ABCCC= AirBorne Command and Control Center (C-130Es flying out of Udorn RTAFB attached to 7th ABCCC)
ACDUTRA= Active Duty for Training; What the Nasty Guard does one weekend a month and one month every year. Now they do it in
Iraq Afganistan for a year.
Acute= temporary affliction; not chronic.
AGL=above ground level
AirAm= Air America; the “cargo/passenger” airline of the CIA. Aka Civil Air Transport (CAT), Continental Air Service (CASI) and Bird and Sons(BirdAir). After Vietnam it changed to Southern Air Transport(SAT) for work in South America. I vote for Consolidated International Airways for the current war(s)
AIRA= Air Attache; Our air boss at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane
ARMA= Army Military Attache ” ‘ground ” ” ” ”
Airicide= doing something guaranteed to get you killed in an aircraft; flying slowly over enemy-held territory; doing an initial BDA
AMC= Appeals Management Center (part of BVA Remand process) The “58th” RO nobody knows about.
AmLeg= American Legion; A VSO; Well-stocked bars, so-so food
AMS= on SF 88 & 93 EXIT medical (separation) exams; Aggravated by Military Service
AMVETS= American Veterans VSO and Bar and Grill (very greasy fried foods)
ANDY= another name for God-e.g. Andy walks with me; Andy talks with me etc.
AO=Agent Orange- also Pink, Green, Blue, Purple and White (six exciting flavors) Also Area of Operations
AOC= Air Operations Centers; Spook Command Posts where all AirAm flights were coordinated from; Udorn (T-08), Vientiane (L-08) Long Tieng (20 Alt)and Luang Prabang(L-54)
AOJ= Agency of Jurisdiction aka RO, VARO, Veterans Service Center(VSC) The Regional Office where you filed your claim.
ALT= Alanine Transaminase; Serum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase (SGPT) a blood test for determining how well your liver isn’t doing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alanine_transaminase
ARPAC= Army of the Pacific = Republic of South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
ASL= Above Sea Level
AST=Aspartate Aminotransferase; also Serum Glutamic Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT); another blood test that can tell how much damage drinking is doing to your liver http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/aspartate-aminotransferase-ast
Augmentation Duty= The first job you had for a month after you got to Thailand. Full battle dress cocked and locked. M-26s and Flak vest were the uniform of the day. The Air Force didn’t have nearly enough SPs for the job so each tenant “contributed” a few to fill out the towers on the perimeter. 12 on. 12 off. Six days a week.
Augur in= to crash fatally in an airplane; literally-to screw a propeller driven aircraft into the ground.
Autopilot= To move the selector switch on a CAR 15/M16A1 from semi to auto.
B-40= the 82mm rocket launched by a 40 mm RPG-2; also referred to as a 120cm rocket or 120
Baht= Thai currency
Baked goods= USAID/USIAspeak for what you find after a napalm strike; also Burnt offerings
BBE= Big Brown Envelope. The beautiful, 9″ X 12 (manila) long-awaited decision you have been waiting for from either your Regional Office, the Board of Veterans Appeals or the Court of Veteran’s Appeals. No exterior indicators so it’s always a big surprise whether you won or lost. See also STO or Smooth Tan One
BCD= Big Chicken Dinner= Bad Conduct Discharge; DD Form 258 suitable for framing
BDA= Bomb Damage Assessment; making another low, slow pass over the airstrike area to see what happened. Where you usually find your Gold or Silver BB.
BFE= ladylike way of referring to Bumf**k, Egypt; aka EBE
BINGO= What happens when your aircraft fuel runs out: as in “Cricket, Raven 22. I’m twenty five minutes to Bingo. Am breaking off to Alternate to refuel.”
BNR= Body Never Recovered
BOTD= Benefit of the Doubt; 38 CFR 3.102; also BOD
Bouncing Betty= a Chicom antipersonnel mine that springs up about three feet before detonating.
Buddy letter= A signed letter accompanied by a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 showing service together. These are golden if constructed properly. Always have them notarized to give them more weight.
BUFF= Big Ugly Friendly Fellow. HH-53, Det. 1, 38th ARRS Udorn RTAFB
Butterbar= 2nd. Lieutenant; newly minted officer; aka 90-day wonder; FNG
BVA= Board of Veterans Appeals (Board) composed of sixty seven VLJs (fall 2013) with additional Doogie Howser staff attorneys dressed up as Acting Veterans Law Judges for up to 90 days at a time. Each VLJ is authorized up to 1-2 staff attorneys to help prepare his/her cases for adjudication.
BS= Bronze Star; also BSM Vets didn’t say BS. They said bullshit.
