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  SACLOS Semi-Automatic Command to Line-Of-Sight.

A wire-guided missile guidance system. The user maintains the target on the boresight of the thermal imaging or day sight, and the missile trajectory is monitored from a laser beacon in the rear of the missile.

  SACUR The Supreme Allied Commander Europe .

The primary task of SACEUR is to contribute to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states. Should aggression occur, or be considered imminent, SACEUR, as Supreme Commander, is responsible for executing all military measures within his capability and authority, to demonstrate Alliance solidarity and preparedness to maintain the integrity of Alliance territory, safeguard freedom of the seas and economic lifelines, and to preserve or restore the security of his Area of Responsibility (AOR).

  SAS Special Air Service.

The Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment is a special forces unit of the British Army. A secretive institution, the SAS has served as a model for similar units fielded by other countries. The SAS forms a significant part of the United Kingdom Special Forces. The other components of the United Kingdom Special Forces are the Special Boat Service (SBS), the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), and the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG).
(The last two do not exist in the 1.0, 2.0 and 2.2 timelines.)

  SBCT Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

This is a new type of Brigade. It is equipped with Stryker Fighting Vehicles.The Pre-War strength was 3900 men.

  SCAR SOF Combat Assault Rifle.

The SOF Combat Assault Rifle, or SCAR, is a modular rifle made by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FNH) for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types.

  SF Sustained Fire or Special Forces.
  SINCGARS Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System.

SINCGARS is a Combat Net Radio (CNR) currently used by U.S. and allied military forces. The radios, which handle voice and data communications, are designed to be reliable, secure and easily maintained. Vehicle-mount, backpack, airborne, and handheld form factors are available.

  SMG Submachinegun.
  SNAFU Sitution Normal, All Fouled Up.
  SNCO Staff Non-Commissioned Officer.

A Senior Enlisted leadership position.

  SLAP Saboted Light Armor Piercing.
  SOCOM Special Operations Command.
  SOF Special Operations Forces.
  SURC Small Unit Riverine Craft.

The small unit riverine craft (SURC) is rigid-hull, armed and armored patrol boat used by the US Marines and US Navy to maintain control of rivers and inland waterways.
Also take a look at our page Patrol Boat.


  TOE Table of Organization and Equipment.
  TOGS Thermal Observation and Gunnery Sight.
  TOW Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-to-command-Link guided Missile Set.


  USAEUR United States Army Europe.
  USFJ United States Forces, Japan.
  USFK United States Forces, Korea.
  USFORAZORES United States Forces in Azores.
  USMC United States Marine Corps or (humor): Uncle Sam's Malicious Children.

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea, utilizing the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. Since the Marine Corps works alongside U.S. Naval forces, it is part of the Department of the Navy for administrative purposes.

  USPACOM  or United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) is a unified combatant command of the armed forces of the United States military based in Honolulu, Hawaii..
  USSOUTHCOM United States Southern Command.

The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), located in Miami, Florida, is one of ten Unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the United States Department of Defense. It is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean (except U.S. commonwealths, territories, and possessions), Cuba, the Bahamas, their territorial waters, and for the force protection of U.S. military resources at these locations. United States Southern Command is also responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal and canal area.

  USARFICOM United States Africa Command is located in Stutgart, Germany or It encompasses All of Africa except for Egypt..
  USSR Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The english version of the long form of the name of the Soviet Union.


  VTOL Vertical Takeoff and Landing.


  WO Warrent Officer.

In the NATO rank structure the warrent officer ranks (WO1 - WO4 with 1 being the lowest) fall between the enlisted (OR) and officer (OF) ranks.
In the United States military, a Warrant Officer is ranked as an officer above the senior-most enlisted ranks, as well as officer cadets and candidates, but below the grade of O-1 (NATO: OF-1). Warrant officers are highly skilled, single-track specialty officers, and while the ranks are authorized by Congress, each branch of the Uniformed Services selects, manages, and utilizes warrant officers in slightly different ways. Upon the initial appointment to Warrant Officer 1, a warrant is given by the secretary of the service, and upon promotion to Chief Warrant Officer 2, they are commissioned by the President of the United States, taking the same oath and receiving the same commission and charges as commissioned officers, thus deriving their authority from the same source.
In the British Army, and many militaries that take their traditions from the British military, however they are senior NCOs who have progressed up the ranks and are divided into Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) and the higher ranking Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1). Warrant Officers are called such in the United Kingdom because they recieve a warrant from the Prime Minister and not a comission from the Sovereign. This is the reason they are called "sir" by lower ranks but not saluted.

  WP White Phosphorus.

A hollow round filled with white phosphorus. Upon detonation, it scatters burning white phosphorus throughout its burst radius. WP rounds also generate thick white smoke.


  XO executive officer.

The second officer in command, right after the CO.



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