General Military Info and Assistance

United States Navy
Official Department of the Navy Website

Navy Family Framework
In August 2019, the CNO released The Family Framework, Version 2.0. This document represents our Navy’s commitment to our families and reinforces the essential nature of strong Navy families and their role in establishing and maintaining a strong Fleet.
Download the Family Framework Version 2.0 Here

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)
CNIC is responsible for worldwide shore installation support for the United States Navy under the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).

Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents and survivors.

To find the office closest to you to obtain an ID card

Military OneSource
Military One Source is a DOD Information and Referral Program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, guard, and reserve service members and their families.
CONUS:  1-800-342-9647 OCONUS:  800-3429-6477
TTY/TTD:  1-866-607-6794
Espanol:  1-877-888-0727

The MilitaryOneClick site connects you with the latest news, job opportunities, deals, and countless other valuable resources.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) covers a wide scope of worldwide operations that provide Sailors and their families with the finest facilities, programs and activities to meet their recreational and social needs.

National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families.

NAVY 311
NAVY 311 provides non-tactical, on-demand informational assistance for non-emergency services and can answer questions related to: maintenance, ship parts and/or repair, logistics, personnel or career matters, training, IT systems, quality of life, facilities, medical support, chaplain care, ordnance, and other topics.
1-855-NAVY311 (1-855-628-9311)

Navy Customer Service Center
Receive a variety of information on many important topics including: pay and benefits, selective reenlistment bonuses, CSB/Redux, service record entries, PCS moves, reenlistment, continuation, FITREP/Evals, promotion, advancement, rating conversion requests, and a gamut of other information.
1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672)

New Spouse Orientation
This online training provides information on benefits, support services, military culture and resources to help Navy spouses adapt to the military lifestyle.

Ombudsman Registry
This registry allows family members to locate their ombudsman and will enable them to send an email to the listed assigned Command Ombudsman.

Child and Youth Programs

Child Development Centers
Child Development Centers (CDC) provide full and part day child care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Military Families Near and Far
Military Families Near and Far is an online resource with tools, information, and materials to help your family stay connected when a service member is far away.

United Through Reading
The United Through Reading Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

A downloadable mobile application for military teens ages 13-17 years old that can help kids at school, with their peers, with their family, so they never feel alone and isolated.

Deployment Assistance

Everyone Serves
A handbook for family and friends of service members during pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration.

Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC)
The Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of deployment support programs to assist commands, Sailors and their families.

Military Kids Connect
Military Kids Connect (MKC) is an online community of military children (ages 6-17 years old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent’s or caregiver’s return.

Reserve Affairs
Supports the Reserve Component community through initiatives including the Yellow Ribbon Program, Wounded Warrior Care, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, TRICARE Reserve Select, and Military OneSource.

U.S. Navy Family Readiness Group Handbook
This handbook provides FRG leadership with information and ideas for establishing and maintaining successful FRGs.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP)
YRRP is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.

Education and Scholarships

Anchor Scholarship Foundation
For dependents of qualified surface Navy members.

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund
For children of Chief Petty Officers of the sea services. Sponsored by Chief Petty Officers world-wide.

Department of Defense Dependents Schools

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
For children and stepchildren of qualified active, retired and former members of the Submarine Force.

Links to scholarships, loans, grants, and other financial educational aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for federal and state financial aid.

Military Child Education Coalition
To serve as a model of positive leadership and advocacy for ensuring inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children.

Military OneSource Exceptional Family Member Program
Offers DOD families with special medical and/or educational needs access to information, resources, and each other.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
A variety of scholarships and education assistance is available to active duty service members and their dependents.

Scholarships for Military Children Program
Sponsored by the Fisher House Foundation.

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association
For children and grandchildren of Seabees.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCNAV)
Degree programs for Navy Sailors and their spouses.

U.S. Department of Education
Find information about all of your education needs and questions.

Voluntary Education Program
Detailed information on programs and services, and links to the voluntary education programs, Veterans Affairs, Department of Education and many other educational sites.

Wings over America Scholarship
For dependent children and spouses of all US Navy personnel - officer and enlisted - active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased who served within Naval Air Forces

Family Employment

Career One Stop
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.

Military Spouses’ Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)
MSCCN is a non-profit organization that offers no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership
MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess.

USA Jobs
USA JOBS is the U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.

