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ACC- Air Combat Command Langley
AETC- Air Education and Training
Command, Randolph AFB, TX a.k.a. "Ain't Even Thinking About Combat"
AFMC- Air Force Material Command,
Wright-Patt AFB, OH
AFOQT- Air Force Officer
AFPC- Air Force Personnel Center located at
Randolph AFB, TX. This place is the nefarious Puzzle Palace.
Kind of like MPF at the AF-wide level. They handle all
assignments and decide things like how many assignments will go to base
X and when.
AGSM- Ainti-G Straining Maneuver - perform this
maneuver to avoid losing consciousness
AFRC- Air Force Reserve Command,
Robins AFB, GA. Previously referred to as AFRES.
AFSOC- Air Force Special
operations Command, Hurlburt Field, FL
AFSPC- Air Force Space Command,
Peterson AFB, CO
AMC- Air Mobility Command, Scott
ASBC- Air and Space Basic Course,
PME for 2nd and 1st Lts
AWACS-Airborne Warning and Control
BAT- Basic Attributes Test
BDUs- Battle Dress Utilities - camouflage
BFM- Basic Fighter Maneuvers,
a.k.a. dogfighting, or pointy nose dudes "shooting thier watches"
BOHICA- Bend Over, Here It Comes
Again - self critiquing
Bold Face- Emergency procedure memory items -
must be memorized and able to be recited verbatim
BSA- Basic Surface Attack
CAS- Close Air Support
CBT- Computer Based Training
CCT- Combat Controller -
USAF Special Operations
CDS- Container Delivery System - airdrop with
cargo loaded on top of honey-combed platforms
CFT- Cockpit Familiarization Trainer
CONUS- Continental United States
CSAF- Chief of Staff of the Air
Force, aka the Big Cheese
CSAR- Combat Search and Rescue
DACBT- Dissimilar Air Combat
DASH-1 - The "owners manual" for
the aircraft. This technical order or T.O. is divided into sections that
list systems description and operation, checklists and normal
procedures, emergency procedures, crew duties, operating limits, adverse
weather procedures, etc. Your checklist is derived from this T.O., as is
performance data charts, cargo loading data, etc. These books have
hundreds of pages, but you will become very familiar with the important
stuff and the trivial as time goes on.
It's called the Dash-1 because it is listed as T.O. 1T-1A-1 or 1T-37B-1.
They end in -1
DEERS- Defense Enrollment
Eligibility Reporting System. The system that registers your family for
AF benefits such as TRICARE.
Downgrade- When you get any grade
lower than an excellent...usually on a checkride, i.e. Lt. Monkey hosed
his checkride, he got a 25 downgrade G.
Dollar Ride- Your very first
flight in UPT - your freebie ride!
Drop- assignment night at the end of Phase 3 UPT
- the night that you get your aircraft and assignment
EGI- Embedded GPS/Inertial
ENNJPT- Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot
Training, Sheppard AFB, TX
ERO- Engine Running Onload/Offload - leave the
props spinning, open the doors and unload/load the cargo and pax.
EWO- Electronic Wafare Officer
FAC- Forward Air Controller - implies ground-based controller
embedded with ground units.
FAC(A)- Forward Air Controller
(Airborne) Same, but a Hog instead of on the ground
FAIP- First Assignment Instructor
Pilot, self explanatory...FAIPs come straight out of UPT, their first
assignment after graduating is back at UPT as an instructor pilot.
FE- Flight Engineer
Flight- a guy's last flight in the aircraft before he/she leaves a
squadron - usually a fun and memorable sortie that is followed by the
fire trucks hosing him/her down.
Fred- C-5 - F*cking Ridiculous
FTU- Formal Training Unit.
This is the formal school attended after UPT where pilots learn how to
fly their MDS aircraft. Also affectionately known as 'the
schoolhouse'. Formerly known as Replacement Training Unit (RTU).
G-LOC- G-induced Loss of Consciousness
HALO- High Altitude, Low Opening parachute
Hammer- A particularly difficult
IP who gives out tough grades
Herk- C-130 Hercules
Hook / Taco- Getting an unsatisfactory (U) grade on a flight, test, etc.
Often shown as a visual hand signal, with one holding their hand as if
cradling an imaginary taco.
Synonyms - BUST/TUBE/BONE/SHIT THE BED/SCREW THE POOCH.
HTS - Harm Targeting System
IFE- In Flight Emergency
IFF- Introduction to Fighter
where they send you after T38s in UPT to go fly AT-38s and learn how to
shoot guns/missiles, and drop bombs.
IFF- Identification Friend or Foe, part of the military's
transponder system that tells other jets and ground crews if a dude is a
good guy or a bad guy.
