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U.S. Military Abbreviations & Acronyms:  R

The military and government are famous for using - or overusing - abbreviations and acronyms for designating equipment, programs, and agencies. These eight pages are chock full of nearly every commonly used abbreviations and acronyms used by the U.S. military (at least up through around the year 2000).

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R: (1) Rock Outcrops; (2) Receiver
RA: (1) Restricted Area; (2) Responsible Agency; (3) Resident Agent
RAAF: Royal Australian Air Force
RAAP: Rapid Application of Air Power
RAC: (1) Resident Agent in Charge; (2) RF Cafe
RACE: Rapid Automatic Cryptographic Equipment
RAF: Royal Air Force
RABFAC: Radar Beacon Forward Air Controller
RAC: Research and Analysis Company
RACO: Rear Area Combat Operations
RAD: Radiation Absorbed Dose
RADAR: Radio Detection and Ranging
RADAREXREP: Radar Exploitation Report
RADAY: Radio Day
RADBN: Radio Battalion
RADC: Rome Air Development Center
RADCM: Radar Countermeasures
RADCOM: Radio Communications
RADCON: Radiological Control
RADIAC: Radioactive Detection, Indication, and Computation
RADINT: Radar Intelligence
RADREL: Radio Relay
RAF: Royal Air Force (U.K.)
RAG: (1) River Assault Group; (2) Regimental Artillery Group (FSU)
RAIDS: Rapid Access Imagery Dissemination System
RAILS: Relational Analyses of Internetted Linkages System
RAM: (1) Rolling Airframe Missile; (2) Random Access Memory; (3) Radar Absorbing Materials;
         (4) Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability
RAMP: Rating Maintenance Program
RAMPART: Radar Advanced Measurement Program for Analysis of Reentry Techniques
RAOC: (1) Rear Area Operations Center; (2) Regional Air Operations Center
RAOWG: Radar and Optical Intelligence Working Group
RAP: (1) Rocket Assisted Projectile; (2) Remedial Action Projects
RAPIDE: Relocatable Army Processors for IntelligenceData-Europe
RAPIER: Rapid Emergency Reconstitution
RAPTOR: Responsive Aircraft Program for Theater Operations
RAS: (1) Record Assigned Systems; (2) Replenishmest at Sea; (3) Regional Analysis Section;
        (4) Rear Area Security; (5) Remote Access Support
RASC: Required Automated Services Center
RASS: Random Access Storage System
RAST: Regional Analyst Support Team
RATO: Rocket-Assisted Takeoff
RATT: Radio Teletypewriter/Teleprinter
RATV: Rescue All Terrain Vehicle
RAU: Radio Access Unit
RAWS: RAPIDE Analyst Workstation
RAWSII: Raw Statement of Intelligence Interest
RB/ER: Reduced Blast/Enhanced Radiation
RBIF: Red Basic Intelligence File
RBS: (1) Regional Broadcast System; (2) Remote Base Server
RC: (1) Radio-Controlled; (2) Required Capability; (3) Reserve Component;
      (4) Riverine Craft
RCA: (1) Riot Control Agent; (2) Royal Canadian Army; (3) Requirements Control Authority
RCAF: Royal Canadian Air Force
RCAS: Reserve Component Automated System
RCC: (1) Regional Control Center; (2) Rescue Coordination Center
RCF: Remote Collection facility
RCM: Radar Countermeasures
RCOC: Regional Communications Operations Center
RCMP: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCP: Remote Communications Processor
RCS: (1) Radar Cross Section; (2) Remote Collection System
RCSS: (1) Reconnaissance Cargo; (2) RC-135 Support Service
RCST: RC-135 Support Team
RCU
Reserve Component Unit
RCV
Receive
RCW
Reconfigurable Workstation
RCZ
Rear Combat Zone
RD
(1) Restricted Data; (2) Radius of Damage; (3) Replacement Detachment; (4) Readiness Division
R&D
Research and Development
RD&A
Research, Development, and Acquisition
RDA
Research, Development, Acquisition
RDAISA
United States Army Research, Development & Acquisition
Information
Systems Agency
RDB
Requirements Data Base
RDBMS
Relational Data Base Management System
RDC
Rapid Deployment Capability
RDD
Required Delivery Date
RDE
Radiation Detection Experiment
RDEC
Research Development Engineering Center
RDF
(1) Radio Direction Finding; (2) Rapid Deployment Force
RDI
Reconnaissance, Detection & Identification
RDIT
Rapid Deployment Imagery Terminals
RDJTF
Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force
RDL
Recurring Document Listing
RDMSS
Rapidly Deployable Mobile SIGINT Systems
RDS
(1) Remote Display System; (2) Rapid Dissemination System
