The Survival Guide To The N.A.Z. (No Acronym Zone) – Charley Hogwood

The Survival Guide To The N.A.Z. (No Acronym Zone)

Perhaps it is due to the military-esque nature of modern survival but everywhere we turn we see acronyms. So we are going to take this opportunity to clear up some of the confusion about what these abbreviations really mean. We may even throw in a few nicknames and definitions too. For the new kids in class, an acronym is just a short way of saying something by using some combination of letters from the phrase we are describing. Acronyms can be very handy but are often way over used. So here are the most common acronyms you’ll see.

  • AAR – After Action Review. Used to evaluate a previous activity.
  • AR – Automatic Rifle as in AR-15
  • ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service. HAM Radio group
  • ARRL – American Radio Relay League. HAM Radio group
  • AO – Area of Operations. The area you are working in
  • AoA – Avenue of Approach. Roads, trails, waterways, etc. that lead to your position
  • AoE – Avenue of Escape. Escape routes from your location. You should have 2 at all times
  • Bug-Out – To leave quickly. From the Korean War era
  • BIB – Bug In Bag.  Supplies to shelter in place
  • BOB – Bug-Out Bag.  A pre-packed survival bag. Different skills and scenarios require different supplies in the bag.
  • BOGO – Buy one, get one free.
  • BOL – Bug-Out Location.  A predetermined evacuation location
  • BOV – Bug-Out Vehicle. The vehicle or conveyance you will use to evacuate
  • Car Kit – Survival supplies stored in your vehicle at all times.
  • CB – Citizen’s Band Radio. A limited range 2-way radio usually in vehicles. No license needed. Not secure for sensitive information
  • CBRNE – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive.
  • CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon. (Or permit or license)
  • CERT – Community Emergency Response team. A federally funded emergency training initiative for citizens
  • CME – Coronal Mass Ejection. Plasma ejected by the Sun. If directed toward Earth it could damage the electric grid severely
  • Commo – Communications.
  • Commo Plan – Communications Plan. A plan to remain in contact with each other during emergency. Includes back up plan and out of area contact to use as a relay for information
  • Contingency Binder – A binder with all critical documents located in a safe, fireproof place
  • CONEX – Cargo shipping container used for storage
  • COOP – Continuity Of Operations Plan. Designates alternate personnel, processes and equipment to replace primary in case of catastrophic loss
  • CTX – Classroom Training Exercise
  • Decon – Decontamination. Removing chemical or biological contaminates
  • EBV – Ebola Virus
  • EHV – Ebola Hemorrhagic Virus
  • EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse . Caused by CME or atomic detonation. A horizon to horizon event depending on altitude of detonation
  • EOC – Emergency Operations Center
  • EVAC – Evacuation
  • FIFO – First In, First Out. An inventory term to use the oldest supplies first
  • Freq – Frequency
  • FRS – Family Radio Service. Usually a set of Walkie-talkies that do not require any license. Available at most sporting goods or hardware stores. Not secure
  • FTX – Field Training Exercise
  • GCP – Group Continuity Plan – (See COOP)
  • GHB – Get Home Bag. A bag kept at work or in the vehicle designed to help you get home in case of emergency. Includes 3 days of supplies
  • Go-Bag – Similar to a Bug-Out Bag. May be mission specific with respect to content such as specialty gear
  • Golden Horde – Predicted horde of looters and refugees pouring out of major cities into the countryside after a major evacuation
  • GOOD Bag – Get Out Of Dodge Bag. A bag filled with supplies to help one leave an area immediately. See (GHB, BOB)
  • Gray Man – An approach employed to make oneself unnoticeable and not memorable. Usually used when moving through a community to be less of a target by dressing blandly and never making eye contact or speaking to anyone. Not suspicious, showing nothing of value, no logos, no bright colors, nothing tactical, not moving with any urgency but not loitering
  • Grid down – The electric grid and key infrastructure has failed, usually referred to as a permanent or long term chaotic situation
  • HAM – An amateur radio user. Communications of various frequencies able to reach extreme distances around the world. Often the last line of communication when all else fails
  • Hazmat – Hazardous Materials
  • Hills – An expression often used to describe a generalized distant location where one hopes to bug out to. A poor plan if you have no specific place to go. The hills don’t care for strangers
  • Hooch – A crude shelter in the form of a tarp or natural materials. Also moonshine
  • IFAK – Individual First Aid Kit – Usually in a pouch attached to battle gear or pack. Includes basic trauma supplies
  • INCH – I’m Never Coming Home – A concept of a bag loaded in such a way to permanently leave home.
  • Independence Conflict – The individual struggle to overcome when joining a survival group. Most survival minded people don’t like to depend on others
  • IR – Infra red – Invisible light detected by night vision devices
  • Ferrocerrium Rod – A fire starting rod that is used by scraping carbon steel to produce showers of sparks
  • LIFO – Last In, First Out – Using newest supplies first
  • Lima Charlie – Loud and Clear – Radio term
  • Lines of Drift – The natural path a person or animal will travel out of ease. Usually in the woods. Always a bad idea in hostile territory due to potential ambush or traps