C Rations= canned food left over from the Korean War. Forerunner to MREs.
C&P= Compensation and Pension examination; also a D&P show
CAR= Combat Action Ribbon
CAR-15= Carbine (shorty) version of the venerable M-16. Made by Mattel, it’s swell.
CAS= Controlled American Source. The ranking resident Customer in charge of the Spook show; your assumed boss; never referred to as a CIA Anything
CAVC=Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) Above the BVA; formerly the COVA (Court of Veterans Appeals)
CBOC= Community-Based Outpatient Clinic; a mini VAMC with the bare essentials
CBU-26= Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU-26/49 =90 minute delayed fuse version)
CFRs= Chapter 38, Code of Federal Regulations( Rules and regulations regarding claims)
Charlie= Viet Cong; PAVN (Provisional Army of Vietnam); Chuck; Capt. Chuck; Capt. Charles; gooks; dinks; zipperheads; Indians; gomers; slopes
Cherry= A new Guy in-country (see also FNG)
Chicom= Chinese Communist; in Thailand, referred to as CT or Communist Terrorist
Chieu Hoi= Vietnamese for ‘I surrender’. More appropriately, it describes the RVN practice of converting deserters over to productive soldiers. Often called the “an acre and a mule” project by JUSMAAG, it was very effective.
Cholon= the Chinese district you went to in Saigon to get tattoos and the clap.
Chronic= not acute; something that afflicts one for life
CIB= Combat Infantryman’s Badge
cirrhosis= what happens to your liver 40 years after Vietnam or a jetgun injection. Caused by alcoholism, homelessness, incarceration for more than 2.5 days, snorting toot, shooting up, piercing anything on your body. Can be caused before or after service by wild, unprotected sex with more than five partners (in a lifetime) and tattoos. Very rarely related to service.
CLAVU= Aviation term; CLear to Altitude,Visibility Unlimited also CAVU
Comatoast= When you wake up at Letterman General and the last thing you remember is someone yelling “Incoming” at LZ Bronco.
Concertina wire= barbed wire on steroids. Made by Gillette as near as I could tell.
Construe= Verb; (kn-str) VAspeak for the act of attempting to misdefine what it is you are filing for; see also “interpret”, “infer”, “feel” and “implied”; to prognosticate via the reading of chicken entrails, perforce to read tea leaves or adduce by Ouija Board. Often arrived at by astrology or inevitable human sacrifice (yours)
CONUS= Continental United States; the world; civilization
COVA= Court of Veterans Appeals (before 1994); Now the CAVC
CR= Chivas Regal/Crown Royal; water of life; snakebite medicine
CRB= Cam Ranh Bay
Cricket= Daytime call sign for 7th Airborne Command and Control Center over Laos (Military Region II); Our Airstrike bosses
C/T= Copy That; Charlie Tango. also Roger That (R/T). also two clicks on the microphone PTT switch
CSO= County Service Officer. See also VSOOne who is legally permitted to represent you before the VARO and the BVA-but not the CAVC; the one who’s never there when you call; the one who is seen departing out the back door when you come in the front.
CUE= Clear and Unmistakable Error
Customer= who we and AirAm worked for up country. Last names were usually Smith, Jones, Brown, and Doe; aka Spooks; CIA, CAS
CYA= cover your ass
D&P= Dog and Pony show; your Compensation and Pension examination; a VA procedure where the outcome has already been decided in advance; For the benefit of the cameras.
DAP=Dial-a-prayer=1-800-827-1000; aka Dial a Smile
DAV= Disabled American Veterans VSO ; The major VSO with the worst track record
DD Form 214= What you need to start your claim. It has everything you forgot.
DIW= Dead In the Water
DC= VA Diagnostic Codes in 38 CFR Part 4 http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4/subpart-B
de novo= lawspeak for a new look at your claim. When you submit new and material (N&ME) evidence, the raters have to do a new assessment based now on a lot more stuff. They usually top page it and deny again. Having an attorney about now can cure it otherwise you are heading to DC to get in line for a two year wait.. A DRO hearing/review will incur the same delay but if they deny, you then begin the DC trip two years later than planned.
Dead stick= what happens to the control column when the propeller ceases to make revolutions
dee-dee mao= Vietnamese for RFN
DEROS=Date of Estimated Return from OverSeas
Disco Biscuits= LSD(1970s)
DM2= Diabetes Type 2 –http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4/119 (DC 7913)
Dong= DRV(north) currency
DRO= Decision Review Officer
DRV= Democratic Republic of Vietnam- Jane Fonda’s adopted country.
