National Prevention Department

LIST OF COMMONLY USED ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

(Including Associated Links for Further Details or Information Regarding Selected Terms or Entities) 

Additional Links  Coast Guard Communication Acronyms

Quick Index

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-A-

 

A

Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Marketing & Public Affairs

ABC

America's Boating Course

ABYC

American Boat and Yacht Council

ADM

Admiral (USCG, USN, USPHS)

ADSO

Assistant District Staff Officer

AIDE

Aide to National Commodore/District Commodore

AIM

Academy Introduction Mission

AIS

Automatic Identification System

ALCOAST

All Coast Guard Message

AMOS

Auxiliary Mission Objectives System

ANSC

Auxiliary National Supply Center (Catalog)

AOR

Area of Responsibility

ARC

American Red Cross

ARCO

Area Rear Commodore

ASOC Auxiliary Senior Officers Course

ASST

Assistant

ATON

Aids to Navigation

AUX

Coast Guard Auxiliary

AUX-AIR

Auxiliary Aviation

AuxACN

Auxiliary Advanced Coastal Navigation (Alternative name for AUXNAV)

AUXCEN

Auxiliary Center

AUXCOM

Auxiliary Communication Specialty Course

AUXDATA

Information data base effective March, 02

AUXFAC

Auxiliary Facility

AUXLAM

Auxiliary Leadership & Management Course

AUXLEA

Auxiliary Leadership Course

AUXLO

Auxiliary Liason Officer (Auxiliary Member designated as primary interface to Gold Side

AUXMAN

Auxiliary Manual

AUXMIN

Auxiliary Administration Specialty Course (Obsolete. Credit if prev. earned)

AUXMIS

Auxiliary Management Information System, Now AUXDATA

AUXNAV

Auxiliary Navigation Specialty Course (See Also AuxACN)

AuxNet

CGAUX Radio Network (General Description)

AUXOP

 Operational Auxiliarist Status (Passed 6 [formerly 7] Specialty Courses)

AUXPAL

Auxiliary Personnel Allowance List

AUXPAT

Auxiliary Patrols Specialty Course

AUXSAR

Auxiliary Search & Rescue Specialty Course
(No longer Offered Replaced by AuxSCE)

AUXSEA

Auxiliary Seamanship Specialty Course

AUXWEA

Auxiliary Weather Specialty Course

AWW

America's Waterway Watch
(Previously "Operation Waterway
Watch")

AX

AUXOP (designation in AUXData database

   


 

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B

Designates the Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Boating

BA

Branch Assistant, National Staff

BC

Branch Chief, National Staff

BC-NCA

Conference Assistant, NACO Staff

BC-NCO

Conference Organization, NACO Staff

BC-NCP

Conference Planning, NACO Staff

BC-NCR

Conference Registration, NACO Staff

BC-NCS

Conference Support, NACO Staff

BCQ

Boat Crew Qualification

BED

Base Enrollment Date

BFOI

Boat Force Operations Insignia

BIA Boating Industry Association

BIC

Basic Instructor Course (USCG)

BLA

Boating Law Administrator

BM

Boatswains Mate

BMOW

Boatswain's Mate of the Watch

BOAT/US

Boat Owners Association of the U. S.

BOCA

Boat Owners Council of America

BOSAF

Boating Safety Correspondence Course

BQ

Basically Qualified

BS&S

Boating Skills and Seamanship

BSAC

Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC)

BSC Boating Safety Circular
BT "Break" between message header and message content
BUI Boating Under the Influence (of alcohol, etc.)
BWI Boating While Intoxicated

BYBB

Backyard Boat Builders

BZ

Bravo Zulu -- "Well Done" Derivation in Wikepedia

 

CAMS

Communications Area Master Station (e.g., CAMSPAC: Communications Area  Master Station Pacific, NMC, Pt. Reyes CA

CAP

Civil Air Patrol

CAPT

Captain (USCG, USN, USPHS)

CAVU

Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited (Aviation)

CC

Career Counselor (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation - now obsolete)

CDR

Commander (USCG, USN, USPHS)

CEU

Continuing Education Unit

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CFVE

Commercial Fishing Vessel Examination

CFVS

Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety

CG

Coast Guard (United States Coast Guard)

CGA

United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA)

