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.

  • AAA , anti-aircraft artillery
  • ACJ , Allied Council for Japan
  • AFC , Air Force Cross (British)
  • AFL , American Federation of Labor
  • AFP , Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • AFPFL , Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League
  • AMC , Additional Measures Committee of the United Nations
  • ANETA , Algemeen Nieuws en Telegraaf Agentschap, a semi-official Dutch News Agency
  • Anzac , Australia–New Zealand
  • AP , Associated Press
  • AR , Office of Regional American Affairs, Department of State
  • ARA , Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • AS , Associated States
  • ASW , anti-submarine warfare
  • AW , automatic weapons
  • BCP , Burmese Communist Party
  • BCT , battalion combat team
  • BFO , Bijeenkomst voor Federaal Overleg (Federal Consultative Assembly)
  • BIS , Bank for International Settlements
  • BNA , Office of British Commonwealth and Northern European Affairs, Department of State
  • BOT , Board of Trade (British)
  • BPM , De Bataafsche N.V. Petroleum Maatschappij, a joint Dutch-British oil consortium in which participation was 60–40
  • Brit Emb , British Embassy
  • BST , bilateral security treaty (United States–Japan)
  • BWPP , Burmese Workers’ and Peasants’ Party
  • CA , Constituent Assembly
  • CA , Office of Chinese Affairs, Department of State
  • Caltex , California Texas Oil Company, Limited
  • CB , Companion of the Bath (British)
  • CBE , Commander, Order of the British Empire
  • CFM , Council of Foreign Ministers
  • CIA , Central Intelligence Agency
  • C-in-C , Commander in Chief
  • CINCFE , Commander in Chief, Far East
  • CINCPAC , Commander in Chief, Pacific
  • CINCPacFlt , Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet
  • CINCUNC , Commander in Chief, United Nations Command
  • CIO , Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Cominform , Communist Information Bureau
  • Commcen , communications center
  • ComNavFE , Commander, United States Naval Forces in the Far East
  • Contel , Consulate telegram
  • Cosan , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Delegation at the Japanese Peace Conference in San Francisco to the Department of State
  • CP , Communist Party
  • CPB , Communist Party of Burma
  • CPG , Central People’s Government (People’s Republic of China)
  • CPIC , Communist Party of Indochina
  • CPP , Philippine Communist Party
  • CRO , Commonwealth Relations Office (British)
  • CSUSA , Chief of Staff, United States Army
  • DA , Department of the Army
  • Delga , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • Depcirgram , Department of State circular airgram
  • Depcirtel , Department of State circular telegram
  • Deptel , Department of State telegram
  • DFC , Distinguished Flying Cross
  • DI , Darul Islam, the Islamic State
  • DMPA , Defense Materials Procurement Agency
  • DNG , Dutch New Guinea
  • D.O. , Defense Order
  • DSO , Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (British)
  • E , Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • ECA , Economic Cooperation Administration
  • ECA/W , headquarters of the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington
  • ECAFE , Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East
  • Ecato , series indicator for telegrams from the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington to its missions abroad
  • ECOSOC , Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • EDF , European Defense Force
  • Embdes , Embassy despatch
  • Emboff , Embassy officer
  • Embtel , Embassy telegram
  • ER , Economic Resources and Security Staff, Department of State
  • ERP , European Recovery Program
  • ESS , Economic and Scientific Section, Office of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan
  • ETA , estimated time of arrival
  • EUR , Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • Exec Dir , Executive Director
  • Eximbank , Export-Import Bank of Washington
  • FAO , Food and Agriculture Organization
  • FBIS , Foreign Broadcast Information Service
  • FE , Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • FEC , Far Eastern Commission
  • FECOM , Far East Command
  • FinMin , Finance Minister
  • FonMin , Foreign Minister
  • FonOff , Foreign Office
  • FonSecy , Foreign Secretary
  • FRC , Federal Records Center
  • FY , fiscal year
  • FYI , for your information
  • G , Deputy Under Secretary of State
  • GA , General Assembly of the United Nations
  • Gadel , series indicator for telegrams to the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • GARIOA , Government and Relief in Occupied Areas
  • GATT , General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • GHQ , General Headquarters
  • Gimo , Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
  • GOA , Government of Afghanistan
  • GOB , Government of Burma
  • GOC , Committee of Good Offices for Indonesia of the United Nations Security Council
  • GOC , Government of Ceylon
  • Gocus , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Delegation on the Committee of Good Offices for Indonesia of the United Nations Security Council