Dupont Spinner= The M-26 fragmentation grenade. The fisherman’s friend (if your’re careful). https://dragonlaffs.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/14.gif
Dx= diagnosis; medical term
ED= Erectile disfunction (SMC K); also Earlier date
EED= Earlier effective date
EFTO= Eastern Forces Theater of Operations; RVN, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Okinawa, Australia, etc.
EOD= Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The guys who pick up the UXO (UneXploded Ordnance)
EPTS= Existed Prior To Service; As in pre-existing before your military service. Equal to 0%.
EQUITABLE TOLLING= Legal concept where Veteran asks for more time to accomplish something associated with his claim. Often argued where a time limit is missed due to the dog eating your Form 9.
ERAWAN= The three-headed elephant and symbol of the Kingdom of Laos until the Commies took over.
ESTOPPEL=legal term that explains what happens when you believe what VA tells you. VA is “estopped” from giving you advice that you foolishly rely on. If it harms you or your claim, it is illegal and must be rectified.
Etiology= fancy way of saying where you got the disease/injury
ETOH= Ethyl Alcohol; Ethanol, of or having to do with adult beverages; also Extremely Trashed Or Hammered.
FAC= Forward Air Controller. Call signs were for where you were assigned.; Raven, Nail, Misty, Rustic, Covey to name a few
FastFAC= an RF-4; 432nd Tactical Recon Wing out of Udorn RTAFB Thailand
Fast Mover= jet aircraft such as F-100s, RF101s, F-105s and F-4s
Fig Newton= figment of the imagination; something that doesn’t exist on paper or maps
FFZ= free fire zone; no rules; shoot first-and often
FIGMO= F**K You, I Got My Orders. Someone who was very close to going home to the World usually within 3 weeks if they had PCS orders.
First Shirt= First Sergeant
FMR= F**k Me Red. A color women are quite fond of. Its the signal if they are wearing it.
FNG= F__king New Guy; Ping; Cherry; Fresh Meat.
Foo gas= mixture of gas, diesel and Tide detergent ignited by trip flare or Claymore mine. Served stirred, not shaken.
Fort Fumble= The Pentagon. Also- Puzzle Palace; nickname now for VAROs
Frag Order= Literally a Fragment of an Order for a mission. A Frag Order told you where to fly, what to look for and highest priorities for bombing of targets. Aka Foxtrot Oscar
Friendly Fire= dropping ordnance on your friends; something rarely admitted to by the Military;
Fruit Salad= all the medals you wear on your chest
Full ride= 100% P&T
Funny papers= maps- usually old, French and outdated left over from 1954. 75% of these airfields were overgrown (see red dots)
Gaggle= a group of aircraft usually unidentified. colloquial: a gaggle of gooks
GD= General Discharge ( DD Form 257) Your slightly tarnished Certificate of Participation. Still good for benefits
Genotype= type of HCV you have; 6 varieties with different subgroups like Haagen Daz.
GIB= Guy In Back (in an inline aircraft)
GIF= Guy In Front; The Pilot; One who gets a larger paycheck than a GIB.
Glad bags= body bags
Golden BB= the bullet that kills you
GPU= General Purpose, Utility MK 82; 250, 500, 750 and 1000 lb. bombs. “Iron bombs” as in dumb bombs with proximity fuses.
Gray Jeeps= Elephants; legitimate strafing targets in a free fire zone if riders are armed with SKS/AK47/ RPG2.
GSW= Gun Shot Wound
H2IK Procedure= “Hell if I know” used as a code word where one of your fellow troops quickly chimes in with some inane remark to get the 90-day wonder off your ass.
Hard Rice= guns, ammo, or explosives delivered/dropped by AirAm pilots to Lima Sites and always on a USAID cargo contract.
HAV= Hepatitis A Virus (acute) caused by eating food or drink that someone handled who didn’t wash their hands. DC 7345 (non-compensible)
HBV= Hepatitis B Virus; often contracted from unprotected sex, transfusions, and other behaviour similar to HCV contraction. Usually acute, but some cases are chronic. DC 7345
HCV= Hepatitis C Virus http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4/114 (DC 7354)
HD= Honorable Discharge (DD Form 256) Your Certificate of Achievement to impress your relatives, friends and neighbors.
H&I= Harrassment and Interdiction Fire. 105mm and 155mm love letters; Usually at 0200-0400 Hrs unless it’s called in as an immediate need.
