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There are a lot of acronyms mentioned in this website, and you might not know what they stand for.  I've attempted to consolidate all of them on this page for you.

 

 

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A

 

AAFES   Army and Air Force Exchange Service (manages the Army PX and Air Force BX)
ACERT   Army Computer Emergency Response Team
ACRONYM   Army Confusion Regarding Official Names You Makeup (this is a joke)  :)
AESD-W   Army Enterprise Service Desk - Worldwide (former AKO Help desk)
AGM   Army Gold Master
AGR   Active Guard Reserve (Full time Soldiers who support Reserve units)
AKA   Also Known As
AKO   Army Knowledge Online
APD   Army Publishing Directorate
ApproveIt   Software program used by the Army to digitally sign forms (replaced by eSign)
AR   Army Regulation
ARM   Manufacturer of RISC based processor (used in Windows RT devices)

 

 

B

 

Bootcamp   A program that lets a Mac user install Windows on a separate partition on their hard drive.
BX   Base Exchange (Air Force version of Wal-Mart)

 

 

 

C

 

CAC   Common Access Card
CACKey   Program to use CACs with Apple Computers
CAPTCHA   Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart
CCID   Chip/Smart Card Interface Device
Centrify Express   Program by Centrify to use CACs with Apple Computers
CENTRIXS   Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System
CHESS   Computer Hardware Enterprise Software & Solutions
CIO   Chief Information Office / Officer
CMD   Shortcut for Command, typed in Run line to access a DOS looking screen
CompTIA   Computing Technology Industry Association
CONUS   Continental United States
COSCOM   Corps Support Command
CSSI-PIV   Charismathics Smart Security Interface - Personal Identity Verification
Program written by Charismathics Software to use CACs with various Operating Systems
.CSV   Comma Separated Value
Cupcake   Android 1.5 Operating System (used on Android devices)
CVS   Contractor Verification System (replaced by TASS)
CW3   Chief Warrant Officer Three (Army rank)

 

 

 

D

 

DAA   Designated Approving Authority
DCO     Defense Connect Online (Replaced by DCS on 1 June 2015)
DCS   Defense Collaboration System (replacement for DCO)
DECC   Defense Enterprise Computing Center (server farms where DEE mail is housed
DEERS   Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
DISA   Defense Information Systems Agency
DLA   Defense Logistics Agency
.DLL   Dynamic Link Library (files to make other files run
DMDC   Defense Manpower Data Center (database used by DoD)
DMG   Disk Image file used in Mac OS X (Mac equivalent of .exe used in Windows)
DMZ   DeMilitarized Zone (a location between firewalls where most web servers are virtually located)
.DOC   Microsoft Word Document extension (used in Word 2003 and older)
.DOCX   Microsoft Word Document extension (used in Word 2007 and newer)
DoD   Department of Defense
DoD ID   Department of Defense IDentification number (replaced EDI-PI)
Donut   Android 1.6 Operating System (used on Android devices)
DOS   Disk Operating System (used many years ago prior to Windows)
DTIC   Defense Technical Information Center
DTS   Defense Travel System
Dual Persona   http://militarycac.com/EEmail.htm#What_exactly_is_Dual_Persona

 

 

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E

 

EAS   Exchange Active Sync
Eclair   Android 2.0 - 2.1 Operating System (used on Android devices)
EDI-PI     Electronic Data Interchange Personal Identifier (replaced by DoD ID number)
EEmail   DoD Enterprise Email
EFS   Encrypted File System
El Capitan   Apple Mac OS X Operating system version 10.11.x
eSign   Army Forms program (replaced ApproveIt) (replaced by PDF-Fs)
.EXE   Executable File used in Windows

 

 

 

F

 

FASCN      Federal Agency Smart Credential Number (16 Digit DoD ID number - used for personnel who are dual persona).
FAT   File Allocation Table
FIPS   Federal Information Processing
Firmware   Software program or set of instructions programmed on a hardware device
Froyo (Frozen Yogurt)   Android 2.2 - 2.2.3 Operating System (used on Android devices)

 

 

 

G

 

G & D   Giesecke & Devrient (Manufacturer of Common Access Cards)
G6   Army section that supports Information Technology (i.e. computers)
GAL   Global Address List
Gemalto     Manufacturer of Common Access Cards and older CAC Readers
GDS   Global Directory Services
GFE   Government Furnished Equipment (term used for computers owned by the Government)
GIG   Global Information Grid (military term for the internet)
Gingerbread   Android 2.3 - 2.3.7 Operating System (used on Android devices)
Google Voice   A voicemail system through Google that gives a lot of cool features

 

 

 

H

 

Honeycomb    Android 3.0 - 3.2 Operating System (used on Android tablets only)
HRC   Human Resource Command
HQDA   HeadQuarters Department of the Army
HUP   Home Use Program (replaced by MSELA)

 

 

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I

 

IASO   Information Assurance Security Officer
Ice Cream Sandwich   Android 4.0 - 4.0.4 Operating System (used on Android devices)
IE   Internet Explorer
IMAP   Internet Messaging Access Protocol (used for retrieving email)
IMO   Information Management Office / Officer
IMR   Information Management Representative
iOS   iPhone Operating System (Apples Operating System for mobile devices)
IT   Information Technology
ITAPDB   Integrated Total Army Personnel Data Base
ITRS   Individual Training and Readiness System

 

 

 

J

 

Jelly Bean   Android 4.1 - 4.3 Operating System (used on Android devices)
JPAS     Joint Personnel Adjudication System

 

 

 

K

 

Keychain     Apples password management system in Mac OS
Kit Kat   Android 4.4 Operating System (used on Android devices)

 

 

 

L

 

