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Common Acronyms


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Guide to Military Acronyms


If you have been dealing with the CPOL resume builder, then you will be very aware that the Military loves to use acronyms an awful lot. To help you in your search for your new career, it is useful to be able to quickly look up any military acronyms that you are unaware of, so please make reference to the table below. If we have missed any, feel free to comment in the section at the very bottom of the page and we will add it to the list.

AAPAffirmative Action Plan/Army Ammunition Plant
ABC-CArmy Benefits Center – Civilian
ACAArmy Contracting Agency
ACCESArmy Civilian Career Evaluation System
ACDCArmy Civilian Data Center
ACPERSArmy Civilian Personnel System
ACTEDSArmy Civilian Training, Education, and Development System
ACWAAdministrative Career With America
ADPEAutomated Data Processing Equipment
AFIPArmed Forces Institute of Pathology
AKOArmy Knowledge Online
AMCArmy Military Command
AMECUS Army Management Engineering College
AOCArea of Consideration
ARArmy Regulation
ARDECUS Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center
ARTAutomation Regional Tools
ASAAssistant Secretary of the Army
ASA M&AASA Army  Manpower and Reserve Affairs
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
ASFApplicant Supply File
AWOLAbsent Without Leave
BOABusiness Objects Application
BOBBeginning of Business
BQBest Qualified
BRACBase Realignment & Closure
BUBargaining Unit
BUSBargaining Unit Status
CACompetitive Area/Commercial Activities
CAOChange in Appointing Office
CCBConfiguration Control Board
CES(Army) Civilian Education System
CFMOCentralized Furnishing Management Office
CFRCode of Federal Regulation
CHRCivilian Human Resources
CHRACivilian Human Resources Agency
CIPMSCivilian Intelligence Personnel Management System
CLCompetitive Level
CLGChange to Lower Grade
COBClose of Business
COEChief of Engineers
CONUSContinental United States
COREDOCCore Document
CPCareer Program/Crediting Plan
CPACivilian Personnel Administration
CPACCivilian Personnel Advisory Centers
CPCNCivilian Personnel Control Number
CPMCareer Program Manager
CPOCivilian Personnel Office
CPOCCivilian Personnel Operations Center
CPOLCivilian Personnel Online
CSRCustomer Service Representative
CSRSCivil Service Retirement System
CTECivilian Training, Education & Development
CYCalendar Year
CYSChild and Youth Services
DADepartment of the Army
DACADSDepartment of Army Civilian Announcement Distribution System
DCADelegation Classification Authority
DCIPSDefense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System
DCPDSDefense Civilian Personnel Data System
DCPSDefense Civilian Payroll System
DESIREDirect English Statement Information Retrieval System
DEUDelegated Examining Unit
DFASDefense Finance Accounting System
DINData Identification Number
DISADefense Information Systems Activity
DKODefenseKnowledge Online
DODDepartment of Defense
DSLDPDefense Senior Leader Development Program
DSNDefense Switched Network
DTMSDirectorate of Training Mobilization and Security
EDP/HDPEnvironmental Differential Pay/Hazardous Duty Pay
EEOEqual Employment Opportunity
EEOCEqual Employment Opportunity Commission
EFMPExceptional Family Member Program
EMREmployee Master Record
EOExecutive Order
EODEnter on Duty
EPPEnterprise Placement Program
FASField Advisory Services
FCRFunctional Chief Representative
FECAFederal Employees Compensation Act
FEGLIFederal Employee Group Life Insurance
FEHBFederal Employees Health Benefits
FERSFederal Employee Retirement System
FLSAFair Labor Standards Act
FMPFamily Member Preference
FOAField Operating Activities
FOIAFreedom of Information Act
FORSCOMForces Command
FPIFunctional Process Improvements
FPLFull Performance Level
FPMFederal Personnel Manual
FSAFlexible Spending Accounts
FTAForeign Transfer Allowance
FWSFederal Wage System
FYFiscal Year
GPPAGuide to Process Personnel Actions
GSGeneral Schedule
GTCCGovernment Travel Charge Card
HRHuman Resources
HRDHuman Resources Division
I&IImpact and Implementation