  • GOI , Government of India
  • GOP , Government of Pakistan
  • GRS , Government rubber, synthetic
  • GSA , General Services Administration
  • GSC , General Staff Corps, United States Army
  • HC , High Commissioner
  • HICOM , High Commission(er) for Germany
  • HMB , Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan (People’s Liberation Army), a military force affiliated with the Philippine Communist Party
  • HMG , His Majesty’s Government
  • Huk , see HMB
  • IARA , Inter-Allied Reparation Agency
  • IBRD , International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • IC , Indochina
  • ICAO , International Civil Aviation Organization
  • ICFTU , International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
  • ICJ , International Court of Justice
  • ICRC , International Committee of the Red Cross
  • ILO , International Labor Organization
  • IMF , International Monetary Fund
  • Indo , Indonesia; Indonesian
  • INR , Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State
  • intel , circular information telegram
  • IRAA , Imperial Rule Assistance Association (Taisei Yokusan Kei), a Japanese organization banned under the purge
  • IRAPS , Imperial Rule Assistance Political Society (Taisei Seiji Kai), a Japanese organization banned under the purge
  • ISAC , International Security Affairs Committee
  • JCRR , Joint (United States-Chinese) Commission on Rural Rehabilitation (Taiwan)
  • JCS , Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JGOA , Japanese Government Overseas Agency
  • JUSMAG , Joint United States Military Advisory Group
  • KBE , Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire
  • KCB , Knight Commander of the Bath (British)
  • KL , Koninklijke Leger (Royal Netherlands Army)
  • KMT , Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), Republic of China
  • KNIL , Koninklijke Nederlandsche Indische Leger (Royal Netherlands Indonesian Army)
  • L , Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • L>/FE , Assistant Legal Adviser for Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • Legtel , Legation telegram
  • Lon , London
  • Lontel , London telegram
  • LSSL , landing ship support, large
  • LST , landing ship, tank
  • LVF , Lien Viet Front (League for the National Union of Vietnam)
  • M/C , memorandum of conversation
  • MAAG , Military Assistance Advisory Group
  • MASJUMI , Madjelis Sjuro Muslimin Indonesia (Council of the Indonesian Moslem Association)
  • MATS , Military Air Transport Service
  • MC , Military Cross (British)
  • MDA , Mutual Defense Assistance
  • MDAA , Mutual Defense Assistance Act
  • MDAP , Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • MEA , Ministry of External Affairs
  • MFN , most favored nation
  • MilAtt , Military Attaché
  • Milob , military observer
  • MinFin , Minister of Finance
  • Misun , series indicator for messages to the United States Mission at the United Nations
  • MKA , Morrison–Knudsen Afghanistan, Inc.
  • MSA , Mutual Security Act (Agency)
  • MSP , Mutual Security Program
  • NA , Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • NAC , National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Problems
  • NAT , North Atlantic Treaty
  • NATO , North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • NDC , National Development Council, an agency of the Philippine Government
  • NEA , Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • NEI , Netherlands East Indies
  • niact , night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NIE , National Intelligence Estimate
  • NNG , Netherlands New Guinea
  • NPR , National Police Reserve (Japan)
  • NPRJ , Japanese National Police Reserve
  • NSC , National Security Council
  • OAS , Organization of American States
  • ODM , Office of Defense Mobilization
  • OEEC , Office for European Economic Cooperation
  • OFD , Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • OIC , officer in charge
  • OSA , Office of South American Affairs, Department of State
  • OSD , Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • OSI , Office of Special Investigation (Air Force)
  • OSR , Office of the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • PAF , Philippine Armed Forces
  • Pak , Pakistan
  • PARINDRA , Partai Indonesia Raja (Greater Indonesian Party)
  • PARKINDO , Partai Kristen Indonesia (Indonesian Christian Party)
  • PBY , Naval patrol bomber
  • PHILCUSA , Philippine Council for United States Aid
  • PI , Philippine Islands
  • PIR , Partai Peratuan Indonesia Raja (Greater Indonesian Union Party)
  • PKI , Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party)
  • PlebAd , Plebiscite Administrator
  • PM , Prime Minister
  • PNI , Partai Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian Nationalist Party)
  • POC , Peace Observation Commission
  • PolAd , Political Adviser
  • PPN , Pusat Perkebunan Negara (Government Plantation Enterprises)
  • PRC , People’s Republic of China
  • PriMin , Prime Minister
  • PRL , parliamentary
