Air Force Assignment Q Codes

This is a list of initials, acronyms, expressions, euphemisms, jargon, military slang, and sayings in common or formerly common use in the United States Air Force. Many of the words or phrases have varying levels of acceptance among different units or communities, and some also have varying levels of appropriateness (usually dependent on how senior the user is in rank). Many terms also have equivalents among other service branches that are comparable in meaning. Many acronyms and terms have come into common use from voice procedure use over communication channels, translated into the NATO phonetic alphabet, or both.

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A[edit]

  • A/C – Aircraft
  • A1C – Airman First Class; enlisted pay grade E-3, known as Airman Second Class (A2C) from 1952 to 1967
  • A2C – Airman Second Class; former enlisted pay grade E-3 from 1952 to 1967, now designated as A1C
  • A3C – Airman Third Class; former enlisted pay grade E-2 from 1952 to 1967, now designated as Amn
  • AADS – Alaskan Air Defense Sector
  • AAFES – Army and Air Force Exchange Service (pronounced "A-Fees")
  • AB – Airman Basic; enlisted pay grade E-1
  • AB – Air Base
  • ABDR – Aircraft Battle Damage Repair
  • ABM – Air Battle Manager
  • ABU – Airman Battle Uniform
  • ABW – Air Base Wing
  • ACA – Airspace Control Authority
  • ACC – Air Combat Command, also Area Control Center
  • ACO – Aerospace Control Officer
  • ACOT – Advanced Communications Officer Training
  • ACSC – Air Command and Staff College
  • ACW – Air Control Wing
  • ADC – Area Defense Counsel
  • ADC – (Obsolete term) Air Defense Command, later Aerospace Defense Command (disestablished MAJCOM)
  • ADCON – Administrative Control
  • ADP – Airman Development Plan
  • ADPE – Automated Data Processing Equipment
  • ADR – Airfield Damage Repair
  • ADSC – Active Duty Service Commitment
  • AEF – Aerospace Expeditionary Force
  • AES – Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
  • AETC – Air Education and Training Command
  • AEW – Air Expeditionary Wing
  • AFA – Air Force Academy
  • AFA – Air Force Association
  • AFAA – Air Force Audit Agency
  • AFAM – Air Force Achievement Medal
  • AFAMS – Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation
  • AFB – Air Force Base
  • AFC2IC – Air Force Command and Control Integration Center
  • AFCA – Air Force Communications Agency
  • AFCAA – Air Force Cost Analysis Agency
  • AFCAT – Air Force Catalog
  • AFCEC – Air Force Civil Engineering Center
  • AFCEE – Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment
  • AFCENT – Air Forces Central
  • AFCESA – Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency
  • AFCFM – Air Force Career Field Manager
  • AFCLC – Air Force Culture and Learning Center
  • AFCM – Air Force Commendation Medal
  • AFDC – Air Force Doctrine Center
  • AFDW – Air Force District of Washington
  • AFE – Aircrew Flight Equipment
  • AFETS – Air Force Engineering and Technical Services
  • AFFMA – Air Force Frequency Management Agency
  • AFFSA – Air Force Flight Standards Agency
  • AFFSC – Air Force Financial Services Center
  • AFGSC – Air Force Global Strike Command
  • AFH – Air Force Handbook
  • AFHRA – Air Force Historical Research Agency
  • AFI – Air Force Instruction; or as a duty status, awaiting further instructions
  • AFIA – Air Force Inspection Agency
  • AFIAA – Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency
  • AFIS – Air Force Inspection System
  • AFISRA – Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
  • AFIT – Air Force Institute of Technology
  • AFLC – Air Force Logistics Command (disestablished MAJCOM; merged with AFSC in 1992 to form AFMC)
  • AFLMA – Air Force Logistics Management Agency
  • AFLOA – Air Force Legal Operations Agency
  • AFMA – Air Force Manpower Agency
  • AFMAN – Air Force Manual
  • AFMC – Air Force Materiel Command
  • AFMOA – Air Force Medical Operations Agency
  • AFMPC – Air Force Military Personnel Center (obsolete), replaced with AFPC
  • AFMS – Air Force Medical Service or Air Force Manpower Standards
  • AFMSA – Air Force Medical Support Agency
  • AFNIC – Air Force Network Integration Center
  • AFNOC – Air Force Network Operations Center
  • AFNORTH – Air Forces Northern
  • AFNSEPO – Air Force National Security Emergency Preparedness Office
  • AFNWCA – Air Force Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency
  • AFOG – Air Force Operations Group
  • AFOQT – Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
  • AFOTEC – Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
  • AFPAA – Air Force Public Affairs Agency
  • AFPAM – Air Force Pamphlet
  • AFPC – Air Force Personnel Center
  • AFPCA – Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency
  • AFPD – Air Force Policy Directive
  • AFPEO – Air Force Program Executive Office
  • AFPET – Air Force Petroleum Agency
  • AFPOA – Air Force Personnel Operations Agency
  • AFRBA – Air Force Review Boards Agency
  • AFRC – Air Force Reserve Command
  • AFRIMS – Air Force Records Information Management System
  • AFRL – Air Force Research Lab
  • AFROTC – Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • AFRPA – Air Force Real Property Agency
  • AFS – Air Force Station
  • AFSA – Air Force Sergeants Association
  • AFSC - Air Force Sustainment Center The mission of the Air Force Sustainment Center is to Sustain Weapon System Readiness to generate Air power for America. The center provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the war fighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support.
  • AFSC – Air Force Safety Center
  • AFSC – Air Force Specialty Code
  • AFSC – Air Force Systems Command (disestablished MAJCOM; merged with AFLC in 1992 to form AFMC)
  • AFSFC – Air Force Security Forces Center
  • AFSO 21 – Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century
  • AFSOC – Air Force Special Operations Command
  • AFSOUTH – Air Forces Southern
  • AFSPC – Air Force Space Command
  • AFSVA – Air Force Services Agency
  • AFT – Alert Fire Team
  • AFTO – Air Force Technical Order
  • AFVA – Air Force Visual Aids
  • AFVEC – Air Force Virtual Education Center
  • AFWA – Air Force Weather Agency
  • AG (TAG) – Adjutant General, (The)
  • AGE – Aerospace Ground Equipment; analogous to Ground Support Equipment (GSE) in USN, USMC and USCG (Naval Aviation)
  • AGE Ranger – An AGE Technician
  • AGR – Active Guard and Reserve
  • AGS – Aircraft Generation Squadron
  • AGSM – Anti-G Straining Maneuver
  • AGOW – Air-Ground Operations Wing
  • AKRAOC – Alaska Region Air Operations Center
  • ALCM – Air Launched Cruise Missile
  • ALCON – All Concerned (used in message headers for mass emailings)
  • ALO – Air Liaison Officer
  • ALS – Airman Leadership School
  • AMC – Air Mobility Command
  • AMJAMS – Automated Military Justice Analysis and Management System
  • Amn – Airman; enlisted pay grade E-2
  • AMMO Troop – Munitions Systems Technician AMMO (U.S. Air Force)
  • AMMS – Airborne Missile Maintenance Squadron Missile Badge
  • AMS – Academy of Military Science
  • AMT – Aircraft Metals Technology
  • AMW – Air Mobility Wing
  • AMXS – Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • ANG – Air National Guard
  • ANR – Alaskan NORAD Region
  • AO – Authorized Outage
  • AOC – Air and Space Operations Center
  • AOG – Aircraft On Ground
  • AP – Air Police (Obsolete term); now called Security Forces (SF)
  • APS – Aerial Port Squadron
  • ARI – Alcohol Related Incident
  • ARS – (Obsolete term) Air Rescue Squadron; formerly ARRS, now known as a Rescue Squadron (RQS)
  • ARRS – (Obsolete term) Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  • ART – AEF (Air Expeditionary Force) Reporting Tool
  • ART – Air Reserve Technician
  • ART – Armed or Alarm Response Team
  • ARW – Air Refueling Wing
  • AS – Airlift Squadron
  • AS – Air Station
  • ASAP – As Soon As Possible
  • ASBC – Air and Space Basic Course
  • ASI – Authorized Service Interruption
  • ASR – Airport Surveillance Radar
  • ATAG – Assistant to the Adjutant General
  • ATC – Air traffic control
  • ATC – Air Training Command (disestablished MAJCOM; superseded in 1992 by AETC)
  • ATCALS – Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems
  • ATO – Air Tasking Order
  • ATO – Anti-Terrorism Officer
  • AU – Air University
  • AU-ABC – Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative
  • AW – Airlift Wing
  • AWACS – Airborne Warning and Control System on the E-3 Sentry aircraft
  • AWACS – A War Against Common Sense
  • AWC – Air War College
  • AWOL – Absent Without Leave
  • AWP – Awaiting Parts

