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COAST GUARD TERMINOS Y ACRONIMOS

A School - School where member goes to receive basic technical training for their rate.

ASAP - as soon as possible

AT - Annual Training

AWOL - absent without leave

BAH - Basis Allowance for Housing

BAS - Basic Allowance for Subsistence

C School - School member attends to receive advanced technical training.

CACO - Casualty Assistance Calls Officer

Captain's Mast - Non-judicial punishment used as an alternative to a court martial.

CDA - Career Development Advisor

CFS - Command Financial Specialist

CGCentral - Coast Guard intranet site accessible by the military member

CGMA - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

CMC - Command Master Chief

CO - Commanding Officer

COLA - Cost of Living Allowance

CONUS - Continental United States

COSE - Career Options & Skills Evaluation. Set up through the Work Life office.

CPO - Chief Petty Officer

CWO - Chief Warrant Officer

DEERS - Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System

Dependent - A legal term used for a person receiving all or a portion of their necessary financial support from the active duty member.

Direct Access - The Coast Guard computerized Human Resources System

DHS - Department of Homeland Security: Parent agency of the Coast Guard

DLA - Dislocation Allowance is an allowance to help offset the costs included during a PCS move.

DOD - Department of Defense

EAOS - End of Active Obligated Service

EAP - Employee Assistance Program

EFMP - DOD Exceptional Family Member Program; the Coast Guard Special Needs program.

ESO - Educational Services Officer

ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival

ETD -Estimated Time of Departure

FAS -Family Advocacy Specialist

FOT - Force Optimization and Training

FRS - Family Resource Specialist

FSA - Family Separation Allowance

FSGLI - Family Servicemembers Group Life Insurance:

Geographic Bachelor- Refers to a member who moves to a new duty station unaccompanied, by choice.

GSA - General Service Administration

HBA- Health Benefits Advisor: An individual who has received additional training on TRICARE who is available to answer questions and assist with TRICARE problems.

HHG - Household Goods: Your furniture and personal belongings

HPM - Health Promotions Manager

ISC - Integrated Support Command Work-Life is located at the ISC.

LES - Leave and Earning Statement The military member can view this online via Direct Access.

MTF - Military Treatment Facility: A military base where members and dependents receive medical care.

MWR - Morale, Welfare & Recreation

LES - Leave and Earnings Statement

MCPOCG - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

OCS - Officer Candidate School

OER - Officer Evaluation Report: The written report of an officer's performance of duty.

OINC - Officer In Charge:

OCONUS -Outside of the Continental United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, etc)

OMBUDSMAN - Official liaison between a command and its families

OOD - Officer of the Deck

PCS - Permanent Change of Station

PSC- Personnel Support Center

POC - Point of Contact

PSU - Port Security Unit

Rank - Grade or official standing of a military member.

Rate - Job classification with the Coast Guard such as Damage Controlman (DC).

SGLI - Servicemen's Group Life Insurance

SITREP - Situation Report

SBP - Survivor's Benefit Program. An optional program that a retiring member can elect and pay premiums to ensure a portion of their retired pay will continue to be paid to the designated beneficiary when the retiree passes away.

SEAP - Spouse Employment Assistance Program.

SGLI -Servicemember's Group Life Insurance:

SPM -Self Procured Move: (DITY move.)

SPO - Servicing Personnel Office

Sponsor - This term can be used in two ways. 1) The Active Duty member who you are considered a

dependant of; 2) someone assigned to assist you when you PCS.

TAD - Temporary Additional Duty

TAP - Transition Assistance Program. A program offered through Work Life for military members who are separating or retiring that covers resumes, job search benefits, etc.

TLA - Temporary Lodging Allowance

TLE - Temporary Lodging Expense

TO - Transportation Office:

TRICARE - The medical insurance provided to military members and their families.

TRM - Transition & Relocation Manager: Member of the Work-Life staff who assists with relocation issues and/or issues for members leaving the service.

TSC - TRICARE Service Center: Customer service office for Tricare.

TSP - Thrift Saving Plan: A retirement plan that members may elect to participate in.

UCCI - United Concordia Companies, Inc. The contractor who currently provides optional dental insurance for military family members.

