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The entire Army is run on acronyms.

TLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms) replaced obsolete TLAs (Two-Letter Acronyms) after WW2 when it was realised that the Forces needed more possibilities than TLAs allowed.


TLAs of both kinds have now been largely been surpassed by MLAs (Multi-Letter Acronyms). TLAs are technically abbreviations, whereas MLAs provide an open-ended opportunity for total Acronym Overload.


Below is a selection of MLAs. For many more, visit The Dictionary



A

  • ACC - Aldershot Concrete Commandos, Andy Capps Commandos, Any Cnut can Cook
  • AFV - Armoured Fighting Vehicle
  • AGC - Alf Garnet's Commandos
  • AGHW - All Gone Horribly Wrong
  • ARAB - Arrogant Regular Army Bastard (cf. STAB)
  • ASU - Active Service Unit (The Boyos)

B

  • BA(G) - British Army (Germany)
  • BALO - Brigade Air Liason Officer
  • BAOR - British Army of the Rhine
  • BATSU - British Army Training Support Unit
  • BATSUB - British Army Training Support Unit Belize
  • BATT - British Army Training Team
  • BATUS - British Army Training Unit Suffield
  • BCR - Battle Casualty Replacement
  • BER - Beyond Economical Repair
  • BFG - British Forces Germany
  • BFOT - Big F*ck Off Tent
  • BJAFO - Basically Just A F*cking Observer (2nd Pilot)
  • BKYC - British Kiel Yacht Club
  • BLR - Beyond Local repair
  • BOB - Bird or Bloke
  • BOBFOC - Body Off Baywatch, Face Off Crimewatch
  • BOHFOC- Body of Halle, face of Chuck.
  • BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!
  • BOO - Battalion Orderly Officer
  • BOS - Battalion Orderly Sergeant
  • BSFAO - Best Suit For All Occasions

C

  • CDO - Commando
  • CEFO - Combat Equipment Fighting Order (obsolete - now superseded by PLCE)
  • CEI - Communications Electronic Instruction
  • CEMO - Combat Equipment Marching Order (obsolete - now superseded by PLCE)
  • CES - Complete Equipment Schedule
  • CHIPS - Causing Havoc In Public Spaces, or Creating Havoc in Peoples' Streets
  • CPV - Civilianised Patrol Vehicle (NI, early 90s). FFS why bother - it's just a f*cking CAR!!!
  • CQMS - Company Quartermaster Sergeant
  • CRA - Commander Royal Artillery
  • CRE - Commander Royal Engineers
  • COIN - Counter Insurgency
  • CTF - Chuffed To F*ck
  • CTR - Close Target Recce

D

  • DADAFA - Deputy Assistant Director of Absolutely F*ck All
  • DALO - Divison Air Liason Officer
  • DARE - Defence Acronym Research Establishment
  • DCTA - Defence Clothing & Textiles Agency
  • DFT - Dont Fucking Touch
  • DILLIGAF - Do I Look Like I Give A F*ck
  • DSDA - Defence Storage & Distribution Agency
  • DSDC - Defence Storage & Distribution Centre
  • DSO - Did Something Outstanding

E

F

  • FAC - Forward Air Controller
  • FEB - Fucking English Bastard/Bitch (for the Jocks of us out there)
  • FEHA - Force Environmental Health Advisor
  • FFL - French Foreign Legion
  • FIBUA - Fighting In Builtup Areas
  • FIPAC - Fighting In Pubs And Clubs
  • FISH - Fighting In Someone's House
  • FIWAF - Fighting In Woods and Forests
  • FOO - Forward Observation Officer
  • FoS - Foreman of Signals
  • FPF - Final Protective Fire
  • FRU - Force Research Unit
  • FRV - Final Rendezvous
  • FRV - Fast Reaction Vehicle
  • FUB - F*cking Ugly B*st*rd (as in: "that man's a FUB")
  • FUBAR - F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition
  • FUP - Forming Up Point
  • FUPA - Fat Upper Pussy Area

G

  • GIFA - Great Iraqi F**K All
  • GOC - General Officer Commanding
  • GPMG - General Purpose Machine Gun
  • GPS - Global Positioning System
  • GTF - Get To F*ck
  • GTT - Gunnery Training Team

H

  • HALO - High Altitude Low Opening
  • HLS - Helicopter Landing Site
  • HMSU - Home Office Support Unit

I

  • IED - Improvised Explosive Device
  • IEDD - Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
  • IO - Intelligence Officer

