First and foremost: Thanks to the hivemind for helping with this!
Remember the first time someone screamed "BRDM! It's a BRDM!", at you and you had no damn clue how you were supposed to react to this? Or what to look for? The list of abbreviations is damn long (and this one by no means complete! If you see something missing, suggest it in the comments please! Missing an abbreviation but you're not sure what it means? Add it, too! Chances are somebody will fill it in) and I'm 100% convinced that nobody knows every single one of them. This list - click here for the entire one in alphabetical order - may prove itself helpful for some of the FNGs in the future.
Running away tactically retreating from something makes more sense when you know what the hell you're running from.
AO – Area of Operations
AOA - Axis of Advance - what bearing you are moving
Asset - a piece of military equipment or personnel, commonly applied to tanks, planes, vehicles in general, sniper teams, mortar teams, etc.
Casualty - Wounded, killed or otherwise combat ineffective personnel
CAS – Close Air Support
CASEVAC – Casualty Evacuation
CCO – Close-Combat Optics (never heard being used)
CCV – Close-Combat Vehicle
CQB - Close Quarters Battle
CQC - Close Quarters Combat (shooty shooty close and dirty)
Click - Kilometer (1 click = 1km = 1000m)
CSTO - Collective Security Treaty Organization (Russian NATO), formerly Warsaw Pact.
COIN - Counter Insurgency
Combat effective - Whether or not you/your squad/your vehicle is able to fight with the condition or the position you are in. Usually used when you are not
DZ – Drop zone
ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
Exfil – Extraction
FAC – Forward Air Controller (The guy who communicates with the air assets)
FF - Friendly Fire/Friendly Fucked
FOB – Forward Operating Base
FOO - Forward Observation Officer - Shelldrake, when used, is a FOO, as he spots and observers for Artillery pieces. Officer role only.
FGO - Forward Gunfire Observer - See FOO, except is an other rank rather than an Officer.
FNG – Fucking New Guy
FUBAR - Fucked Up Beyond All Reason/Recognition/Repair (AKA every FK mission)
FUP - Form Up Point
IED – Improvised Explosive Device
KIA – Killed in Action
LR – Long Range
LZ – Landing Zone
MANPAD - Man Portable Air Defence
Medevac - Medical Evacuation/need medical attention from outside medic
MIA – Missing in Action
Mic/Mike - Minute
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NVG – Night Vision Goggles
PAK - Personal Aid Kit (The object medics use to heal people up completely E.g broken legs)
Platoon - Highest leadership in mission, usually a Captain or Lieutenant
PLTN - Platoon
POW – Prisoner of War
PuP – Pick-up Point
RCO – Rifle Combat Optics
RTO - Radio Telegraph Operator (The guy who communicates with the ground assets)
2iC – Second in Command
SITREP – Situation Report
SL – Squad Leader
SW - Short Range/ short wave
STANAG – Standardisation Agreement usually used as “stanag rounds, stanag mags” as in everyone runs with the same gear, usually 5.56 caliber ammunition and compatible nato weaponry
TTT - Time To Target very rarely used, air assets might use
TOT - Time On Target. It’s an Artillery term, used for calculating when the round fired will hit the ground. As an FGO or FOO it’s super helpful as you can then see whether you’re on target or not
UN - United Nations
Wait one - “Give me a minute, you cunt”
WARPACT - Warsaw Pact forces, usually encountered in one of Digby’s Cold War missions.
WIA/WIC - Wounded In Action/Combat
WP - Waypoint