B[edit]

  • BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing
  • BAS – Basic Allowance for Subsistence
  • BASH – Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard
  • BAQ – Bachelor Airman Quarters
  • BCOT – Basic Communications Officer Training
  • BDOC – Base Defense Operations Center
  • BDU – Battle Dress Uniform
  • BEQ – Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
  • BIT – Bystander Intervention Training
  • BITC – Base Information Transfer Center
  • BITS – Base Information Transfer System
  • BFM – Basic Fighter Maneuvers
  • BFT – Blue Force Tracking
  • BLUF – Bottom Line Up Front
  • BMT – Basic Military Training
  • BOHICA – Bend Over, Here It Comes Again; used in response to unfavorable orders.
  • BONE – Nickname for the B-1 Lancer, as in "B-ONE"
  • BOQ – Bachelor Officer Quarters
  • BOS – Base Operating Support
  • BOT – Basic Officer Training
  • Box Nasty – A sandwich & snack meal in a cardboard box handed out for flights
  • BPZ – Below Primary Zone; early promotion of an officer ahead of peers to controlled statutory pay grades of O-4, O-5 and/or O-6
  • BRAC – Base Realignment and Closure
  • Brig Gen – Brigadier General; officer pay grade O-7
  • BRM – Base Records Manager
  • BS – Bomb Squadron
  • BSA – Basic Surface Attack
  • BTZ – Below the zone; USAF early promotion program from E-3 to E-4
  • BUFF – Big Ugly Fat Fucker (Nickname for Boeing B-52 Stratofortress)
  • BW – Bomb Wing
  • BX – Base Exchange (see AAFES)

