Term Definitions

In CAP (Civil Air Patrol), you will often hear lots of acronyms and abbreviations tossed around. It can sometimes be a bit intimidating or awkward for new civilian members since civilians don't use very many acronyms in daily language and don't know what the abbreviations mean. Hopefully this guide will help new members to wade through some of the acronyms and feel more comfortable when they hear them. 1st Lt - First Lieutenant 2d Lt - Second Lieutenant A1C - Airman First Class AAR - After Action Report AE - Aerospace Education AEX - Aerospace Education Excellence AEO - Aerospace Education Officer 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 Brig Gen - Brigadier General CAC - Cadet Advisory Council 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 CAPT - Captain CD - Counter Drug CEAP - Cadet Encampment Assistance Program CERT - Community Emergency Response Team CLC - Corporate Learning Course COL - Colonel CMSGT - Chief Master Sergeant CPPT - Cadet Protection Program Training CSM - Cadet Sponsor Member CyPat - CyberPatriot (a computer security competition put on by AFA) DCC - Deputy Commander for Cadets DCS - Deputy Commander for Seniors 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 IG - Inspector General ITO - Information Technology Officer LAT - Latitude LMS - Learning Management System LON - Longitude Lt Col - Lieutenant Colonel MAJ - Major Maj Gen - Major General MER - Middle East Region MO - Mission Observer MOU - Memorandum of Understanding MRO - Mission Radio Operator MSA - Mission Staff Assistant MSO - Mission Safety Officer MSGT - Master Sergeant NCO - Non Commissioned 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 NMWG - New Mexico Wing NHQ - National Headquarters OBC - Officer Basic Course O-Flight - Orientation Flight OPSEC - Operational Security ORM - Operational Risk Management ORMS - Operational Resource Management System PAO - Public Affairs Officer PD - Professional Development PDO - Professional Development Officer PIO - Public Information Officer RCS - Regional Staff College RTB - Return to Base SAR - Search And Rescue SAREVAL - Search and Rescue Evaluation SAREX - Search And Rescue Exercise SGT - Sergeant SLS - Squadron Leadership School SM -  Senior Member SMS - Safety Management System SMSGT - Senior Master Sergeant SQTR - Specialty Qualification Training Records SSGT - Staff Sergeant STEM - Science Technology Engineering Math SWR - SouthWest Region (our geographical region in CAP) TDY - Temporary Duty (being temporarily assigned to a different location) TLC - Training Leaders of Cadets TSGT - Technical Sergeant 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 WMIRS - Web Mission Information Reporting Syst WX - Weather WCX - Weather Cancellation