CGAUX

Coast Guard Auxiliary

CGI

Coast Guard Institute, Oklahoma City, OK

CGMA

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (formerly CG Welfare)

CHDIRAUX

  Chief Director, Auxiliary (Headquarters)

CM

Communications Officer (CG Aux. SO specialty designation)

CMC

Merchant Marine Safety Counsel

CMC

Command Master Chief

CME

Courtesy Marine (or Motorboat) Examination (Now “VSC”)

CO

Commanding Officer

COMDT

Commandant of the Coast Guard

COMDTINST

Commandant Instruction

COMDTNOTE

Commandant Notice

COMDTPUB

Commandant Publication

COMO

Commodore

COS

Chief of Staff

CPO

Chief Petty Officer (USCG, USN)

CPT

Captain

CRC

Civil Rights Counselor

CS

Communications Services (CG Aux. SO specialty designation)

CWO

Chief Warrant Officer

 

D-AA

Administrative Assistant to DCO

D-AD

Aide to the DCO

DBW

(California) Department of Boating and Waterways

DC

 National Department Chief

DCS

District Chief of Staff

DCO

District Commodore

DCP

Division Commander

DDO

District Directorate Officer (sometimes District Directorate Commodore)

DEP

Deputy

DHS

Department of Homeland Security

DIRAUX

Director of Auxiliary (District or Region)

DIST

District

DIV

Division At the local level Divisions are the next level of leadership above the Flotilla.  At the National Level Departments are broken down into operating areas of responsibility called Divisions

DO

Direct Operations, a PSI clearance required for direct support of CG Operations, or Defense Operations

DOD

Department of Defense

DOJ

Department of Justice

DOL

Department of Labor

DOT

Department of Transportation

DPG

District Planning Group

DSO

District Staff Officer

DVC

Division Chief (National Staff)

DVC-NC

Conference Coordination, NACO staff

 

E

Designates the Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Education

 

ELT

Enforcement of Laws and Treaties

EMPLID

Employee Identification Number

ENS

Ensign (USCG, USN)

EPIRB

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (Also see PEPIRB)

EXCOM

District Executive Committee

 

FC

Flotilla Commander

 

FED

Flotilla Enrollment Date

FN

Finance Staff Officer (CG Aux. SO specialty designation)

 

FN

Fireman (Enlisted USCG, USN)

 

FM

Family Member (AUXMIS designation)

 

FMV

Fair Market Value

FOUO

For Official Use Only

FSO-

Flotilla Staff Officer– (followed by specialty designation)

FWPCA

Federal Water Pollution Control Act

 

G-

Staff Symbol identifying the CG & offices within DOT

G-C

Commandant of the Coast Guard

G-CCS

Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard

G-CV

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard

G-0

Assistant Commandant for Operations

G-PCX

Chief, Office of Auxiliary/Chief Director, Auxiliary

GIS

Global Information System

GMT

Greenwich Mean Time (See ZULU) (Also sometimes "GCT" "UT")

GPO

Government Printing Office

GS

General Service -- Federal employee pay level designation

GSA

General Services Administration

 

HARPAT

Harbor Patrol (as a CGAUX function)

 

Harbor Patrol Guide 2001 (HTML Format)

 

Harbor Patrol Guide 2002 (WORD Format)

HF

High Frequency (Radio - 3 to 30 mhz)

HIN

Hull Identification Number

HLS

HomeLand Security

 

I

Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Information & Communications Services

ICOMIA

International Council of Marine Industry Associations

ICS

Incident Command System

IP

Immediate Past Office (except National Commodore)

IQ

Initially Qualified Auxiliary Member

IS

Information Services (CG Aux. SO specialty designation)

ISC

Integrated Support Command

IT

Instructor

 

-J-

JOOD

Junior Officer of the Deck/Day

 

L

Designates the Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Legal Affairs

LCDR

Lieutenant Commander (USCG, USN, USPHS)

LE

Law Enforcement

LEPO

Law Enforcement Petty Officer

LM

Life Member

LM

CG Auxiliary Land Mobile Radio Station Facility

LO

Liaison Officer

LORSTA

Loran Station

LT

Lieutenant (USCG, USN, USPHS)

LTJG

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) (USCG, USN)

 

 

M

Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (Also MSEP)

 

MA

Materials (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

 