C[edit]

  • C-Day – The unnamed day on which a deployment operation begins or is to begin
  • C2 – Command and Control
  • C4ISR – Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
  • CA – Combat Arms
  • CAF – Combat Air Force
  • CAFSC – Control Air Force Specialty Code
  • CAI – Computer Aided Instruction
  • CAOC – Combined Air and Space Operations Center
  • CAMS – Core Automated Maintenance System (database behind IMDS)
  • CAP – Civil Air Patrol, the civilian USAF Auxiliary
  • Capt – Captain; officer pay grade O-3
  • CAS – Close Air Support
  • CAST – Combat Airman Skills Training
  • CAT – Crisis Action Team
  • CAT – Camper Alert Team (Security Forces, Missile Field Security)
  • CATM – Combat Arms Training and Maintenance
  • CBCS – Combat Communications Squadron
  • CBMC – Communications Battlespace Management Course
  • CBT – Computer Based Training
  • CBRNE – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives
  • CC – Commander
  • CCC - Commanders Chief
  • CCS - Commanders Secretary
  • CCAF – Community College of the Air Force
  • CCE – Executive Officer
  • CCF – First Sergeant
  • CCT – Combat Control
  • CD – Deputy Commander
  • CDC – Career Development Course
  • CE – Civil Engineering or Civil Engineers
  • CEG – Combat Evaluation Group
  • CEM – Chief Enlisted Manager
  • CES – Civil Engineering Squadron
  • CEVG – Combat Evaluation Group
  • CFEPT – Career Field Education and Training Plan
  • CFP – Communications Focal Point
  • CFR – Crash Fire Rescue
  • CFT – Cockpit Familiarization Trainer
  • CGO – Company Grade Officer (lieutenants and captains)
  • CGOC – Company Grade Officers' Council
  • Charlie Bravo – Cut-back, or being released early from duty
  • Charlie Foxtrot – Cluster Fuck
  • Chief – Proper term of address for Chief Master Sergeant. Also frequently used by pilots to informally refer to maintenance personnel, specifically "Crew Chiefs."
  • CI – Counterintelligence, Compliance Inspection
  • CISM – Close In Security Mobile
  • Class Six – BX-administered store where beer, wine & liquor is sold at a discounted price with no sales tax
  • CJCS – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • CMO – Civil-Military Operations
  • CMO – Chief Medical Officer (term for senior medical officer at each MEPS—Military Entrance Processing Station)
  • CMSAF – Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force; senior active duty enlisted member of the Air Force and a direct advisor to CSAF (holds enlisted pay grade E-9)
  • CMSgt – Chief Master Sergeant; enlisted pay grade E-9
  • CNA – Computer Network Attack
  • CND – Could Not Duplicate
  • CND – Computer Network Defense
  • CNO – Computer Network Operations
  • CNT – Counter Narco-Terror
  • COA – Course of Action
  • Col – Colonel; officer pay grade O-6
  • COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
  • COMINT – Communications Intelligence
  • CONOPS – Concept of Operations
  • CONS – Contracting Squadron
  • CONUS – Continental United States
  • COMAFFOR – Commander, Air Force Forces
  • Cop – Term for Air Force Security Forces personnel
  • COT – Commissioned Officer Training
  • CPF – Civilian Personnel Flight
  • CPTS – Comptroller Squadron
  • Crew Chief – Generally used as an informal slang term for Aerospace Maintenance Personnel, AFSC 2A5. More formally used to refer to an individual in charge of an aircraft maintenance related task requiring multiple people.
  • CRO – Combat Rescue Officer; commissioned officer equivalent of an enlisted PJ
  • CRO – COMSEC Responsible Officer
  • CS – Communications Squadron
  • CSAF – Chief of Staff of the Air Force; senior ranking active duty General in USAF unless the CJCS or VCJCS post is held by a USAF General (holds officer pay grade O-10)
  • CSAR – Combat Search and Rescue
  • CSC – Central Security Control
  • CSS – Commander's Support Staff (orderly room)
  • CSO – Combat Systems Officer; a commissioned officer aeronautical rating known as Navigator until 1992
  • CV - Vice Commander
  • CUI – Combined Unit Inspection
  • CWO – Chief Warrant Officer; commissioned officer pay grades W-2 through W-5, currently discontinued in USAF

D[edit]

