List of Abbreviations and Symbols, and Code Names

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.

  • AB , airborne
  • Actel , series indicator for telegrams from Secretary of State Acheson while away from Washington
  • AE , ammunitions ship
  • afld , airfield
  • AKL , light cargo ship
  • AM , fleet minesweeper
  • AmEmb , American Embassy
  • ANZUS , Australia, New Zealand, and the United States (the ANZUS Pact Nations)
  • AO , oiler (vessel)
  • AOB , air order of battle
  • AP , Associated Press
  • AR , repair ship
  • ARA , Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • ARL , landing craft repair ship
  • ASAP , as soon as possible
  • bn , battalion
  • BW , bacteriological warfare
  • C , Counselor of the Department of State
  • CAFIC , Communist Air Force in China
  • CAMG (CA/MG) , Office of Civil Affairs and Military Government, Department of the Army
  • cav , cavalry
  • CCAF , Chinese Communist Air Force
  • CCF , Chinese Communist Forces
  • CFI , Custodial Forces of India
  • CEB , Combined Economic Board
  • CFM , Council of Foreign Ministers
  • CGAFFE , Commanding General, American Forces in the Far East
  • CGArEight , Commanding General, Eighth Army
  • CGEUSAK , Commanding General, Eighth United States Army in Korea
  • CGKCOMZ , Commanding General, Korean Communications Zone
  • ChiComs , Chinese Communists
  • CIA , Central Intelligence Agency
  • CIC , Counter Intelligence Corps
  • CI & E , Counter Intelligence and Espionage
  • CINCFE , Commander in Chief, Far East
  • CINCPAC , Commander in Chief, Pacific
  • CINCUNC , Commander in Chief, United Nations Command
  • CINCUNC-Adv , the headquarters of the UNC negotiating team at Panmunjom, located at Munsan-ni near Panmunjom
  • CIs , civilian internees
  • CMC , Collective Measures Committee, United Nations
  • CNA , Chinese Nationalist Army
  • COFS , Chief of Staff
  • COMFEAF , Commander, Far East Air Forces
  • COMNAVFE , Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in the Far East
  • COMSAC , Commander, U.S. Strategic Air Command
  • CPR , Chinese People’s Republic
  • CPV , Chinese People’s Volunteers
  • CRIK , Civilian Relief in Korea
  • C/S , Chief of Staff
  • CSUSA , Chief of Staff, United States Army
  • CW , chemical warfare
  • DA , Department of the Army
  • DD , destroyer
  • DE , destroyer escort
  • Def , Department of Defense
  • Delga , series indicator for telegrams from the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • DEPTAR , Department of the Army
  • Deptel , Department of State telegram
  • DIP , military series indicator for diplomatic traffic
  • DNP , Democratic Nationalist Party (South Korea)
  • DMS , Director of Mutual Security
  • DOD , Department of Defense
  • DPs , displaced persons
  • DRF , Division of Research for the Far East, Department of State
  • D/Z (DZ) , Demilitarized Zone
  • ECA , Economic Cooperation Administration
  • EDC , European Defense Community
  • EE , Office of East European Affairs, Department of State
  • EM , enlisted man
  • Embtel , Embassy telegram
  • EST , Eastern Standard Time
  • EUR , Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • EUSAK , Eighth United States Army in Korea
  • Everready , plan covering eventualities of ROK domestic disturbances and non-cooperation with UNC
  • FAO , Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
  • FBI , Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FE , Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of State
  • FEC (FECOM) , Far East Command
  • FINAL , UNC plan for signing armistice
  • FOA , Foreign Operations Administration
  • FonMin , Foreign Minister
  • FonOff , Foreign Office
  • FY , fiscal year
  • FYI , for your information
  • G , Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State
  • G–1 , Army general staff section dealing with personnel at the division level or higher
  • G–2 , Army general staff section dealing with intelligence at the division level or higher
  • G–3 , Army general staff section dealing with operations and training at the division level or higher
  • G–4 , Army general staff section dealing with supply at the division level or higher
  • GA , General Assembly, United Nations
  • Gadel , series indicator for telegrams to the United States Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • GHQ , general headquarters
  • GOI , Government at India
  • HICOG , High Commissioner for Germany
  • HICOM , High Commissioner
  • I , internal time
  • IAC , Intelligence Advisory Committee
  • IC , Indochina
  • ICJ , International Court of Justice, United Nations
  • ICRC , International Committee of the Red Cross
  • IN , incoming
  • INS , International News Service
  • ISA , Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  • J–5 , Office of Civil Operations, Far East Command of the UN Command
  • JA UNC , Judge Advocate, United Nations Command
  • JCS , Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JOEWP , joint operation emergency war plan
  • JSPC , Joint Subsidiary Plans Division of JCS
  • KCAC , Korean Civil Assistance Command
  • KCOMZ , Korean Communications Zone
  • Kentel , series indicator and special channel for telegrams to or from Ambassador Kennan in Moscow
  • KMAG , United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of Korea
  • KMT , Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), Republic of China