IFFCC- Integrated Flight and Fire
Control Computer - Makes our green sh!t look like fancy airplanes like
IFT- Introductory Flight Training
IP- Instructor Pilot / also during tactical
flying refers to the Initial Point prior to the Run-In.
JA/AT- Joint Airborne Air-Transportability
Training. Bilateral training with the army; typically and airdrop
mission with paratroopers. The Joint Airborne/ Air
Transportability Training (JA/ATT) program is funded by the Air Force
and jointly managed by the Air Force (AMC) and the Army (FORSCOM).
Both the USAF and Army have training objectives
they would like to achieve.
JPATS - Joint Primary Air Training
System - the all encompassing system using the T-6 Texan as the flight
trainer, its corresponding simulators for ground training, and TIMS
(Training Integration Management System) for the 'paperless classroom.'
JPPT - Joint Primary Pilot
Target Attack Radar System
JSUPT- Joint Specialized
Undergraduate Pilot Training - this is Joint SUPT with other services,
including USN, USMC, USCG, USA.
KHOOYA - "Keep Your Head Out Of Your Ass" - Sign painted on a
barn roof at the VFR entry point into the T-41 pattern Selma, AL
1968/69. Pronounced -- K-Who-YA.
LATN- Low altitude tactical
LOWAT- Low altitude training
LOR- Letter of Reprimand
MIF- Maneuver Item File, basically
the minimum grade (Unsat, Fair, Good, or Excellent) that you must have
for a certain maneuver before the end of the block
MPF- Military Personnel Flight.
The office at your base that will (at their own convenience and schedule
permitting) handle issues like orders and ID cards.
Mud Hen- F-15E
MWS - Major Weapons System i.e. an
F15, C17, etc. MWS is now MDS (Mission Design
Series) so that it can generically be applied to any aircraft (not just
NKAWTG- Nobody Kicks Ass Without
Tanker Gas - A popular acronym used by crewmembers of the Mighty KC-135
Stratotanker and the almost as mighty KC-10 Extender.
NOTAM- Notice To Airmen - remarks about an
airfield, airspace, etc.
NVG- Night Vision Goggles - a.k.a. NVD -
night vision device
OCONUS- Outside Continental United
OTS- Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL
PAR- pronounced "P" "A" R", not
"par" - precision approach radar; a type of instrument approach.
PCS- Permanent Change of Station -
moving when assigned to a new duty station
PDS- Permanent Duty Station - where you are
PPQ or PNQ- Potentially
Pilot or Navigator Qualified
PACAF- Pacific Air Forces
headquartered at Hickam AFB, HI
PIT- Pilot Instructor Training,
the very happy place where they send all the new FAIPs who won't be
flying an MWS for another 4 years. Lucky Tweet trained dudes at Vance
will probably get to go twice...once for Tweets and then a year later
for T-6s. Older guys go to PIT too.
PME- Professional Military
Education, grad school type classes every officer has to take (with ASBC
as an exception) Different ranks go to different schools and learn how
to be better officers, and get a checkmark in the promotion box
RNLTD- Report No Later Than Date
RTB- Return To Base
Santa Claus- A very generous
evaluator or instructor - you screw up bad and instead of hooking you
like he should, he says..."Merry Christmas"
SAM- Surface to Air Missile - this is when an IP
on the ground sees you screwing up during your solo and "Hooks" you from
the ground. This is a ground-to-air UNSAT.
SAT- Surface Attack Tactics
Slackademics- the first 6 weeks of
UPT where you think you're working hard but you really aren't
Spectre - nickname for AC-130
Gunships first deployed to SEAsia in the 16th SOS at Ubon, Thailand in
SUPT- Specialized Undergraduate
Pilot Training. This pilot training pipeline has a track select after
phase 2 - phase 3 is divided among fighter/bombers, heavies, turboprops,
SWA - SouthWest Asia, or "The Box"
as in Sandbox
TAF- Temporary Area Forecast -
aviation weather forecast
TDY- Temporary Duty
TGP- Targeting Pod
TLAR- That looks about right, i.e.
"using the TLAR method" when navigating or flying formation.
Track Select- Occurs following
completion of Phase II (Tweets, T-6s, or T-34s but the Navy is kinda
special) where you learn what your next follow-on aircraft will be
(T-38s, T-1s, T-44s, or Helos)
TRICARE- AF-sponsored medical
service for dependents.
UAV- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UPT- Undergraduate Pilot Training
USAFE- US Air Forces in Europe,
Ramstein AB, Germany
Victor- victor radio, VFH radio
Weather Dash-1- 175-1's are the
official weather briefing worksheets given to aircrew prior to
departure. A.k.a. Weather Dash One, Dash-1.
Wild Weasel - Mission to destroy
enemy Surface to Air Missile Sites (SAM). Anti-SAM Mission.
WSO- Weapons Systems Officer