  • D-Day – The unnamed day on which an operation begins or is to begin
  • DACBT – Dissimilar Air Combat Training
  • DAFSC – Duty Air Force Specialty Code
  • DART – Dumbass Radio Troop
  • DAS – Date Arrived Station
  • DBA – Dirtbag Airman (An Airman who does not represent the Air Force Core Values)
  • DCO – Defensive Cyber Operations
  • DEAD – Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses
  • DEERS – Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System
  • DEROS – Date Estimated Return from OverSeas
  • Dependent – Non-Military family member of a service member, typically a non-military spouse and/or children, entitled to a DD 1173 Military Dependent ID Card
  • DFAC – Dining Facility
  • DFAS – Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Dickbeaters – term referring to one's hands. Often yelled by MTIs in the form of "pin those Dickbeaters to your side!"
  • DINSTAAR – Danger Is No Stranger To An AGE Ranger (See AGE)
  • DMSP – Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
  • DNIF – Duties Not Including Flying
  • DOE – Date of Enlistment
  • Dollar Ride – A pilot's first flight in an airframe
  • Doolie – nickname for a first year Air Force Academy cadet
  • DOR – Date of Rank
  • Double Dip – Term used for certain full-time Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel when in a dual status and receiving income from two sources (e.g., Air Reserve Technician on civilian military leave as a Department of the Air Force civil servant and on concurrent active duty USAF orders)
  • DRSN – Defense Red Switch Network
  • DRU – Direct Reporting Unit
  • DSCS – Defense Satellite Communications System
  • DSD – Developmental Special Duty
  • DSN – Defense Switched Network
  • DSP – Defense Support Program
  • DSPD – Defense Support to Public Diplomacy
  • DT – Development Team
  • DTS – Defense Travel System
  • DV – Distinguished Visitor; visiting enlisted personnel in pay grade E-9, visiting officer personnel in pay grades O-6 through O-10, or visiting civilian equivalents such as GS-15, SES or politically-appointed or elected government officials
  • DVQ – Distinguished Visitors Quarters
  • DVOQ – Distinguished Visiting Officers Quarters
  • DWC – Deputy Wing Chaplain

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F[edit]

  • FA – Fitness Assessment
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration
  • FAB – Forward Air Base
  • FAC – Forward Air Controller
  • FAIP – First Assignment Instructor Pilot
  • FAM – Functional Area Manager
  • Farts and darts – clouds and darts embroidery found on field grade and general officers' service cap visors
  • Fat Albert – Nickname used for the C-5A Galaxy until revoked by USAF as “derogatory”. Name came from Bill Cosby's recording of “Revenge” in 1968, with the story of “Buck Buck” and Fat Albert shaking the ground as he ran.
  • FGO – Field Grade Officer (majors, lieutenant colonels, and colonels)
  • FIGMO – Fuck it I Got My Orders
  • Fini Flight – A pilot's last flight in the aircraft before he/she leaves a squadron, a wing, or retires from the Air Force
  • FLPP – Foreign Language Profeciency Pay
  • FM – Financial Management Comptroller
  • FMC – Fully Mission Capable
  • FMS – Foreign Military Sales
  • FMS – Field Maintenance Squadron
  • FNG – Fucking New Guy
  • FOA – Field Operating Agency
  • FOD – Foreign Object Damage or debris that can cause damage
  • FOUO – For Official Use Only
  • Four Fan Trash Can – Nickname for the C-130 Hercules
  • Four Fans of Freedom – Nickname for the C-130 Hercules
  • FRED – Fucking Ridiculous Economic Disaster (term for the C-5 Galaxy)
  • FS – Fighter Squadron
  • FSB – Force Shaping Board
  • FSS – Force Support Squadron
  • FTAC – First Term Airman's Center
  • FTS – Flying Training Squadron
  • FTU – Formal Training Unit
  • FTW – Flying Training Wing
  • FUBAR – Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition
  • FW – Fighter Wing
  • FYSA – For Your Situational Awareness

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H[edit]

  • HAF – Headquarters Air Force
  • HALO – High Altitude, Low Opening
  • HAHO – High Altitude, High Opening
  • Hangar "[#]" – A nonexistent hangar (e.g., if there are 4 hangars, then it would be Hangar 5); heard most often over radios as slang code for latrine/bathroom/Porta John. Example: "Get me to Hangar 5!"
  • HARM – High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
  • HARM – Host Aviation Resource Management
  • HARRT – Humanitarian Assistance Rapid Response Team
  • Hawg – Nickname for the A-10 Thunderbolt II
  • HAZCON – Hazardous Condition
  • HC – Chaplain Headquarters
  • HIA – Held in Abeyance
  • HO – Historian's Office
  • HPC – Historic Properties Custodian
  • HTS – HARM Targeting System
  • HUA – Heard, Understood, Acknowledged
  • HUAW – Hurry Up and Wait
  • HUD – Head-Up Display
  • HUMINT – Human Intelligence

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J[edit]

K[edit]

  • KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid

L[edit]

  • LAPES – Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System.
  • LATN – Low Altitude Tactical Navigation.
  • Lawn Dart – Nickname for F-16 Fighting Falcon or any other fast, pointy-nosed, single-engine fighter aircraft.
  • LCAP – Logistics Compliance Assessment Program.
  • LEAP – Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • LG – Logistics Group.
  • LGB – Laser-Guided Bomb.
  • LIFT – Lead In Fighter Training.
  • LIMFAC – Limiting Factor.
  • Linda Lovelace (Reference to the C-5 Galaxy aircraft, because it kneels and takes it from both ends.)
  • LMR – Land Mobile Radio
  • LOA – Letter of Admonishment.
  • LOA – Letter of Appreciation.
  • LOAC – Law of Armed Conflict.
  • LOC – Letter of Counseling.
  • LOGI – Logistics NCOIC (Squadron, Group, Wing).
  • LOR – Letter of Reprimand.
  • LOWAT – Low Altitude Training.
  • LRS – Logistics Readiness Squadron.
  • LT – Familiar term for a Lieutenant, Second or First; usually used as a form of address by those under his/her command.
  • Lt Col – Lieutenant Colonel; officer pay grade O-5.
  • Lt Gen – Lieutenant General; officer pay grade O-9.
  • LWOP – Leave Without Pay.