Hillsboro= C-130 E from 7th ABCCC (Airborne Command and Control Center) out of Udorn RTAFB ; flew a 24 hour racetrack pattern over southern Laos; Our dispatcher. Hillsboro was the nightime callsign versus Cricket during the day
Hmong= Also Meo ; Upcountry Laotian hills people commanded by Lt. Gen. Vang Pao. Hmong pilots were some of the bravest and craziest on earth.
Hot Soup= AirAm radio nickname for Napalm; see also Liquid Sunshine
Howard= God; as in -Our Father, who art in Heaven, Howard be thy name. See also Andy
Huey= UH-1 rotary wing aircraft in numerous configurations. Stays airborne best when not subjected to ground fire. Rotary wing is Armyspeak for chopper. Very poor aerodynamic capabilities after losing power or hydraulics.
IFN= Interferon; bug juice; the Dragon; rat piss;
IME= Independent Medical Examination (VA gets to choose which doctor from their stable)
IMO= Independent Medical Opinion -your privately purchased nexus letter which wins the claim. ”
Indian Country= any territory controlled by your opponents; the DRV, southern & eastern Laos; the extreme western boundary of the DMZ. Where your aircraft engine usually quits working.
Interferon= used to kill HCV. The cure is worse than the disease according to many. Also IFX, IFN, sometimes rat piss or bug juice (colloquial).
Interpret= see Construe
Interpreter= Someone dumb enough to admit they spoke French while stationed in Indochina between 1962-1975
IRIS= Inquiry Routing and Information System https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/list
IVDU= Intravenous Drug Use; what you do not want on your DD 214 resume.
Jetgun=air inoculation machine see also Guns and Hoses; Pedojet; Munji gun; shoot and forget injections.
JMR= Joint Motion for Remand. A legal device employed, often as not, by the VA’s prosecutor at the Court of Appeals. When VA realizes they’ve stepped on their weiners, they immediately ask for a do over. They excuse themselves as one would if flatulent on Sunday in church. Upon remand back to the BVA, the Judge and his minions begin sharpening their pencils and crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s and erasing the smudge marks that the Court of Appeals objected to. This is the beginning of your next denial unless you’re very careful.
JOVO= Just One Vet’s Opinion (also J1VO)
JWB= Johnnie Walker Black; snake bite medicine that only works if ingested daily
JWR= Johnnie Red. Inferior substitute for above
KATN=Kick Ass and Take Names
KIA= Killed In Action; also KHA -Killed by Hostile Action
Kip= Laotian currency
Krate= First cousin to the MPV. The two-step snake. 7 seconds to say “oh, shit”
Laches= legal term that means you can file whenever you want to-even 40 years later.
Laos= Small country to the north of Thailand and west of the DRV and Cambodia. Neutral. Not on Military maps. Address unknown. No such number, no such zone.
Layo-layo– Thai/Southern Laotian for RFN
LBJ= Long Binh Jail; aka Long Binh Stockade or Long Binh Home for Wayward Youth
LFT= Liver Functions Test http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_function_tests VA doctors often do not tell you anything. They do smile a lot, though.
LHT= Left-handed tobacco. Gunsha (Thai); ganja; ya kee ya (literally-medicine that messes up your mind). Pot (US). Ya baba bohboh(Hmong)
Lima Site (LS)= small Hmong or American outposts in Laos with incredibly short (STOL) runways. Most famous up-country was LS-20 A (Long Tieng) or L-54 (Luang Prabang). http://www.laoveterans.com/about.html
Liquid Sunshine= Napalm; LS/MFT (Lucky Strikes/Means Fine Tobacco) from cigarettes packs was extended to mean Liquid Sunshine/ Means Fried Targets
LISP = Lazy Incompetent Suckass Pussy; see also REMF
LLDB= ARVN Green Berets nicknamed Look Long- Duck Backs due to their recalcitrance to fight. (Luc Luang Dac Biet)
LRRP= Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. Army 11Bravos who went sightseeing for a week or ten days at a time out in the bush. Notable for never returning with any captured enemy soldiers.
LOD= Line Of Duty; often seen in medrecs and milrecs; used to determine service connection
Lumber in— to crash in the forest; as in “he caught a 37mm in the engine and lumbered in but he walked away from it”. aka to auger in; perchance to screw the airplane in tightly to the ground in an arborous setting.
LZ= Landing Zone; usually room for at least one Huey to land in; not to be confused with large military encampments. See LZ- Cork
M-2= .50 BMG; Heavy machine gun; nickname Ma Deuce.
