670
    • The Regimental Rogue
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2004, 20:12:00 »
If anyone is still looking for it, I have found an electronic copy of the Manual of Abbreviations as well as a fairly long word document of current CF abbreviations. Contact me by e-mail and I will forward either or both files in a zipped form on request, the archives are still quite large (624 and 202 Kb, respectively).


  • Guest
Terms and acronyms
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2000, 03:02:00 »
I have recently come across several (WW2) terms and acronyms that have got me stumped. Any help is appreciated.


Fatigue (not in reference to uniform, but some form of work or ‘duty‘?)

Parade (‘Morning Parade‘, ‘Church Parade‘, etc. A common term, but I can‘t figure out exactly what it means)

Power of Command (a commander exerting his influence?)


Martin Schenkel

Bill Alexander

  • Guest
Re: Terms and acronyms
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2000, 07:39:00 »
Hi Martin:
TOET Tests of elementary training were tests administered to soldiers to measure the actual level of basic training they had achieved. Drill, field craft, weapons etc.
TEWT Tactical Exercise Without Troops, military exercises that officers and sometimes senior nco‘s conduct without actually moving troops on the ground. (Map, radio, or sandtable exercises involving only officers / senior nco‘s)
C.B‘d. Confined to barracks, a form of discipline where those involved can‘t leave their quarters.
Fatigue: a job or task assigned to a soldier or work party, usually beyond the regular daily tasks.
Parade: an official mandated event of a military unit where all must attend, unless officially excused. Example Morning parade: usually a roll call, an inspection of troops and communication of important information, eg training, upcoming events etc. Most parades are purpose oriented eg pay, swim, church, etc.
Power of Command: The powers given to an appointment, eg an RSM is a WOI, but the appointment of RSM gives the individual in that position the power, not his rank. Another example, a Coy commander has certain powers specific to the appointment, but the rank of a coy commander may be Major, Captain, or in some situations, a Lieut.

Mr Magoo

  • Guest
Re: Terms and acronyms
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2000, 10:13:00 »
ROR is the Regimental Orderly Room, the main administrative
office of a unit.  It‘s directed by the Unit Adjutant and run
by the Regimental Chief Clerk.

The ROR takes care of all personnel administration: posting
pers in, and out, management of pers files, promotions,
memorandums, letters, paperwork, and so on.

Offline mandal

  • Full Member
  • *****
  • -375
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 497
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2004, 00:36:59 »
I was just thinking, there are a hell of a lot of abbreviations in the military and anyone who might be seeing these message boreds for teh first time would get confused easily. Maybe we can create a refference thread for anyone who wants to post a few abbreviations and their "expanded for" lol so that possible new recruits would know a thing or two or anyone who might stumble across it for some reason. I'll start off with a few:

CO - Commanding officer
DCO - Deputy Commanding Officer
TrgO - Training Officer

NDHQ - National Defence HeadQuarters

RCACS  -  Royal Candadian Air Cadet Squadron
RCACC - Royal Canidian Army Cadet Corps
RCSCC - Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps

WO1 - Warrant Officer 1st class
WO2 - Warrant officer 2nd Class
FSGT - Flight Sargeant
SGT - Sargeant
CPL - Corporal
LAC - Leading Air Cadet (Leading Air Craftsman/Air Craftswoman)
PV T - Private

I know it's very cadetish but i'ts just to get the ball rolling :D

Offline hoser

  • Full Member
  • *****
  • -30
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 325

Offline Michael O'Leary

  • The moral high ground cannot be dominated by fire alone, it must be occupied to be claimed as held.
  • Fixture
  • *****
  • 325,780
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 9,670
    • The Regimental Rogue
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2004, 10:41:15 »
Abbreviations and Acronyms.


Pte      Private      -      OS      Ordinary Seaman      -           
Gnr      Gunner   (Pte in the Artillery)      -      AB      Able Seaman      -      Spr      Sapper (Pte in the Cbt Engr)
Cpl      Corporal      -      LS      Leading Seaman      -      Bdr      Bombardier     (Cpl in the Artillery)
MCpl      Master Corporal      -      MS      Master Seaman      -      MBdr      Master Bombardier      (MCpl in the Artillery)
Sgt      Sergeant      -      PO 2      Petty Officer 2nd class      -           
WO      Warrant Officer      -      PO 1      Petty Officer 1st class      -           
MWO      Master Warrant Officer      -      CPO 2      Chief Petty Officer   2nd class       -           
CWO      Chief Warrant Officer      -      CPO 1      Chief Petty Officer 1st class      -           

OCdt      Officer Cadet      -      NCdt       Naval Cadet
2Lt      Second Lieutenant      -      A/SLt      Acting Sub-Lieutenant
Lt      Lieutenant      -      SLt      Sub-Lieutenant
Capt      Captain      -      Lt(N)      Lieutenant (Navy)
Maj       Major      -      LCdr         Lieutenant Commander
LCol       Lieutenant Colonel      -      Cdr       Commander
Col      Colonel      -      Capt(N)      Captain (Navy)
BGen      Brigadier General      -      Cmdre      Commodore
MGen      Major General      -      RAdm      Rear-Admiral
LGen      Lieutenant General      -      VAdm      Vice-Admiral
Gen       General      -      Adm      Admiral

