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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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E & E.  See Evasion and Escape definition below.

E & R.  Evasion and Recovery.

EAC.  Emergency Action Committee; usually used in the context of a NEO plan.

EALT.  Earliest Anticipated Launch Time.

EAM. National Liberation Front, Greek communist resistance during World War II.

EAP.  Emergency Action Plan.  Associated with NEO situations.

ECAS.  Emergency Close Air Support.

ECC.  Evacuation Control Center; used in NEO situations.

ECCM.  Electronic Counter-Countermeasures.

ECM.  Electronic Countermeasures.

ECOA.  Enemy course of action.

EDES. National Democratic Greek League, Republican resistance during WWII.

EEFI.  Essential elements of friendly information.

EEI.  Essential elements of information.

EH. Electra House, UK Foreign Office affiliated propaganda section set up in early stages of WWII.

EHF.  Extremely High Frequency.

ELINT.  Electronic Intelligence.

EMDCOA.  Enemy most dangerous course of action.

Emergency Locator Beacon.  A generic term for all radio beacons used for emergency locating purposes.  See CSEL.

EMI.  Electromagnetic Interference.

EMPCOA.  Enemy most probable course of action.

EMT.  Effects Management Tool.

EOB.  Electronic order of battle.

EOD.  Explosive ordnance disposal.

EPA.  See Evasion Plan of Action.

EPW/CI.  Enemy prisoner of war / civilian internee.

EPB.  Electronic preparation of the battlespace.

EPW.  Enemy Prisoner of War.

ESAT.  USEUCOM Survey and Assessment Team. Sent to European or African nations to do an early assessment of NEO or disaster situations.

ESM.  Electronic support measures.

ETA.  Estimated Time of Arrival.

ETAC.  Enlisted Tactical Air Controller.

ETD.  Estimated Time of Departure.

EUCOM.  U.S. European Command.

Evasion Chart.  Or EVC.  A large map of a certain part of the world designed to assist an evader.  Used by air crews, special operations forces, and the occasional CIA agent.

Evasion and Escape.  The procedures and operations whereby military personnel and other selected individuals are enabled to emerge from enemy-held or hostile areas to areas under friendly control.

Evasion Plan of Action.  Also EPA.  "A course of action, developed prior to executing a mission, which is intended to improve a potential evader's chances of successful evasion and recovery by providing recovery forces with an additional source of information that can increase the predictability of the evader's actions and movement".  (JP 3-50.2).

EVC.   See Evasion Chart above.

EVENTEMP.  Event template.

EW.  Electronic warfare.  Any military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum or attack the enemy.  (JP 1020).

EXCHECK.  Execution Checklist.  Used to sychronize and track ongoing operations.  A chronological sequence of events for a specific operation.

Exfiltration.  "The removal of personnel or units from areas under enemy control by stealth, deception, surprise, or clandestine means".  (JP 1-02).  Sometimes referred to as "exfil".

Exotic Dancer. 1) A young woman dancing in one of the "gentlemen's clubs" in downtown Fayetteville. In the 1960s and 1970s Hay Street was the place to be on a Friday and Saturday night (if you  were single and did not have a date. 2) Name of a field training exercise run by 7th Special Forces Group in southeastern United States.

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