New Military Spouses Learn a Whole New Vocabulary
It can be very daunting as a military spouse, all of the abbreviations and terminology looks like a whole other language. Military abbreviations and terminology pop up frequently and quickly once you marry a service member. Although the Department of Defense has a searchable online dictionary, it’s good to get a brief overview of some of the vocabulary you’ve probably already seen and will continue to see.
BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing.
BAS – Basic Allowance for Subsistence.
Chit – A request or voucher.
CO – Commanding Officer. Your beloved service member has a CO and will likely use this abbreviation.
COLA – No, not the soda. Cost of Living Allowance.
Commissary – Where military members and families can go to buy food.
Commission – Officers are given rank and authority through written orders, or commission.
CONUS – Continental United States.
DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. You and your children (if applicable) should enroll in DEERS to determine eligibility for TRICARE (see below).
DOD – Deparment of Defense.
EM – Enlisted Member.
FCP – Family Care Program. Families prepare these working documents while the family is split due to a service member’s assignment.
FSSA – Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance. Congress put …read more
Read more here:: Military Spouse Central – Veterans United Network