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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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GCCS.  Global Command and Control System.

GEOINT.  Geospatial Intelligence.

"Ghost Soldiers".  Corruption was one of the main reasons for the collapse of the South Vietnamese regime to communism. One corrupt practice that hurt the fighting capability of the South Vietnamese Army was the large amount of "Ghost Soldiers". Army commanders would pocket the pay of fake soldiers who were on the books but did not exist or of soldiers who had been killed but whose deaths were not reported so that commanders could keep collecting and pocketing their pay. This corrupt practice of "Ghost Soldiers" was/is also a problem in the Iraq Army as well as with the Afghan National Army, and Afghan National Police.

GL.  Grid line.

Global Response Staff. This unit was created following the September 11th attacks in 2001 and helps provide security and protection for CIA case officers when they meet up with assets in hostile environments.

GMT.  Greenwich Mean Time.

GMV.  Ground Mobility Vehicle.

Gopher. Someone who fetches stuff for a person of a higher rank.

GOTWA.  (G) Going, (O) Others, (T) Time, (W) What to do, (A) Actions to take; (5 point contingency plan).

GPS.  Global positioning system.

Green Berets.  Unofficial name for members of the U.S. Army Special Forces.  Named for the green beret that John F. Kennedy authorized Special Forces to wear.

GSC.  Group Support Company.  The seven groups are in the process of transitioning to Group Support Battalions (2010-2013 timeframe).

GSR.  Ground Surveillance Radar.

GTA.  Graphic Training Aid.

Guerrilla Force.  A group of irregular, predominantly indigenous personnel organized along military lines to conduct military and paramilitary operations in enemy-held, hostile, or denied territory.

Guerrilla Warfare.  Military and paramilitary operations conducted in enemy-held or hostile territory by irregular, predominantly indigenous forces.  Guerrilla warfare may also be conducted in politically denied areas.  Also known as GW.


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