Financial Information

Basic Allowance for Housing - BAH

COLA and Overseas Housing Allowance

Navy Federal Credit Union
Offers auto loans, loan discounts, and other products and resources to DOD employees and their families.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
The Society provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors.

Navy Mutual Aide Association
Navy Mutual provides life insurance and annuity products to military members and their families.

Pay and Allowances

Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

Thrift Savings Plan

For over 90 years, USAA has proudly served the financial needs of the military and their families.  USAA provides services in the areas of insurance, banking, and investments.


Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS)
To enroll in DEERS or make changes to your contact information.

Make the Connection
Make the Connection provides personal video testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. The site also provides informational resources on mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression, and symptoms of problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.

Military Crisis Line
Confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, online chat and text. This free service is available to all service members, including Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, coping with stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, challenges with civilian life, difficulties in relationships, transitioning back to employment, and education.
1-800-273-8255 Press 1
In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118
Text 838255

Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor is the Navy’s organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families.
855-NAVY WWP (628-9997)

TRICARE is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

The TRICARE Dental Program is a voluntary, premium-based dental insurance plan for family members of active duty and Reserve service members.

Lodging and Housing

Department of Defense Lodging - Air Force
1-888-AF-LODGE (1-888-235-6343)

Department of Defense Lodging - Army
1-800-GO-ARMY-1 (1-800-462-7691)

Department of Defense Lodging - Navy Gateway Inn and Suites
1-877-NAVY-BED (1-800-628-9233)

Navy Housing

Navy Lodge
1-800-NAVY-INN (1-800-628-9466)

Magazines and Newspapers

All Hands Magazine

Armed Forces Journal

Department of the Navy Information Technology Magazine

Marine Corps Times

Military Living Magazine

Military Spouse Magazine

National Military Family Association Newsletter

Navy Times


Seabee Online Magazine


The Coast Guard Magazine

TNR The Navy Reservist

Relocation Assistance

Defense Personal Property System (DPS)
An internet-based system to manage DoD household goods moves.

It’s Your Move (PDF)

Military Installations
Find out about your next base and “Plan Your Move.”

Plan Your Move
Plan My Move provides you with access to information about your entitlements and benefits, to points of contact, checklists, planning tools, and information on education and employment.

Military Youth on the Move
Explore your new community before you arrive.

Spouse Clubs and Communities

Navy Wives Clubs of America

Misawa Officers’ Spouses’ Club

Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of San Diego

Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington DC

Surface Enlisted Spouses Association

Team Charleston Spouses Club

Tidewater Officers’ Spouses’ Association

USAA Military Spouse Community

Uniform/Exchange Services

AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Services)

Marine Corps Exchange

Navy Exchange

Acronyms and Abbreviations

ADAPT — Active Duty Assistance Program Team
ADSW — Active Duty for Special Work
AOC — Aviation Officer Candidate
APO — Army and Air Force Post Office
ASAP — As soon as possible
AT — Annual Training
AWOL — Absent without leave

BAH — Basic Allowance for Housing
BAS — Basic Allowance for Subsistence
BEQ — Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
BUMED — Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
BUPERS — Bureau of Naval Personnel

CACP — Casualty Assistance Calls Program
CACO — Casualty Assistance Calls Officer
CHINFO — Chief of Information
CIAC — Command Individual Augmentee Coordinator
CMDCM — Command Master Chief
CNAFR — Commander Naval Air Force Reserve
CNIC — Commander, Navy Installations Command
CNO — Chief of Naval Operations
CNP — Chief of Naval Personnel
CNR — Chief of Naval Reserve
CNRFC — Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command
CO — Commanding Officer
COB — Chief of the Boat
COLA — Cost of Living Allowance
COMRATS — Commuted Rations
CONUS — Continental United States
CPO — Chief Petty Officer

DEERS — Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System
DOD — Department of Defense
DoDDS — Department of Defense Dependents Schools
DoDEA — Department of Defense Education Activity

EAOS — End of Active Obligated Service
EFMP — Exceptional Family Member Program
ESGR — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
ETA — Estimated time of arrival
ETD — Estimated time of departure

FPO — Fleet Post Office
FITREP — Fitness Report
FMF — Fleet Marine Force
FRO — Family Readiness Officer
FFSC — Fleet and Family Support Center
FTS — Full-Time Support

HQMC — Headquarters, Marine Corps

IDC — Independent Duty Corpsman
IDC — Information Dominance Corps
IDT — Inactive Duty Training
IDTT — Inactive Duty Training Travel
IRR — Individual Ready Reserve

