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#182658 - 09/20/09 01:46 AM ETS Acronyms
fasteer Offline

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 63
Loc: away
I'm fairly new here, so it's a struggle to understand the acronyms y'all use so casually. Help me out? Add to the list if you care to...

EDC: Every Day Carry
FAK: First Aid Kit (?)
LM: Leatherman
SHTF: 'stuff' hits the fan

#182661 - 09/20/09 02:04 AM Re: ETS Acronyms [Re: fasteer]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
We really should get somebody to sticky OBG's list.


AF) (see also, PALS & MOLLE)
ABCDE= Airway/ Breathing/ Circulation/ Disability/ Exposure
ABD-pad= ABDominal pad
ACR = ACR Electronics - a manufacturer of PLBs
ALICE - All-Purpose Lightweight Carrying Equipment
ALS= Advanced Life Support
ATLS- Advanced Trauma Life Support
AM - Amplitude Modulation
AIRSAVE - (USAF) (see also, PALS & MOLLE)
AMK: Adventure Medical Kits
ASAP= As Soon As Possible
ASP: Aviation Survival Pak
ABG= Arterial Blood Gas
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AOT - As Opposed To
AED: Automatic External Defibrillator

BLS= Basic Life Support
BOB=Bug Out or Bail Out Bag
BOT= Bag of tricks
BOV= Bug Out Vehicle
BTW - By the Way
BK or BK's = Bloody Kid(s)! i.e. Anyone under 60.
BOHICA- Bend Over, Here It Comes Again

CB - Citizens Band
CHP - California highway patrol
COSPAS-SARSAT = "Cosmicheskaya Sistyema Poiska Avariynich Sudov"+"Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking" - system for PLB support
CPR - Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
CRKT - Columbia River Knife and Tool
CW - Continuous Wave (synonymous with radio Morse Code)
C.D. or C.D's. - Coffin Dodger(s). i.e. Anyone over 60.

"DW" means "Dear Wife"
"DH" means "Dear Husband" (or sometimes Damn Husband!)
"DD" is "Dear Daughter"
DIY - Do it Yourself

EDC- Every Day Carry
EAS - Emergency Alert System
EMP - Electro-Magnetic Pulse
EPIRB- Electronic positioning indicating radio beacon
EBR - Energy bar wrapper (??)
ELT - Emergency Locator Transmitter
EDC - Everyday carry
ETS - Equipped to survive
E&E- Escape and Evasion
EMS- Emergency Medical Support
EMT- Emergency Medical Technician

FCOL- For Crying Out Loud
FWIW - For What its worth.
FM - Frequency Modulation
FRS - Family Radio Service
FSK: Fire Starting Kit
FAK: First Aid Kit
FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Repair (polite form)

GEO = Geostationaryg Satellite - associated with COSPAS-SARSAT system
GHB - Get Home Bag
GMDSS- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
GMRS - General Mobile Radio Service
GPS - Global Positioning Satellite
GPSR = Global Positioning Satellite Receiver
GCS- Glasgow Coma Scale / Glasgow Coma Score

Ham - Amateur radio operator (not really an acronym)
HF - High Frequency
HTH - Hope this helps

IIRC - If I recall Correctly
IMHO - In my humble opinion (also; In my honest Opinion)
IME - In My Estimation
IOW - In Other Words
IANAL - I am not a lawyer
INCH = I'm Never Coming Home

KISS- Keep it Simple, Stupid (Keep It Super Simple)
KSS- Kitchen Sink Survivalists

LBTOJ - Little brown truck of joy ( UPS)
LED - Light Emitting Diode
LTS - Long Term Survival
LE - Law Enforcement
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
LEO = Low Earth Orbit satellite - associated with COSPAS-SARSAT system
LUT = Local User Terminal - associated with COSPAS-SARSAT system

MHz = Megahertz - a measure of radio wave frequency
Mk1 = Doug Ritter's folding knives (fullsize & mini)
Mk3 = Doug Ritter's fixed blade knife
Mk4 = Doug Ritter's folding "gentleman's" knife
Mk5 = New Doug Ritter's tiny fixed blade knife - intended to be placed inside survival kit
MOLLE - Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (USMC) (also PALS)
MRE - Meals Ready to Eat (Military Rations)
MURS - Multi-Use Radio Service
MMT- Mobile Medical Team
MVA- Motor Vehicle Accident
MSRP- Manufactures Suggested Retail Price

NOAA - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NBC- Nuclear/ Biological/ Chemical

OBG = Old Bald Guy - a beloved former forum member
OTOH - On the Other Hand
ORS- Oral Rehydratation Salts

PSK- Personal Survival Kit
PALS - Pocket Attachment Ladder System (US Army) (also MOLLE)
POV - Privately Owned Vehicle
PSP - Pocket Survival Pak
PHTLS- Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support
PLB- Personal Locator Beacon
PM- Private Message
PPPPP - Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
PICNIC - Problem In Chair Not In Computer, also called PEBKAC- Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.

RCC = Rescue Coordination Center - associated with COSPAS-SARSAT
RSK - Ritter survival knife
RSKM2 Ritter Survival Knife w/ M2 High Speed Steel
RTGS - Radioisotope thermal electric generators

SAMPLE- Symptoms, Allergies, Medication, Patient history, Last meal, Event
SAK - Swiss Army Knife
SAR- Search And Rescue
SEP- Survival Equipment Pack (in a life-raft)
SIP- Shelter In Place
SWAT- Special Weapons And Tactics
SF- Special Forces
SAME - Specific Area Message Encoding (NOAA EAS feature that provide alert by county or region)
SCUBA - Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SAR - Search and rescue
SAS - Special air service
SO - Significant Other
SOS- Save Our Souls
SRLB - Self Righting Life Boat
STS - Short Term Survival
STOP - Stop Think Observe Plan
SIFMS -Sugar I forgot my stuff (polite version)
SNAFU - Situation Normal All Fouled Up (polite form)

TANSTAAFL- There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
TDC = That Darn Cat
TEOTWAWKI- The End Of The World As We Know It

USCG = U.S. Coast Guard
UPSK- Urban Personal Survival Kit
UTM = Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system - alternative to latitude & longitude

WAAS = Wide Area Augmentation System - provides more accurate GPS coordinates
WRT - With Respect To.
WTF- What The F**k
WTSFTF- When The S**t Hits The Fan
WYSIWYG- What you see is what you get

YASKT- Yet Another Survival Kit Thread
YMMV- Your Mileage may vary

Edited by Blast (09/14/12 02:19 AM)
May set off to explore without any sense of direction or how to return.

#182666 - 09/20/09 03:14 AM Re: ETS Acronyms [Re: scafool]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3760
Loc: TX
I've made this topic a sticky, and will now lock it to keep the clutter to a minimum. Please PM me if something needs to be added.


Edited by Blast (09/20/09 04:57 PM)
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