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AIR FORCE ACRONYM & ABBREVIATION LIST

This list augments writing performance statements for nominations of award and performance reports.

PERFORMANCE STATEMENTS

Guidance for writing Performance Statements is deliberately not overly prescriptive to enable flexibility and freedom when capturing performance. There are two basic principles: 

  • Standalone. Each Performance Statement will be a standalone sentence and includes 1) action and 2) at least one of the following: impact or results/outcome. 
  • Readability. Performance Statements are plain language and avoid using uncommon acronyms and abbreviations. If using acronyms and abbreviations, only utilize those identified on the approved Air Force Acronym and Abbreviation List, unless noted by an approved category. 

PRINCIPLES FOR THE AIR FORCE ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS LIST

Performance Statements are the Air Force narrative-style of writing and consists of plain language words to communicate performance and achieve greater clarity to the broadest audience.

  • Performance Statements avoid using acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Inclusion on this list is associated with broad understanding; not frequency of use or functional significance.
  • Inclusion on this list does not imply the acronym or abbreviation must be used; the default should be to spell out within Performance Statements.

Categories of Approved Acronyms and Abbreviations

  • Common ranks/tiers across all services (SrA, Maj, Brig Gen, SNCO, etc...)
  • Common office symbols (CC, CMSAF, A4, JA, etc…)
  • Common organizations at squadron and above (CPTS, AFGSC, DoD, FBI, STARCOM, CCMD, FW, CJTF, etc...)
  • Common weapons and platforms (F-16, AIM-9, HH-60, MILSTAR, etc…)
  • Common symbols and measurements (lbs, MPH, $25B, 5%, hrs, FY23, etc…)

Individually Approved Acronyms and Abbreviations

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    ACRONYM
    DEFINITION
    ABM AIR BATTLE MANAGER
    ACE AGILE COMBAT EMPLOYMENT
    AD ACTIVE DUTY
    ADCON ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL
    AFE AIRCREW FLIGHT EQUIPMENT
    AFFORGEN AIR FORCE GENERATION
    AFI AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION
    AFMAN AIR FORCE MANUAL
    AFSC AIR FORCE SPECIALTY CODE
    AFSO21 AIR FORCE SMART OPERATIONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    AGE AEROSPACE GROUND EQUIPMENT
    AI ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
    ALQ AIRMAN LEADERSHIP QUALITY
    ALS AIRMAN LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
    AOR AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
    APF APPROPRIATED FUNDS
    ART AIR RESERVE TECHNICIAN
    AT ANNUAL TOUR
    ATO AIR TASKING ORDER
    BMT BASIC MILITARY TRAINING
    BNR BY NAME REQUEST
    C2 COMMAND AND CONTROL
    C4ISR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS, INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE
    CAOC COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER
    CAS CLOSE AIR SUPPORT
    CAT CRISIS ACTION TEAM
    CATM COMBAT ARMS TRAINING AND MAINTENANCE
    CBRN CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, NUCLEAR
    CBT COMPUTER BASED TRAINING
    CCIP COMMANDER'S INSPECTION PROGRAM
    CDI COMMANDER DIRECTED INVESTIGATION
    CLA CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
    CLC CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT LEADERSHIP COURSE
    COA COURSE OF ACTION
    CODEL CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
    COIN COUNTER INSURGENCY
    CONOPS CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS
    CONUS CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
    COOP CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS
    CSAR COMBAT SEARCH AND RESCUE
    DEOCS DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CLIMATE SURVEY
    DFAC DINING FACILITY
    DG DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE
    DV DISTINGUISHED VISITOR
    EKIA ENEMY KILLED IN ACTION
    EOC EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
    EOD EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL
    EOY END OF YEAR
    EPR ENLISTED PERFORMANCE REPORT
    EW ELECTRONIC WARFARE
    FAM FUNCTIONAL AREA MANAGER
    FHP FLYING HOUR PROGRAM
    FMC FULLY MISSION CAPABLE
    FOB FORWARD OPERATING BASE
    FOC FULL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY
    FOL FORWARD OPERATING LOCATION
    FPCON FORCE PROTECTION CONDITIONS
    FTAC FIRST TERM AIRMEN CENTER
    FTU FORMAL TRAINING UNIT
    GPC GOVERNMENT PURCHASE CARD
    GSU GEOGRAPHICALLY SEPARATED UNIT
    GTC GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD
    IADT INACTIVE DUTY FOR TRAINING
    IDE INTERMEDIATE DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
    IED IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
    IMA INDIVIDUAL MOBILIZATION AUGMENTEE
    IOC INITIAL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY
    IP INSTRUCTOR PILOT
    ISR INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND RECONNAISSANCE
    IT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    JADC2 JOINT ALL DOMAIN COMMAND AND CONTROL
    JROTC JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS
    KIA KILLED IN ACTION
    LOE LINE OF EFFORT
    MILCON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION
    MOA MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
    MOU MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
    MCA MULTI-CAPABLE AIRMEN
    NAF NONAPPROPRIATED FUNDS
    NCOA NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER ACADEMY
    NCR NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
    NDAA NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
    NDS NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY
    NEO NONCOMBATANT EVACUATION OPERATION
    NIPR NON-SECURE INTERNET PROTOCOL ROUTER
    NMC NON MISSION CAPABLE
    O&M OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
    OCO OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS
    OCONUS OUTSIDE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
    OJT ON THE JOB TRAINING
    OPLAN OPERATIONS PLAN
    PDE PRIMARY DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
    PME PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
    POC POINT OF CONTACT
    PT PHYSICAL TRAINING
    QA QUALITY ASSURANCE
    QoL QUALITY OF LIFE
    ROE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
    ROTC RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS
    SAPR SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE
    SDE SENIOR DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
    SME SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT
    SNCOA SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER ACADEMY
    SOP STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
    SOS SQUADRON OFFICER SCHOOL
    STEM SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS
    TDY TEMPORARY DUTY
    TFI TOTAL FORCE INTEGRATION
    TR TRADITIONAL RESERVIST
    TS TOP SECRET
    UCI UNIT COMPLIANCE INSPECTION
    UCMJ UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE
    UEI UNIT EFFECTIVENESS INSPECTION
    XAB EXPEDITIONARY AIRBASE

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