Glossary of Terms used in Vietnam



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A

AAA - Antiaircraft Artillery
AAGS - Army Air-Ground System
ACAV - Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle
AF - Air Force
AG - Adjutant General
AGL - Above Ground Level
Air Cav - Air Cavalry
AK-47 - 7.62mm Assault Rifle
ALO - Air Liaison Officer
ANGLICO - Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
AO - Area of Operations
APC - Armored Personnel Carrier
ARC LIGHT - B-52 Bomb Strike
ARLO - Air Reconnaissance Liaison Officer
ARP - Aero Rifle Platoon
Arty - Artillery
ARVN - Army of the Republic of Vietnam
AASWCC - Artillery and Air Strike Warning Control Center

B

BDA - Bomb Damage Assessment
BLU - Bomb Live Unit
Bn - Battalion
BOQ - Bachelor Officers' Quarters

C

CAG - Combat Aviation Group
Cal - Caliber
CAR-15 - carbine version of the M-16 assault rifle
CAS - Close Air Support
CBU - Cluster Bomb Unit
C&C - Command and Control
CEP - Circular Error Probable
CFSCC - Combined Fire Support Coordination Center
CG - Commanding General
CHARLIE ECHO - Crew Chief
CHICKEN PLATE - Ballistic armor chest plate worn by aerial crew members
CHICOM - Chinese Communist
CHINOOK - CH-47 Cargo Helicopter
CIC - Combat Information Center
CICV - Combined Intelligence Center, Vietnam
CID - Criminal Investigation Division
CLAYMORE - Antipersonnel directional mine
CO - Commanding Officer
COBRA - Bell AH-1G helicopter gunship with two crew members
COC - Combat Operations Center
COMNAVFORV - Commander, US Naval Forces, Vietnam
COMUSMACV - Commander, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
CP - Command Post
C RATS - Standard army field rations
CRC - Control and Reporting Center
CRP - Control and Reporting Post
CS - Riot control agent similar to tear gas
CSC - Coastal Surveillance Center
CTF - Commander, Task Force
CTG - Commander, Task Group
CTOC - Corps Tactical Operations Center
CTU - Commander, Task Unit
CTZ - Corps Tactical Zone

D

DAS - Direct Air Support
DASC
- Direct Air Support Center
DCO
- Deputy Commanding Officer
DCS
- Deputy Chief of Staff
Deadlined - a vehicle that is not operationally ready
Dep
- Deputy
DEP
- Deflection Error Probable
DEPCOMUSMACV
~ Deputy Commander, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
DEROS
- Date estimated to return from overseas
Didi
- Vietnamese slang for "get out of there"
DMAC
- Delta Military Assistance Command
DMZ
- Demilitarized Zone
DS
- Direct Support
DUSTER -
Nickname for the M-42 antiaircraft weapon, which consisted of twin 40mm cannon mounted on a tank chassis. It was used in Vietnam primarily for base defense and convoy escort.
DUSTOFF
- Call sign of medical evacuation helicopters

E

F

FA - Field Artillery
FAC
- Forward Air Controller
Fast Mover
- Jet fighter or bomber
FDC
- Fire Direction Center
FFAR
- Folding Fin Aerial Rocket
FFORCEV
- Field Force, Vietnam
Firefly
- UH-1H mounted with spotlights, night observation devices, miniguns, and a .50-caliber machine gun
Flak Jacket -
A sleeveless armored vest designed to protect the wearer from shell fragments
FM
- Frequency Modulation
FO
- Forward Observer
FOX MIKE
- FM radio frequency
fps
- feet per second
Frag
- Fragmentary (order)
FRAG ORDER
- Fragmentary order, change in mission
FSB
- Fire Support Base
FSC
- Fire Support Coordination
FSCC
- Fire Support Coordination Center
FSCOORD
- Fire Support Coordinator
FWMAF
- Free World Military Assistance Forces

G

G1GAM - Guided Air Missile
GDA
- Gun Damage Assessment
GP
- General Purpose
Grunt -
Slang for Infantryman
GS
- General Support
GSR
- General Support Reinforcing
GUARD
- Emergency frequency, 243.0 UHF and 121.5 VHF
GUN
- Cobra ("Snake") AH-1G gunship
GURF
- Guns Up Ready Fire (Report)
GVN
- Government of the Republic of (South) Vietnam

H

HE - High Explosive
HEAP - High Explosive, Antipersonnel
HEAT - High Explosive, Antitank
HF - High Frequency
H& I - Harassment and Interdiction
HQ - Headquarters
Hootch - Vietnamese dwelling
Huey - Nickname for the UH-1 Series of Utility Helicopters
Hunter/Killer Team - one AH-1G and one OH-6A (also known as 'Pink Team')

I

ICM - Improved Conventional Munition
ICU
- Intensive care Unit
ISUM
- Daily Intelligence Summary
INTSUM
- Intelligence summary
IPIR
- Immediate Photo Interpretation Report