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N[edit]

O[edit]

  • OA – Occupational Analysis
  • OA – Outstanding Airman
  • OAPT – Officer Awaiting Pilot Training.
  • OAPTer – An officer in OAPT status. While other 2nd Lt's begin their flight training, non-flying technical training and/or initial leadership roles, OAPTers complete menial tasks in support of the mission while they wait for their assigned training date (this is known as "casual status"). It is important for all operational bases, as OAPTers are most often supplemental to the assigned commissioned officer workforce.
  • OAR – Occupational Analysis Report
  • OAY – Outstanding Airman of the Year
  • OAYA – Outstanding Airman of the Year Award
  • OCO – Offensive Cyber Operations
  • OCONUS – Outside the Continental United States
  • OCR – Office of Collateral Responsibility
  • OFO – Out Fucking Off
  • OG – Operations Group
  • OIC – Officer in Command
  • OL – Operating Location
  • OODA – Observe Orient Decide Act
  • OPCON – Operational Control
  • OPR – Office of Primary Responsibility
  • OPR – Officer Performance Report
  • OPSEC – Operations Security
  • OPTN – Operationalizing and Professionalizing the Network
  • ORI – Operational Readiness Inspection
  • ORM – Operation Risk Management
  • OSI – Office of Special Investigation
  • OSR – Occupational Survey Report
  • OSS – Operations Support Squadron
  • OT&E – Operational Test and Evaluation
  • OTS – Officer Training School

P[edit]

  • PA – Public Affairs
  • PACAF – Pacific Air Forces
  • PAFSC – Primary Air Force Specialty Code
  • PAR – Precision Approach Radar
  • PAS – Political Affairs Strategist
  • PAX – Air passengers
  • PCS – Permanent Change of Station
  • PDS – Permanent Duty Station
  • PERSCO – Personnel Support for Contingency Operations
  • Perpes – Humorous nickname for PRP, takeoff on herpes
  • PFE – Promotion Fitness Examination
  • PFM – Pure Fucking Magic; Term to refer to a technical problem that somehow resolved itself
  • PFT – Physical Fitness Test
  • PICNIC – Problem In Chair, Not In Computer; Used by help desk personnel to indicate user ignorance
  • PING – Person In Need of Graduation
  • PITT – Person In need of Technical Training
  • PJ – Pararescueman
  • PMC – Partially Mission Capable
  • PME – Professional Military Education
  • PMEL – Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory
  • Pocket Rocket – Term for the missile badge on the uniforms of current and former ICBM and cruise missile launch operations and missile maintenance personnel
  • POL – Petroleum, Oils, & Lubricants, the traditional name for the Fuels Management Flight
  • Pop Tart – Airman whose technical career schools are 6 weeks or less
  • posn – position
  • Prime Beef – Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force
  • PRF – Promotion Recommendation Form
  • PRP – Personnel Reliability Program
  • PSDM – Personnel Services Delivery Memorandum
  • PSYOP – Psychological Operations
  • PTL – Physical Training Leader

Q[edit]

  • QAF – Quality Air Force
  • Queep – A task or duty that is completely useless and ultimately unrelated to your primary job. It is often assigned by superiors not of your career field as they assume that you have time to constantly work these tasks. Example: "I have a lot of queep to do before I go home." "I need to finish all of this queep before I can go fly."

R[edit]

  • RA – Resource Advisor
  • RAF – Royal Air Force
  • Rainbow Flight – Fresh trainees at BMT who have not yet received uniforms (clothing colors represent the rainbow)
  • RAM – Random Antiterrorism Measure
  • RAPCON – Radar Approach Control
  • RAS – Regional Affairs Strategist
  • Rated Officer – USAF commissioned officer holding an aeronautical rating as a Pilot (to include Astronaut), Combat Systems Officer (to include Astronaut), Navigator (to include Astronaut), Air Battle Manager, Observer (Astronaut) or Flight Surgeon
  • RED HORSE – Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers
  • RET, Ret, (Ret) – Designations for retired military personnel, typically following the service designation in a title, e.g., Col USAF (Ret)
  • RF – Radio frequency
  • RFF – Request [F]or Forces (initiated by Army)
  • RHIP – "Rank Has Its Privileges"
  • RIF – Reduction In Force
  • RIP – Report on Individual Personnel
  • RNLTD – Report No Later Than Date
  • ROAD – Retired On Active Duty
  • RON – Remain overnight
  • ROTC – Reserve Officers' Training Corps
  • RPA – Remotely Piloted Aircraft
  • RQG – Rescue Group
  • RQS – Rescue Squadron (formerly ARS)
  • RQW – Rescue Wing
  • RTB – Return To Base
  • RTIC – Real Time In the Cockpit
  • RS – Reconnaissance Squadron
  • RW – Reconnaissance Wing

