Canadian Military Acronyms

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


ACP Access Control Point
ADM Assistant Deputy Minister
Adm or Admin Administration
AFC Armed Forces Council
AMSC Advanced Military Studies Course (16 weeks run at CFC Toronto)
ASC Advanced Surgical Centre
ATI Access to Information Act
AVGP Armoured Vehicle General Purpose (Grizzly, Cougar and Bison)


BASF Base Auxiliary Security Force
BATUS British Army Training Unit Suffield
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
BFT Battle Fitness Test
BG Battle Group
BK Battery Captain
BMET Bio-Medical Engineering Technican
BMS Brigade Medical Station
BMQ Basic Military Qualification
Bn Battalion
BOR Battalion Orderly Room
BOS Battalion Orderly Sergeant
BPSO Base Personnel Selection Officer
BQMS Battery Quartermaster Sergeant
BSM Battery Sergeant Major
Bty Battery


C&P Counselling and Probation
CADPAT Canadian Disruptive Pattern
CANFORGEN Canadian Forces General Order
CANSOFCOM Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
CAF Canadian Air Force
CAP Common Army Phase
CAR Canadian Airborne Regiment
CAS Chief of the Air Staff
CB Confined to Barracks / Base
CBG Canadian Brigade Group
CBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear
CD Canadian Decoration
CDS Chief of the Defence Staff
CE Construction Engineering
CEF Canadian Expeditionary Force (1914-1919)
CF Canadian Forces
CF 98 Canadian Forces form #98 - Report on Injuries
CFAD Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot
CFAO Canadian Forces Administrative Order
CFB Canadian Forces Base
CFC Canadian Forces College (located in Toronto)
CFCSC Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course (run at CFC located in Toronto)
CFHA Canadian Forces Housing Agency
CFH Canadian Forces Hospital
CF H Svcs Gp Canadian Forces Health Services Group (formerly CFMG)
CFMG Canadian Forces Medical Group (Old terminology)
CFMPA Canadian Forces Military Police Academy
CFNES Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School
CFNIS Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
CFNOS Canadian Forces Naval Operations School
CFP Canadian Forces Publication
CFPAS Canadian Forces Personnel Appraisal System
CFPSA Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency
CFPM Canadian Forces Provost Marshal
CFR Canadian Forces Registration
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
CFSPDB Canadian Forces Service Prison and Detention Barracks
CFTO Canadian Forces Technical Order
CHAP Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention
CHRA Canadian Human Rights Act
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
CMG Canadian Medical Group
CO Commanding Officer
COA Course of Action
COS Change of Strength
COS Chief of Staff
COS Company Orderly Sergeant
Coxn Coxswain
Coy Company
CP Command Post
CQMS Company Quarter Master Sergeant
CRB Career Review Board
CRB(M) Career Review Board (Medical)
CRO Custody Review Officer
CSIS Canadian Security and Intelligence Service
CSM Company Sergeant Major
CSOR Canadian Special Operations Regiment
CSTC Cadet Summer Training Centre
CT Component Transfer
CTP Course Training Plan
CTS Clothe The Soldier


DAOD Defence Administrative Order and Directive
DCAAR Defence Controlled Area Access Regulations
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
DGHS Director General Health Services (also Comd CF H Svcs Gp)
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
DRDC Defence Research and Development Canada
DRET Directorate of Recruiting, Education and Training
DSM Drill Sergeant Major
DVA Department of Veteran Affairs
DZ Drop Zone


ED & T Exempt From Drill and Training
EIS Equipment Issue Scale
ELOC Essential Level of Capability
EO Enabling Objective
EOD Explosive Ordinance Disposal
ETQMS Engineer Technical Quartermaster Sergeant


F & E Furniture and Effects
FASF Fleet Auxiliary Security Force
FDU Fleet Diving Unit
FFH Frigate, Helicopter equipped
FFO Full Fighting Order
FHP Force Health Protection
Fin Financial
Fin O Financial Officer
FOA Field Operations Allowance
FOO Forward Observation Officer
FST Forward Surgical Team


