Glossary

GLOSSARY

The Air Training Corps (ATC) and military organisations in general are filled with many acronyms and abbreviations. The list below is designed to help you with a few common ones known in the Air Training Corps.

A

  • ACCGS – Air Cadet Central Gliding School (RAF Syerston)
  • ACO – Air Cadet Organisation (now Royal Air Force Air Cadets)
  • Adj – Adjutant
  • AFA – Activity First Aid (course)
  • ACLO – Air Cadet Liaison Officer
  • ACPS – Air Cadet Pilot Scheme
  • AEF – Air Experience Flying
  • AEG – Air Experience Gliding
  • AGT – Advanced Glider Training
  • Air Cdre – Air Commodore
  • ATC – Air Training Corps

B

  • BASIC – Basic Adult Staff Induction Course

C

  • CCF(RAF) – Combined Cadet Force (Royal Air Force)
  • Cdt – Cadet
  • CI – Civilian Instructor
  • Comdt AC – Commandant Air Cadets
  • CO – Commanding Officer
  • CoS AC – Chief of Staff Air Cadets
  • Cpl – Corporal
  • CWO – Cadet Warrant Officer

D

  • D of E – Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • DF – Detached Flight
  • DSW – Devon & Somerset Wing

F

  • Fg Off – Flying Officer
  • Flt Lt – Flight Lieutenant
  • FS – Flight Sergeant

G

  • GIC – Gliding Induction Course
  • Gp Capt – Group Captain
  • GS – Gliding Scholarship

H

  • HQAC – Headquarters Air Cadets (RAF College Cranwell)

I

  • ISTAR – Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance

J

  • JL – Junior Leaders
  • JNCO – Junior Non-Commissioned Officer

N

  • NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer

O

  • OCdt – Officer Cadet
  • OC – Officer Commanding
  • OIC – Officer In Charge or Officers’ Initial Course

P

  • Plt Off – Pilot Officer

Q

  • QAIC – Qualified Aerospace Instructors’ Course

R

  • RAF – Royal Air Force
  • RAFAC – Royal Air Force Air Cadets
  • RAFP – Royal Air Force Police
  • RAFR – Royal Air Force Reserve
  • RAFVR(T) – Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training)
  • RHQ – Region Headquarters

S

  • Sgt – Sergeant
  • SNCO – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
  • Sqn – Squadron
  • Sqn Ldr – Squadron Leader
  • SSIC – SNCO Staff Induction Course

T

  • Trg Off – Training Officer

V

  • VGS – Volunteer Gliding School

W

  • WCO – Wing Commanding Officer
  • WExO – Wing Executive Officer
  • Wg – Wing
  • Wg Cdr – Wing Commander
  • WHQ – Wing Headquarters
  • WO – Warrant Officer
  • WSC – Wing Sector Commander
  • WSO – Wing Staff Officer
  • WSpO – Wing Specialist Officer
  • WWO – Wing Warrant Officer

Y

  • YFA – Youth First Aid (course)