U.S. Military Acronyms Quiz

Can you guess what these military acronyms stand for?
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Last updated: December 29, 2018
First submittedMarch 7, 2010
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Acronym
Phrase
AWOL
Absent Without Leave
POW
Prisoner of War
MIA
Missing in Action
IED
Improvised Explosive Device
CO
Commanding Officer
MRE
Meal Ready to Eat
SAM
Surface-to-Air Missile
DMZ
Demilitarized Zone
APO
Army Post Office
KP
Kitchen Patrol
Acronym
Phrase
LZ
Landing Zone
NCO
Non-Commissioned Officer
RPG
Rocket-Propelled Grenade
UAV
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
PFC
Private First Class
ICBM
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
ROTC
Reserve Officers' Training Corp
ROE
Rules of Engagement
PT
Physical Training
DoD
Department of Defense
 
                                                         
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Level 54
May 7, 2013
100% with 2:41 to go. Great quiz!

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Level 17
May 7, 2013
Should be American Military Acronyms.. That said, 100% with 2:35 to go!
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Level 76
Dec 23, 2015
There are other countries?
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Level 80
Nov 24, 2018
See hellspawn's comment below.
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Level 64
Apr 4, 2014
Was kind of expecting FUBAR and SNAFU...
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2015
and the ID-10-t form
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Level 50
Dec 17, 2014
Only 33% of people got ROTC... that's rather sad...
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2015
Why? American military acronyms are not common knowledge all over the world. I don't know the percentage of non-Americans here, but I'd guess it's at least 10-20% of users?
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Level 47
Mar 15, 2016
Non Americans are now 60% of users on this site apparently
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Level 69
Jun 11, 2018
I didn't get ROTC, it was one of two I missed. I'm not American and I've never heard it before.
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Level 65
Jun 23, 2015
SOP would be a good one to add.
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Level 72
Mar 15, 2016
I'd like to add some suggestions too, quiz creator, if you ever wanted to expand this one or create a sequel/advanced version: TDY, CINC, XO, OCS, FOB, OPSEC, 2LT, NORAD, ASAP, BX, SEAL.
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Level 79
Mar 15, 2016
I'm nonmilitary and I wouldn't get any of those. I only missed two on this one, but all I could think of for PT was potty training, reflecting on the fact that I have young grandchildren.
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Level 59
Mar 19, 2019
XO - Commanding Officer

OCS - Officer Candidate School

2LT - Second Lieutenant

ASAP - ?As Soon As possible?

PX - Post Exchange

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Level 44
Mar 19, 2019
The advanced version would probably be all Navy acronyms - COMNAVRESFOR, CVN, PTG, CTI, DRB, etc
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Level 44
Mar 16, 2016
I did better than I thought I would.
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Level 57
Mar 16, 2016
14/20 and I'm not American. Serial podcast and Hollywood taught me well.
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Level 37
Jun 13, 2016
Got everything except LZ and KP. Would have been more challenging if this were less US-centric.
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2018
Take your military knowledge, and see if you can ace the 50 Most Powerful Military Nations Quiz
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Level 82
Nov 24, 2018
Ruling class diglossia.
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Level 37
Mar 10, 2019
Didn't accept "loading zone" for me; and typed "reserved" officers instead of 'reserve" officers. And my husband was in ROTC!
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Level 39
Mar 19, 2019
Can't believe I put Non-Commission instead of Non-CommissionED
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Level 19
May 11, 2019
make a canadian please one i know like three american ones
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Level 37
Jun 12, 2020
These are not acronyms but initialisms
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Level 80
Oct 21, 2020
except for the first one (AWOL), yes