GPTR Government Property Traffic Regulations
GRA General Restricted Area


HHT House Hunting Trip
HLTA Home Leave Travel Assistance
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)
I/C In Charge
IBTS Individual Battle Task Standards
ICE Integrated Clothing Ensemble
IECS Improved Environmental Clothing System
IE Intermediate Engagement
IED Improvised Explosive Device
IPB Intelligence Preparation of Battlefield
ISCC Infantry Section Commander's Course
ISDR Inspection and Search Defence Regulations
ISTAR Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance


JAG Judge Advocate General
JFHQ Joint Force Headquarters
JPSU Joint Personnel Support Unit
JTF2 Joint Task Force 2


KBR Kellogg Brown and Root
KMB Kabul Multi-National Brigade


LAV Light Armoured Vehicle
LDA Land Duty Allowance
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
LFQA Land Force Quebec Area
LFRR Land Force Reserve Restructure
LFWA Land Force Western Area
LHQ Local Headquarters
LOAC Law of Armed Conflict
LP Listening Post
LSVW Light Support Vehicle Wheeled
LZ Landing Zone


MARCOM Maritime Command
MCC Military Career Counsellor
MCDV Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel
MCSP Maintenance of Clinical Skills Program (For non-physicians)
MFRC Military Family Resource Centre
MILCOTS Militarized Commercial Off-the-Shelf
MIO Maritime Interdiction Operations
MIR Medical Inspection Room
MLOC Minimum Level of Capability
MLVW Medium Logistics Vehicle Wheeled
MMU Multi-National Medical Unit
MND Minister of National Defence
MOC Military Occupation Code
MOCOMP Maintenance of Competency (Physicians only)
MOSID Military Occupation Structure Identification Code
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MP Military Police
MPCC Military Police Complaints Commission
MPI Mean Point of Impact
MSE Mobile Support Equipment
MSR Main Supply Route
MTAP Military Training Assistance Program


NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCIU National Counter Intelligence Unit
NCO/NCM Non-Commissioned Officers/Non-Commissioned Members
ND Negligent Discharge
NDA National Defence Act
NDHQ National Defence Headquarters
NDI Natioanl Defence Identification
NDOC National Defence Operations Centre
NEO New Entry Officer
NES Non-Effective Strength
NGO Non Governmental Organization
NIS National Investigation Service
NJTP National Joint Training Plan
NORAD North American Aerospace Defence
NPF Non Public Funds
NPP Non Public Property
N/S Non-Serviceable
NSSC National Security Studies Course
NVG Night Vision Goggles


OGS Officer General Specifications
OOD Officer On Duty
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)
PAFO Public Affairs Officer
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
POL Petroleum, Oil & Lubricants
POW Prisoner of War
POOD Petty Officer of the Day
PRB Performance Review Board
PSA Personnel Support Agency
PSP Personnel Support Programs
PSWQ Platoon Support Weapons Qualification
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
R&R Rest & Relaxation
RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force
RCN Royal Canadian Navy
RETP Reserve Entry Training Program
RHU Residential Housing Unit
RIIP Reserve Integrated Information Project
RMC Royal Military College
RMNACSTC Rocky Mountain National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre
RO Reviewing Officer
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
RVS Road and Vehicle Safety
RW Recorded Warning


SAR Search and Rescue
SAMPIS Security and Military Police Information System
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
SIR Significant Incident Report
SISIP Company Orderly Sergeant
SIU Special Investigation Unit
SIV Staff Inspection Visits
SLA Service Level Agreement
SN Service Number
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
Sp Support
Spr Sapper
SQ Soldier Qualification
SQFT Secteur du Québec de la Force terrestre
Sup Supply


TCCC Tactical Combat Casulty Care
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 ...)
TQMS Technical Quartermaster Sergeant
Trg Training
Trg O Training Officer


UIC Unit Identification Code
UMS Unit Medical Section


VAC Veterans Affairs Canada
VCDS Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
VCP Vehicle Check Point
VFS Verification of Former Service
VACSTC Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre


WASF Wing Auxiliary Security Force


XO Executive Officer