MARS

Military Affiliate Radio System

MARSEC

Maritime Security (MARSEC 1 is the "New Normalcy")

MCPO

  Master Chief Petty Officer

MCPOCG

Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Coast Guard

MDA

Maritime Domain Awareness (also see OPR III) CGAUX MDA/OPR Mission

MDV

Marine Dealer Visitor (Obsolete. Now "PV") (CG Aux. SO specialty designation)

MEP

Marine Environmental Protections

MF

Medium Frequency (300 to 3000 khz)

 

MHLS

Maritime Homeland Security Strategy -- Three scalable Maritime Security postures for increased attention:

  • MARSEC 1 New Normalcy;

 

  • MARSEC 2-Heightened Risk;

 

  • MARSEC 3-Incident Imminent

 

MLB

Motor Lifeboat

MLC

Maintenance and Logistics Command

MI

Master Instructor

 

MOA

Memorandum of Agreement

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

MR

Member Resources (old name for Personnel Services)

 

MS

Marine Safety (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

 

MS

Member Services

 

MSC

Marine Safety Council

MSD

Marine Sanitation Device or Marine Safety Detachment

MSEP

Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (Also "M")

MSSEP

 Marine Safety, Security & Environmental Protection

MSI

Marine Safety Insignia (Trident Device)

MST

Marine Science Technician (USCG PO Rating)

MSO

Marine Safety Office

MT

Member Training (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

 

MTSA

Maritime Transportation Security Act

 

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N-A

Administrative Officer, NACO staff

N-AS

NACO Secretary

N-D

NACO Aide

N-S

Special Assignment, NACO staff

N-P

Special Projects Officer, NACO staff

NACO

National Commodore

NACOS

 National Auxiliary Chief of Staff

NACON

 National Auxiliary Conference

NADCO

 National Directorate Commodore (appointed)

NAPDIC

National Association of Past District Commodores

NAPM

National Area Planning Meeting 

NASBLA

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

NATL

National

NAVCO

 National Vice Commodore---

NBF

National Boating Federation

NBSAC

 National Boating Safety Advisory Council

NBSS

National Boating Safety School

NDRS

National Distress and Response System (Being replaced by "Rescue 21")

NEXCOM

National Executive Committee

NFPA

National Fire Protection Association

NIPCO

 Immediate Past National Commodore

NM

 

New Member

NOAA

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

NOK

Next of Kin

NOS

National Ocean Survey (NOAA-Dept. of Commerce)

NRC

USCG National Response Center

NSBC

National Safe Boating Council

NSBW

National Safe Boating Week

NSC

National Safety Council

NTRAIN

National Training Conference

NTSB

National Transportation Safety Board

NWS

National Weather Service (NOAA - Dept. Of Commerce)

 

 

O

Designates Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Operations

 

OBS

Office of Boating Safety (Coast Guard)

OSC

Outboard Boating Club

OCMI

Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection

OCS

Officer Candidate School

ODU

Operational Dress Uniform (Replacing Working Dress Blue)

OIA

Order Issuing Authority

OINC or OIC Officer-in-Charge

OMS

Operations and Marine Safety

OOD

Officer of the Deck/Day

OP

Operations (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

 

OPM

Operations Policy Manual (CGAUX)

OPFAC

Operational Facility

OPORD

Operation Order

OPR

Operation Patriot Readiness (now in Phase III. See Also: MDA)

OPS

Operations, Operations Officer

OS

Operations Specialist (CG Petty Officer Rating -- Merger of RD and TC)

 

OWW

Operation Waterway Watch (Now "America's Waterway Watch")

 

 

 

 

P

Designates Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Personnel

P

(before officer title acronym) Past Officer

PA

Public Affairs (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

PAO

Public Affairs Officer

PATCOM

Patrol Commander

PCO

Paddle Craft Operator

PB

Publications (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

PE

Public Education (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

PEPIRB

Personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (Also see EPIRB)

PFD

Personal Flotation Device

PIW

People (Person) in Water

PO

Petty Officer (USCG, USN)

POB

People on Board (Formerly SOB - Souls on Board)

POC

Point of Contact

POD

Past Officer Device

POMS

Patrol Order Management System

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment

PQS

Performance Qualification Standard

PS

Personnel Services (Also Reserve Port Security Rate)

PV

Program Visitor (Previously "MDV") (Staff Officer designator)