J

JAGOS - Joint Air-Ground Operations System
JCS
- Joint Chiefs of Staff (US)
JGS
- Joint General Staff (Vietnamese)

K

KBA - Killed by (Air) (Artillery)
KIA
- Killed in Action
Kit Carson
- Former VC or NVA who has defected to the ARVN and act as scout for US Troops
KLICK - Military slang for 'Kilometer'
KP -
Kitchen Police
KTAS
- Knots True Airspeed
KW
- Kilowatt

L

lb(s) or # - pound(s)
LO
- Liaison Officer
LOACH
- Hughes OH-6A light observation helicopter with one pilot and one or two gunner/observers
LOH
- Light Observation Helicopter
LZ
- Landing Zone

M

M - Model
M-16
- Colt 5.56-caliber rifle, standard US issue
M-48
- Battle tank with 90mm main gun
M-113
- US armored personnel carrier
M-551
- Sheridan armored airborne reconnaissance vehicle with 152mm main gun
m
- meter(s)
MACV
- Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
MAF
- Marine Amphibious Force
MAW
- Marine Aircraft Wing
MI - Military Intelligence
MIA
- Missing In Action
MIB(ARS)
- Military Intelligence Battalion (Air Reconnaissance Support)
Minigun - General Electric 7.62-caliber electric Gatling gun firing 2000-4000 rounds per minute
MK
- Mark
mm
- millimeter(s)
MP - Military Police
mph
- miles per hour
MSF
- Mobile Strike Force

N

NDP - Night Defensive Position
Net Call -
a radio call made to all stations operating on a single net
NGF
- Naval Gunfire
NGFS
- Naval Gunfire Support
NGLO
- Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer
NVA
- North Vietnamese Army

O

Old Man - military slang for 'Commander'
OPLAN
- Operation Plan
OV-10
- North American Bronco FAC aircraft with one or two crew members

P

PBR - Patrol Boat, Riverine
PIO -
Public Information Office
PIPE SMOKE
- UH-1's and CH-47's that recover downed aircraft
PPIF
- Photo Processing and Interpretation Facility
PSP
- Perforated Steel Planking
PUSH
- radio frequency
PSYOP
- Psychological Operations
PX - Post Exchange

Q

R

Recon - Reconnaissance
RED TEAM
- Two AH-1G Cobra gunships
REP
- Range Error Probable
RESCAP
- Rescue combat air patrol
Rocks
- Rockets
ROME PLOW
- Heavy bulldozer for clearing jungle
ROTC -
Reserve Officers' Training Corps
RPD
- Chine copy of Russian PK crew-served machine gun
RPG
- Rocket propelled grenade
R&R
- Rest and Recuperation
RTO
- Radio Telephone Operator
RVN
- Republic of (South) Vietnam
RVNAF
- Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces

S

SA - Senior Advisor
Satchel Charge
- Explosive charge
SAC
- Strategic Air Command
SEA
- Southeast Asia
Shadow
- USAF AC-119 fixed wing gunship
SITREP
- Situation report
SLAR
- Side-Looking Airborne Radar
Slick
- Troop carrying UH-1 helicopter
Snake & Nape
- Speed retarded bombs and Napalm
SOP
- Standing Operating Procedure
SP
Self-Propelled
Spectre
- USAF AC-130 fixed wing gunship
Spooky
- USAF AC-47 fixed wing gunship
SSB
- Single Side Band
SSZ
- Specified Strike Zone
STZ
- Special Tactical Zone
SUPIR
- Supplemental Photo Interpretation Report

T

TACAIR - Tactical Air
Tac Ftr
- Tactical Fighter
TACC
- Tactical Air Control Center
TACP
- Tactical Air Control Party
TACS
- Tactical Air Control System
TAOI
- Tactical Area of Interest
TAOR
- Tactical Area of Responsibility
TASE
- Tactical Air Support Element
TC -
Track or Tank Commander
TOC
- Tactical Operations Center
TOE
- Table of Organization and Equipment
TOT
- Time (on) (over) Target (also Turbine Outlet Temperature)
Track -
Slang for armored vehicle
TRW
- Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

U

UNREP - Underway Replenishment
Uniform
- UHF radio frequency
US - United States
USA
- United States (Army) (of America)
USAF
- United States Air Force
USMC
- United States Marine Corps
USN
- United States Navy
UHF
- Ultra High Frequency

V

VC - Viet Cong
VHF
- Very High Frequency
Victor
- VHF radio
Victor Charlie
- Viet Cong
VN
- Vietnam(ese)
VN
- Vietnamese Navy
VNAF
- Vietnamese Air Force
VR
- Visual Reconnaissance

W

White Team - two OH-6A scout helicopters
WIA
- Wounded In Action
Willie Pete
- Military slang for white phosphorous
WP
- White Phosphorus

X

XO - Executive Officer

Y

Z

Zippo - Flamethrower (usually mounted on either a tank, APC or riverine craft)


 


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