M21-1MR= the manual the VBA uses to deny you http://www.benefits.va.gov/warms/M21_1.asp
M-26= Hand grenade (lemon Style)
M-60= .308 cal. Light Machine Gun
MPs= Malaria Pills; crushed and mixed with water or club soda to make tonic water for Tanqueray and Tonics. Also reputed to help with malaria
MRE= Meal, Ready to Eat. Three lies in one sentence
Meo= Mountain tribes (irregular) army of Gen. Vang Pao in Laos also known as Hmong.
Medrecs=Medical records STRs or SMRs
Milrecs= Military records
Milk run= a side trip for nothing. Wasted effort while flying
MFR= Motion For Reconsideration
MIA= Missing In Action
MISTY= Fast FAC. A RF-4 from 432nd TRW Udorn RTAFB
MOPH= Military Order of the Purple Heart VSO. Well-meaning. Poorly trained.
MPV= Malaysian Pith Viper. Something you do not want to be bitten by. Not always found in Malaysia. Meaner than the junkyard dog.
N&ME= New and Material Evidence; What you need to reopen a claim. Any added evidence after a denial that may change the denial to a win. Must be new as in never submitted and material in that it pertains to the claim and may help in making a decision.
NAD= No Apparent Distress; medical term
NANB= Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis (until 1989); HCV
Nasty Guard= citizen soldiers who became real ones in Iraq/Afstan
NCNS= No Complications, No Sequelae; medical term; 0% compensation
NCD= Not Considered Disabling; medical term
NEGATIVE OBJECTIVE= The term to describe what happens when a pilot was shot down and killed over the fence. Rescue was pointless and indeed dangerous, hence the radio term.
Newbie= Cherry, FNG; in country less than 3 months
NIB= New In Box; two meanings: 1)a new weapon; 2)body arriving in Hickam AFB Honolulu on it’s way home to the World-i.e. dead in a coffin
nexus= a letter from a doctor stating that you have : 1) A current disease; 2) The same disease in service or presumptive risk, and 3) the disease or risk in service is what is responsible for what you have now.
90 Day Wonder= newly minted 2nd Lt.
NOKD= Not Our Kind, Dear; Australian, New Zealander, British- but simply not American;
Nosegun= Cocaine or heroin straw- also nose cannon.
NOA=Notice of Appeal; submittal to CAVC within 120 days of BVA denial requesting Appellate review.
NOD= Notice of Disagreement
NOTAM= NOtice To AirMen; information on file at the Air Operations Center. Notice of heavy groundfire or smoky conditions during burn season. Special notices to inform pilots of changed or dangerous conditions, airfields changing hands, and the like.
NOS= Not otherwise specified (medical abbreviation)
NOVEMBER CHARLIE= Negative Copy; I did not receive your last transmission.
Noy dayo= Laotian- small amount: little; infinitesimal;
NPRC=National Personnel Records Center (the warehouse in St. Louis with no smoke detectors or sprinklers). Last major fire (reported) was in 1973.
OGC= Office of General Counsel; sometimes identified as (027); the folks you will fighting when you get to the CAVC. In civilianspeak, we call them the prosecutors.
OJs= opium joint
Oke-San= wife, significant other, common-law girlfriend in Louisiana
O/L= Operating Location, usually at the ass end of nowhere doing things for the Government that they wanted to keep out of sight. A place that usually isn’t on any military maps. a Fig Newton of the imagination. Usually a letter/number identifier
Original claim= Your debut at the VA. In VAspeak, you only have one claim with the VA. You simply keep adding to your original “check engine light” which was when you filled out Form 21-526. The last two digits refers to how many pages long it is. You would remember that day. It was like taking the SATs- two hours. Take your autobiography with you or bring the form home. This is your make-break document. What you write in it will color your decisions on claims for life.
P&T= Permanent and Total rating; 100% VA compensation check; No more C&P Exams
Pathet Lao= Laotian communist troops
PAVN= People’s Army of Vietnam( Viet Cong); gooks;dinks; slopes;
PCOD= Pussy Cut Off Date- The last day sex may be accomplished and still go home without fear of of a gram positive test for the clap. STDs had to be cured prior to DEROS.
PCS= Permanent Change of Station. A transfer to a new base.
PCT=Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (the only disease jointly associated with AO and hep)
PDJ= (French) Plaine des Jarres; the Plain of Jars(Laos) aka “extreme western boundary of the DMZ”
Pecker checker= military enlisted medical personnel
Pencil puke=Handwritten records. Anything not typed. Unrecognizable to .pdf word searchable Adobe products.
Peter Pilot= copilot on a Huey
PN= Peripheral neuropathy
Pedojet= jetgun; Munji
Phee= Laotian- spirits; e.g. soul; pheelok- a spirit embodied as a ghost
Piasters= RVN currency (until May 8th, 1975)
Pickle= to pickle off; to release one’s ordnance from the aircraft
Pickle button= the little red button on the stick that releases the bombs under the wings next to the other red button that controls the six .50 cal. wing guns.
