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The Special Forces community and the military
services in general use a multitude of words, phrases, terms, and acronyms in its
vocabulary, documentation, correspondence, and publications. This
glossary is intended to aid those unfamiliar with specific special
operations terminology as well as common military terms and definitions.
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Definitions provided in this glossary are from all
sorts of sources, publications, documents, and personal knowledge.
The Department of Defense, Army and Special Operations community will
change the wording and meaning of definitions over the course of time - so
there are many definitions available. Many agencies will define a
phrase or word differently; consider the term "terrorism" and the many
available definitions for that word.
Special Operations and Military
Dictionaries and Glossaries Online
Department of Defense Dictionary of Military
and Associated Terms. Joint Publication 1-02, 8 November 2010
(as amended through 15 June 2014).
Accessed on the website of the Defense Technical Information Center at
Fort Belvoir, VA.
DoD Dictionary of Military Terms (Online)
Special Forces and Special Operations Glossary.
By the author Michael Smith. A glossary of US and UK spec ops
terminology. Click here to access the Adobe Acrobat PDF file at
Glossary of SOF Operations.
International SOF and Counterrorist Operations - Code Names by Special
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms for Vietnam.
Compiled by LTC Nelson J. Garcia (Ret.) located at
Israeli Special Forces Glossary Guide.
Glossary of Military Terms & Slang from the Vietnam
War. Compiled by the Sixties Project of Viet Nam Generation, Inc.
To access the glossary click
Glossary from FM 34-36, Special Operations Forces
Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations, GlobalSecurity.org.
Glossary, style guide and Web index about the U.S.
military for writers and editors. By Maurreen Skowran and Thomas
Glossary: List of Terms and Acronyms. By
Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS).
Defence IQ. A glossary of keywords, acronyms
and general terminology used in the defense industry and community.
By Defence IQ, a division of IQPC.
Military Slang. By WikipediA.
AC-119 Gunship Glossary. Terms used by Air
Force Gunship crews and others during Vietnam operations.
Glossary for the "Afghanistan -The War Logs".
Compiled by The Guardian.
Blackhawk Down Glossary. Glossary of terms
used for the "Blackhawk Down" battle of Mogadishu, Somalia. Compiled
by the Philadelphi Inquirer.
Philadelphia Online | Blackhawk Down
Vietnam Veteran's Terminology and Slang.
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms - The Special Force.
National Guard Glossary. By Texas Army
Glossary of Terms: The Contra Story by Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Glossary for HBO's Generation Kill.
Glossary of Acronyms and Terms, The Pentagon
Papers on Mount Holyoke College website.
Psychological Warfare Glossary by psywar.org.
Glossary of Words Used during Vietnam War.
A CINCPAC glossary of commonly used abbreviations,
acronyms, and short titles. By RiverVet.com.
Glossary of UN Peacekeeping Terms. The United
Glossary of Spy Terms. By The Master of
Glossary of Intelligence Terms. Central
Glossary of Intelligence Terms. UK Secret
Intelligence Service MI6.
Spy Words, Terms and Codes Glossary. By
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