The U.S. Army, like any bureaucratic organization, produces its own acronyms, which often come to have meaning beyond their bare expansions.

Official acronyms include:

  • AFV - armored fighting vehicle
  • MRE - officially, Meal Ready to Eat; (also: Meal Rejected by Ethiopians)
  • BDU - Battle Dress Uniform (also: Battle Dress Underwear)
  • PMCS - Preventive Maintenance, Checks and Services

Slang acronyms include:

  • BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
  • DILLIGAFF - Does It Look Like I Give A Flying Fuck
  • FIGMO - Fuck it, I've got my orders
  • FUBAR - Fucked up beyond all recognition or Fucked up beyond all repair
  • FUGAZI - Fucked Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In
  • FUMTU - (Things are) fucked up more than usual
  • JANFU - Joint Army-Navy fuck-up
  • RCH - Red Cunt Hair (unit of measure)
  • REMF - Rear echelon mother fucker (i.e: a micromanaging, interfering back room commander)
  • RTFM - Read the fucking manual
  • RTFMA - Read the fucking manual again
  • SNAFU - Situation normal, all fucked up
  • SUSFU - Situation unchanged, still fucked up
  • TARFU - Things are really fucked up
  • WOFTAM - Waste of fucking time and money

See also: List of acronyms, List of government and military acronyms