JAG — Judge Advocate General (lawyer)
JCS — Joint Chiefs of Staff
JFSAP — Joint Family Support Assistance Program
JNROTC — Junior Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

KVN — Key Volunteer Network

LDO — Limited Duty Officer

MCAS — Marine Corps Air Station
MCPON — Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
MEB — Marine Expeditionary Brigade
MEF — Marine Expeditionary Force
MEU — Marine Expeditionary Unit
MOS — Military Occupational Specialty
MWR — Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

NAS — Naval Air Station
NAVFAC — Naval Facility
NAVSTA — Naval Station
NCO — Noncommissioned Officer
NECC — Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
NEX — Navy Exchange
NFAAS — Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System
NLSO — Naval Legal Service Office
NMC — Naval Medical Command
NMCB — Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
NOSC — Navy Operational Support Center
NROTC — Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
NSF — Naval Support Facility

OCNR — Office of the Chief of the Navy Reserve
OCS — Officer Candidate School
OMBUDSMAN — Official liaison between a command and its families
OOD — Officer of the Deck
OSO — Operational Support Officer
OPNAV — Office of Chief of Naval Operations
OSD — Office of the Secretary of Defense
OCONUS — Outside Continental United States

PAO — Public Affairs Officer
PCO — Prospective Commanding Officer
PCS — Permanent Change of Station
POC — Point of Contact
POD — Plan of the Day
POE — Port of Embarkation
POW — Plan of the Week
PSD — Personnel Support Detachment
PXO — Prospective Executive Officer

RC — Reserve Component
RCC — Reserve Component Command

SADT — Special Active Duty for Training
SATO — Scheduled Airlines Ticket Office
SBP — Survivors Benefit Plan
SEA — Senior Enlisted Advisor
SEL — Senior Enlisted Leaders
SECDEF — Secretary of Defense
SECNAV — Secretary of the Navy
SGLI — Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance
SITREP — Situation Report
SMCR — Selected Marine Corps Reserve
SOPA — Senior Officer Present Afloat

TAD — Temporary Additional Duty
TAMP — Transition Assistance Management Program
TBD — To be determined
TLA — Temporary Lodging Allowance
TO — Transportation Office
TRICARE — Health Care Program for the Uniformed Services

UA — Unauthorized Absence
UCMJ — Uniformed Code of Military Justice

VA — Department of Veterans’ Affairs

WO — Warrant Officer

XO — Executive Officer

Navy Terms

ABOARD – on or in a ship. Close aboard; near a ship.
ADVANCE PAY – an advance on your base pay for a move. This must be repaid.
AFT – toward the stern; opposite of forward.
AIRDALE – slang, a naval aviator.
ALLOTMENT – assignment of part of military pay directly to a person or bank.
ALONGSIDE – beside a pier, wharf or ship.
ANCHOR – the hook used at the end of a chain and dropped to the sea bottom to hold a ship in one particular place. The smallest Navy anchors can be lifted by one person; anchors used by an aircraft carrier can each weigh up to 30 tons.
ANCHORAGE – suitable place for ship to anchor. A designated area of a port or harbor.
ANCHOR’S AWEIGH – said of the anchor when just clear of the bottom.
AYE-AYE – term used to acknowledge receipt of a command or order from senior. It means “I have heard the order; I understand it; I will carry it out.”

BARNACLE – small marine animal that attaches itself to hulls and pilings.
BELAY – to cancel an order; stop; firmly secure a line.
BERTH – space assigned ship for anchoring or mooring.
BERTHING – where Sailors sleep onboard ship.
BILLET – an allotted sleeping space; an individual’s position in the ship’s organization.
BLACK SHOE – an officer who is not an aviator; the latter is a brown shoe. Usually only used by Surface Warfare Officers.
BLUEJACKET – Navy enlisted member below the grade of CPO.
BOATSWAIN – pronounced “bosun,” refers to the mate, warrant officer or petty officer in charge of boats, rigging and ground tackle aboard ship.
BOW – most forward part of a ship.
BRAVO ZULU (BZ!) – Good job!
BRIDGE – platform or area from which ship is steered, navigated and conned; usually located in forward part of ship.
BRIG – Sailor’s universal term for jail.
BROW – large gangplank leading from a ship to a pier, wharf or float; usually equipped with handrails.
BULKHEAD – one of the upright, crosswise partitions dividing a ship into compartments.