RDSS
Rapidly Deployed Surveillance System
RDT&E
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation
RDV
Rapid Deployment Vehicles
RE
Receive Element
READ
Readiness
READYCAP
Fighter Aircraft in Standby Condition
REC
Radio-Electronic Combat
RECA
Residual Capabilities Assessment
RECA(T)
Residual Capability Assessment (Team)
RECAP
Requirements and Capabilities System
RECAS
Residual Capabilities Assessment System
RECC
Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator
RECCE
Reconnaissance
RECCEXREP
Reconnaissance Exploitation Report
RECI
Radar Emitter Classification Identification
RECLAU
Reconnaissance Launch Report
RECON
Reconnaissance
RECONBN
Reconnaissance Battalion
RECONT
Reconnaissance Intentions Report
REDCOM
Readiness Command
REDCON
Readiness Condition
RED
Cell Rapid Exploitation and Dissemination Cell
RED
FLAG ACC Combat Flying Exercise at Nellis AFB
RED
HORSE Deployable Civil Engineering Group
REDTRAIN
Readiness Training
REFORGER
Return of Forces to Germany (Exercise)
RFC
Request for Collection
REG
Regulation
REGT/Regt
Regiment
REL
Releasable
RELCAN
Releasable to Canada
RELROK
Releasable to the Republic of Korea
REM
Route Evaluation Module
REMAB
Remote Marshalling Base
REMBASS
Remotely Emplaced Battlefield Surveillance System
REMS
Remote Employed Sensors
REMT
Regional Emergency Management Team
RENS
Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare & Naval Intelligence
System
REP
(1) Range Error Probable; (2) Reserve Exploitation Program; (3) Representative
RES
Remote Earth Sensing
Res
Reserve
RESDAT
Restricted Data
RESTA
Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition
RETRANS
Retransmission
RETS
Remoted Target System
REUTERS
A News Service
REW(S)
Radio Electronic Warfare (Service)
REWSON
Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare, Special Operations &
Naval
Intelligence Processing System
RF
(1) Radio Frequency; (2) Representative Fraction
RF-4
Designator for Reconnaissance Aircraft (USAF/USMC)
RFA
Restricted Fire Area
RFC
Request for Collection
RFD
Radio Frequency Distribution
RFE/RL
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
RFI
(1) Radio Frequency Interference; (2) Request for Information
RFIS
Reserve Forces Intelligence School
RFL
Restrictive Fire Line
RFMETS
Radio Frequency Mobile Electronics Test Set
RFP
(1) Remaining Force Potential; (2) Radio Frequency Pulse; (3) Request for Proposal; (4) Request for Production
RFPI
Rapid Force Projection Initiative
RFPW
Radio Frequency Pulse Weapon
RFR
Request for Requirements
RFS
Request for Service
RFTB
Reserve Force Target Base
RFTL
Reserve Forces Target List
RGB
Red-Green-Blue
RGR
(1) Ranger; (2) Roger
RGS
Relay Ground Station
RGT
Regiment
RHAW
Radar Homing and Warning
RHIB
Rubber Hull Inflatable Boat
RI
Routing Indicator
RIB
Rigid Inflatable Boat
RIC
(1) Regional Intelligence Center; (2) Resource Identification Code
RIF
Reduction in Force
RII
Request for Intelligence Information
RIM
ROTHR Interface Module
RIMPAC
U.S. Naval Exercise
RIMS
Requirements Inventory Management System
RINT
Unintentional Radiation Intelligence
RIO
Radar Intercept Officer
RIP
(1) Register of Intelligence Publications; (2) Reconnaissance Information Point
RIPL
Reconnaissance and Interdiction Planning Line (NATO)
RIPSO
Revised IP Security Option
RISC
Reduced Instruction Set Computer
RISOP
Red Integrated Strategic Operations Plan
RISP
Reserve Intelligence Support Project
RIT
Remote Imagery Transceiver
RITS
Remote Imagery Transceiver System
RJITF
Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility
RL
(1) Rocket Launcher; (2) Radio Liberty; (3) Receive Location
RLG
Ring Laser Gyro
RM
(1) Requirements Management; (2) Resource Management
RMBUX
Rocky Mountain Basic UNIX
RMEC
Regional Military Emergency Coordinator
RMG
Resource Management Group
RMO
(1) Records Management Officer; (2) Requirements Management Office
RMS
(1) Requirements Management System; (2) Remote Monitoring System
RNAV
Area Navigation
RNO
Regional Nuclear Option
RNP
(1) Radio Navigation Point; (2) Remote Network Processor
RO
(1) Reporting Officer; (2) Radar Operation; (3) Receive Only; (4) Resident Office
RO/RO
Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ship)
ROB
Radar Order of Battle
ROC