I&SAInstallation and Services Authority
ICTAPInteragency Career Transition Assistance Plan
IDEFIntegrated Definition
IDPIndividual Development Plan
IEAIndustrial Engineering Activity
IGInspector General
IGPAInternal Governmental Personnel Act
IMAInstallation Management Agency
IOCIndustrial Operations Command
IPTIntegrated Product Team
IRAIndependent Reporting Activity
ISAInterservice Support Agreement
JDJob Description
JTRJoint Travel Regulation
KBSKnowledge Base Skills
KSAKnowledge, Skills and Abilities
LEILast Equivalent Increase
LOILetter of Instruction
LQALiving Quarters Allowance
LSRLocal Service Request
LTTLong Term Training
LWOPLeave Without Pay
LWPLeave With Pay
MACOMMajor Command
MCBManage Civilians to Budget
MEDICMedical Care Inventory
MEOMost Efficient Organization
MEPCOMMilitary Entrance Processing Command
MoDAMinistry of Defense Advisors
MOUMemorandum of Understanding
MPPMerit Promotion Plan
MSPMilitary Spouse Preference
MSPBMerit Systems Protection Board
NACNational Agency Check
NACINational Agency Check and Inquiries
NAFNon-Appropriated Fund
NAFINon-Appropriated Funds Instrumentality
NBQNot Basically Qualified
NERONorth East Regional Organization
NIPRNETNonclassified Internet Protocol Routing Network
NLTNot Later Than
NOANature of Action
NPANature of Personnel Action/Notification of Personnel Action
NQNot Qualified
NQSNot Qualified ‘ Specialized
NSNot Selected
NSPSNational Security Personnel System
NTENot to Exceed
O/AOn or About
OCONUSOutside Continental United States
OJTOn the Job Training
OMAOperations & Maintenance Army
OPFOfficial Personnel Folder
OPMOffice of Personnel Management
OTAOracle Training Administrator
PACPersonnel Actions Clerk
PCSPermanent Change of Station
PDPosition Description
PDLPermanent Duty Location
PERSACTIONPersonnel Action
PM&CPosition Management and Classification
PMRSPerformance Management and Recognition System
PMSPersonnel Management Specialist
POAPersonnel Organization Address
POIPersonnel Office Indentifier/Program of Instruction
POPPhased Obligation Plan
PPIPersonnel Process Improvements
PPPPriority Placement Program
PSMPersonnel Systems Manager
PTIPersonnel Transaction Identifier
QQualified
QIQuality Increase
QSIQuality Step Increase
QTPQuick Test Pro
R&AReview and Analysis
R&PRecruitment and Placement
RIARock Island Arsenal
RIFReduction in Force
RNORace and National Origin
RPARoutine Personnel Action/Request for Personnel Action
RPLReemployment Priority List
RTDReturn to Duty
SAWSenior Army Workforce
SCDService Computation Date
SCEPStudent Career Experience Program (Formerly Co-op)
SEEPStudent Educational Employment Program
SELSchool of Engineering and Logistics
SESSenior Executive Service
SETMSenior Enterprise Talent Management
SFStandard Form
SKAPSkill, Knowledge, Abilities & Personal Characteristics
SMESubject Matter Expert
SMSAStandard Metropolitan Statistical Area
SOEStart of Entry
SONSubmitting Office Number
SOPStanding Operating Procedure
SPEPSpecial Employment Program
SRPESenior Rater Potential Evaluation
SSCSenior Service College
STEPStudent Temporary Employment Program (Formerly Stay-in-School (SIS)
T&DTraining and Development
TACOMTank-automotive & Armaments Command
TAPERTemporary Appointment Pending Establishment of Register
TDATable of Distribution & Allowances
TDYTemporary Duty
TICTransaction Identifier Codes
TIGTime in Grade
TIMTransformation of Installation Management
Title 5Compilation of all personnel regulations ‘the law.’
TMDTraining Management Division
TOFTransfer of Function
TOPTreasury Offset Program
TQSETemporary Quarters Subsistence Expense
TRADOCTraining and Doctrine Command
TSOTechnical Services Office
TSPThrift Savings Plan
UICUnit Identification Code
USACEUS Army Corps of Engineers
USAREURUS Army Europe & Seventh Army
USCUnited States Code
VERAVoluntary Early Retirement Authority
VRAVeteran’s Readjustment Appointment/Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment
VSIPVoluntary Separation Incentive Pay
WAEWhen Actually Employed
WASSWorkforce Analysis Support System
WGWage Grade
WIGIWith-in-Grade Increase
X118, X118CQualification Standards for GS & WG