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(S)
Denotes an Officer who is qualified in both Visual Signalling and Wireless Telegraphy Duties. In a ship, an Officer qualified as above who is performing either or both these duties. (Source: Australian Navy List, 1941)
(SM)
Denotes a Senior Master. (Source: Australian Navy List, 1941)
S
Secretariat (United Nations Organisation - UNO)
S
Somalia clasp to Australian Service Medal (ASM)
S
Senior or Staff
S
Supply and Secretariat Branch (Naval)
S & T
Supply and Transport (Army)
S A
School of Artillery
S Ad O
Station Administrative Officer (Air Force)
S Am
South America
S Aust
South Australia
S Cd CO
Senior Commissioned Communication Officer (Naval)
S of D
Superintendent of Design
S of MI
School of Military Intelligence
S of S
Secretary of State (US)
S Off
Section Officer (WAAAF)
S Sjt
Staff Serjeant
S Stafford
South Staffordshire Regiment
S Supt
Senior Superintendent
S/N
Staff Nurse
S/Sgt
Staff Sergeant (a senior sergeant)
S/Smith
Shoeing Smith
SA
Small arms
SA
South Africa
SA
South Australia
SAA
Small Arms Ammunition
SAAB
Scientific Advisor to the Air Board
SAAF
South African Air Force
SAARF
Special Allied Airborne Reconnaissance Force
SABC
Siege Battery Ammunition Column
SAC
School of Army Cooperation (RAAF)
SAC
Service Aircrew Camp (RAAF)
SAC
Strategic Air Command (USA)
SACA
Supreme Allied Commander Antic
SACC
Supporting Arms Coordination Centre
SACEUR
Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - NATO)
SACLANT
Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - NATO)
SACO
School Army/Air Cooperation
SACO
Sino American Cooperative Organisation (USA)
SACSEA
Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia
SADF
South African Defence Forces
SADMINSO
Senior Administrative Staff Officer
SAE
Service Assisted Evacuation
SAF
Small Arms Factory
SAF
Singapore Armed Forces (Peacekeeping)
SAFEO
Safety equipment Officer
SAIF
Small Independent Action Force
Sal
Salvage
SAL
Salvation Army
SALT
Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty/Talks
Salv Offr Aust Corps
Salvage Officer, Australian Corps [First World War AIF Salvage Unit]
SAM
Surface to air missile(s)
SAMB
Scientific Adviser to the Military
San
Sanitation
SAN
School of Air Navigation (RAAF)
SAN Sect
Sanitation Section
Sandra
Beacon guiding system, RAAF (Second World War)
SANS
South African Naval Service
SAO
Scientific Advisor's Office
SAO
Senior Administrative Officer
SAP
Secure Australia Project
Sap
A covered trench or tunnel dug to a point near or within an enemy position
SAR
Search and Rescue
SAR
Semi‑automatic rifle (USA)
SARO
Search and Rescue Officer
SAS
Small Arms School
SAS
Special Air Service
SAS
Special Army Service
SASO
Senior Air Staff Officer
SASR
Special Air Service Regiment
SASS
Superintendent Army Scientific Services
SB
Siege Battery
SB
Stretcher bearer
Sb
Switchboard (USA)
SBA
Sick Bay Attendant
SBD
Scout Bomber Douglas
SBG
Small Box Girder
SBLT
Sub Lieutenant
SBMO
Senior British Medical Officer
SBNO
Senior British Naval Officer
SBR
Small Box Respirator (First World War)
SBS
Special Boat Squadron
SBS
Special Boat School (Second World War)
SBS
Special Broadcasting Unit
SBS
Special Boat Section
SC
Security Council (United Nations Organisation - UNO)
SC
Staff Captain
SC
Staff College
SC
Star of Courage
SC
Submarine Chaser
SCA
Support Command Australia (Navy)
SCAJAP
Supreme Command Allied Forces in Japan
SCAP
Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers
SCAT
South Pacific Combat Air Transport (USA)
SCD
Strategic Command Division (East Timor)
SCM
Special Courts martial (USA)
SCNO
Senior Canadian Naval Officer
