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A

AAM

Air-to-Air Missile

AAR

Air-to-Air Refueling

AAW

Anti-Air Warfare

ABM

Aerospace Battle Manager

ABRSM

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

ACCS

Air Command & Control System

ACO

Air Cadet Organisation

ACT

Annual Continuous Training

ADGE

Air Defence Ground Environment

AEF

Air Experience flight

AEROMED

Aeromedical Evacuation

AEW

Airborne Early Warning

AFCO

Armed Forces Careers Office

The office where you will have your initial tests and interviews for your RAF career.

AIM-9L

Sidewinder SRAAM

ALARM

Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile

AMRAAM

Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile

AP

Air Publication

AS

Aerosystems (Engineer Officer)

AS(EO)

Aerosystems (Engineer Officer)

One of the two strands that is undertaken by Engineering Officers on RAF Aircraft.

ASACS

Airborne Surveillance and Control System

ASC

Air Surveillance & Control

ASOC

Air Support Operations Centre

ASR

Air-Sea Rescue

ASRAAM

Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile

AST

Airman/Airwoman Selection Test

The AST consists of seven multiple-choice tests, each focusing on different skills and will take place at your nearest Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO).

ASTOR

Airborne Stand-Off Radar

ASW

Anti-Submarine Warfare

AT/ATI

Adventurous Training Instructor

ATC

Air Traffic Control

ATCC

Air Traffic Control Centre

ATCo

Air Traffic Control Officer

ATOC

Air Tactical Operations Centre

AWACS

Airborne Warning and Control System

B

BBMF

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

BMEWS

Ballistic Missile Early Warning System

BMI

Body Mass Index

A correlation of height and weight used to measure standards for entry into RAF service.

BRTC

Basic Recruit Training Course

BVR

Beyond Visual Range

C

C2

Command and Control

C4I

Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence

CACS

Computer Assisted Command System

CAOC

Combined Air Operations Centre

CAP

Combat Air Patrol

CAS

Close Air Support

CASOM

Conventionally Armed Stand-Off Missile

CBRN

Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear training

CBU

Cluster Bomb Unit

CCF

Combined Cadet Force

CCS

Common Core Skills

The basic military field skills required by all members of the RAF - tested annually.

CE

Communications/Electronics (Engineer Officer)

One of the two strands that is undertaken by Engineering Officers on RAF Aircraft.

CIS

Communications and Information Systems

CO

Commanding Officer

COMAO

Composite Air Operations

CRC

Control and Reporting Centre

CVF

Future Aircraft Carrier

Chf Tech

Chief Technician

Rank only achieved in technical roles.

Cpl

Corporal

The third rank up from Airman/Airwoman achieved after training

D

DACOS

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff

DAS

Defensive Aids System

DLO

Defence Logistics Organisation

DMS

Dual Mode Seeker

DPA

Data Protection Act

DTUS

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

DZ

Drop Zone

E

ECM

Electronic Counter Measures

ELINT

Electronic Intelligence

EPI

Europrop International

ERI

Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor

ESM

Electronic Support Measures

EW

Electronic Warfare

F

FAC

Forward Air Control

FD

Force Development

FLIPs

Flight Information Publications

FLIR

Forward Looking Infrared

FMV

Full Motion Video

FOA

Flight Ops Assistant

FOD

Foreign Object Damage

FSCTE

Fire Service Central Training Establishment

FW

Fixed Wing

Flt Sgt

Flight Sergeant

The second highest non-commissioned rank in the RAF

G

GBAD

Ground Based Air Defence

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education

GDMO

General Duties Medical Officer

GLO

Ground Liaison Officer

GMC

General Medical Council

GMR

Group Mapping Radar

GP

General Practitioner

One of the roles a RAF Medical Officer will do.