UCMJ - Uniform Code of Military Justice: The penal code of the military which applies to all service members regardless of rank or branch of service.

UA - Unauthorized Absence

VA - Department of Veteran's Affairs

VGLI - Veteran's Group Life Insurance

XO - Executive Officer

XPO - Executive Petty Officer

ABOARD - on or in a ship.

AFT - in, near or toward the stern of the ship.

AIRDALE - slang, a naval aviator.

ALLOTMENT - assignment of part of military pay directly to a person or bank.

ANCHOR - the hook used at the end of a chain and dropped to the sea bottom to hold a ship in one particular place.

ANCHORAGE - suitable place for ship to anchor; a designated area of a port or harbor.

ANCHOR'S AWEIGH - said of the anchor when just clear of the bottom.

AT - Annual Training for a Coast Guard Reservist.

AYE-AYE - term used to acknowledge receipt of a command or order from senior.

BELAY - to cancel an order; stop; firmly secure a line.

BELOW - below decks; below main deck.

BERTH - space assigned ship for anchoring or mooring.

BILLET - an individual's position in the ships organization.

BOATSWAIN - refers to warrant officer or petty officer in charge of boats, rigging, and ground tackle aboard ship.

BOOT - slang for recruit.

BOW - most forward part of a ship.

BRIDGE - platform or area from which ship is steered, navigated and conned;

BRIG - Military jail.

BROW - large gangplank leading from a ship to a pier, wharf or float; usually equipped with handrails.

BULKHEAD - one of the upright, crosswise partitions dividing a ship into compartments.

CAPTAIN - Rank or commanding officer of a ship or squadron.

COLORS - National ensign; distinguishing flag flown to indicate a ship's nationality.

COMMISSARY - grocery store on base where service members and families can purchase food, beverages, etc., at prices usually lower than in civilian stores.

COMMISSION - to activate a ship or station; written order giving an officer rank and authority.

COMMISSIONING CEREMONIES - ceremonies during which a new ship is placed in service. It is customary to invite friends of officers and others interested to attend the ceremony, along with the sponsor who christened the ship.

COMPARTMENT - space enclosed by bulkheads, deck and overhead, same as a room in a building.

CONUS - The Continental United States. (48 states and the District of Columbia.)

COURSE - direction steered by a ship or plane.

COURT-MARTIAL - military court for trial of serious offenses,

CPO - Chief Petty Officer.

CROW - (slang) eagle on petty officer's rating badge.

CRUISE - to sail with no definite destination; more commonly used to describe round trip.

DECK - a floor or platform extending from end to end of a ship.

DEERS - Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System. The DEERS database lists everyone entitled to active duty and retired pay and their family members.

DEPLOY - tactical term used for dispersal of troops; also disposition of ships in battle formations.

DIVISION - in the organization of ship or plane groups, the unit between sections and squadrons; in shipboard organization, Sailors and officers grouped together for command purposes.

EMBARK - to go aboard ship preparatory to sailing.

ENLISTED EVALUATION - marks; written report of an enlisted service member's performance of duty.

ENSIGN - lowest ranking commissioned officer.

EXCHANGE - department store run by the military.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER (XO) - regardless of rank, the officer second in command.

FANTAIL - main deck section in after part of flush-deck ship.

FATHOM - in measuring depth of water, six feet.

FLAG AT HALF-MAST - begun in times of mourning in old sailing days, indicated that grief was so great it was impossible to keep things shipshape. Half-masting of colors is the survival of days when slack appearance characterized mourning on shipboard.

FLAG OFFICER - Rear Admiral, Lower Half; Rear Admiral, Upper Half; Vice Admiral; Admiral, and Fleet Admiral are flag officers.

FLEET - from Anglo-Saxon fleet. Organization of ships and aircraft under one commander.

FLIGHT DECK - deck of ship on which planes land, takeoff.

FORECASTLE - pronounced "focsul". In the days of Columbus, ships were fitted with castle-like structures fore and aft. The structures have disappeared, but the term forecastle remains; refers to upper deck in forward part of ship. Abbreviated fo'c'sle.

FORWARD - toward bow; opposite of aft.

FRAME - ribs of vessel.

GANGPLANK - see Brow.

