Ultimate Guide to Acronyms Every Military Spouse should Know

Ultimate Guide to Military Spouse Lingo

It can be very overwhelming being in a military relationship, let alone learning all the new terminology and acronyms that come with this lifestyle. It really should be its own language because that’s just how many acronyms and abbreviations there is. So, I have put together an ultimate guide to acronyms every spouse or girlfriend should know. This is your new Bible. Learn it, live it, breathe it… Okay, maybe not breathe it but you get the idea. Also, there is seriously way too much terminology to include it all here but I am going to provide you with the most basic and essential terms. So here we go.

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ACRONYMS
  1. BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing (allowance given to members so that they can provide housing for themselves and their dependents)
  2. BAS – Basic Allowance for Subsistence (is used to pay for food for enlisted soldiers and officers)
  3. CHIT – A Request
  4. CO – Commanding Officer
  5. COLA – Cost of Living Allowance
  6. Commissary – basically a grocery store on or just outside of the base.
  7. CONUS – Continental United States
  8. DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (database for members, military retirees, VA disabled veterans, dependents, who are entitled to public key infrastructure and TRICARE eligibility)
  9. DOD – Department of Defense
  10. EM – Enlisted Member
  11. FCP – Family Care Program
  12. FRG – Family Readiness Group (command-sponsored organization that provides support and assistance)
  13. FSSA – Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance
  14. ITT – Information, Tickets, Tours
  15. Leave – permission to be away from one’s command
  16. MILSO – Military Significant Other
  17. MOS – Military Occupational Specialty (basically a code to identify a specific job) 
  18. NEX – retail store owned and operated by the NAVY
  19. OCONUS – Outside the Continental United States
  20. OPSEC – Operational Security (protects US operations)
  21. PCS – Permanent Change of Station
  22. POA – Power of Attorney
  23. PX – Post Exchange (retail store)
  24. SGLI – Service Members Group Life Insurance
  25. TDY or TAD – Temporary Duty
  26. TSP – Thrift Savings Plan
  27. Tricare – Military health care program
  28. VA – Department of Veteran Affairs
  29. LES – Leave and Earnings Statement
  30. DFAS – Defense Finance and Accounting Services

Do you have any acronyms or terminology that you think should be added? Or do you want to leave us feedback on how this list has helped you be a better military spouse? Please leave us a comment and let us know. Can’t wait to hear from you! 

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