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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.

AAP Affirmative Action Plan/Army Ammunition Plant
ABC-C Army Benefits Center – Civilian
ACA Army Contracting Agency
ACCES Army Civilian Career Evaluation System
ACDC Army Civilian Data Center
ACPERS Army Civilian Personnel System
ACTEDS Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System
ACWA Administrative Career With America
ADPE Automated Data Processing Equipment
AFIP Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
AKO Army Knowledge Online
AMC Army Military Command
AMEC US Army Management Engineering College
AOC Area of Consideration
AR Army Regulation
ARDEC US Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center
ART Automation Regional Tools
ASA Assistant Secretary of the Army
ASA M&A ASA Army  Manpower and Reserve Affairs
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASF Applicant Supply File
AWOL Absent Without Leave
BOA Business Objects Application
BOB Beginning of Business
BQ Best Qualified
BRAC Base Realignment & Closure
BU Bargaining Unit
BUS Bargaining Unit Status
CA Competitive Area/Commercial Activities
CAO Change in Appointing Office
CCB Configuration Control Board
CES (Army) Civilian Education System
CFMO Centralized Furnishing Management Office
CFR Code of Federal Regulation
CHR Civilian Human Resources
CHRA Civilian Human Resources Agency
CIPMS Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System
CL Competitive Level
CLG Change to Lower Grade
COB Close of Business
COE Chief of Engineers
CONUS Continental United States
COREDOC Core Document
CP Career Program/Crediting Plan
CPA Civilian Personnel Administration
CPAC Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers
CPCN Civilian Personnel Control Number
CPM Career Program Manager
CPO Civilian Personnel Office
CPOC Civilian Personnel Operations Center
CPOL Civilian Personnel Online
CSR Customer Service Representative
CSRS Civil Service Retirement System
CTE Civilian Training, Education & Development
CY Calendar Year
CYS Child and Youth Services
DA Department of the Army
DACADS Department of Army Civilian Announcement Distribution System
DCA Delegation Classification Authority
DCIPS Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System
DCPDS Defense Civilian Personnel Data System
DCPS Defense Civilian Payroll System
DESIRE Direct English Statement Information Retrieval System
DEU Delegated Examining Unit
DFAS Defense Finance Accounting System
DIN Data Identification Number
DISA Defense Information Systems Activity
DKO DefenseKnowledge Online
DOD Department of Defense
DSLDP Defense Senior Leader Development Program
DSN Defense Switched Network
DTMS Directorate of Training Mobilization and Security
EDP/HDP Environmental Differential Pay/Hazardous Duty Pay
EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EFMP Exceptional Family Member Program
EMR Employee Master Record
EO Executive Order
EOD Enter on Duty
EPP Enterprise Placement Program
FAS Field Advisory Services
FCR Functional Chief Representative
FECA Federal Employees Compensation Act
FEGLI Federal Employee Group Life Insurance
FEHB Federal Employees Health Benefits
FERS Federal Employee Retirement System
FLSA Fair Labor Standards Act
FMP Family Member Preference
FOA Field Operating Activities
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FORSCOM Forces Command
FPI Functional Process Improvements
FPL Full Performance Level
FPM Federal Personnel Manual
FSA Flexible Spending Accounts
FTA Foreign Transfer Allowance
FWS Federal Wage System
FY Fiscal Year
GPPA Guide to Process Personnel Actions
GS General Schedule
GTCC Government Travel Charge Card
HR Human Resources
HRD Human Resources Division
I&I Impact and Implementation
I&SA Installation and Services Authority
ICTAP Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
IDEF Integrated Definition
IDP Individual Development Plan
IEA Industrial Engineering Activity
IG Inspector General
IGPA Internal Governmental Personnel Act
IMA Installation Management Agency