2IC        Second-in-Command
404s        DND 404 (Military Driver's License)

ADM     Assistant Deputy Minister
Adm        Administration
AFC     Armed Forces Council
Artillery Stuff:
ATI     Access to Information Act
AVGP      Armoured Vehicle General Purpose (Grizzly, Cougar and Bison)

BC      Battery Commander
Bde      Brigade
BF         Bring Forward (placed on a document with date the Clerk is to bring it back from the files)
BFA      Blank Firing Attachment
BG      Battle Group
BK      Battery Captain
BMQ        Basic Military Qualification
Bn        Battalion
BOR      Battalion Orderly Room
BOS        Battalion Orderly Sergeant
BPSO     Base Personnel Selection Office
BQMS      Battery Quartermaster Sergeant
BSM      Battery Sergeant Major
Bty      Battery

C&P        Counselling and Probation
CADPAT      Canadian Disruptive Pattern
CANFORGEN     Canadian Forces General Order
CAR     Canadian Airborne Regiment
CAS     Chief of the Air Staff
CBG        Canadian Brigade Group
CDS     Chief of the Defence Staff
CEF        Canadian Expeditionary Force (1914-1919)
CF     Canadian Forces
CF 98        Canadian Forces form #98 - Report on Injuries
CFAO     Canadian Forces Administrative Order
CFCSC     Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (located in Toronto)
CFHA      Canadian Forces Housing Agency
CFNIS     Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
CFP     Canadian Forces Publication
CFPAS     Canadian Forces Personnel Appraisal System
CFR        Commissioning From the Ranks
CFRC      Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre
CFRETS     Canadian Forces Recruiting, Education and Training System
CFSD        Canadian Forces Supply Depot
CFSEME        Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
CFTO      Canadian Forces Technical Order
CHAP     Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention
CHRC     Canadian Human Rights Commission
CIC     Cadet Instructor Cadre
CLFCSC     Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College (located in Kingston)
CLS     Chief of the Land Staff
CMBG        Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
CO     Commanding Officer
COA        Course of Action
COS        Change of Strength
COS        Chief of Staff
COS        Company Orderly Sergeany
Coy        Company
CP      Command Post
CQMS      Company Quartermaster Sergeant
CRB     Career Review Board
CSIS     Canadian Security and Intelligence Service
CSM        Company Sergeant Major
CT         Component Transfer
CTP        Course Training Plan
CTS        Clothe The Soldier

DAOD     Defence Administrative Order and Directive
DCDS     Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff
DCO      Deputy Commanding Officer
DCOS      Deputy Chief of Staff
DDH        Destroyer, Helicopter carrying
DEO        Direct Entry Officer
DEU         Distinctive Environmental Uniform
DGMC     Director General (Military Careers)
DGPA     Director General (Public Affairs)
DGRC     Director General (Reserves and Cadets)
DGSP     Director General (Strategic Planning)
DHH        Directorate of History and Heritage
DI      Daily Inspection (vehicle)
DIN     Defence Information Network
DISO     Defence Information Services Organization
DM     Deputy Minister
DND     Department of National Defence
DO      Duty Officer
DP     Development Period
DPM     Deputy Provost Marshal
DRET     Directorate of Recruiting, Education and Training
DSM         Drill Sergeant Major
DVA        Department of Veteran Affairs

ED & T        Exempt From Drill and Training
EIS         Equipment Issue Scale
ELOC      Essential Level of Capability
EO      Enabling Objective

F & E        Furniture and Effects
FFH        Frigate, Helicopter equipped
FHP        Force Health Protection
Fin        Financial
Fin O      Financial Officer
FOA      Field Operations Allowance
FOO      Forward Observation Officer

HHT        House Hunting Trip
HLVW      Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled
HMCS      Her Majesty's Canadian Ship
HQ     Headquarters
HR      Human Resources (ie... HR (Mil)- Military, HR (Civ)- Civiliian

IAW        In Accordance With (reference)
IE     Intermediate Engagement
ISCC      Infantry Section Commander's Course
ISTAR        Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance

JAG     Judge Advocate General
JFHQ     Joint Force Headquarters
JTF2     Joint Task Force 2

LEME      Land Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
LFA        Land Force Area
LFAA      Land Force Atlantic Area
LFC     Land Force Command
LFCA      Land Force Central Area
LFDTS     Land Forces Doctrine and Training System
LFRR     Land Force Reserve Restructure
LFWA      Land Force Western Area
LOAC     Law of Armed Conflict
LP                 Listening Post
LSVW      Light Support Vehicle Wheeled

MARCOM   Maritime Command
MCC     Military Career Counsellor
MCDV     Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel
MFRC      Military Family Resource Centre
MIO      Maritime Interdiction Operations
MIR        Medical Inspection Room
MLOC        Minimum Level of Capability
MLVW      Medium Logistics Vehicle Wheeled
MND     Minister of National Defence
MOC     Military Occupation Code
MOU     Memorandum of Understanding
MP     Military Police
MPCC     Military Police Complaints Commission
MPI        Mean Point of Impact
MSE        Mobile Support Equipment
MTAP      Military Training Assistance Program