  • LogPak – Logistics Package – Military term for supplies being delivered. The reason that most military personnel do not understand grid down survival. There is no reach-back capability in true survival
  • MAG – Mutual Assistance Group – A group of people who pledge to work together in emergency, disaster or survival
  • Mall Ninja – A person who buys all the tacticool stuff yet has few if any skills. Also – Armchair survivalist, keyboard commando, E-Thug
  • Mess – Military term for food. Mess plan, Mess tent, etc.
  • MRE – Meal Ready to Eat – Military rations in plastic pouches. Not a good long term food storage option
  • OPORD – Operations Order – 5 paragraph plan to conduct a mission consisting of Situation, Mission, Execution, Service/Support, Command/Signal and annexes listing any Standard Operating Procedures
  • OPSEC – Operational Security – Military term used to safeguard critical information or operations. Used in survival as a prod to not share personal or survival information including what you have and where it is and what you are going to do
  • OP/LP – Observation Post/Listening Post – A hidden battle position placed beyond the outer perimeter of a defensive location usually manned by no less than 2 people with Commo back to the command post with the mission to report any activity in the area. They are never to engage, only report. There should be a clear path of escape back to camp.
  • Out – A radio term used to say that the radio conversation is complete
  • Paracord – Nylon parachute cordage that may or not be of military quality
  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – Gloves, eye protection, outer clothing, respirator, mask. Usually used around chemicals, health care settings or contagion
  • QRF – Quick Reaction Force – A reserve force that is ready at all times to deploy in case of threat or attack. A secondary QRF may be secretly positioned in the center of the defensive location and only deployed if truly needed. Note: some attacks are only to probe defenses and draw out reserve forces on purpose while main attack comes from another position on the perimeter. Don’t fall for it.
  • RACES – Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (HAM radio)
  • Rally Point – A Rally Point is a location where everyone will meet up in case of separation. There can be several Rally Points along a patrol or hiking trail and must be unique and recognizable from both front and back while traveling in a hurry. Evac Rally Points can be predetermined on a map for vehicle convoys as well
  • Retreat – A location prepared for survival in case you need to leave home
  • ROE – Rules Of Engagement – Rules that specify when you can return fire or attack depending on varying circumstances.
  • Roger – A radio term used to acknowledge that you understand the last transmission. Also used as “Roger Out” when you understand and are ending the conversation
  • Ruck – Military term for back pack as in Rucksack
  • SHIP – Shelter In Place
  • SHTF – Sh*t hit the fan. Term used to describe when everything goes wrong
  • SITREP – Situational Report – What is happening right now where you are? Used to assist others in understanding your situation and be able to plan accordingly
  • SODIS – Solar Disinfection – A water purification method that uses UV rays from the Sun to kill pathogens in water. Does not work on chemical contamination
  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedures – A set way of performing specific drills and tasks that everyone knows and will usually perform without further instruction. Should be practiced in order to reduce reaction times
  • Stray Cat Syndrome – Happens when you give food to someone and they keep returning for more and may bring more mouths to feed. Never hand out supplies to others at your supply location. Anonymous charity left on the porch of a needy neighbor is safer and can be discontinued if necessary
  • Strip Map – A simple hand drawn map used to locate a place or address where signs are missing or terrain is damaged. Often used by group members as a reference to retrieve stranded members. Map consists of avenues of approach from 4 different directions and indicates all sturdy landmarks with the target location placed in the center of the map
  • SWOT – Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats – A table used to identify these qualities in a way to prepare planning and training
  • TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It
  • Wilco – Will Concur – A radio term used to acknowledge that you understand and will do as requested
  • WROL – Without Rule Of Law – A term used to set the stage for discussing a scenario where the is no effective governing body or law enforcement
  • 2A – Second Amendment of the US Constitution regarding the citizen’s right to bear arms
  • 4A – Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution regarding citizen’s rights against illegal search and seizure
  • 2WD – Two wheel drive vehicle
  • 4WD – Four wheel drive vehicle
  • 3-monther – A survival group member who begins as the nearly perfect candidate but becomes intolerable or inactive. Usually seems to happen at about 3 months for some reason
  • 550 Cord – Official military specification parachute cord. Has a working strength of 550 lbs. and consists of seven interior strands of nylon cord contained in a single sheath. Has a myriad of uses
  • 100 mph tape – Military grade OD green duct tape. Cloth backed and very adhesive. Gorilla brand tape is the closest civilian version

There is your list. You may see other terms along the way but these are the most common and should help you understand what someone is talking about. If you have anything to add let us know and we’ll update the list. Send an email to info@readygoprep.com

 

Happy prepping!

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