  • KPA , Korean People’s Army
  • L , Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • L/E , Legal Adviser to the Bureau of Economic Affairs
  • Little Switch , operation for repatriation of sick and wounded prisoners of war
  • LOC , line of communication
  • LSM , landing ship, medium
  • LST , tank landing ship
  • MAC , Military Armistice Commission
  • MB , medium bomber
  • MDA , Mutual Defense Assistance
  • MDAP , Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • MEDO , Middle East Defense Organization
  • MDT , Mutual Defense Treaty
  • M/L , martial law
  • MP , military police
  • MLR , Main Line of Resistance
  • MSA , Mutual Security Agency; Mutual Security Act (of 1951); Mutual Security Assistance
  • MSP , Mutual Security Program
  • mytel , my telegram
  • NA , Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • NATO , North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • NEA , Bureau of Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs, Department of State
  • NDC , National Defense Corps (ROK)
  • niact , night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NIE , National Intelligence Estimate
  • NK , North Korea
  • NKA , North Korean Army
  • NKPA , North Korean People’s Army
  • NNIT , Neutral Nations’ Inspection Teams
  • NNRC , Neutral Nations’ Repatriation Commission
  • NNSC , Neutral Nations’ Supervisory Commission
  • NOTAL , not needed by all addressees
  • NSC , National Security Council
  • NSF , National Safety Forces (Japan)
  • OCB , Operations Coordinating Board
  • OCS , Office, Chief of Staff
  • OFD , Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • OMP , Office of International Materials Policy, Department of State
  • OPI , Office of Public Information (ROK)
  • OSD , Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • ourad , our radio (telegram)
  • P , Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State
  • PC , Political Conference
  • PCEC , escort amphibious control vessel
  • PIO , Public Information Officer
  • POL , petroleum, oil, and lubricants
  • POWs , prisoners of war
  • PM , Prime Minister
  • PNG , persona non grata
  • Pres US , the President of the United States
  • PriMin , Prime Minister
  • PSB , Psychological Strategy Board
  • PSF , President’s Secretary’s File (Truman Papers, Truman Library)
  • PsyWar , psychological warfare
  • PPS , Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • PW , prisoner of war
  • RAAF , Royal Australian Air Force
  • rad , radio (telegram)
  • RCAF , Royal Canadian Air Force
  • RCT , regimental combat team
  • reftel , reference telegram
  • reurad , re your radio (telegram)
  • ROK , Republic of Korea
  • ROKA , Republic of Korea Army
  • ROKG , Republic of Korea Government
  • ROKN , Republic of Korea Navy
  • S , Office of the Secretary of State
  • SC , Security Council of the United Nations
  • SCATTER , screening plan for repatriation of prisoners of war
  • SE , Special Estimate
  • SEA , South East Asia
  • SecDef , Secretary of Defense
  • Secto , series indicator for telegrams to the Department of State from the Secretary of State
  • sitrep , situation report
  • SK , South Korea
  • SOA , Office of South Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • S/P , Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • SM , Secretary’s Meeting
  • SNIE , Special National Intelligence Estimate
  • S/S , Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • STU , short ton of tungsten
  • Supr Com , supervisory commission
  • SYG , Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Telac , series indicator for telegrams to Secretary of State Acheson while away from Washington
  • telecon , telecommunications conference
  • TIAS , Treaties and Other International Acts Series
  • TO & E , Table of Organization and Equipment
  • Tofoa , series indicator for telegrams to Foreign Operations Administration
  • Topad , designation for telegraphic correspondence in either direction between the United States Political Adviser to the Supreme Commander for Allied Powers in Japan and the Department of State
  • Tosec , series indicator for telegrams from the Department of State to the Secretary of State
  • TopSec , Top Secret
  • TS , Top Secret
  • UC , Unified Command
  • UKHC , United Kingdom High Commissioner
  • UNA , Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNASYG , United Nations Assistant Secretary-General
  • UNC , United Nations Command
  • UNCACK , United Nations Civil Assistance Command, Korea
  • UNCURK , United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea
  • UNGA , United Nations General Assembly
  • UNP , Office of United Nations Political and Security Affairs, Department of State
  • UNPW , United Nations prisoner of war
  • UNKRA , United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency
  • urad , your radio (telegram)
  • urtel , your telegram
  • USAF , United States Air Force
  • USIS , United States Information Service
  • USMC , United States Marine Corps
  • UST , United States Treaties and Other Agreements
  • USUN , United States Mission at the United Nations
  • WE , Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WIROM , series indicator for certain Department of State administrative telegrams
  • YO , fuel oil barge
  • ZI , Zone of the Interior