The Military Abbreviations Dictionary - MAD 

BITS has compiled a large database of international military abbreviations. You may submit a query in two different ways: 

To search for the meaning of an abbreviation, please enter it here:

Please make sure to use * to truncate your search in abbrevations.


To find the official abbreviation(s) for a particular term, or for terms which contain a specific search phrase, enter it here:


All searches in explanations will be automatically truncated at the end of your term. However, you may use * to truncate your search within the search term.

Our database also provides you with information on the geographical/institutional context in which these abbreviations are commonly used. 

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