To search for a specific term without scrolling, use the Ctrl+F command on PCs, and whatever the ‘find’ command is on Macs. (I tried searching for it, but the search terms are too broad)
NAEP: National Assessment of Educational Progress; “the nation’s report card” since 1969; “NAEP does not provide scores for individual students or schools; instead, it offers results regarding subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and subgroups of those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students). NAEP results are based on a sample of student populations of interest.”
NAF: non-appropriated fund
National Guard: state military organizations to be mobilized in case of war or national emergency; may be Army or Air National Guard
NAS: Naval Air Station
NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organization; a post- WWII alliance for the common defense of Europe against threats to national sovereignty by the USSR. The first document of NATO, the Treaty of Washington, was signed in 1949.
NAVEX: Navy exchange; see Exchange
NCO: Non-commissioned officer; a mid-level enlisted leader
NCHE: National Center for Home Education; a division of the conservative Christian legal defense association, HSLDA
NHEN: National Home Education Network
no-fee passport: an official passport issued to DoD civilians and dependents for overseas travel
non-appropriated fund: an instrumentality whose funds are generated by DOD military and civilian personnel and their dependents and used to augment funds appropriated by the Congress to provide a comprehensive, moralebuilding welfare, religious, educational, and recreational program, designed to improve the well-being of military and civilian personnel and their dependents.
non-command sponsored: a dependent in an overseas area who is not entitled to government transportation to or from the United States and who is in the host nation without the endorsement of the appropriate overseas military commander
not ordinarily resident: a person who live in a country temporarily and arrived with government travel orders; typically US citizens who are DoD, federal or military personnel, and their and family members, who are on the travel orders; other personnel having diplomatic privileges and immunities.
OCONUS: Outside the CONtinental United States
OHA: Overseas Housing Allowance paid to service members who live in private housing at their overseas duty station.
OIF: Operation Iraqi Freedom
OPSEC: operations security; minimizing vulnerability and the amount of information available to adversaries; loose lips sink ships
ops tempo: frequency of operations
ordinarily resident: living someplace as if you were an ordinary, permanent resident; a citizen of the host country or a citizen of another country who has shifted the main residency focus to the host country and has the required work and/or residency permit for employment in country
overseas: all assignments outside the 48-contiguous states
PCS: permanent change of station (change of permanent station); a move or transfer
permanent storage: long-term storage of household goods in the US during an overseas tour of duty
POA: power of attorney
power of attorney: legal document allowing a person to specify someone else to handle his or her legal affairs on his or her behalf; the catch is that businesses are not required to honor the document and may decline to do so
POV: privately-owned vehicle; a car
portfolio: a record, with examples or photos, of a child’s learning
private organization: “Self-sustaining and non-Federal entities, incorporated or unincorporated, which are operated on DoD installations with the written consent of the installation commander or higher authority, by individuals acting exclusively outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the Federal Government.” DoD Instruction 1000.15
PX: Army post exchange; see Exchang
quarters: domicile; can be a house, an apartment, a barracks or a tent
rations: a fixed, official allowance of food or controlled substances; a payment to a servicemember who does not eat in a dining facility
remote assignment: military duty performed while assigned to a military installation or other activity in the United States for which military and civilian medical or dental facilities accessible to that installation are inadequate to support needs of assigned personnel or their families; being stationed at an installation a minimum of 50 miles or one hour of driving time from the nearest military facilities
Reserves: Reserve forces for all the military services
ROTC: Reserve Officers’ Training Corps; an elective curriculum for college students
RVN: Republic of Viet Nam
safe haven: area to which noncombatants of the United States Government’s responsibility may be evacuated during an emergency
SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test; tests in math and English used by college admissions offices as one measure of the abilities of prospective students
school-at-home: a homeschooling style resembling the structured, subject-divided style of public schooling
school-in-a-box: colloquial term for a boxed curriculum
school liaison officer: a member of a commander’s staff who has demonstrated effectiveness, maturity and leadership as a military commissioned officer, an officergrade civilian, or a senior noncommissioned officer to serve as an installation school’s officer. The school’s officer shall function as a liaison between the school principal(s) and the Military Department installation staff, but shall not be assigned responsibility for any aspect of operating the school(s).