  • PSA , Office of Philippine and Southeast Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • PSI , Partai Sosialis Indonesia (Socialist Party of Indonesia)
  • PX , post exchange
  • reftel , reference telegram
  • Repsec , series indicator for telegrams to the Secretary of State from the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • reurtel , regarding your telegram
  • RFC , Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • RFC , Rehabilitation Finance Corporation, an agency of the Philippine Government
  • ROTC , Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • RSC , Rubber Study Group
  • RTC , Round Table Conference
  • S , Office of the Secretary of State
  • S/ISA , International Security Affairs, Department of State
  • S/S , Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S–PR , Protocol Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S–R , Policy Reports Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • S/S–S , Committee Secretariat Staff, Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • Sanco , series indicator for telegrams from the Department of State to the United States Delegation at the Japanese Peace Conference in San Francisco
  • SC , Security Council of the United Nations
  • SCAP , Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan
  • SE , Special Estimate
  • SEA , Southeast Asia
  • SEAC , Southeast Asia Aid Policy Committee
  • Secto , series indicator for telegrams to the Department of State from the Secretary of State or his Delegation in connection with conferences of Foreign Ministers
  • Secy Gen UN , Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • SOA , Office of South Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • SOBSI , Sentral Organisasi Buruh Seluruh Indonesia (Central Organization of All Indonesian Labor)
  • Socony , Standard Oil Company of New York
  • SP , submarine patrol
  • Stanvac , Standard-Vacuum Oil Company
  • STEM , United States Special Technical and Economic Mission
  • SYG , Secretary-General
  • TCA , Technical Cooperation Administration, Department of State
  • TCT , Truman–Churchill talks
  • TEF , Thai Expeditionary Force
  • Telac , series indicator for telegrams to Secretary of State Acheson while away from Washington
  • TG , Government of Thailand
  • T.H. , Territory of Hawaii
  • TIAS , Treaties and Other International Acts Series
  • Toeca , series indicator for telegrams to the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington from its missions abroad
  • Toisa , designation for telegrams dealing with matters within the responsibility of the Director, International Security Affairs, Department of State
  • Topad , designation for telegraphic correspondence in either direction between the United States Political Adviser to SCAP and the Department of State
  • TopSec , Top Secret
  • Torep , series indicator for messages from the Economic Cooperation Administration headquarters in Washington to the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • U , Under Secretary of State
  • UKHC , United Kingdom High Commissioner
  • UN , United Nations
  • UNA , Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNCI , United Nations Commission for Indonesia
  • UNCIP , United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan
  • UNESCO , United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNICEF , United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
  • Unmis , series indicator for messages from the United States Mission at the United Nations
  • UNMOK , United Nations Military Observer in Kashmir
  • UNP , Office of United Nations Political and Security Affairs, Department of State
  • UNSYG , Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • UNTA , United Nations Technical Assistance
  • urmsg , your message
  • urtel , your telegram
  • USA , United States Army
  • USAF , United States Air Force
  • USAR , United States Army Reserve
  • USARPAC , United States Army, Pacific Command
  • USDel , United States Delegation
  • USDelGA , United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • USGOC , United States Delegation on the Committee of Good Offices for Indonesia of the United Nations Security Council; also Usgoc, series indicator for telegrams to the Delegation
  • USIE , United States Information and Educational Exchange Program
  • USIS , United States Information Service
  • USMC , United States Marine Corps
  • USN , United States Navy
  • USPolAd , United States Political Adviser
  • UST , United States Treaties and Other International Agreements
  • USUN , United States Mission at the United Nations
  • VM , Viet Minh
  • VNQDD , Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang (Vietnam Nationalist Party)
  • VOA , Voice of America
  • WAR , series indicator for telegrams sent overseas by the Department of the Army or by Army Headquarters, Washington
  • War Off , War Office
  • WE , Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WFM , Washington Foreign Ministers meeting
  • WFTU , World Federation of Trade Unions
  • WHO , World Health Organization
  • WPC , World Peace Conference
  • WPV , Workers Party of Vietnam
  • ZI , Zone of the Interior