(1) Required Operational Capability; (2) Republic of China; (3) Reconnaissance Operations Center; (4) Required Operational Capability; (5) Regional Operations Center
ROCC
Regional Operations Control Center
ROD
Reconnaissance Operations Division
RODCA
(1) Reporting of DoD HUMINT Collection Activities; (2) Message Caveat
ROE
Rules of Engagement
ROF
(1) Rate of Fire; (2) Remote Operating Facility
ROFA
Remote Operating Facility Airborne
ROIPB
Rear Operations Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield
ROK
Republic of Korea
ROKA
Republic of Korea Army
ROKAF
Republic of Korea Air Force
ROKN
Republic of Korea Navy
ROKUSCFC
Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command
ROM
Read Only Memory
RON
Remain Overnight
ROP
Remote Operating Position
RORSAT
Soviet (FSU) Radar Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite
ROSE
Remote Optical Sensing of the Environment
ROSS
Refinement of SIGINT Support
ROT
Rotating Position
ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps
ROTHR
Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar
ROU
Radius of Uncertainty
ROW
Rest-of-World
RP
(1) Reference Point; (2) Release Point
RPA
Reserve Personnel Allotment
RPB
Regional Preparedness Board
RPC
(1) Regional Preparedness Committee; (2) Regional Reporting Center; (3) Remote Procedure Calls; (4) Rapid Positioning
Capability
RPE
Reconnaissance Planning Element
RPG
(1) Soviet (FSU) Shoulder-Fired Antitank Grenade Launcher; (2) Report Program Generator
RPK
Soviet (FSU) Light Machinegun (similar in design to the AK rifle)
RPM
(1) Revolutions per Minute; (2) Rounds per Minute
RPT
Report
RPTG
Reporting
RPV
Remotely Piloted Vehicle
RQS
Rescue Squadron
RQT
(1) Reliability Qualification Tests; (2) Requirement
RQMTS
Requirements
RR
(1) Railroad; (2) Radio Relay
R&R
Rest and Recreation
RRC
Regional Reporting Center
RRDB
Rapidly Reconfigurable Data Base
RRF
(1) Ready Reserve Force; (2) Rapid Reaction Force (ACE)
RRG
Remote Receive Group
RRI
Response to Request for Information
RRICS
Rapid Response Imagery Capability System
RRII
Response to Request for Intelligence Information
RRM
Red Resource Monitoring
RRP
Rapid Reinforcement Plan
RRS
Remote Receive Station
RRT
Radio Receive/Transmitter
RRTP
Rail-to-Road Transfer Point
RS
Reconnaissance/Surveillance
R&S
Reconnaissance and Surveillance
RSB
PSYOP Regional Support Battalion
RSBN
Short-Range Navigation System (FSU)
RSDN
Long-Range Navigation System (FSU)
RSC
(1) Regional Support Commands; (2) PSYOP Regional Support
Company
R&SC
Reconnaissance and Surveillance Center
RSE
Ranger Support Element
RSI,
R/S/I Rationalization, Standardization and Interoperability
RSN
Red Switched Network
RSO
(1) Reconnaissance & Survey Officer; (2) Regional Security Officer
RSOC
Regional SIGINT Operations Center
RSOD
Remote Satellite Operations Demonstration
RSOG
Reserve Special Operations Group
RSR
(1) Resource Status Report; (2) Required Supply Rate; (3) Radar Service Request
RSSC
Regional Space Support Centers
RSSP
Reconnaissance Support Survivability Program
RST
(1) Recovery Support Team; (2) Regional Survey Team
RSTA
Reconnaissance, Surveillance, & Target Acquisition
RSW
Reflected Shockwave
RT
(1) Real Time; (2) Radio Telephone; (3) Relocatable Target; (4) Radius of Target
RTA
Residual Threat Assessment
RTAPS
Relocatable Target Adaptive Planning Support
RTASS
Remote Tactical Airborne SIGINT System
RTCE
Rapid Targeting Capability Europe
RTG
Reconnaissance Technical Group (TAC, USAFE, PACAF)
RTIC
(1) Regional Threat Information Cell; (2) Real-Time Information to the Cockpit
RTIP
Real-Time Interactive Processor
RTM
Receiver/Transmitter/Modem
RTOS
Real-Time Optical System
RTP
Rail Transfer Point
RTS
(1) Reconnaissance Technical Squadron; (2) Real-Time Simulator
RTS-I
Regional Training Site(s)-Intelligence
RTSP
Real-Time Signal Processor
RU
(1) Roundup; (2) Resident Unit
RUNT
Russian Underground Nuclear Test
RURPOP
Rural Population File
RV
(1) Reentry Vehicle; (2) Radius of Vulnerability; (3) Reconnaissance Vehicle
RVT
Remote Video Terminal
RW
(1) Radiological Warfare; (2) Rotary Wing; (3) Reconnaissance Wing
RWH
Radar Warning & Homing
RWI
Radio Wireline Interface/Integration
RWO
Reconnaissance Watch Officer
RWR
Radar Warning Receiver
RWS
Remote Workstation
RX
Receive
RZ
Recovery Zone
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