CAPTAIN – rank, or commanding officer of a ship or squadron.
CARRY ON – to proceed with any duty.
CATAPULT – shipboard mechanism for launching aircraft.
CHAIN OF COMMAND – the military’s management concept.
CHAPLAIN – the military men and women of the cloth who nurture the spiritual well-being of service members.
CLASSIFIED MATTER – information or material of aid to possible enemy, if improperly divulged. There are currently three categories: Top Secret, Secret and Confidential.
COMMISSARY – grocery store on or near base where service members and families can purchase food, beverages, etc., at prices usually lower than in civilian stores.
COMMISSION – to activate a ship or station; written order giving an officer rank and authority.
COMMISSIONING CEREMONIES – ceremonies during which a new ship is placed in service. It is customary to invite friends of officers and others interested to attend the ceremony, along with the sponsor who christened the ship.
COMMODORE – the title of an officer commanding a squadron or flotilla of submarines, destroyers or smaller ships.
COMPARTMENT – space enclosed by bulkheads, deck and overhead, same as a room in a building.
CONUS – the Continental United States. (48 states and the District of Columbia.) Flying in CONUS determines certain limitations to space-available travel on military aircraft.
COURSE – direction steered by a ship or plane.
COURT-MARTIAL – military court for trial of serious offenses. There are three types: summary, special and general courts-martial.
CROW – slang, eagle on petty officer’s rating badge.
CRUISE – to sail with no definite destination. More commonly used to describe round trip.

DECK – a floor or platform extending from end to end of a ship.
DETAILER – the person responsible for deciding your Sailor’s next duty station.
DEPLOY – tactical term used for dispersal of troops; also disposition of ships in battle formations.
DIVISION – in the organization of ship or plane groups, the unit between sections and squadrons; in shipboard organization, Sailors and officers grouped together for command purposes.
DSN – Defense Switched Network; Department of Defense internal telephone system (formerly Autovon).

EMBARK – to go aboard ship preparatory to sailing.
ENLISTED EVALUATION – written report of enlisted service member’s performance of duty, informally referred to as an EVAL.
ENSIGN – lowest ranking commissioned officer.
EXCHANGE – department store run by the military.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER (XO) – regardless of rank, the officer second in
command of a ship, squadron or shore activity. In early days, such an officer was the first lieutenant.

FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS – A salutation meant to wish good fortune.
FANTAIL – the after end of the main deck.
FATHOM – in measuring depth of water, six feet. From Anglo-Saxon faehom. Originally distance spanned by man’s outstretched arms.
FITNESS REPORT – written report of an officer’s performance of duty, including chief petty officers, informally referred to as a FITREP.
FLAG AT HALF-MAST – this tradition began in times of mourning in old sailing days to indicate that grief was so great it was impossible to keep things shipshape. Half masting of colors is the survival of days when slack appearance characterized mourning on shipboard.
FLAG OFFICER – Rear Admiral, Lower Half; Rear Admiral, Upper Half; Vice Admiral; Admiral, and Fleet Admiral are flag officers.
FLANK SPEED – certain prescribed speed increase over standard speed; faster than full speed; as fast as a ship can go.
FLEET – from Anglo-Saxon fleet. Organization of ships and aircraft under one commander.
FLIGHT DECK – deck of ship on which planes land, takeoff.
FORECASTLE – pronounced “focsul.” In the days of Columbus, ships were fitted with castle-like structures fore and aft. The structures have disappeared, but
the term forecastle remains; refers to upper deck in forward part of ship. Abbreviated fo’c’sle.
FORWARD – toward bow; opposite of aft.
FROGMAN – slang, member of underwater demolition team or SEALs.

GALLEY – the kitchen of the ship.
GANGPLANK – see Brow.
GANGWAY – opening in bulwarks or rail of ship to give entrance; order to stand aside and get out of the way.
GEEDUNK – slang, ice cream soda, malted milk, anything from soda fountain or Geedunk stand.
GENERAL QUARTERS – battle stations for all hands.
GOUGE – the real story behind rumors and stories which may or may not be accurate.
GRUNT – slang, a Marine.
GTMO – abbreviation for U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
GUNG-HO – slang, eager and aggressive beyond normal requirements.

HASH MARK – slang, service stripe worn on uniform of enlisted personnel.
HEAD – place in ship or on shore station that might otherwise be called a rest room, washroom or toilet.
HOLIDAY ROUTINE – followed aboard ship on authorized holidays and Sundays.
HONORS – ceremonies conducted in honor of a visiting dignitary, usually involving sideboys and, occasionally, a band and honor guard.

