AAF Army Air Forces
AGF Army Ground Forces
ANC Army Nurse Corps
APO Army Post Office
AR Army Regulations
ARC American Red Cross
ASF Army Service Forces
ASN–Army Serial Number The individual number assigned to each member of the army
Attach To place an individual or unit temporarily under a commander other than its own.
Barracks Buildings which house troops
Barracks Bag A cloth bag for articles of clothing and equipment
Bivouac An area in the field where troops rest or assemble without overhead cover, or with shelter tents or improvised shelter.
Blouse The uniform jacket
Cadence The rate of march in steps per minute
Cadre Key group of officers and men organized to establish and train a new unit
Chevron Cloth stripes worn on the sleeves of the uniforms to denote grade, length of service, or wounds
CO Commanding officer.
CONUS Continental United States
Daisy-Mae Fatigue Hat
Distance Space between elements in the direction front to rear.
Dog-tags Identification disks.
ETO European Theater of Operations
EW Enlisted woman (or women)
Farb A reenactor term for someone who is not accurate with their impression
Fatigues Work clothes, also see HBTs
FECOMZ Forward Echelon, Communications Zone.
File A column of men one behind the other
FM Field Manual
Foot Locker Small trunk
Garrison Cap The successor to the WAC Cap. Alternate terms include Overseas cap. Based on male pattern caps, but adapted to
GI Government issue
Guidon A small flag designating a unit
HBT Herringbone Twill. The fabric used to make the fatigue uniforms
Hobby Hat Nickname for the WAAC/WAC cap, names after Director Oveta Culp Hobby
Interval Space between elements in the direction parallel to the front
KP Kitchen police.
Mess An army meal, place where meals are served
Mess Gear A soldier’s individual mess kit, knife, fork, spoon, and cup.
MP-Military Police Soldiers who guard property, prevent crime, enforce laws and regulations within the army
Morning Report A daily personnel report showing the status of each organization.
MOS Military occupational specification
MTO Mediterranean Theater of Operations
NCO or Noncom A noncommissioned officer
OD Olive drab
Pace A step 30 inches long
PFC Private, first class
Post A place where troops are stationed
PX Post Exchange An army store
Pup tent Shelter tent
Rank Grade of commissioned officer
Ration The amount of food allowed for one person for one day
Roster A list of personnel
Service Ribbon A ribbon awarded for a specific service
Service Stripes A stripe worn by a soldier indicating service
T/BA Tables of basic allowances—List of equipment authorized for units and individuals
T/E Tables of Equipment—list of equipment to be taken with unit on change of station and into the field
TM Technical Manual
T/O Tables of organization—chart showing number, grade and duties of personnel in a unit
T/O & E Tables of organization and equipment
Unit An organization varying in size from a squad to a division
Utility bag Purse
WAAC Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps
WAC Women’s Army Corps
WD War Department