S[edit]

  • SAASS – School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
  • SABC – Self Aid Buddy Care
  • SAC – Strategic Air Command (disestablished MAJCOM)
  • SAF/SECAF – Secretary of the Air Force
  • SAM – Surface to Air Missile
  • SAPR – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
  • SARC – Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
  • SATCOM – Satellite Communications
  • SAV – Staff Assistance Visit
  • SBIRS – Space-Based Infrared System
  • SCOD – Static Close Out Date
  • SDF – Standard Deployment Folder
  • SEAD – Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (pronounced "seed")
  • SEADS – Southeast Air Defense Sector
  • SEI – Special Experience Identifier
  • Secret squirrel stuff – Material classified above secret or special compartmentalized information.
  • Senior – Informal shortening for Senior Master Sergeant
  • SEPCOR – Separate Correspondence
  • SERE – Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape
  • SF – Security Forces
  • SFS – Security Forces Squadron
  • Sgt – Sergeant; a since discontinued additional rank in enlisted pay grade E-4 from 1976 to 1991
  • Shirt – A unit first sergeant
  • Short – Close to a PCS date or retirement
  • Sierra Hotel (SH) – Shit Hot
  • SIGINT – Signals Intelligence
  • SIPR – Secret Internet Protocol
  • SKT – Specialty Knowledge Test
  • Slick Sleeve – Nickname for an Airman Basic (owing to the absence of rank insignia on an individual's sleeve)
  • SLUF – Short Little Ugly Fucker (Derogatory nickname for the LTV A-7 Corsair II)
  • SME – Subject Matter Expert
  • SMSgt – Senior Master Sergeant, enlisted pay grade E-8
  • SNAFU – Situation Normal All Fucked Up
  • SNCO – Senior Non-commissioned Officer; enlisted pay grades E-7, E-8 and E-9
  • SNCOA – Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy
  • Snacko – A highly underestimated, mission critical position held most often by newly reported Lieutenants in a flying squadron. Doing well at the Snacko position will prompt one for a laudable career. Failing at such a job will often entail severe ridicule and, if necessary, replacement and retraining by the flying squadron.
  • Snuffy – Generic term given to any Airmen of lower rank. "And here came Airman Snuffy late to the party as usual."
  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedure
  • SOPS – Space Operations Squadron
  • SOS – Squadron Officer School
  • SOS – Special Operations Squadron
  • SOW – Special Operations Wing
  • SOWT - Special Operations Weather Technician
  • Spark Chaser – Nickname for aircraft maintenance personnel dealing with electronic, non-mechanical systems
  • Spirit Mission – A good-natured act, commonly in the form of a prank, banner, or...reacquisition...of a person/thing, to show pride for a group of individuals. Usually harmless.
  • Sq – Squadron
  • SrA – Senior Airman; enlisted pay grade E-4
  • SRC – Solid Rock Cafe (new as of 2011, located at Sheppard AFB, TX – unofficial anogram that is used by officers as well as students)
  • SRT – Security Response Team
  • SSgt – Staff Sergeant; enlisted pay grade E-5
  • SST – Supervisor Safety Training
  • Staff – Informal shortening for Staff Sergeant
  • STEP – Stripe Through Exceptional Performance
  • Stick Actuator – Pilot
  • Stink Bug – Nickname for the F-117 Nighthawk
  • Strike Eagle – Nickname for the F-15E Strike Eagle
  • STS – Special Tactics Squadron
  • SURF – Single Uniform Request Format
  • SVS – Services Squadron
  • SW – Space Wing
  • SWA – Southwest Asia
  • SWAG – Scientific Wild-Ass Guess
  • SWO – Staff Weather Officer

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  • T&A – Test and Acceptance
  • TAC – Tactical Air Command (disestablished MAJCOM)
  • TAC-P – Tactical Air Control Party
  • TACAN – Tactical Air Navigation
  • TACON – Tactical Control
  • TAFCSD – Total Active Federal Commission Service Date
  • TAFMSD – Total Active Federal Military Service Date
  • TAG (AG) – The Adjutant General
  • Tail-End Charlie – Person bringing up the rear of a formation or a tail gunner
  • TAP – Transition Assistance Program
  • TBA – Training Business Area
  • TCNO – Time Compliance Network Order
  • TCTO – Time Compliance Technical Order
  • TDY – Temporary Duty; analogous to Temporary Additional Duty (TAD / TEMADD) in USN, USMC and USCG
  • Tech – Informal shortening of Technical Sergeant
  • TFCSD – Total Federal Commissioned Service to Date
  • TGP – Targeting Pod
  • TIG – The Inspector General
  • TLAR – That Looks About Right
  • TLF – Temporary Living Facility
  • TO – Technical Order
  • TOT – Time Over Target
  • Tracking – Reference to offensive avionics on combat aircraft. Following and understanding the subject at hand. (IE: "I need this done yesterday, Airman. Are you tracking?")
  • TRF – Tactical Response Force
  • TRG – Training Group
  • TRS – Training Squadron
  • TRW – Training Wing
  • TSgt – Technical Sergeant; enlisted pay grade E-6
  • TST – Time-Sensitive Target
  • TTP – Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
  • TU – Tango Uniform, slang for 'tits up'.