Pickle button selector= the switch to select left wing/right wing and station/pylon ordnance
PIC= AirAm- Pilot In Charge; Aircraft commander; the guy who files the flight plan; the man in the left seat or in front.
Ping= A new guy in Basic Training. The sound one’s hair makes when growing out again after being shaved to the skull. FNG or Cherry apply after deployment to a permanent assignment.
Plausible=the probability, but not the possibility, of HCV transmission via jetgun
Prang= to land without putting down the landing gear; to bend your propeller when landing
Presumption of Regularity=The VA’s assumption that you got anything they mailed you; what you assume will happen after eating Exlax®
Prick= also Pric. The AN/PRC-25 Radio
Project 404= Highly-classified clandestine program that used volunteer FACs in-country in Laos. No ID cards, no Geneva Conventions cards, no uniforms, no POW status; often referred to as the Steve Canyon program. Also known as Palace Dog. The Udorn RTFB training and AirAm repair facility was known as Waterpump http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_404
Pucker Factor= The correlation between how tight the anal sphincter is divided by the degree of danger multiplied by the number of bullets with a near trajectory. Expressed mathematically, it appears as PF=AS/D X 7.62x39mm+n
Punch out= To eject from an airplane. Jet fighters have rocket-propelled ejection chairs. Small prop planes have small, non-rocket propelled doors without parachutes; also slang= to die
PH= Purple Heart Medal awarded for being wounded in combat
QTC= the place we go to get our C&P exam (Quality Technology Costs); Company begun by former VASECs Principi and Peake. Absolutely a coincidence they got (and continue to get) the VA contract.
R&R= Rest and Relaxation; 3 day mini vacation (limited choice of destinations) in theater.
RT= Roger That; Romeo Tango; Also R/T; R/T/O (Roger That Over)
Raven= Call sign for Forward Air Controllers stationed in-country in Laos
Ribbon clerk= one of those fellows you saw at the Western Union office down at the train depot with the eyeshade on. Remember the funny little ribbon doomoflotchies they wore on their sleeves to prevent ink smears? They’ve been outsourced to India now so we never see them anymore.
REMF= A euphemism for an admin guy- the first two letters of which stand for Rear Echelon. Easily identified by all their “I was there” medals.
Retreads= old pineapple grenades from WW2 modified by NVA with new prussic acid fuses. Success rate was 3/5. 1/5 exploded when “cork” was pulled. 1/5 were out-and-out duds.
RFN= right f …..g now. Only used in emergent situations
RFQ= Risk Factors Questionnaire for Hepatitis; be careful what you check off
RIBAVIRIN= part of the Interferon cocktail; aka Copegus, Rebetol, Reba Tab, Rebasphere, Pukavirin
RINGKNOCKER= A graduate of US Military Academy (West Point) aka one of the Long Grey Line
RLAF= Royal Laotian Air Force
RO or VARO= Regional Office; AKA Veterans Service Center(VSC), Fort Fumble, the Puzzle Palace
ROE= Rules of Engagement (see Romeos) Someone always has to make killing rules nobody on either side obeys.
ROI= Release Of Information; Where you go at the VAMC to find out what’s wrong with you. They will give you your medical records so you can play doctor. They can be bribed with chocolate.
ROKs = Republic of Korea Army troops who were renowned for never capturing any enemy alive in the ten years they “practiced” war and aided us.
Romeos= Rules Of Engagement -also ROEs= where you can shoot, who you can shoot, when you can shoot and what kind of ordnance you can drop.
Roundeye= An American or anyone of European descent (female). Not of Asian descent
RUQP= Right Upper Quadrant Pain (where your liver is)
RUSTIC= Highly classified operation run directly out of the Nixon White House in 1970 during the Cambodian “intrusion”. It utilized USAF personnel who spoke French as back-seaters in FAC aircraft to converse with Cambodian pilots. The program expanded into Laos shortly afterward.
RVN= Republic of Vietnam (South)
SAM= Surface to Air Missile.
SATP= Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Scrip= the funny money you were given in country in lieu of greenbacks; MPCs=Military Payment Certificates
SEA= Southeast Asia; the Indochinese peninsula consisting of the former RVN, DRV, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand
SCOTUS= Supreme Court Of the United States
Secretary Bob= VASEC ( VA Secretary) Robert “Call me Bob” McDonald enthroned in 2014 or 2015 to great fanfare. Lots of noise. No reforms or none that you can see. Fire one, pardon 500. SOSDD.
