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Civil Air Patrol "Lingo"

In the Civil Air Patrol, you will often hear words or acronyms and abbreviations that you may not be familiar with. Although it can be a bit confusing, almost like learning a second language, you will soon see the usefulness of it and it will quickly become like second nature. Here are some of the most frequent ones you will hear/see:


  MILITARY TIME:

 

 

 

0000 - Midnight
0100 - 1:00am
0200 - 2:00am
0300 - 3:00am
0400 - 4:00am
0500 - 5:00am
0600 - 6:00am
0700 - 7:00am
0800 - 8:00am
0900 - 9:00am
1000 - 10:00am
1100 - 11:00am

1200 - 12:00 noon
1300 - 1:00pm
1400 - 2:00pm
1500 - 3:00pm
1600 - 4:00pm
1700 - 5:00pm
1800 - 6:00pm
1900 - 7:00pm
2000 - 8:00pm
2100 - 9:00pm
2200 - 10:00pm
2300 - 11:00pm
O-Dark-30 - Extremely Early


 ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS:

 

RANKS - CADETS

Cadet Airman Basic - C/AB
Cadet Airman - C/Amn
Cadet Airman First Class - C/A1C
Cadet Senior Airman - C/SrA
Cadet Staff Sergeant - C/SSgT
Cadet Technical Sergeant - C/TSgt
Cadet Master Sergeant - C/MSgt
Cadet Senior Master Sergeant - C/SMSgt
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant - C/CMSgt
Cadet Second Lieutenant - C/2Lt
Cadet First Lieutenant - C/1Lt
Cadet Captain - C/Capt
Cadet Major - C/Maj
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel - C/LtCol
Cadet Colonel - C/Col

RANKS - SENIOR

Senior Member - S/M
Flight Officer - FO
Technical Flight Officer - TFO
Senior Flight Officer - SFO
Second Lieutenant - 2 Lt
First Lieutenant - 1 Lt
Captain - Capt
Major - Maj
Lieutenant Colonel - Lt Col
Colonel - Col
Brigadier General - Brig Gen
Major General - Maj Gen

COMMAD / DUTY POSITIONS

WG/CC - Wing Commander
GRP/CC - Group Commander
SQ/CC - Squadron Commander
DCC - Deputy Commander for Cadets
DCS - Deputy Commander for Seniors
C/CC - Cadet Commander

AEO - Aerospace Education Officer
CAC - Cadet Advisory Council
IG - Inspector General
ITO - Information Technology Officer
NCO - Non Commissioned Officer
PAO - Public Affairs Officer
PDO - Professional Development Officer
PIO - Public Information Officer

OTHER

AAR - After Action Report
AE - Aerospace Education
AEX - Aerospace Education Excellence
AEM - Aerospace Education Member
AFA - Air Force Association
AFB - Air Force Base
AFRCC - Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
AGH - Aircraft Ground Handling
AMN - Airman
ANG - Air National Guard
ANGB - Air National Guard Base
ARCHER - Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance
CAP - Civil Air Patrol
CAP-USAF - Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force (National liaison command)
CAPID - Civil Air Patrol Identification Number
CAPF - Civil Air Patrol Form
CAPM - Civil Air Patrol Manual
CAPP - Civil Air Patrol Pamphlet
CAPR - Civil Air Patrol Regulation
CD - Counter Drug
CEAP - Cadet Encampment Assistance Program
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team
CLC - Corporate Learning Course
CPPT - Cadet Protection Program Training
CSM - Cadet Sponsor Member
CX - Cancelled
CyPat - CyberPatriot (a computer security competition put on by AFA)
DDR - Drug Demand Reduction (anti-drug education)
ES - Emergency Services
HF/ALE - High Frequency Automatic Link Establishment
IACE - International Air Cadet Exchange
IAW - In Accordance With
IC - Incident Commander
ICP - Incident Command Post
ICUT - Introductory Communications User Training
GRP - Group
LAT - Latitude
LMS - Learning Management System
LON - Longitude
MO - Mission Observer
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
MRO - Mission Radio Operator
MSA - Mission Staff Assistant
MSO - Mission Safety Officer
NCOA - Non-Commisioned Officer Academy
NCS - National Staff College
NCSA - National Cadet Special Activities
NESA - National Emergency Services Academy
NIMS -National Incident Management System
NOC - National Operations Center
NHQ - National Headquarters
OBC - Officer Basic Course
O-Flight - Orientation Flight
OPSEC - Operational Security
ORM - Operational Risk Management
ORMS - Operational Resource Management System
PD - Professional Development
RCS - Regional Staff College
RTB - Return to Base
SAR - Search And Rescue
SAREVAL - Search and Rescue Evaluation
SAREX - Search And Rescue Exercise
SLS - Squadron Leadership School
SMS - Safety Management System
SQTR - Specialty Qualification Training Records
STEM - Science Technology Engineering Math
TDY - Temporary Duty (being temporarily assigned to a different location)
TLC - Training Leaders of Cadets
UCC - Unit Commanders Course
UDF - Urban Direction Finding
USAF - United States Air Force
USAFA - United States Air Force Academy (in Colorado, a Military Academy)
VHF - Very High Frequency
WAA - Wreaths Across America
WG - Wing
WG/CC - Wing Commander
WMIRS - Web Mission Information Reporting Syst
WX - Weather
WCX - Weather Cancellation

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