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V[edit]

  • VAQ – visiting airman quarters
  • VFR – visual flight rules
  • Viper – nickname for the F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • VML – vulnerable to move list
  • vMPF – virtual military personnel flight
  • VOQ – visiting officer quarters
  • VOR – VHF omnidirectional range
  • V/R – virtual regards / very respectfully (closing salutation)
  • vRED – virtual record of emergency data
  • VSP – voluntary separation pay

W[edit]

X[edit]

Y[edit]

  • Y-plane – prototype aircraft

Z[edit]

  • Zero – officer
  • Zoo – nickname for the Air Force Academy
  • Zoomie – nickname for an Air Force Academy graduate or cadet

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Updated June 8, 2017

By Military1 Staff

When new recruits enlist in the Air Force, they will have choose a career path based on the results of their ASVAB scores called an Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). The AFSC you choose will determine what kind training new airman will particpate in after basic. To help you decide which job would be best for you, look back at your ASVAB scores at the areas in which you scored the highest. These areas will show your strengths and at what jobs you might excel.

Below is a list of possible Air Force Specialty Codes available to recruits enlisting in the Air Force. 

1A Aircrew Operations

  • 1A0X1 In-Flight Refueling
  • 1A1X1 Flight Engineer
  • 1A3X1 Aircraft Loadmaster
  • 1A4X1 Airborne Mission Systems
  • 1A4X1 Airborne Battle Management Systems
  • 1A6X1 Flight Attendent
  • 1A7X1 Aerial Gunner1A8X1 Airborne Cryptologic Linguist

1C Command and Control Systems Operations

  • 1C0X2 Aviation Resource Management
  • 1C1X1 Air Traffic Control
  • 1C2X1 Combat Control
  • 1C3X1 Command Post
  • 1C4X1 Tactical Air Command and Control
  • 1C5X1 Aerospace Control and Warning Systems
  • 1C6X1 Space Systems Operations
  • 1C7X1 Airfield Management

1N Intelligence

  • 1N1X1 Imagery Analysis
  • 1N2X1 Communications Signals Intelligence Production
  • 1N3XX Cryptologic Linguist
  • 1N4X1 Network Intelligence Analysis
  • 1N5X1 Electronic Signal Intelligence Exploitation
  • 1N6X1 Electronic Systems Security Assesment

1T Aircrew Protection

  • 1T1X1 Aircrew Life Support
  • 1T2X1 Pararescue

1S Safety

1W Weather

  • 1W0X1 Weather
  • Combat Weather (Special Duty Assignment)

Maintenance & Logistics

  • 2A Manned Aerospace Maintenance
  • 2A0X1 Avionics Test Stations and Components
  • 2A3X1 A-10, F-15, and U-2 Avionics Systems
  • 2A3X2 F-16, F-117, RQ-1, and CV-22 Avionics Systems
  • 2A3X3 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance
  • 2A5X1 Aerospace Maintenance
  • 2A5X2 Helicopter Maintenance
  • 2A5X3 Integrated Avionics Systems
  • 2A6X1 Aerospace Propulsion
  • 2A6X2 Aerospace Propulsion
  • 2A6X3 Aircrew Egress Systems
  • 2A6X4 Aircraft Fuel Systems
  • 2A6X5 Aircraft Hydraulic Systems
  • 2A6X6 Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems
  • 2A7X1 Aircraft Metals Technology
  • 2A7X2 Nondestructive Inspection
  • 2A7X3 Aircraft Structural Maintenance
  • 2A7X4 Survival Equipment

2E Communication and Electronics

  • 2E0X1 Ground Radar Systems
  • 2E1X1 Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems
  • 2E1X2 Airfield Systems
  • 2E1X3 Ground Radio Communications
  • 2E1X4 Visual Imagery and Intrusion Detection Systems
  • 2E2X1 Computer, Network, Switching, and Cryptographic Systems
  • 2E6X2 Communications Cable and Antenna Systems
  • 2E6X3 Voice Networks

2F Fuels

2G Logistic Plans

2M Missile and Space Systems Maintenance

  • 2M0X1 Missile and Space Systems Electrical Maintenance
  • 2M0X2 Missile and Space Systems Maintenance
  • 2M0X3 Missile and Space Facilities

2P Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory

  • 2P0X1 Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory

2R Maintenance Management Systems

  • 2R0X1 Maintenance Management Analysis
  • 2R1X1 Maintenance Management Production