GPD

General Police Duties

GPINS

Global Positioning Inertial Navigation System

GPS

Global Positioning System

GPVT

General Practice Vocational Training

GVC

Girls Venture Core

H

HEA

Helmet Equipment Assembly

HF

High Frequency

HM Forces

Her Majesty’s Forces

The Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force

HMI

Human-Machine Interface

HQ

Headquarters

I

IAM

Institute of Administrative Management

IATA

International Air Transport Association

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

IFF

Identification Friend or Foe

ILM

Institute of Leadership Management

ILS

Instrument Landing System

IMINT

Imagery Intelligence

IMSAT

Imagery Satellite

INAS

Inertial Navigation and Attack System

IOT

Initial Officer Training

The 30-week Phase one training course for RAF officers

IR

Infra-Red

IRF

Immediate Reaction Force

IRT

Immediate Response Team

ISAF

International Security Assistance Force

ISD

In Service Date

ISTAR

Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance

IT

Information Technology

J

JARIC

Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre

JCA

Joint Combat Aircraft

JFH

Joint Force Harrier

JHC

Joint Helicopter Command

JNCO

Junior Non-Commissioned Officer

An airman or airwoman at the rank of Corporal

JROCs

Junior Regiments Officer Course

JRRF

Joint Rapid Reaction Force

JSF

Joint Strike Fighter

JTIDS

Joint Tactical Information Distribution System

K

KAF

Kandahar Air Field

L

LAC

Leading Aircraftman/woman

The first rank up from Airman/Airwoman achieved after training.

LGB

Laser Guided Bomb

LGV

Large Goods Vehicle

One of the classes of vehicle that you may be tasked to operate as an RAF Driver

LMG

Light Machine Gun

LOROP

Long Range Oblique Photography

LRMTS

Laser Ranger and Marked Target Seeker

LRSM

Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music

LSW

Light Support Weapon

LTM

Laser Target Marker

Lcpl

Lance Corporal

M

MAD

Magnetic Anomaly Detector

MC

Military Cross

MCSU

Mobile Catering Support Unit

MDHUs

Ministry of Defence Hospital Units

MEDEVAC

Medical Evacuation

MERT

Medical Emergency Response Team

MJDF

Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties

MOD

Ministry of Defence

The government department which oversees the UK Armed Forces

MR

Maritime Reconnaissance

MRA

Maritime Reconnaissance & Attack

MRT

Mountain Rescue Team

MSC

Mission Support Cell

MSFT

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

A run between two lines/markers set exactly 20 metres (m) apart and keep up with a series of pre-recorded bleeps played on a CD recording. The interval between each bleep remains consistent per level (each level lasts for one minute) and initially starts off very slowly (brisk walking pace) but progressively increases in speed every minute. You need to keep running until you reach the set standard or until you can no longer maintain the required pace.

MSO

Medical Support Officer

Support the RAF’s medical services in a variety of management and administrative roles

MSS

Multi-Sensor System

MT

Military Tasks

N

NAAFI

Navy, Army, Air Force Institutes

NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Fundamental role: to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries by political and military means.

NBC

Nuclear, Biological, Chemical

NC

Non-commissioned

NCA

Non-Commissioned Aircrew

The non-commissioned members of aircrew

NCAITC

Non Commisioned Air Crew Initial Training Course

NCO

Non-commissioned Officer

Any airman/airwoman in the rank of Corporal or above

NHS

National Health Service

NPLQ

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

NTISR

Non-Traditional Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance

NVG

Night-vision Goggles

O

OAS

Offensive Air Support

OASC

Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre

The department which interviews and selects all Officer and Aircrew candidates for the RAF.

OCA

Offensive Counter Air

ODE

One day events

OIC

Officer in charge

ORBAT

Order of Battle

OSG

Offensive Support Group

Ops

Operations

P

PA

Personal Assistant

PEd

Physical Education

The physical training regime/section of the RAF & Armed Forces

PEdO

Physical Education Officer

PFT

Personal Fitness Test

PGAC

Potential Gunners Acquaintance Course

PGSC

Potential Gunners Selection Course

PGSC is a four-day course designed to help you decide whether the RAF Regiment is for you. It also gives us an opportunity to assess your physical fitness and ability to succeed with further training.