GANGWAY - open in bulwarks or rail of ship to give entrance; order to stand aside and get out of the way.

GEEDUNK - slang; ice cream soda, malted milk, anything from soda fountain or Geedunk stand.

GENERAL QUARTERS - battle stations for all hands.

HASH MARK - slang, service stripe worn on uniform of enlisted personnel.

HEAD - nautical term for rest room, washroom or toilet.

HEEL - to list over.

HOLIDAY ROUTINE - followed aboard ship on authorized holidays and Sundays.

HONORS - ceremonies conducted in honor of a visiting dignitary.

KNOCK OFF - stop work; cease what is being done.

KNOT - measure speed for ships and aircraft,

LADDER - in a ship, corresponds to stairs in a building.

LEAVE - paid vacation earned at the rate of 2 1/2 days per month of active duty.

LIBERTY - authorized absence of individual from place of duty, not chargeable as leave. No period of liberty shall exceed a total of 96 hours.

LOOKOUT - seaman assigned to watch and report any objects of interest; lookouts are "the eyes of the ship."

MAST - captain's mast, or merely mast, derived from the fact that in early sailing days the usual setting for this type of naval justice was on the weather deck near ship's mainmast. Currently, means type of hearing with commanding officer presiding in which any punishment administered is non-judicial in nature and is an alternative to court martial.

MESS - meal; a place or group of officers and crew who eat together as in "the Chief's Mess".

MUSTER - to assemble crew; roll call.

OLD MAN - seaman's term for captain of a ship.

OMBUDSMAN - spouse of a member of the command who is appointed by the Commanding Officer to serve as official liaison between the Command and family members.

PASSAGEWAY - corridor or hallway on ship.

PLAN OF THE DAY - schedule of day's routine and events ordered by Executive Officer; published daily aboard ship or at shore activity.

PORT - left side of ship looking forward.

QUARTERDECK - part of main deck reserved for honors and ceremonies; the station of the OOD in port.

QUARTERS - living spaces assigned to personnel aboard ship; government owned housing assigned to personnel at shore stations; assembly of personnel for drill, inspection, or meeting.

RANK - grade or official standing of commissioned and warrant officers.

RATE - grade or official standing of enlisted personnel; identifies pay grade or level of advancement;

RATING - job classification with the Coast Guard, such as Electronics Technician.

SCUTTLEBUTT - a drinking fountain in Coast Guard is called scuttlebutt. A scuttlebutt in old days was a cask that had openings in the side, fitted with a spigot; also rumor, from the fact that Sailors used to congregate at the scuttlebutt or cask of water to gossip or report on day's activities - sometimes true, sometimes not.

SEA BAG - large canvas bag for stowing gear and clothing.

SEA DUTY - assignment to ship whose primary mission is accomplished while underway.

SELECTED RESERVE (SELRES) - Coast Guard Reservists who are required to participate in active duty raining periods and annual training, and are paid for this duty.

SERVICEMEN's GROUP LIFE INSURANCE (SGLI) - life insurance coverage up to $400,000 that can be elected by the service member.

SHAKEDOWN CRUISE - cruise of newly commissioned ship to test machinery and equipment and train crew as a working unit.

SHORT TIMER - one whose enlistment or tour of duty is almost completed.

SICK BAY - ship's hospital or dispensary.

SIDEBOYS - impeccably uniformed Sailors who participate in honors ceremonies on the quarterdeck.

SKIPPER - meaning captain.

STARBOARD - right side of ship looking forward.

STERN - after part of ship.

STOW - to put gear in its proper place.

SWAB - rope or yarn mop used for cleaning.

TOPSIDE - upper level, or above decks.

TURN TO - an order to begin work.

WARDROOM - a compartment aboard ship near officers' stateroom used as officers' mess room.

WATCH - period of duty, usually of four hours' duration. The day at sea has long been divided into

watches which are now called: midwatch (midnight to 4 a.m.); morning watch (4 to 8 a.m.); forenoon

watch (8 a.m. to noon); afternoon watch (noon to 4 p.m.); first dog watch (4 to 6 p.m.); second dog

watch (6 to 8 p.m.); and first watch (8 p.m. to midnight).