SEG= Shit-Eaten Grin as in “He’s short. He’s got SEG all over his face.” Pronounced like “egg.”
SES= Senior Executive Service. The upper crust of the VA. These folks cannot be fired for any crimes-just transferred someplace for rehabilitation with no loss in pay.
SF88= The form used to do induction and separation exams.
SF92= Same as above with pretty much all the same slots
SFW= Shell Fragment Wound; shrapnel
Short or Shortimer= someone with less than 30 days to DEROS
Silk Coffin= Parachute; what we used to wrap up a body before body bags back in the 60-70’s.
Silver BB= the bullet that almost kills you and convinces you that you are no longer immune to the Golden BB
Six Actual= The boss (Slats), not to be confused with Six (the one carrying the PRC 25)
Slow Movers= Prop driven aircraft. T-28s, A-1 Es, C-119s, C-123s, C-130s, C-7s, PC-6s, U-17s, O-1s, Helio Couriers; readily identified by the 100 mph tape over all the bullet holes.
SMG= sub machine gun; pistol caliber machineguns-usually 9mm; usually non-lethal but good for spray-and-pray applications
SMS= Single-malt Scotch; water of life; a fifth was a blank check for anything you wanted
Smoke= smoke grenades in different colors (white, red green, yellow and rarely violet; as in: to pop smoke; Gooks would sometimes pop smoke to get you to land in the wrong spot to ambush you. In Vietnam, slick drivers would often radio the alpha 6 to “Call your smoke” (color) to be sure.
SMRs= Service Medical Records; now STRs(Service Treatment Records)
SO= Service Officer (from VSO); The representative you can never find to talk to.
SOC= Statement Of the Case (the redenial of your denial)
Soft Rice= food (antonym is hard rice) dropped or delivered by AirAm pilots to Lima Sites.
SOS-DD= Same Old Shit -Different Day
SPAD= A-1E prop-driven fighter bomber left over from Korea; also a Sandy
SPIN CODE= colloquial for SPN code on your DD 214. The SPN (Army) and SDN (AF) code revealed why you were discharged. If you were booted, an employer had the code to decipher why.
SPRAY AND PRAY= Putting your M-16 on auto and shooting without aiming
SSOC= Supplemental Statement of the Case ( the second denial) also What part of “No!” don’t you understand denial?
STO= Smooth Tan One. The long-awaited decision that tells you if you will have seven fat years or seven more lean years and extensive famine while you appeal the denial. aka VA claims Decision.
STOL= Short takeoff and landing; examples of STOL aircraft are O-1s, U-17s, Pilatus PC-6 and Helio- Couriers. The most lethal form of fixed wing air transport in SEA. Sometimes called the safest because they could just “barely” kill you.
STRs=Service Treatment records; newer abbreviation of SMRs
SVR= Sustained Viral Response; cured of HCV by Interferon therapy
SWA= Southwest Asia; Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, etc. Raghead country; Sand rancher estates
2,4,5 T= the active ingredient in AO that tastes so good
TACAN= Tactical Air Navigation; What we used before GPS-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tactical_air_navigation_system
TACC= Tactical Air Combat Control; 7th AF HQ Saigon; the FAC bosses; Also Tactical Air Control Center; Tactical Air Coordination Center. The FAC Hq.
Tahann= Hmong for serviceman (army AF, whatever)
Tamasan= What Gen. Vang Pao’s Laotian Hmong called a Thompson .45 cal submachine gun
Tango= a T-28 prop aircraft. Official name was a Trojan but that name was already taken by the rubber company
Tattoo rule= if you had a tattoo before service, VA will say that’s when you got HCV. If your service entrance exam shows no tattoos, and your exit exam shows any at all, then you have a service connected tattoo. If you have contemporary picture evidence and/or buddy letters, you can win, too.
TASS= Tactical Air Support Squadron; (19th,20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd) FAC squadrons. Also Det. 1, 56th SOW.
Texas Necktie Party= To hang by the neck with hemp rope until dead. What you can expect from the Veterans Benefits Administration on your claim; unlawful justice
TF= trip flare (actuated by pulling the wire on it) used with Concertina Wire
TIC= Troops In Contact; Usually an emergent situation that involves a lot of radio traffic
TnT= Tanqueray and Tonic. Breakfast of Champions; 94 proof
THUD= F105 Thunderchief
Tracer= a special kind of bullet that leaves a trail so you can see where you’re shooting. Unfortunately, it leaves a trail from whence it began. Most intelligent Vets removed them from their clips in SEA.
