562 abbreviations
Abbreviation Meaning
PME Professional Military Education
Pocket Rocket Term for the missile badge on ICBM and cruise missile maintenance uniforms
Pop Tart Airman who's technical career schools are 6 weeks or less
PRP Personnel Reliability Program
PSYOP Psychological Operations
PTL Physical Training Leader
QAF Quality Air Force
Qweep A task or duty that is completely useless and ultimately unrelated to your primary job. It is often assigned by superiors not of your career field as they assume that you have time to constantly work these tasks. Example: "I have a lot of qweep to do before I go home." "I need to finish all of this qweep before I can go fly."
RA Resource Advisor
Rainbow Flight Fresh trainees at BMT who have not yet received uniforms (clothing colors represent the rainbow)
RAM Random Antiterrorism Measure
RAS Regional Affairs Strategist
RED HORSE Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers
RFF Request [F]or Forces (initiated by Army)
RIF Reduction In Force
RNLTD Report No Later Than Date
ROAD Retired On Active-Duty
ROTC Reserve Officers' Training Corps
RQS Rescue Squadron (formerly ARS)
RTB Return To Base
RTIC Real Time In the Cockpit
RW Reconnaissance Wing
SAASS School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
SAC Strategic Air Command
SAF/SECAF Secretary of the Air Force
SAM Surface to Air Missile
SARC Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
SATCOM Satellite Communications
SAV Staff Assisted Visit
SBIRS Space-Based Infrared System
SDF Standard Deployment Folder
SEAD Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
SEADS Southeast Air Defense Sector
Secret squirrel stuff Material classified above secret or compartmentalzed information.
SEPCOR Separate Correspondence
SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape
SF Security Forces
SFS Security Forces Squadron
Shirt A unit first sergeant
SIGINT Signals Intelligence
SIPR Secret Internet Protocol Router Network
SKT Specialty Knowledge Test
Slick Sleeve Nickname for an Airman Basic (owing to the absence of rank insignia on an individual's sleeve)
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMSgt Senior Master Sergeant
Snacko A highly underestimated, mission critical position held most often by Lieutenants in a new flying squadron. Doing well at the Snacko position will prompt one for a laudable career. Failing at such a job will often entail severe ridicule and, if necessary, replacement and retraining by the flying squadron.
SNAFU Situation Normal All Fucked Up
SNCO Senior Non-commissioned Officer
SNCOA Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy
SOP Standard Operating Procedure