PJFT

Pre-Joining Fitness Test

The first initial fitness test which must be passed to continue your application for the RAF.

PJHQ

Permanent Joint Headquarters

PJI

Parachute Jumping Instructor

PMO

Principal Medical Officer

PMRAFNS

Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service

The training service for the RAF Nursing careers

PPL

Private Pilots Licence

PROC

Potential Regiment Officers Course

PRTC

Pre-Recruit Training Course

Three day course at RAF Halton to familiarise yourself with the training environment. You are tested on fitness and functional skills in English and Maths

PT

Physical Training

The name given to any physical fitness training undertaken by the RAF

PTI

Physical Training Instructors

The role of the PTI is to keep all other RAF personnel in the best physical shape for operational duty.

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Q

QCS

Queen’s Colour Squadron

QPD

Qualified Police Dog

QRA

Quick Reaction Alert

R

R&D

Research & Development

RAFA

RAF Association

RAFFT

RAF Fitness Test

The level of fitness you have to achieve annually within the RAF.

RAP

Recognised Air Picture

RAPTOR

Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado

RAuxAF

Royal Auxiliary Air Force

RF

Radio Frequency

RFC

Royal Flying Corps

RGN

Registered General Nurse

RIC

Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre

RITC

Resource and Initiative Training Centre

RMN

Registered Mental Nurse

RPAS

Remotley Piloted Air System

RTC

Recruiting Training Course

RW

Rotary Wing

S

SAC

Senior Aircraftman/woman

The second rank up from Airman/Airwoman achieved after training

SAM

Surface-to-Air-Missile

SAR

Subject Access Request

SARF

Search and Rescue Force

SARTU

Search and Rescue Training Unit

SATCOM

Satellite Communications

SCAS

Supply Control and Accounting Section

SDR

Strategic Defence Review

SE

Survival Equipment

SEAD

Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses

SERE

Specialist Entrant and Re-Entrant

SFT

Selection Fitness Test

The fitness test taken for officer/aircrew entry.

SH

Support Helicopter

SHAPE

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

SMI

Sgt Major Instructor

SMO

Senior Medical Officer

SMP

Statutory Maternity Pay

SNCO

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer

An airman or airwoman at the rank of Sergeant or above.

SNCO(ATC)

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for Air Traffic Control

SQUINTO

Squadron Intelligence Officer

SSAFA

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association

STOVL

Short Take-Off & Vertical Landing

Sgt

Sergeant

T

TA

Territorial Army

The part-time (reserve) section of the British Army

TACP

Tactical Air Control Party

TAMPA

Tornado Advanced Mission Planning Aid

TCW

Tactical Communications Wing

TELIC

Codename under which all British military operations in Iraq were conducted between the start of the Invasion of Iraq on 19 March 2003 and the withdrawal of the last remaining British forces on 22 May 2011

TFR

Terrain Following Radar

TG

Trainee Gunner

The name given to RAF Regt trainees while in Phase one training

TIALD

Thermal Imaging Airborne Laser Designator

TIW

Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing

TSW

Tactical Supply Wing

TWU

Tactical Weapons Unit

U

UAS

University Air Squadron

UAV

Unmanned Air Vehicle

UCAS

Universities & Colleges Admissions Service

UCL

University College London

UK ASACS

United Kingdom Air Surveillance and Control System

UN

United Nations

USAF

The United States Air Force

V

VSO

Voluntary Service Overseas

W

WAP

Wireless Application Protocol

WO

Warrant Officer

The highest non-commissioned rank in the RAF

WSO

Weapons Systems Officer

WSOp

Weapon Systems Operator

One of the non-commissioned members of aircrew

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