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Wounded Warrior Abbreviations and Acronyms


The military often uses abbreviations and acronyms as shorthand for longer terms. If a service member you care about is recovering from a wound, injury or illness and you’re involved in the recovery, you are likely to encounter many of the following abbreviations and acronyms.

Terms related to injuries and treatment

  • medevac: medical evacuation (often by helicopter)
  • MTF, MMTF: military treatment facility or military medical treatment facility, for example:
    • LRMC: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Landstuhl, Germany)
    • NMCSD: Naval Medical Center San Diego (San Diego, California)
    • BAMC: Brooke Army Medical Center (Fort Sam Huston, San Antonio, Texas)
    • WRNMMC: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, Maryland)
  • OT: Occupational Therapy
  • PT: Physical Therapy
  • SI: seriously injured; NSI: not seriously injured; VSI: very seriously injured
  • SPECAT: special category (of injury)
  • WIA: wounded in action

Medical conditions

Service-branch programs

Terms related to medical review boards

  • COAD: continuation on active duty
  • COAR: continuing on active reserve
  • EPTE: existed prior to entry
  • HAO: home awaiting orders
  • IDES: Integrated Disability Evaluation System
  • LIMDU: limited duty
  • MEB: Medical Evaluation Board
  • MOS: military occupational specialty
  • PEB: Physical Evaluation Board
  • PEBLO: Physical Evaluation Board liaison officer
  • PDRL: Permanent Disability Retirement List
  • PLD: permanent limited duty
  • TDRL: Temporary Disability Retirement List
  • VASRD: Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Other terms

  • CAC: casualty assistance center
  • CAO, CACO, CNO: casualty assistance officer; casualty assistance call officer; casualty notification officer
  • CDR: commander
  • CONUS: continental United States; OCONUS: outside the continental United States
  • CRP: comprehensive recovery plan
  • DFAS: Defense Finance Accounting Service
  • DOD: Defense Department
  • FRG: Family Readiness Group
  • FMLA: Family and Medical Leave Act
  • ITO: invitational travel order
  • MLO: Marine liaison office
  • NMA: non-medical attendant
  • NOK: next of kin; PNOK: primary next of kin; SNOK: secondary next of kin
  • OEF: Operation Enduring Freedom
  • OIF: Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • OND: Operation New Dawn
  • RCC: recovery care coordinator
  • SSN: Social Security number
  • TSGLI: Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
  • VA: Department of Veterans Affairs
  • VBA: Veterans Benefits Administration
  • VSO: veterans service officer

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