J

  • JAFFA - Just Another Fat F*cking Administrator
  • JANFU - Joint Army Navy F*ck Up
  • JEWT - Jungle Exercise Without Trees
  • JSAT - Joint Service Adventure Training
  • JSPC - Joint Services Parachute Centre

K

  • KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
  • KTC - Kiel Training Centre

L

  • LE - Late entry Officer
  • LMF - Lacking Moral Fibre
  • LPC - Leather Personnel Carrier
  • LRDG - Long Range Desert Group (WW2)
  • LSW - Light Support Weapon

M

  • MARINE - Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential
  • MARINE - My Arrse Rides In Navy Equipment
  • MBE - My Bloody Efforts
  • MFP - Mixed Fruit Pudding
  • MiD - Mention in Despatches
  • MPI - Mean Point of Impact
  • MRF - Military Reconnaissance Force
  • MUPPET - Most Useless Person Pirbright Ever Trained

N

  • NAAFI - No Ambition And F*ck-all Interest
  • NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
  • NEWD - Night Exercise Without Darkness
  • NEWT - Not to be Employed With Troops
  • NFI - Not Very Interested, also Not Feckin' Invited
  • NFQ - Not Feckin Qualified, describes a recruit
  • NORWICH - (K)nickers Off Ready When I Come Home

O

  • OBE - Other Buggers' Efforts
  • ODTF - Operation Doomed To Failure
  • OGDW - Operation Gone Disastrously Wrong
  • OMO - Old Man Overseas

P

  • PDTF - Project Doomed To Failure
  • PENIS - Planning Exercise Not Involving Soldiers
  • PLCE - Personal Load Carrying Equipment
  • PLONC - Person of Little Or No Consequence
  • POA - Point Of Aim
  • POETS day - P*ss Off Early - Tomorrow's Saturday
  • POL - Petrol, Oil, Lubricants
  • PONFU(W) - Personnel Of No F*cking Use (Whatsoever)
  • PONTI - Person Of No Tactical Importance
  • POW - Prisoner of War
  • PPA - Popski's Private Army (WW2)
  • PPPPPPP - Prior Preparation & Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance (aka The 7 Ps)
  • PTI - Physical Training Instructor
  • PUFO - Pack Up, F*ck Off

Q

  • QMSI - Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor
  • QRF - Quick Reaction Force

R

  • RAOC - Rag And Oil Corps
  • RAOC- Ragged Arrsed Old Cnuts
  • REMF - Rear Echelon Motherf*cker
  • RLC - Really Large Corps
  • RSP - Render Safe Proceedure
  • RTU - Returned To Unit
  • RUC - Royal Ulster Constabulary (George Cross)

S

  • SAS - State Authorised Slaughter
  • SAS - Special Author Service
  • SAS - Saturday Afternoon Soldiers (TA)
  • SCRDE - Stores & Clothing Research & Development Establishment
  • SH - Sh1t Head
  • SHPRAC - Squashed Head Practice (Round)
  • SLR - Self Loading Rifle; 7.62mm UK built FN FAL (obsolete - replaced by SA80/IW/L85)
  • SMG - Sub-Machine Gun
  • SMIG - Sergeant Major Instructor Gunnery (RA)
  • SMIS - Sergeant Major Instuctor Signals (RA)
  • SNAFU - Situation Normal, All F*cked Up
  • SNS - Special Night Squads (Palestine)
  • SOE - Special Operations Executive (WW2)
  • SOUP - Single Officer Unnecessary Purchase
  • SPTA - Salisbury Plain Training Area
  • STAB - Stupid/Stinking TA Bastard
  • SUIT - Sight Unit Infantry Trilux (obsolete - replaced by SUSAT)
  • SUSAT - Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux
  • SWAT - Some Weekends and Tuesdays (TA)

T

  • TA - Toy Army
  • TCH - That C**t Hoon (as used by the Chief of the General Staff and his mates, no less!)- the former SofS for defence, Geoff Hoon
  • TEWT - Tactical Exercise Without Troops
  • TFIB - Token Female in Battalion (obsolete)
  • TOT - Time on Target
  • TPU - Timer and Power Unit
  • TULIP - Totally Useless Little Irish Person
  • TWOK - Tested Working OK

U

  • U3 - Utterly Utterly Useless
  • UDR - Ulster Defence Regiment
  • UMIN - Ugliest Man In NATO
  • USMC - Uncle Sam's Misguided Children

V

  • VCP - Vehicle Check Point
  • VOL - Vision of Loveliness.

W

Y