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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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R&S.  Reconnaissance and Surveillance.

Radar.  Radio Detection and Ranging.

RATELO.  Radio Telephone Operator.

RCLR.  Recoiless Rifle.

RDF.  Radio Direction Finder.

RDO. Rapid Decisive Operations. A buzzword in the 1990s after the U.S. and its allies pushed Iraq out of Kuwait during the first Gulf War. RDO became a popular mantra within the military for how the United States would fight wars in the future. RDO as a concept meant that the U.S. miltary with superior technology would be able to easily defeat its enemies on the battlefield. As in the invasion of Iraq during March - April 2003. Of course, then along came the counterinsurgency campaigns of Iraq and Afghanistan and RDO slipped off the radar screen.

RDT.  Reactive Doctrinal Template.

Recon.  Reconnaissance.

Refugee.  "A person who, by reason of real or imagined danger, has left their home country or country of their nationality and is unwilling or unable to return".  (JP 1-02).  See also "displaced person".

Regt.  Regiment.

REMBASS.  Remotely Monitored Battlefield Sensor System.

REMS.  Remotely Employed Sensors.

Resistance Movement.  "An organized effort by some portion of the civil population of a country to resist the legally established government or an occupying power and to disrupt civil order and stability".  (JP 1-02).

RF.  Radio Frequency.

RFI.  Radio Frequency Interference.

RFI.  Request for Information.

ROE.  Rules of Engagement.

RON.  Remain Over Night.  Where a patrol will set up to remain over night.

ROZ.  Restricted Operations Zone.  Usually referring to air space over a specified geographical area.

RP.  Rally Point; Release Point.

RPG.  Rocket-Propelled Grenade.  Heavily used by the the former Soviet Bloc nations and exported to Third World countries around the world.

RPM.  Revolutions per Minute.

RTB.  Return to Base.

RZ.  Recovery Zone.


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