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Common Corp and NMCB Specific current as of 2011 Common Acronyms


Begin planning
Arrange for recon
Make recon
Complete the plan
Issue the order

Define METT-T

Mission, Enemy, Terrain and weather, Troops and fire support available, Time available


Size, Activity, Location, Uniform, Time, Equipment
(Under Enemy)

Define DRAW-D

Defend, Reinforce, Attack, Withdray, Delay
(Under Activity)

Define KOCOA

Key Terrain, Observation and Fields of fire, Cover and concealment, Obstacles, Avenues of Approach (under Make recon)

Define SMEAC

mnemonic for the five paragraph order, a method of clearly issuing complex orders, denotes; Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration and Logistics, Command and Signal


Priority of Defense
Security, Automatic weapons, Fields of Fire, Entrenchments,
Fire support, Install TPS Wire, Lay comm wire, Make Obstacles
Alternate Positions, Supplementary Positions


Automatic Weapons Employment, Pairs,Interlocking fire, Coordination, Mutual support, Defilade, Enfilade, Economy, Protection.


Alert, direction, target description, range, target assignment, fire control)

Define ACE report

Report after a fire fight
Ammo, Casuality, Equipment

Define 6-S's T

Method to handle EPW's,
Search, Segregate (Officers, enlisted, male, female, break up C2), Secure, Silence, Speed, Safeguard, Tag

Define C2

Command and control

Define C4ISR

Command, control, computers, communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Define HAS

Under troops and fire support available, Higher, Adjacent, supporting.

Define LARS

Converting grid north to magnetic north, Left Add, Right Subtract

Define MAGTF

Marine Air ground Task Force 17,000 Marines and support

Define MEU

Marine expeditionary unit, smallest Marine MAGTF, 2200 troops commanded by a colonel

Define MEF

Marine Expeditionary Force, commanded by a lieutenant general, 3 of them, Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune, Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan
About 46,000 Troops

Define MEB

Marine Expeditionary Brigade, usually a Major General or sometimes a Brigadier General
about 17,000 Troops

Define ACE

Aviation Combat Element

Define GCE

Ground Combat Element

Define CSSE

Combat Service Support Element

Define ABC

First aid immediate actions
Airway, breating, circulation

Define TPS

Types of wire
Tactical, FPL, break up attack formations
Protective, Used along perimeter
Supplementary, break up tactical wire patterns, Deceive location of FPL

Define FPL

Final protective line, grazing fire and strait line from CSW

Define AO

Area of operations
An operational area defined by the force commander for land, air, and naval forces conduct of combat and non-combat activities

Define AOR

Area of responsibility
The geographical area associated with a combatant command within which a combatant commander has authority to plan and conduct operations

Define SLRP

Survey, Liaison, and Reconnaissance Party
survey and liaison personnel to provide/gather information

Define OPP

Off-load Preparation Party
maintenance and equipment operators deploys aboard MPS and performs off-load preparations

Define MPS

maritime pre-positioning ship

Define TPFDD

Time-Phased Force Deployment Data, The Joint Operation Planning and Execution System data base portion of an operation plan; it contains time-phased force data, non-unit-related cargo and personnel data, and movement data for the operation plan. Who goes where when.

Define SERT

Seabee Engineer Reconnaissance Teams
Collect and assess engineering intelligence and project information for the supported or parent unit for design and tasking of constructed work.

Define CMSR

Camp Maintenance Store Room
houses repair parts for in-camp preventive maintenance

Define OPTAR

Operating Target, Budget
o 01 - Consumables and Services
o 02 - Maintenance Repair Parts (CESE)
o 03 - Camp Maintenance
o 04 - Deployment Per Diem

Define MOS

Minimum Operating Strip
MOS for fighter aircraft is 50 feet wide by 5,000 feet long
MOS for Cargo planes is 90 feet wide by 7,000 feet long

Define DAT

Damage Assessment Team
3 Battalion personal, an EOD Tech, Air operations rep.
Team leader, communicator, data collector
Provides location and description of pavement damage.

Define ADR

Airfield Damage repair

Define FFM

Folded Fiberglass Matting, primary MOS repair method
installation of an anchored FFM over a crater which was prepared with a layer of well-compacted crushed ston

Define CASS

Construction Activity Summary Sheets
Summarized resource requirements identified during the estimating, Safety, QC, environment requirements on the back

Define ROICC

Resident Officer-in-Charge of Construction
responsible for inspection and surveillance of ongoing Seabee projects and for reviewing daily QC reports

Define FAR

Field Adjustment Requests
Seabee Requesting changes on the drawings

Define DCD

Design Change Directives
ROICC directed changes forwarded to the Battalion

Define CQM

Construction Quality Management Program
The Three Phases of Control, Preparatory, Initial and Follow up

Define NCFSU

Naval Construction Force Support Unit
Provides logistical support for a Naval Construction Regiment and other supported Naval Construction Force units

Define DFT

Deployment for Training
small detachment of Seabees from the MB element that participates in specialized/technical construction projects

Define EDVR

Enlisted Distribution Verification Report
It's a monthly statement of a commands enlisted personnel account

Define CTR

Central tool room. Location where tools are kept to ensure their inventory.

Define CSR

Central Store room,
Location where supply stores are kept to ensure the proper inventory and dispersal.


Central Hazardous Materials Center of an installation


Consolidated Hazardous Material Reutilization Inventory Management Program
Reduce cost, reuse HW, comply with requlations, protect personal from HW.

Define HICS

Hazardous Inventory Control System
Prepares reports for administration purposes of the HAZMAT inventory

Define ARP

Automotive Repair Parts, receives, stores and issues automotive repair parts

Define CSR

Central shipping and receiving outlet in the battalion
Receives shipments not project related.

Define COG

Cognizance Symbol, Two position alpha-numeric code
Identifies the Navy inventory manager, or cognizant authority

Define APL

Allowance Parts List
Lists all the repair parts installed in the equipment or component to which it applies

Define AEL

Allowance Equipage List
Lists all the equipment a specific unit or platform is supposed to have

Define SIM

Selected Item Management
If a part is requested two or more times in a six month period, it is identified for SIM
All SIM items are inventoried quarterly
Non-SIM items are inventoried semi-annually.

Define CMS

Communications Security Material System
ensure the proper distribution, handling, control, and security of COMSEC


Size up the situation
Undue haste makes waste
Remember where you are
Vanquish fear and panic
Value living
Act like the natives
Learn the basic skills

Define BEEP

Battalion Equipment Evaluation Program
pass on all special knowledge of CESE maintenance and operations techniques, provide the releiving battalion with condition of equipment.


Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology
6 Launderings/ 45 days of wear/ 120 days after removal from sealed bag

Define FLOT

Forward line of own troops


Convoy information required to COC 8 hours prior to Convoy
T= time convoy is departing
R= reason for convoy
A= area of location convoy is departing from
V= no. of vehicles/personnel in convoy
L= location convoy is going to
R= routes taken to destination and return

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