UK Military Acronyms

An up-to-date database of all known acronyms used by the UK military.

The Complete MOD Abbreviation Database

We have a complete list of over 21,000 acronyms used by the Ministry of Defence.

The abbreviations listed below are used by all brances of the Military in the UK.


AcronymDescription
ACDSAssistant Chief of the Defence Staff (2* posts)
ACDSAutomatic Computer-controlled Dispensing System
ACDSAutomatic Countermeasures Dispensing System
ACDS(CIS)Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Command-Control-Comms and Info Sys)
ACDS(L)Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Logistics)
ACDS(O)Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Overseas)
ACDS(Op/Sy)Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Operations and Security)
ACDS(Pol/Nuc)Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Policy and Nuclear)
ACDS(Prog)Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Programmes)
ACDS(Res&Cdts)Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets)
ACDUArea Clearance Diving Unit
ACEActuator Control Electronics
ACEAdvanced Computing Environment
ACEAgile Control Experiment
ACEAllied Command Europe
ACEAnalogue Code Encryption unit
ACEArmoured Combat Earth-mover
ACEAsset Control and Evaluation
ACE COMSECACE Communications Security
ACE HighACE tropo-scatter communications system
ACEATMAimed Controlled Effect Anti Tank Mine
ACEATMAimed Controlled Effect Anti--Tank Mine
ACEATMAimed Controlled-Effect Anti-Tank Mine
ACELIPACE Long-term Infrastructure Plan
ACEPAutomatic Contact Evaluation Plotter
ACESAdvanced Carry-on ELINT/ESM Suite
ACESAdvanced-Concept Escape System
ACESAeroequip Corp. Engineering Standard
ACESArrow Continuation Experiments
ACETAir-cushion Equipment Transporter
ACETEFAir Combat Environment Test and Evaluation Facility
ACEWSAutomated Computer Assisted Electronic Warfare System
ACFAcquisition Competence Framework
ACFArmy Cadet Force
ACFArmy Cadet Force (British Army)
ACGAmphibious Combat Group
ACGCAgency Clinical Governance Committee
ACGFAluminium-Coated Glass-Fibre (chaff)
ACGSAssistant Chief of the General Staff
ACHAdvanced Compound Helicopter
ACHAnti-Condensation Heater
ACHDFAir Commander Home Defence Forces
AChEAcetylCholinEsterase
ACIAmerican Concrete Institute
ACIArmament Control Indicator
ACIAAsynchronous Communications Interface Adapter
ACIDAtomicity Consistency Isolation and Durability
ACINTAcoustic Intelligence
ACISArmament Control Indicator Set
ACISAArmy CIS Authority
ACISGArms Command and Control Communications and Information Systems
ACLAccess Control List
ACLAccess Control List
ACLANTAllied Command Atlantic
ACLOSAutomated Command to Line Of Sight
ACLOSAutomatic-to-Command Line-Of-Sight
ACLSAir Cushion Landing System
ACLSAutomatic Carrier Landing System
ACLTAircraft Carrier Landing Trainer
ACMAdvanced Cruise Missile
ACMAir Chief Marshal
ACMAir Combat Manoeuvre
ACMAnti-Armour Cluster Munitions
ACMEAdvanced Core Military Engine
ACMEAdvanced-Core Military Engine
ACMESTAir Combat Manoeuvring Expert Systems Trainer
ACMIAir Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation
ACMRAir Combat Manoeuvring Range
ACMSAir Combat Manoeuvring Simulator
ACMSAircraft Condition Monitoring System
ACMSApplication Control and Management System
ACMSArmament Control and Monitoring System
ACMSAutomatic Communication Management System
ACMTAdvanced Cruise Missile Technology
ACNActivity Control Number
ACNAircraft Classification Number
ACNIPAuxiliary Communications Navigation and Identification Panel
ACNSAssistant Chief of Naval Staff
ACNSAssistant Chief of the Naval Staff
ACNSAssistant Chief of the Naval Staff (2* post)
AcntsAccounts
ACOAdministrative Contracting Officer
ACOAirspace Control Order
ACOAirspace Co-ordination Order
ACOAirspace Co-ordinator Order
ACO(W)Atomic Co-ordinating Office (Washington)
ACODAccess Code
ACOPApproved Code of Practice
ACOPApproved Code Of Practice (H&S)
ACoPApproved Code of Practice and Guidance (Managing Health & Safety in
ACORAuthorised Contractor Record
ACOSAssistant Chief of Staff
ACOS(AV)Assistant Chief of Staff (Aviation) RN
ACOS(CIS)Assistant Chief of Staff (Communications and Information systems)
ACOS(M&D)Assistant Chief of Staff (Medical & Dental)
ACOS(OPS)Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations and Plans)
ACOS(P&S)Assistant Chief of Staff (Personnel and Support)
ACOS(POL)Assistant Chief of Staff (Policy)
ACOS(W)Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare)
ACOSTAdvisory Committee on Science and Technology
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