TUOC= Tactical Unit Operations Center; Fortified Command Post usually found at Operating Locations. One way in-one way out. aka TOC
TY4YS= Thank you for your Service; The vA way of recognizing you’re a financial drag on their bottom line
UCMJ= Uniform Code of Military Justice
ULUZ.com= latest link from Ebenefits.com telling you that you lost your claim or appeal. Soon to be installed in 2015 in conjunction with the 125 day claim w/ 98% accuracy.
Uncle Ho= Ho Chi Minh, aka Mr. Ho, Capt. Ho, Col. Ho
Undesirable Discharge= DD Form 258= useful as a certificate of attendance to prove service. Useless for obtaining compensation benefits. Entitles you to free medical care at VAMCs only.
USAID= US Agency for International Development; a fancy way of saying CIA; Who I worked for according to my ID and Laotian Driver’s license
USIA= US Information Agency; a more subtle way of saying CIA
V1-– The little red sign on the side of the active runway that tells you that you need a certain amount of airspeed at this point in order to become airborne.
V2— The little red sign on the side of the active runway that tells you if you are not airborne at this time that you need to retard the throttle, pop the drag chute, stand on the binders and/or collapse the landing gear since it appears you do not intend to take off.
VA Examiner= Your worst nightmare in your claims process. The one who gets to “construe” what it is you are filing for and decides it. A wannabe doctor/lawyer.
VALZ= VA Legal Zone. A VA Regional Office; Fort Fumble; The Puzzle Palace; Agency Of Jurisdiction (AOJ)
VARO= VA Regional Office; the local watering hole for Texas necktie parties; location of many VSO offices. Also RO
VASEC= Secretary of Veterans Affairs- currently Lt. Gen. Eric Shinseki (ret.) See this site for a complete list: VASECS
VBA= Veterans Benefits Administration- VAROs, BVA; of or having to do with our compensation money or lack thereof
VBMS= Veterans Benefits Management System. A fancy abbreviation for scanning records electronically into the VA’s brand new computer. Paperless, baby!
VDRL= medical term- Venereal Disease Research Laboratory
Vermin Ave. NW= The VA Central Office, the BVA and the VA Secretary’s inner redoubt. Aka 810 Vermont Ave. NW Washington, D.C. aka Varmint Ave.
VFW= Veterans of Foreign Wars VSO; That says it all. Good bars and good looking bartenders who are usually Veteran’s wives. Virtually all members claim to have been in Vietnam after three drinks. In the 70s-90s, VFW forbid Vietnam Veterans membership saying Vietnam was not a “war”.
VHA= Veterans Health Administration- VAMCs, CBOCs
Victor Alpha= Veterans Administration
VLJ= Veterans Law Judge. 78 at last count and they work for VASEC. 358 listed “acting VLJs”
VSC=Veterans Service Center. Your VARO; an oxymoron
VSO= Veterans Service Organizations; also Very Stupid and Obsolete
VSTOL= Very short take-off and landing; O-1s, PC-6s and Helio Couriers
VVA= Vietnam Veterans of America VSO. My kind of people.
Wagon Burner Lane NW= The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) 625 Indiana Ave. NW Washington D.C.
WD= Well-dressed; medical term
Weekend Warrior= National Guard, Reserves
WHNS= Well-healed, no sequelae.; medical term meaning 0% compensation
Wheelgun= A six-shot revolver-usually a S&W= no safety, no jams; often purchased privately by pilots and AirAm personnel
White Horse= dexamphetamine; Prescription speed; Breakfast of Champions; recognizable by the Horse’s Head stamped on the tablet. Local Pharmacies in SEA did not require a prescription for anything. USAF issued dexamphetamine to aircrews.
White Mice= RVN policemen in the largest cities named for their snappy white uniforms
WIA= Wounded iIn Action; also WHA–Wounded by Hostile Action
Willie Peter= White phosphorus in M-26 grenade, 60mm/81mm mortar rounds and marking rockets.
World= the U.S.A.; as in “I can’t wait to get back to the World”.
World Airways= The airline you arrived in country on that doesn’t serve drinks.
W/U= Wheels up. Airborne. Time of Departure(T/D)
Xing Than= Lima Site 188
Xiang Khouang= Lima 2 PSP runway adjacent to the PDJ
Yankee Station= Aircraft Carrier racetrack off Vietnam in the So. China Sea
zipperhead= NVA regular or Viet Cong soldier; Pathet Lao; Chinese Agricultural worker in Laos (aka gook, slope, Indians)
Zoomie–A member of the elite fighting force. Air Force member. also Pilot or PIC (Air America).