IOC Industrial Operations Command
IPT Integrated Product Team
IRA Independent Reporting Activity
ISA Interservice Support Agreement
JD Job Description
JTR Joint Travel Regulation
KBS Knowledge Base Skills
KSA Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
LEI Last Equivalent Increase
LOI Letter of Instruction
LQA Living Quarters Allowance
LSR Local Service Request
LTT Long Term Training
LWOP Leave Without Pay
LWP Leave With Pay
MACOM Major Command
MCB Manage Civilians to Budget
MEDIC Medical Care Inventory
MEO Most Efficient Organization
MEPCOM Military Entrance Processing Command
MoDA Ministry of Defense Advisors
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPP Merit Promotion Plan
MSP Military Spouse Preference
MSPB Merit Systems Protection Board
NAC National Agency Check
NACI National Agency Check and Inquiries
NAF Non-Appropriated Fund
NAFI Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentality
NBQ Not Basically Qualified
NERO North East Regional Organization
NIPRNET Nonclassified Internet Protocol Routing Network
NLT Not Later Than
NOA Nature of Action
NPA Nature of Personnel Action/Notification of Personnel Action
NQ Not Qualified
NQS Not Qualified ‘ Specialized
NS Not Selected
NSPS National Security Personnel System
NTE Not to Exceed
O/A On or About
OCONUS Outside Continental United States
OJT On the Job Training
OMA Operations & Maintenance Army
OPF Official Personnel Folder
OPM Office of Personnel Management
OTA Oracle Training Administrator
PAC Personnel Actions Clerk
PCS Permanent Change of Station
PD Position Description
PDL Permanent Duty Location
PERSACTION Personnel Action
PM&C Position Management and Classification
PMRS Performance Management and Recognition System
PMS Personnel Management Specialist
POA Personnel Organization Address
POI Personnel Office Indentifier/Program of Instruction
POP Phased Obligation Plan
PPI Personnel Process Improvements
PPP Priority Placement Program
PSM Personnel Systems Manager
PTI Personnel Transaction Identifier
Q Qualified
QI Quality Increase
QSI Quality Step Increase
QTP Quick Test Pro
R&A Review and Analysis
R&P Recruitment and Placement
RIA Rock Island Arsenal
RIF Reduction in Force
RNO Race and National Origin
RPA Routine Personnel Action/Request for Personnel Action
RPL Reemployment Priority List
RTD Return to Duty
SAW Senior Army Workforce
SCD Service Computation Date
SCEP Student Career Experience Program (Formerly Co-op)
SEEP Student Educational Employment Program
SEL School of Engineering and Logistics
SES Senior Executive Service
SETM Senior Enterprise Talent Management
SF Standard Form
SKAP Skill, Knowledge, Abilities & Personal Characteristics
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMSA Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area
SOE Start of Entry
SON Submitting Office Number
SOP Standing Operating Procedure
SPEP Special Employment Program
SRPE Senior Rater Potential Evaluation
SSC Senior Service College
STEP Student Temporary Employment Program (Formerly Stay-in-School (SIS)
T&D Training and Development
TACOM Tank-automotive & Armaments Command
TAPER Temporary Appointment Pending Establishment of Register
TDA Table of Distribution & Allowances
TDY Temporary Duty
TIC Transaction Identifier Codes
TIG Time in Grade
TIM Transformation of Installation Management
Title 5 Compilation of all personnel regulations ‘the law.’
TMD Training Management Division
TOF Transfer of Function
TOP Treasury Offset Program
TQSE Temporary Quarters Subsistence Expense
TRADOC Training and Doctrine Command
TSO Technical Services Office
TSP Thrift Savings Plan
UIC Unit Identification Code
USACE US Army Corps of Engineers
USAREUR US Army Europe & Seventh Army
USC United States Code
VERA Voluntary Early Retirement Authority
VRA Veteran’s Readjustment Appointment/Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment
VSIP Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay
WAE When Actually Employed
WASS Workforce Analysis Support System
WG Wage Grade
WIGI With-in-Grade Increase
X118, X118C Qualification Standards for GS & WG