PWC

Personal Water Craft

PWCS

Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security

 

 

QE

Qualification Examiner

QEC

Qualification Examiner Coordinator (See http://www.division1.org/qec.html )

QM

Quartermaster (CG PO Rate now Combined with BM)

QMOW

Quartermaster of the Watch

 

 

 

R&D

Research and Development

RADM

Rear Admiral (Upper Half) O-8

RBS

Recreational Boating Safety

RBSVP

 Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program

RCO

District Rear Commodore

RCC

Rescue Coordination Center

RDML

Rear Admiral (Lower Half) O-7 (Previously Commodore)

REP

Representative

RET

Retired

REWK

REcertification required for failure to attend required WorKshop

REYR

REcertification required for failure to meet Yearly Requirements

RMS

Readiness Management System

 

 

 

SAMA

Standard Auxiliary Maintenance Allowance (for personal equipment used onordered patrols)

SAR

Search and Rescue

SBLA

State Boating Law Administrator

SC

Specialty Course (One of six)

SCA

Small Craft Advisory (a NASBLA periodical)

SCPO

Senior Chief Petty Officer (USCG, USN)

SK

Storekeeper (USCG Petty Officer Rate)

SLO

State Liaison Officer

SN

Seaman (USCG, USN)

SO

Division Staff Officer

SOPA

Senior Officer Present Afloat

SR

Secretary/Records (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

SR

Seaman Recruit (USCG, Navy)

STAN Team

Standardization Team

 

 

 

 

T

Designates Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Training

TAD

Temporary Assignment to Duty (or Temporary Assigned Duty)

TARP

Targeted Augmenting and Recruiting Program

TC

Telecommunications Specialist (Obsolete - Merged into OS rating)

TCT

Team Coordination Training

TONO

Travel Order Number

 

 

 

UDC

Uniform Distribution Center (Official CG source, purchase of Auxiliary uniforms)

UNCLAS

Unclassified (immediately following BT after unclassified message header)

USA

United States Army

USAF

United States Air Force

USAFR

United States Air Force Reserve

USA-NG

United States Army - National Guard

USAR

United States Army Reserve

USC

United States Code

USCA

United States Code Annotated

USCG

United States Coast Guard (also CG)

USCGA

United States Coast Guard Academy

USCGAUX

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

USCGR

United States Coast Guard Reserve

USMC

United States Marine Corps

USMCR

United States Marine Corps Reserve

USN

United States Navy

USNR

United States Navy Reserve

USPHS

United States Public Health Service

USPS

United States Power Squadrons

 

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V

Designates Nat'l Aux. Dept. of Vessel Examination

VADM

Vice Admiral (USCG, USN)

VCO

District Vice Commodore

VCP

Division Vice Captain

VE

Vessel Examiner (CG Auxiliary SO specialty designation)

VE

Vessel Examination (See VSC)

VFC

Vice Flotilla Commander

VFR/IFR

Visual Flight Rules/Instrument Flight Rules

VHF

Very High Frequency (30 to 300 mhz)

VMC

Visual Meteorological Conditions (See VFR)

VSC

Vessel Safety Check (formerly CME: Courtesy Motorboat [Marine] Examination)

 

 

WAGB

Icebreaker Class Coast Guard Cutter

WHEC

High Endurance Coast Guard Cutter

WLB

Buoy Tender Class Coast Guard Cutter

WMEC

Medium Endurance Cutter

WMS

Waterway Management Security

WPB

Patrol Boat Class Coast Guard Cutter

WS

Watchstander

WW

(See AWW)

WWWDWOA?

what would we do without acronyms?

 

 

XO

Executive Officer

XPO

Executive Petty Officer

 

 

YIC

You're in Command (CG/CGAUX Boating Safety Program)

YN

Yeoman

 

ZKJ2

"Closing down radio guard for _________" (Used as Radio Log entry)

ZKN

"I have taken over guard for ____________" (Used as Radio Log entry)

ZKO

"I have handed over radio guard to __________" (Used as Radio Log entry)

ZKP

"I am radio guard for __________" (Used as Radio Log entry)

ZUI

"Your attention is invited to . . ." (Used in message header)

ZYB

Designates an administrative message (Used in message header

ZULU

Military designator for GMT  Date-Time Group on Messages (also GMT/GCT/UT)