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

This contains U.S. Army acronyms.

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.

MOBCON: MObilization Movement Control

MHE: Material Handling Equipment: The equipment used to load vehicles and containers on ships and airplanes.

SAAM: Special Assignment Airlift Missions

POC: Point of Contact

DSB: Deployment Support Brigades: Reserve brigades stood up entirely to support soldiers in deployed status.

ITO: Installation Transportation Office

IAW: In Accordance With: Following a specified regulation; if following the Army's physical training manual, this would read: IAW FM 21-20.

SAW: Squad Automatic Weapon: A light, man-portable machine gun designated as the M-249; fires 5.56mm rounds indentical to the M4 carbine and is easily operated by one soldier.

A/DACG: Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group

PSA: Port Support Activity

AIS: Automated Information Systems

TC-AIMS II: Transportation Coordinators' Automated Information for Movement System II: This is the standard information system that the Army and Navy both utilize for deployment trasportation information.

COMPASS: Computerized Movement Planning and Status System

JOPES: Joint Operations Planning and Execution System

GCCS: Global Command and Control Systems

GTN:Global Transportation Network: A web based network for military transportation.

WPS: Worldwide Port System

ITV: In Transit Visibility: Referring to the ability to see what a container has in it and pertinent information such as LIN, NSN, model numer, quantity, and the destination.

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