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The Royal Air Force Air Cadets, like most military youtgh 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

AAlfa
BBravo
CCharlie
DDelta
EEcho
FFoxtrot
GGolf
HHotel
IIndia
JJuliett
KKilo
LLima
MMike
NNovember
OOscar
PPapa
QQuebec
RRomeo
SSierra
TTango
UUniform
VVictor
WWhiskey
XX-ray
YYankee
ZZulu
0Zero
1Wun
2Too
3Thuh-ree
4Fo-wer
5Fi-yiv
6Six
7Seven
8Ate
9Niner

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
CinC - Commander in Chief
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
Offr - 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
SNCO(C) - Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Course

Blues - No. 2C SD
Flight Suit - No. 14
Greens - No. 3 SD
Wedgewoods - No. 2A SD

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
ac - Aircraft
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
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
RV – Rendezvous
scran - food or a meal
SITREP - Situation Report
Stn - Station
temp. - Temporary
Wef - With effect from

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