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Special Operations Glossary

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The Special Forces community and the military services in general use a multitude of words, phrases, and acronyms in its vocabulary, documentation, correspondence, and publications.  This glossary is intended to aid those unfamiliar with specific special operations terminology.

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BCT.  Brigade Combat Team.

BDA.  Battlefield (or bomb) damage assessment.

Bde.  Brigade.

BDOC.  Base Defense Operations Center.

BDU.  Battle Dress Uniform. Replaced by ACUs.

BE.  Basic encyclopedia.

BFT.  Blue Force Tracker.

BFV.  Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Blood Chit.  A small piece of material (silk or cloth) with the depiction of an American flag printed on it.  A message, in several languages, states that anyone assisting the bearer to safety will be rewarded.

BLS.  Beach landing site.

Bluelight. This organization was an American counterterrorist unit, part of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), that existed in the 1970s. The unit trained at Mott Lake at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  The unit was disbanded once Delta Force became operational, completing its initial certification exercise in July 1978. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Light_(counter-terrorist_subunit) (WikipediA)

BMP.  A Soviet bloc era fighting vehicle and troop transport.

Bn.  Battalion.

BOS. Battlefield Operating System.

BPC.  See Building Partner Capacity.

Brevity Code.  A code that shortens messages.  Useful when sending Morse Code messages.  For example, in earlier years SF units used the "Marge Bundle Code" to send messages back to the SFOB requesting specific supplies.

BTR.  A Soviet bloc era figting vehicle and troop transport.

Btry.  Battery.

BUFF.  A slang expression for the B-52 Stratofortress bomber.  BUFF stands for "Big Ugly Fat Fellow" or something close to that. This plane keeps on flying - latest use has been the delivery of multiple JDAMs in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Buon Enao Experiment. Often cited as the frontrunner to the Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) program of the Vietnam War run by U.S. Army Special Forces personnel. Buon Enao was a small village in the Central Highlands.

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