Common RAAF Abbreviations

* Female ranks prior to 1977 AL5 7Jul03

FULL NAME

PRIOR WW 2

WW2

POST WW2

CURRENT

Aircraftman

AC

AC

AC

Aircraftwoman

ACW

Leading Aircraftman

LAC

LAC

LAC

Leading Aircraftwoman

LACW

Corporal

Cpl

CPL

Sergeant

Sgt

SGT

Flight Sergeant

F/Sgt

FSGT

Warrant Officer

W/O

WOFF

Cadet

CDT

Pilot Officer

P/O

PLTOFF

Flying Officer

F/O

FLGOFF

Section Officer *

SECTOFF*

Flight Lieutenant

F/L

FLTLT

Flight Officer *

FLTOFF*

Squadron Leader

S/L

SQNLDR

Squadron Officer *

SQNOFF*

Wing Commander

W/C

WGCDR

Wing Officer *

WGOFF*

Group Captain

G/C

GPCAPT

Group Officer *

GPOFF*

Air Commodore

A/C

AIRCDRE

Air Vice Marshal

AVM

AIRVMSHL

Air Marshal

AM

AIRMSHL

Flight

Flt

Flt

Flt

Squadron

Sqn

Sqn

Sqn

Wing

Wg

Group

Grp

Grp

Grp

Air Armament School

AAS

Australian Comfort Fund

ACF

Airfield Construction Squadron

ACS

Aircraft Depot

AD

AD

AD

Air Gunnery School

AGS

Air Navigation School

ANS

Air Observers School

AOS

Aircraft Park

AP

Aircraft Performance Unit

APU

Aircraft Research and Development Unit

ARDU

ARDU

Air Sea Rescue Flight

ASRF

Air Training Corps Cadet Squadron

ATCCS

Armament Training Section

ATS

Auxiliary Power Unit

APU

Bombing and Air Gunnery School

BAGS

Base Medical Store

BMS

Base Personnel Staff Office

BPSO

Care and Maintenance Unit

CMU

Central Flying School

CFS

CFS

CFS

Combat Support Squadron

CSS

Commanding Officer

CO

CO

CO

Communication Unit

CU

Commutated Antennae Direction Finding

CADF

Crash Repair Depot

CRD

Defence Pool

DP

Department of Aircraft Production

DAP

Dutch New Guinea

DNG

Elementary Flying Training School

EFTS

Embarkation Depot

ED

Emergency Landing Ground

ELG

Flying Boat Base

FBB

Flying Boat Repair Depot

FBRD

Flying Training School

FTS

General Reconnaissance School

GRS

Killed In Action

KIA

Killed in Flying Accident

KIFAc

Killed in Accident

KIAc

Missing in Action

MIA

MIA

MIA

Medical Unit

MU

Operational Base Unit

OBU

Operations Book Record RAAF Form A 50

ORB

Operational Conversion Unit

OCU

OCU

Operational Readiness Platform

ORP

Operational Support Squadron

OSS

Operational Training Unit

OTU

OTU

OTU

Photographic Reconnaissance Unit

PRU

Radio Direction Finding

RDF

DF

RAAF Support Unit

RAAFSU

Recruit Training Centre

RTC

Rescue and Communication Squadron

RCS

Repair and Salvage Unit

RSU

Repair and Salvage Unit Reserve Pool

RSURP

School of Air Navigation

SAN

SAN

SAN

Stores Depot

SD

SD

SD

Support Unit

SU

SU

SU

Survey Flight

SF

Service Flying Training School

SFTS

Stores Unit

SU

Signals Unit

SU

South West Pacific Area

SWPA

Tactical Air Force

TAF

Target Tug & Special Duties

TT&SD

Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force

WAAAF

Wireless Air Gunners School

WAGS

Wireless Unit

WU

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