KNEE-KNOCKERS – A passageway opening through a bulkhead. The lower lip of the opening sits at shin height.
KNOCK OFF – cease what is being done; stop work.
KNOT – measure speed for ships and aircraft, as “the destroyer was making 30 knots,” or “the top speed of the plane is 400 knots.”

LADDER – in a ship, corresponds to stairs in a building.
LEATHERNECK – term probably applied to U.S. Marines by Sailors because of
the leather-lined collar once part of Marine Corps uniforms. The collar, about the same height as that of the present uniform collar, was designed to give a greater military appearance to the uniform; when damp with perspiration, it was highly uncomfortable and caused throat trouble. Abolished by Marine Corps in about 1875.
LINE OFFICER – officer who may succeed to operational command as opposed to staff corps officer who normally exercises authority only in a specialty (e.g., hospitals, supply centers, etc.).
LOOKOUT – seaman assigned to watch and report any objects of interest; lookouts are “the eyes of the ship.”

MAST – captain’s mast, or merely mast, derived from the fact that in early sailing days, the usual setting for this type of naval justice was on the weather deck near ship’s mainmast. Currently, it means a type of hearing with commanding officer presiding, in which any punishment administered is non-judicial in nature and is an alternative to court martial.
MESS – meal; a place or group of officers and crew who eat together as in “crew is at mess,” “meeting was held in CPO mess,” or “she was the guest of wardroom mess.” Mess comes from Latin mensa, or table.
MID-WATCH – Watch from 0001-0400 or 0001-0600 based upon the ship’s schedule, usually results in no sleep before or after this watch.
MILITARY CLAUSE – protects you from paying the rest of a rental home’s lease, if you are asked to move due to military orders.
MUSTER – to assemble crew; roll call.

OLD MAN – seaman’s term for captain of a ship.

PASSAGEWAY – corridor or hallway on ship.
PLAN OF THE DAY – schedule of day’s routine and events approved by Executive Officer (XO); published daily aboard ship or at shore activity.
PORT – left side of ship looking forward.

QUARTERDECK – part of main (or other) deck reserved for honors and ceremonies and the station of the officer of the deck (OOD) in port.
QUARTERS – living spaces assigned to personnel aboard ship; government-owned housing assigned to personnel at shore stations; assembly of personnel for drill, inspection or meeting.

RANK – grade or official standing of commissioned and warrant officers.
RATE – grade or official standing of enlisted personnel; identifies pay grade or level of advancement; within each rating a rate reflects levels of aptitude, training, experience, knowledge, skill and responsibility.
RATING – job classification with the Navy, such as electronics technician.

SAILOR – When capitalized “Sailor” is used to demote a Navy service member – from Seaman to Admiral.
SCUTTLEBUTT – a drinking fountain in Navy is called scuttlebutt. A scuttlebutt in old days was a cask that had openings in the side, fitted with a spigot; also rumor, from the fact that Sailors used to congregate at the scuttlebutt or cask of water to gossip or report on day’s activities – sometimes true, sometimes not.
SEA BAG – large canvas bag for stowing gear and clothing.
SEA DUTY (or SEA TOUR) – assignment to ship whose primary mission is accomplished while underway/deployed.
SHAKEDOWN CRUISE – cruise of newly commissioned ship to test machinery and equipment and train crew as a working unit.
SHIPMATE – anyone who is attached to the same command as a Sailor—ship or not.
SHORT TIMER – one whose enlistment or tour of duty is almost completed.
SICK BAY – ship’s hospital or dispensary.
SIDEBOYS – impeccably-uniformed Sailors who participate in honors ceremonies on the quarterdeck.
SKIPPER – from Dutch schipper, meaning captain. SPOUSE – wife or husband.
STARBOARD – right side of ship looking forward. STERN – after part of ship.
STOW – to put gear in its proper place.
SWAB – rope or yarn mop; also an unflattering term for a Sailor.

TOPSIDE – from Pidgin English, meaning upper level, or above decks.
TURN TO – an order to begin work.

WARDROOM – a compartment aboard ship near officers’ stateroom used as officers’ mess room.
WATCH – watch standing concerns the positioning of qualified personnel, in various time increments, to operate a ship or other naval asset continuously around the clock.