Leopard   Apple Mac Operating System version 10.5.x
Lotus Forms   Program used by the Army & Air Force to fill out forms
LPS     Lightweight Portable Security (replaced by TENS)
LTC   Lieutenant Colonel (Army rank)
Lion   Apple Mac Operating System version 10.7.x
Lollipop   Android 5.0 Operating System (used on Android devices)

 

 

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M

 

Mac     Short for Apple Macintosh
macOS   Apple Macintosh starting with 10.12
Marshmallow   Android 6.0 Operating System (used on Android devices)
Mavericks   Apple Mac Operating system version 10.9.x
MCX   Marine Corps Exchange (Marine Corps version of Wal-Mart)
Middleware   A program that helps your CAC reader communicate with your
computer's Operating System
Mountain Lion   Apple Mac Operating system version 10.8.x
MS   Microsoft Corporation
.MSC   Microsoft Management Console Snap-in
MSELA   Microsoft Enterprise License Agreement (Formerly MSHUP & HUP)
.MSI   Microsoft Installer File
MSHUP   Microsoft Home Use Program (replaced by Microsoft Enterprise License Agreement)
.MSP   Microsoft installer Patch
MUSCLE   Movement for the Use of Smart Cards in a Linux Environment

 

 

 

N

 

NETCOM     Network Enterprise Technology Command
NEX   Navy Exchange (Navy version of Wal-Mart)
NKO   Navy Knowledge Online
NMCI   Navy Marine Corps Intranet
NTFS   New Technology File System (replaced FAT)

 

 

 

O

 

OAB   Outlook Address Book
Oberthur   Manufacturer of Common Access Cards and some older CAC readers
OpenSC   Program written as part of OpenSC - Project to use CACs with Apple & Windows Computers
OS   Operating System
OS X   Operating System version 10 (Apple Mac)
OWA   Outlook Web Access (Exchange 2003 & 2007)
OWA   Outlook Web App (Exchange 2010 & higher)

 

 

 

P

 

Parallels   A Virtual Machine program for Mac computers that will allow you to run Windows on a Mac
PC   Personal Computer (usually referencing Windows computers)
PCC   Personnel Category Code
PCSC   Personal Computer Smart Card
PDEE   Product Director, Enterprise Email
PDF   Portable Document Format (Commonly called Adobe Reader)
PDF-F   Portable Document Format - Fillable (Replaced Lotus and eSign)
PIN   Personal Identification Number
PIV   Personal Identity Verification (certificate needed for dual persona users to read their DoD Enterprise Email)
PKard   Program written by Thursby Software to use CACs with Mac Computers
PKard for iOS   Program written by Thursby Software to use CACs with iPhones & iPads
PKE   Public Key Enablement
PKI   Public Key Infrastructure
POP   Post Office Protocol (used for retrieving email)
PPC   Power PC chip (used in older Mac computers-10.5.x and below)
PX   Post Exchange (Army version of Wal-Mart)

 

 

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Q

 

QR   Quick Response Code

R

 

RAPIDS   Real-time Automated Personnel IDentification System
.REG   Registry file (used in Microsoft Windows)
Registry   Hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on MS Windows OS
RISC   Reduced Instructions Set Computing
RRC   Regional Readiness Command

 

 

 

S

 

SA/NMC   System Administrator / Network Manager Security Course
SIPR   Secure Internet Protocol - Routed
S/MIME   Secure / Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (how your webmail is encrypted)
Sierra   macOS 10.12
SmartCard Service   Program written to use CACs on Mac computers
SMTP   Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (used to send email)
Snow Leopard   Apple Mac Operating system version 10.6.x
SPAWAR   Navy's SPAce and Naval WARfare Systems Command
SSD   Solid State Drive (no moving parts hard drive, much quicker than regular hard drives)
SSL   Secure Sockets Layer
STIG   Security Technical Implementation Guide

 

 

 

T

 

TAPDB-R   Total Army Personnel Database - Reserve
TASS   Trusted Associate Sponsorship System (replaced CVS)
TENS   Trusted End Node Security (Replaced LPS)
Tiger     Apple Mac Operating system version 10.4.x
TNOSC   Theater Network Operations and Security Center
TokenD   File type to aid in using CAC with Mac OS X

 

 

 

U

 

URL   Universal Resource Locator (web address)
USB     Universal Serial Bus
USMC   United States Marine Corps

 

 

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Vista   Windows Operating System (between XP and 7)
Virtual Box   A Virtual Machine program for Mac computers that will allow you to run Windows on your Mac
Virtual Machine   A program that lets you install another computer OS on your computer
VMware Fusion   A Virtual Machine program for Mac & Windows computers that will allow you to run a virtual version of Windows on a PC or a Mac
VPN   Virtual Private Network

 

 

 

W

 

WAWF   Wide Area Work Flow
WHS   White House Staff
Wiki   A website developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content
Windows 3.x   Microsoft's Operating System (between Windows 2 & Windows 95)
Windows 7   Microsoft's Operating System (between Vista and Windows 8)
Windows 8   Microsoft's Operating System (between Windows 7 and Windows 10)
Windows 10   Microsoft's Operating System (after Windows 8)
Windows 95   Microsoft's Operating System (between Windows 3.11 and Windows 98)
Windows 98   Microsoft's Operating System (between Windows 95 and Windows Millennium)
WOAC   Warrant Officer Advanced Course
WOBC   Warrant Officer Basic Course

 

 

 

X

 

.XFDL     Extensible Forms Description Language (used with Lotus Forms)
XP   Microsoft Windows Operating System (between Windows 98 and Vista)

 

 

Y

 

Yosemite   Apple Mac Operating system version 10.10.x

 

 

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