2S Supply

  • 2S0X1 Supply Management
  • 2S0X2 Supply Systems Analysis

2T Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance

  • 2T0X1 Traffic Management
  • 2T1X1 Vehicle Operations
  • 2T2X1 Air Transportation
  • 2T3X1 Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Maintenance
  • 2T3X2 Spec Vehicle Maintenance
  • 2T3X5 Vehicle Body Maintenance
  • 2T3X7 Vehicle Management and Analysis

2W Munitions and Weapons

  • 2W0X1 Munitions Systems
  • 2W1X1 Aircraft Armament Systems
  • 2W2X1 Nuclear Weapons

Support

  • 3A Information Management
  • 3A0X1 Information Management

3C Communications and Computer Systems

  • 3C0X1 Communication-Computer Systems Operations
  • 3C0X2 Communication- Computer Systems Programming
  • 3C1X1 Radio Communication Systems
  • 3C1X2 Electromagnetic Spectrum Management
  • 3C2X1 Communication-Computer Systems Control
  • 3C3X1 Communication-Computer Systems Planning and Implementation

3H Historian

3M Services

3N Public Affairs

  • 3N0X1 Public Affairs
  • 3N0X2 Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • 3N1X1 Regional Band
  • 3N2X1 Premier Band

3P Security Forces (Military Police)

3E Civil Engineering

  • 3E0X1 Electrical Systems
  • 3E0X2 Electric Power Production
  • 3E1X1 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Equipment
  • 3E3X1 Structural
  • 3E4X1 Utilities Systems
  • 3E4X2 Liquid Fuel Systems Maintenance
  • 3E4X3 Pest Management
  • 3E5X1 Engineering
  • 3E6X1 Operations Management
  • 3E7X1 Fire Protection
  • 3E8X1 Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • 3E9X1Emergency Management

3S Mission Support

  • 3S0X1 Personnel
  • 3S1X1 Equal Opportunity
  • 3S2X1 Education and Training

3U Manpower

3V Visual Information

  • 3V0X0 Visual Information Services
  • 3V0X1 Visual Information
  • 3V0X2 Still Photography
  • 3V0X3 Visual Information Production- Documentation

Medical and Dental

  • 4X Medical
  • 4A0X1 Health Services Management
  • 4A1X1 Medical Materiel
  • 4A2X1 Biomedical Equipment
  • 4B0X1 Bio-environmental Engineering
  • 4C0X1 Mental Health Service
  • 4D0X1 Diet Therapy
  • 4E0X1 Public Health
  • 4H0X1 Cardiopulmonary Lab
  • 4J0X2 Physical Medicine
  • 4M0X1 Aerospace Physiology
  • 4N0X1 Aerospace Medical Service
  • 4N1X1 Surgical Services
  • 4P0X1 Pharmacy
  • 4R0X1 Diagnostic Imaging
  • 4T0X1 Medical Laboratory
  • 4T0X2 Histopathology
  • 4T0X3 Cytotechnology
  • 4V0X1 Optometry

4Y Dental

  • 4Y0X1 Dental Assistant
  • 4Y0X2 Dental Lab

Legal and Chaplain

  • 5J Paralegal
  • 5J0X1 Paralegal

5R Chaplain Assistant

Finance and Contracting

  • 6C Contracting
  • 6C0X1 Contracting

6F Financial

  • 6F0X1 Financial Management and Controller

Special Investigations

  • 7S Special Investigations (OSI)
  • 7S0X1 Special Investigations (Air Force OSI)

Special Duty Assignments

  • 8X Special Duty Identifiers
  • 8A100 Career Assistance Advisor
  • 8A200 Enlisted Aid
  • 8B000 Military Training Instructor
  • 8B100 Military Training Leader
  • 8B200 Academy Military Training NCO
  • 8C000 Family Support Center
  • 8D000 Linguist Debriefer/Interrogator
  • 8E000 Research and Development Technician
  • 8F000 First Sergeant
  • 8G000 USAF Honor Guard
  • 8J000 Correctional Custody Supervisor
  • 8M000 Postal
  • 8P000 Courier
  • 8P100 Defense Attache
  • 8R000 Recruiter
  • 8S000 Missile Facility Manager
  • 8S100 Sensor Operator
  • 8T000 PME Instructor

9X Special Reporting Identifiers

  • 9A000 Airman Awaiting Retraining–Disqualified for Reasons Beyond Control
  • 9A100 Airman Awaiting Retraining-Disqualified for Reasons Within Control
  • 9A200 Airman Awaiting Discharge, Sep, Retired for Reasons Within Control
  • 9A300 Airman Awaiting Discharge, Sep, Retired for Reasons Beyond Control
  • 9C000 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
  • 9D000 Dormitory Manager
  • 9E000 Command Chief Master Sergeant
  • 9F000 First Term Airmen Center
  • 9J000 Prisoner
  • 9L000 Interpreter/Translator
  • 9P000 Patient
  • 9R000 Civil Air Patrol (CAP)-USAF Reserve Assistant NCOs
  • 9S100 Technical Applications Specialist
  • 9T000 Basic Airmen
  • 9T100 Officer Trainee
  • 9T200 Pre-cadet Assignee
  • 9U000 Airman Ineligible for Local Utilization
  • 9U100 Unallotted Airman Authorization

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