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List of abbreviations and symbols

Editor’s Note—This list does not include standard abbreviations in common usage; unusual abbreviations of rare occurrence which are clarified at appropriate points; and those abbreviations and contractions which, although uncommon, are understandable from the context.

  • AA, anti-aircraft
  • ADCOM, Advance Command and Liaison Group in Korea (US)
  • AFP, Agence France Presse
  • Alusna, U.S. Naval Attaché
  • AMIK, American Mission in Korea
  • AP, Associated Press
  • ARA, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • ASCOM, Army Service Command
  • AT, antitank
  • avgas, aviation gasoline
  • BCOF, British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan)
  • BOAC, Bristish Overseas Airways Corporation
  • Bo An Dae , North Korean Border Constabulary
  • CA, Office of Chinese Affairs, Department of State
  • CCF, Chinese Communist Forces
  • CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • CIC, Counter Intelligence Corps
  • CINCFE, Commander in Chief, Far East
  • CINCPAC, Commander in Chief, Pacific
  • CINCPACFLT, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet
  • CINCUNC, Commander in Chief, United Nations Command
  • cirtel, circular telegram
  • CKS, Chiang Kai-shek
  • CNAC, China National Aviation Corporation
  • ConGen, Consulate General
  • CP, command post
  • CPG, Central People’s Government (of the People’s Republic of China)
  • C/S, Chief of Staff
  • CSA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • CVE, escort aircraft carrier
  • CWO, Chief Watch Officer
  • DA, Department of the Army
  • Delga, series indicator for telegrams from the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly
  • Depcirtel, Department of State circular telegram
  • Dept, Department of State
  • DeptAr, Department of the Army
  • DNP, Democratic National Party (South Korea)
  • DTG, dating
  • ECA, Economic Cooperation Administration
  • ECA/W, Economic Cooperation Administration, Washington
  • ECOSOC, United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • EDT, Eastern Daylight Time
  • Embtel, Embassy’s telegram
  • ESC, Joint Korean-American Economic Stabilization Committee
  • EST, Eastern Standard Time
  • EUR, Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • EUSAK, Eighth U.S. Army in Korea
  • FA, Field Army
  • FE, Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • FEAF, (U.S.) Far East Air Forces
  • FEC, Far East Command
  • FECOM, Far East Command
  • FM, Foreign Minister
  • FMACC, Foreign Military Assistance Coordinating Committee (an interdepartmental body composed of representatives of the Departments of State and Defense and the Economic Cooperation Administration)
  • FonMin, Foreign Minister
  • FonOff, Foreign Office
  • FSO, Foreign Service Officer
  • FSR, Foreign Service Reserve Officer
  • FYI, for your information
  • G, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State (Matthews)
  • G–2, intelligence section (U.S. Army)
  • G–3, operations and training section (U.S. Army)
  • G–4, supply section (U.S. Army)
  • Gadel, Series indicator for telegrams to the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly
  • GARIOA, Government and Relief in Occupied Areas
  • GDR, German Democratic Republic
  • GHQ, General Headquarters
  • Gimo, Generalissimo (Chiang Kai-shek, China)
  • GOI, Government of India
  • GOP, Government of Pakistan
  • HC, High Commissioner
  • HICOG, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany
  • HMG, His Majesty’s Government
  • HoMin, Home Minister
  • HQ, Headquarters
  • IAC, Intelligence Advisory Committee
  • IC, Indochina
  • IC, Interim Committee on Korea
  • IC, Interim Committee of the U.N. General Assembly
  • ICAO, International Civil Aviation Organization
  • intel, information telegram
  • IO, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State
  • JAS, Joint Administrative Services
  • J.I.C., Joint Intelligence Committee (U.S.–U.K.)
  • JIIC, Joint Intelligence Indications Committee
  • KA, Korean Army
  • KMAG, U.S. Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea
  • KMT, Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), Republic of China
  • KPDR, Korean People’s Democratic Republic
  • L/FE, Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • MA, Military Attaché
  • MAAG, Military Assistance Advisory Group
  • MATS, Military Air Transport Service
  • MCC, Military Control Commission
  • MDAA, Mutual Defense Assistance Act
  • MDAP, Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • ME, Middle East
  • MEA, Ministry of External Affairs
  • MG, machine gun
  • Mistel, Mission’s telegram
  • MSC, Military Staff Committee (United Nations)
  • NA, National Assembly (Republic of Korea)
  • NA, Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • NAT, North Atlantic Treaty
  • NCNA, New China News Agency
  • NE, Near East
  • NEA, Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • NGO, non-governmental organization
  • niact, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NME, National Military Establishment
  • nr, number
  • N.S.C., National Security Council
  • NYT, New York Times
  • OAFE, Office for Occupied Areas, Far East, Department of the Army
  • OCSA, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • OIR, Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OPI, Office of Public Information (Republic of Korea)
  • P, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Edward W. Barrett
  • PC, Patrol Vessel, Submarine Chaser
  • PIO, Public Information Officer
  • PLA, People’s Liberation Army (of the People’s Republic of China)
  • PM, Prime Minister
  • POC, Peace Observation Commission
  • POL, Petroleum, Oil, Lubricants
  • POLAD, U.S. Political Adviser
  • PrinSec, Principal Secretary, U.N. Commission on Korea
  • PTI, Press Trust of India-Reuters
  • R, Office of the Special Assistant for Intelligence, Department of State
  • RCT, regimental combat team
  • RFC, Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • ROK, Republic of Korea
  • S/AE, Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Atomic Energy Affairs
  • SA/M, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Press Relations, Michael J. McDermott
  • SANA, State, Army, Navy, Air Force
  • SCAP, Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Japan
  • SEA, Southeast Asia
  • Secto, series indicator for messages from the Secretary of State when he is absent from the Department
  • Secy, Secretary of State
  • SGS, Secretary of the General Staff
  • SIGO, Signal Officer
  • SITREP, situation report
  • SKLP, South Korea Labor Party
  • S/MDA, Mutual Defense Assistance Program, Department of State
  • SOA, Office of South Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • S/P, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • Telcan, indicator of telegrams to the branch of the American Embassy in China at Canton (Use of the indicator was continued after the closing of the Embassy in Canton in 1949)
  • T.O., Travel Orders
  • Tosec, series indicator for messages to the Secretary of State when he is absent from the Department
  • UNA, Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNCOK, United Nations Commission on Korea
  • UNCURK, United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea
  • UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNGA, United Nations General Assembly
  • UNICEF, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
  • UNKRA, United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency
  • UNRRA, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
  • UNSCOB, United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans
  • UP, United Press
  • urad, your radio message
  • urtel, your telegram
  • USAFIK, U.S. Army Forces in Korea
  • USALO, U.S. Army Liaison Office
  • USAMGIK, United States Army Military Government in Korea
  • USFEAF, U.S. Far East Air Forces
  • USIE, U.S. (International) Information and Educational Exchange Program
  • USIS, United States Information Service
  • USUN, U.S. Mission at the United Nations
  • VOA, Voice of America
  • WARX, Military Communications indicator
  • WCPP, World Congress of Partisans of Peace
  • WE, Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WEEKA, Weekly Analysis
  • WESTPAC, Western Pacific
  • WRI, Weekly Report on Intelligence
  • YMS, yard mine sweeper
  • Z, Indicator for Greenwich Mean Time
  • ZI, Zone of the Interior
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