servicemember: a member of one of the military services to include Reserves and National Guard
services: one of the five military services: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy
SLO: school liaison officer
SNAFU: Situation Normal All ‘Fouled’ Up; synonym of FUBAR, “Fouled” Up Beyond All Recognition
SOF: statement of faith
SOFA: status of forces agreement; define areas of legal responsibility held by a host country over U.S. military personnel stationed within its borders
SOP: standard operating procedure; how things are usually done concerning a particular task
space-required: in reference to DoDDS enrollment, a required space for a command-sponsored military dependent
Soviet Union: USSR, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Communist republic established in 1922 and dissolved in 1991
sponsor: military member or DoD civilian with dependents
statement of faith: usually a statement to be signed by a prospective support group member indicating that he or she subscribes to a specific religious doctrine as a condition of membership. In some SOF support groups, only persons aspiring to a leadership position (head of any committee) are required to sign the statement; dues will be accepted from any member.
TAD: temporary attached duty
TDY: temporary duty
temps: overseas term for temporary quarters, not to be confused with guest house; fourth-floor walk-up quarters in overseas government apartment buildings; often formerly maids’ quarters; may be either 2 bedroom or 8 bedroom territory: an organized division of the US that is not a state and is administered by a governor and legislature
theater: a geographic military theater-of-operations such as Europe or the Pacific. May also be a cinema on a military installation, but a “military theater” is a geographic area.
theft: If you are reading this at a site other than Tossed by the Fates, and no attribution is given to hard-working and generous Valerie Bonham Moon, the person(s) using this text is passing my work off as theirs, the slimy rotters. If you paid for this information, you were schnookered. There isn’t much I can do about plagiarists, but I thought you should know that about the site you’re visiting.
Tier system for military recruits:
- Tier I — Regular high school graduates, adult diploma holders, and non-graduates with at least 15 hours of college credit
- Tier II — Alternative credential holders, including those with a General Education Development (GED) certificate of high school equivalency
- Tier III — Those with no education credential
TMO: transportation movements office(r) transcript: the record of a person’s schooling; generally includes course names, whether or not the course was a lab, and the use of correct terminology in describing courses
Transportation: in reference to families the office(s) who handle the shipments of household good and hold baggage; AF term “TMO”
truancy: being absent without permission, usually from school.
UCMJ: Uniform Code of Military Justice
UK: the United Kingdom which comprises Great Britain and Northern Ireland
umbrella school: organizations offering various ranges of external help with home education
unaccompanied baggage: express shipment or hold baggage sent overseas before a servicemember PCSs
unaccompanied tour: an overseas assignment without the presence of dependents endorsed by the appropriate overseas military commander
Uniform Code of Military Justice: the portion of the US Code detailing the code of military criminal law applicable to all servicemembers
unit study: the themed study of an entire topic; a study of pencils might include a look at the manufacture of ‘pencil lead,’ the development of mechanical pencils, reading the essay, “I, Pencil My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read,” a visit to a pencil factory, a collection of various kinds of pencils and a booklet written about pencils in pencil.
unschooling: a homeschooling style where the learner is allowed to decide what to learn and how much of it to learn. Upon hearing a description of unschooling a friend of mine said, “Oh, like adult-education.”
UR: acronym for USAREUR Regulation
USAFE: United States Air Forces in Europe
USAREUR: United States Army Europe
USNAVEUR: United State Navy Europe
US Code: Code of laws and supplements of the United States
Volksmarch: organized hiking through historic or scenic areas over a marked trail for specific lengths usually 10 kilometers or 20 kilometers although some marches go on for 50 kilometers; originated in Germany. Not a speed.
WAC: a member of the Women’s Army Corps which existed as a separate Corps within the Regular Army between 1943 and 1978. In 1978 women were fully assimilated into the Army. The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, WAAC, preceded the WAC between 1942 and 1943
Warsaw Pact: Warsaw Treaty Organization; mutual defense treaty alliance signed in Warsaw, Poland in 1955 that was the Soviet bloc’s equivalent to NATO; dissolved in 1991
weight allowance: in connection with a PCS the total amount of weight paid for by the government for the shipment of a servicemember’s household effects white paper: an authoritative report about a major issue
Zeitgeist: from German; the characteristic spirit of a specific time period such as the 1950s, ‘the Sixties’ and so on
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