In the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), you will often hear words or acronyms and abbreviations that you may not be familiar with. Although it can be a bit confusing, almost like learning a second language, you will soon see the usefulness of it and it will quickly become like second nature. Here are some of the most frequent ones you will hear/see:

MILITARY TIME:
0000 – Midnight
0100 – 1:00am
0200 – 2:00am
0300 – 3:00am
0400 – 4:00am
0500 – 5:00am
0600 – 6:00am
0700 – 7:00am
0800 – 8:00am
0900 – 9:00am
1000 – 10:00am
1100 – 11:00am
1200 – 12:00 noon
1300 – 1:00pm
1400 – 2:00pm
1500 – 3:00pm
1600 – 4:00pm
1700 – 5:00pm
1800 – 6:00pm
1900 – 7:00pm
2000 – 8:00pm
2100 – 9:00pm
2200 – 10:00pm
2300 – 11:00pm
O-Dark-30 – Extremely Early

ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS:
1st Lt – First Lieutenant
1st Sgt – First Sergeant
2d Lt – Second Lieutenant
A1C – Airman First Class
AAR – After Action Report
AE – Aerospace Education
AEX – Aerospace Education Excellence
AEO – Aerospace Education Officer
AEM – Aerospace Education Member
AFA – Air Force Association
AFB – Air Force Base
AFRCC – Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
AGH – Aircraft Ground Handling
AMN – Airman
ANG – Air National Guard
ANGB – Air National Guard Base
ARCHER – Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance
Brig Gen – Brigadier General
CAC – Cadet Advisory Council
CAP – Civil Air Patrol
CAP-USAF – Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force (National liaison command)
CAPID – Civil Air Patrol Identification Number
CAPF – Civil Air Patrol Form
CAPM – Civil Air Patrol Manual
CAPP – Civil Air Patrol Pamphlet
CAPR – Civil Air Patrol Regulation
CAPT – Captain
C/CC – Cadet Commander
CD – Counter Drug
CEAP – Cadet Encampment Assistance Program
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
CLC – Corporate Learning Course
COL – Colonel
CMSGT – Chief Master Sergeant
CPPT – Cadet Protection Program Training
CSM – Cadet Sponsor Member
CX – Cancelled
CyPat – CyberPatriot (a computer security competition put on by AFA)
DCC – Deputy Commander for Cadets
DCS – Deputy Commander for Seniors
DDR – Drug Demand Reduction (anti-drug education)
ES – Emergency Services
HF/ALE – High Frequency Automatic Link Establishment
IACE – International Air Cadet Exchange
IAW – In Accordance With
IC – Incident Commander
ICP – Incident Command Post
ICUT – Introductory Communications User Training
IG – Inspector General
ITO – Information Technology Officer
GRP – Group
GRP/CC – Group Commander
LAT – Latitude
LMS – Learning Management System
LON – Longitude
Lt Col – Lieutenant Colonel
MAJ – Major
Maj Gen – Major General
MER – Middle East Region
MO – Mission Observer
MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
MRO – Mission Radio Operator
MSA – Mission Staff Assistant
MSO – Mission Safety Officer
MSGT – Master Sergeant
NCO – Non Commissioned Officer
NCOA – Non-Commisioned Officer Academy
NCS – National Staff College
NCSA – National Cadet Special Activities
NESA – National Emergency Services Academy
NIMS -National Incident Management System
NOC – National Operations Center
NMWG – New Mexico Wing
NHQ – National Headquarters
OBC – Officer Basic Course
O-Flight – Orientation Flight
OPSEC – Operational Security
ORM – Operational Risk Management
ORMS – Operational Resource Management System
PAO – Public Affairs Officer
PD – Professional Development
PDO – Professional Development Officer
PIO – Public Information Officer
RCS – Regional Staff College
RTB – Return to Base
SAR – Search And Rescue
SAREVAL – Search and Rescue Evaluation
SAREX – Search And Rescue Exercise
SGT – Sergeant
SLS – Squadron Leadership School
SM –  Senior Member
SMS – Safety Management System
SMSGT – Senior Master Sergeant
SQ/CC – Squadron Commander
SQTR – Specialty Qualification Training Records
SSGT – Staff Sergeant
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math
SER – SouthEast Region (our geographical region in CAP)
TDY – Temporary Duty (being temporarily assigned to a different location)
TLC – Training Leaders of Cadets
TSGT – Technical Sergeant
UCC – Unit Commanders Course
UDF – Urban Direction Finding
USAF – United States Air Force
USAFA – United States Air Force Academy (in Colorado, a Military Academy)
VHF – Very High Frequency
WAA – Wreaths Across America
WG – Wing
WG/CC – Wing Commander
WMIRS – Web Mission Information Reporting Syst
WX – Weather
WCX – Weather Cancellation