NATO     North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCO/NCM     Non-Commissioned Officers/Non-Commissioned Members
NDA     National Defence Act
NDHQ     National Defence Headquarters
NDOC     National Defence Operations Centre
NEO     New Entry Officer
NES        Non-Effective Strength
NGO     Non Governmental Organization
NIS     National Investigation Service
NIS        National Investigation Service
NJTP     National Joint Training Plan
NPF        Non Public Funds
NSSC     National Security Studies Course

OGS     Officer General Specifications
OP     Observation Post
Op     Operation
OPDP     Officer Professional Development Program
OPI        Office of Primary Interest
OPME      Officer Professional Military Education
OPV      Offshore Patrol Vessel
Ops O      Operations Officer
OR        Orderly Room

P & A      Pay and Allowances
P Res     Primary Reserve
PA      Put Away (as instructed to a Clerk in a minute to file a document)
PD     Professional Development
PDC     Professional Development Council
PER     Personnel Evaluation Report
pl         Platoon
PLD        Post Living Differential
PLQ        Primary Leadership Qualification
PMed      Preventive Medicine (NOTE IT IS NOT PreMed or PrevMed!!!!)
PMQ      Permanent Married Quarters
PO      Performance Objective
PRB      Performance Review Board
PSA      Personnel Support Agency
PSO      Personnel Selection Officer

QL        Qualification Level
QM         Quartermaster
QMSI      Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor
QOL     Quality of Life
QOLPMO     Quality of Life Project Management Office
QOLSRB     Quality of Life Senior Review Board
QR&O     Queen's Regulations and Orders

R & Q      Rations and Quarters
RETP     Reserve Entry Training Program
RIIP     Reserve Integrated Information Project
RMC     Royal Military College
ROE     Rules of Engagement
ROTP     Regular Officer Training Plan
RSM        Regimental Sergeant Major
RSO        Range Safety Officer
RSS      Reg F Support Staff
RTU        Returned To Unit
RV        Rendezvous point on patrol
RW        Recorded Warning

SAV        Staff Assistance Visit
SCONDVA     Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs
SCRR     Special Commission on the Restructuring of the Reserves
SFOR     Stabilization Force
SHARP     Standard for Harassment and Racism Prevention
SIU     Special Investigation Unit
SIV     Staff Inspection Visits
Sp        Support
Spr        Sapper
SQ        Soldier Qualification
SQFT        Secteur du Québec de la Force terrestre

TD      Temporary Duty
TL        Trade Level (obsolete term for course training levels, ex. TL 2, TL 3 ...)
TOS     Terms of Service
TP      Training Plan
TQ        Trade Qualification (obsolete term for course training levels, ex. TQ 2, TQ 3 ...)
Trg        Training
Trg O      Training Officer

UMS      Unit Medical Section

VAC         Veterans Affairs Canada
VCDS     Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
VFS        Verification of Former Service

Note: A publicly editable version of this list is available in the Wiki:
« Last Edit: January 22, 2007, 23:55:45 by Michael O'Leary »


  • Guest
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2004, 15:09:18 »
Wondering is there a acronym for cadet? cdt?

(According to the CF Manual of Abbreviations, there is no official abbreviation for "Cadet". - M. OLeary)
« Last Edit: December 22, 2004, 00:36:51 by Michael OLeary »

Offline chrisp1j

  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • 10
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 87
  • In Pace Paratus
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2004, 00:31:46 »
-CTS-Clothe The Soldier (though some will argue its meaning to be otherwise)

-CFRC-Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre

-The rank abbreviations en Francais (such as Sdt=Soldat=Private)

-Unit abbreviations

With more input/exposure, this could become a handy resource.

(If someone compiles the full list of Franco rank abbreviations, I will add them. For unit titles, we can start a separate post in the thread, since they would tend to bulk out the present one. - M. O'Leary)
« Last Edit: December 22, 2004, 00:36:36 by Michael OLeary »
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

DZ hits hard.

Offline MCG

  • Legend
  • *****
  • 206,635
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 11,725
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2005, 20:49:45 »
Does anyone recall the official abbreviation for manoeuvre?

(No abbreviation for manoeuvre is listed in the Manual of Abbreviations. - M. O'Leary)
« Last Edit: January 01, 2005, 21:32:41 by Michael OLeary »

Offline brin11

  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • -200
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 696
  • Gun Plumber
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2005, 13:32:48 »
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

WWW and other acronyms can be searched for here (among other sites, of course):
« Last Edit: January 16, 2005, 14:06:00 by Michael OLeary »
The enemy's gate is down.

Offline Bob

  • New Member
  • **
  • 0
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 41
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2005, 19:40:35 »
BOTC = Basic Officer Training Course

What is BOTP?

Offline Not a Sig Op

  • Veteran
  • *****
  • 57,947
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 2,803
  • I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear.
Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations of The CF
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2005, 19:42:09 »
Basic Officer Training Program
Remember troops, the minimum acceptable standard is still an acceptable standard.