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Joint Chiefs of Staff, DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Apr. 2019) (full-text).


This publication sets forth standard U..S military and associated terminology to encompass the joint and combined activity of the Armed Forces of the United States. These military and associated terms, together with their definitions, constitute approved Department of Defense (DOD) terminology for general use by all DOD components. This publication supplements standard English-language dictionaries and standardizes military and associated terminology to improve communication and mutual understanding within DOD, with other federal agencies, and among the United States and its allies.