U.S. Army Mixed-Origin Acronyms: Eighth Edition
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U.S. Army Mixed-Origin Acronyms: Eighth Edition

This contains U.S. Army acronyms of mixed origin.

Every military utilizes shorthand to speed up communication and ensure understanding of written or spoken instructions. When strung together, entire paragraphs can be communicated in just a few seconds. For example, if someone told you to requisition the MREs from the PLL of your DRU HQ at the 1st BCT FOB, then you would know that you are being told to acquire your unit’s food supplies as specified in the Prescribed Load List, and that you were to receive them from your Direct Reporting Unit’s HeadQuarters, which are located at the 1st Brigade Combat Team Forward Operating Base. Knowledge of these key terms is vital for every soldier, officer and enlisted. The knowledge is mere trivia for civilians with the exception of those working for the Department of the Army (DA), but it can be fun to learn. Soldiers are regularly given blocks of instruction about speaking to members of the press regarding military operations, and these instructions include avoiding jargon or acronyms, but many concepts are difficult to enumerate without some of they key terms below. The following apply to Transportation Corps and Supply Corps operations, and there are a number of Army-wide terms as well.

OPLAN:  Operations Plan: A plan created as a draft, but containing no execution date.

OPORD: Operations Order: A five-paragraph order created from a higher commander's intent; this order has a definitive execution date.

SMESC: Situation, Mission, Execution, Service and Support, and Command and Signal: The five paragraphs of the Operations Order denoting specifically where certain pieces of information are to be found. The commander's intent, for example, is found in the Execution paragraph, while meal and evacuation plans can be found in the Service and Support paragraph. Many soldiers use mnemonics to remember the correct order of the paragraphs, such as Sergeant Major Eats Sugar Cookies, for example.

MSL: Military Shipping Labels

RFID: Radio Frequency Identification

TCS: Temporary Change of Station: This usually applies to Active Duty soldiers, because RC and NG soldiers are not stationed anywhere on a daily basis; the term refers to the period that the soldier is at a training location or other non-permanent unit.

DOS: Days on Site

TAT: To Accompany Troops: Gear specified as staying with soldiers in deployment to combat or assembly areas.

NTAT: Not to Accompany Troops: Gear that must be stored belowdecks or palletized in order to be transported.

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