SLANG AND ACRONYMS

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets, like most military youth organizations, have developed their own slang as a means of self-identification. So here is a quick guide to some of the terms and jargon used by the Corps

Phonetic Alphabet

Letter

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

Pronunciation

Alfa

Bravo

Charlie

Delta

Echo

Foxtrot

Golf

Hotel

India

Juliet

Kilo

Lima

Mike

November

Oscar

Papa

Quebec

Romeo

Sierra

Tango

Uniform

Victor

Whiskey

X-ray

Yankee

Zulu

Number

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Pronunciation

Wun

Too

Thur-ree

Fo-wer

Fi-yiv

Six

Seven

Ate

Niner

Organisations

ACO – Air Cadet Organisation

ATC – Air Training Corps

CCF – Combined Cadet Force

CGS – Central Gliding School

DofE – Duke of Edinburgh Award

FTS – Flight Training School

MoD – Ministry of Defence

RAF – Royal Air Force

RAF Regt. – Royal Air Force Regiment

 

RAFVR – Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

RAFVR(T) – Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training (Branch))

RAFA – Royal Air Force Association

RAFAYouth – Royal Air Force Association (Youth)

RAFAC – Royal Air Force Air Cadets

RBL – Royal British Legion

UAS – University Air Squadron

VGS – Volunteer Gliding School

Ranks and Roles

AWO – Adult Warrant Officer

ACLO – Air Cadet Liaison Officer

Air Chf Mshl – Air Chief Marshal

Air Cdre – Air Commodore

Air Mshl – Air Marshal

AVM – Air Vice-Marshal

Cdt – Cadet

Comdt AC – Commandant Air Cadets

CACWO – Commandant Air Cadets Warrant Officer

CWO – Cadet Warrant Officer

CoS – Chief of Staff

CAS – Chief of the Air Staff

CDS – Chief of the Defence Staff

Chf Tech – Chief Technicians

CI – Civilian Instructor

Comdt – Commandant

Cpl – Corporal

Flt Lt – Flight Lieutenant

FS – Flight Sergeant

Fg Off – Flying Officer

Gp Cpt – Group Captain

JNCO – Junior Non-Commissioned Officer

Jnr Tech – Junior Technician

LAC – Leading Aircraftsman

MRAF – Marshal of the Royal Air Force

MO – Medical Officer

Nav – Navigation Officer

NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer –

OC – Officer Commanding

OiC – Officer in Charge

Plt – Pilot

Plt Off – Pilot Officer

RCO – Range Conducting Officer

2i/c – Second in Command

SAC – Senior Aircraftsman

SNCO – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer

Sgt – Sergeant

Sqn Ldr – Squadron Leader

Stn Cdr – Station Commander

SWO – Station Warrant Officer

Trg Off – Training Officer

WO – Warrant Officer

Wg Cdr – Wing Commander

Courses and Expreiences available

AEF – Air Experience Flight

AEG – Air Experience Gliding

ANCO(C) – Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course

DofE – Duke of Edinburgh Award

GIC – Gliding Introduction Course

GS – Gliding Scholarship

 

IC – Instructor Cadet

INCO(C) – Initial Non-Commissioned Officer Course

JL -Junior Leaders

MOI – Method of Instruction

PTS – Progressive Training Syllabus

QAIC – Qualified Aerospace Instructor Course

SSIC(C) – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Staff Initial Course

Miscellaneous

Ablutions – Area in barrack-room airmen go to for washing and/or using toilet.

AWOL – Absent without Leave

ACP – Air Cadet Publication

AP – Air Publication

ATC – Air Traffic Control

Ammo – Ammunition

approx. – Approximately

ASAP – As soon as possible

basha – improvised low mounted shelter in the field

bimble – to walk at a casual pace

bivvy – tactical camping positions – from bivouac

civvy – civilian

cont. – Continued

RV – Rendezvous

Scran – food or a meal

SITREP – Situation Report

Stn – Station

Temp. – Temporary

Wef – With effect from

DoB – Date of Birth

dept. – Department

ETA – Estimated time of Arrival

ETD – Estimated time of Departure

Endex – the order given to end an exercise or end it early, also used to halt a conversation, lesson or activity

ex. – Exercise

Flt – Flight

IAW – In accordance with

IC – In Charge

KFS – Knife/Fork/Spoon

Met. – Meteorological

misc. – miscellaneous

N.A.A.F.I – services shop

NoK – Next of Kin

NTR – Nothing to Report

no. – Number

rock ape – a member of the RAF Regiment

RT – Radio telecommunications