SCO
Stock Control Officer
SCU
Statistical Control Unit
SCUBA
Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SD
Special Duty (USA)
SD
Staff Duties
SD
Store/Supply Depot
SD
Service Dress
SD
Special Duties Branch (Air Force)
SDA
Seventh Day Adventist
SDBP
Seaward Defence Boat
SDC
Signal Distribution Centre
SDEV
Standard Deviation
SDI
Strategic Defence Initiative
SDIA
Select Documents on International Affairs
SDL
Special Duties List
SDO
Senior Dental Officer (First World War)
SDP
Supply Dropping Point
SDR
Special Despatch Rider
SDS
Signals Despatch Service
SDSC
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
SDSLO
Services and Defence Science Liaison Officer
SDSS
Standard Distribution and Supply System
SDU
Survey and design Unit (RAAF)
SE
Safety Equipment
SEA
South East Asia
Sea Bees
Construction Battalions, United States Navy
Sea Check
An Examination conducted by a Senior Officer’s staff to discover if a ship or a debt within a ship meets the required standards
SEA LORDS
‘South East Asia Lake, Ocean, River, Delta Strategy’ – United States Navy task force in Mekong Delta
SEAC
South East Asia Command
SEADRAGON
Operation – Surface ship operations against Vietnam
Seaforth
The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross‑shore Buffs, the Duke of Albany's)
SEALS
Sea Air and Land (team United States Navy)
SEAMILS
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Military Intelligence and Logistic Forms
SEAP
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Publications
SEASS
South East Asia Signal School
SEASTAG
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Standardisation Agreement
SEATO
South East Asia Treaty Organisation
Sec
Section
Sec
Secretary
Sec
Secretariat
Sec
Second
Sec
Secondary
SEC Dept of ARMY
Secretary to the Department of the Army
SECAIR
Security Department of Air
SECDEF
Secretary Department of Defence
SECMA
Study and Evaluation of Counter Mine Activities
SECNAVY
Secretary Department of the Navy
SECO
South Eastern Command in England
SECT
Section
Sect Off
Section Officer (WRAAF - Women's Royal Australian Air Force)
SED
Single entitlement Document (unit equipment list)
Sen Chap C of E HQ AIF
Senior Chaplain (Church of England), Headquarters AIF, London [First World War AIF Chaplains Unit]
Sen Chap Meth HQ AIF
Senior Chaplain (Methodist), Headquarters AIF, London [First World War AIF Chaplains Unit]
Sen Chap OPD HQ AIF
Senior Chaplain (Other Protestant Denominations), Headquarters AIF, London [First World War AIF Chaplains Unit]
Sen Chap Pres HQ AIF
Senior Chaplain, ANZAC Mounted Division [First World War AIF Chaplains Unit]
Sen Chap Pres HQ AIF
Senior Chaplain (Presbyterian), Headquarters AIF, London [First World War AIF Chaplains Unit]
Sen Str
Senior Sister (Air Force)
SENGSO
Senior Engineering Staff Officer
Senior Sailor
A Petty Officer or Chief Petty Officer
SEOEM
Senior Executive Officer (Senior Engineering Staff Officer/Senior Maintenance Staff Officer)
SEOL
Senior Executive Officer (Legal)
SEOLEG
Senior Executive Officer (Legislation)
SER
Serial
SERN
Service number
SES
Surface effect ship(s)
SESO
Senior Equipment Officer
SEW
Safety Equipment Worker
SEWLROM
Special End of War Leave for regular Officers and men
SF
Special Forces
SF
Steam gunboat
SF
Survey Flight (RAAF)
SF
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Force
SFCP
Shore Fire Control Party
SFCS
Shore Fire Control Spotting
SFF
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Field Forces
SFFS
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Field Force
SFI
Special Flying Instruction
SFIC
Seventh Fleet Intelligence Centre
SFM
Sergeant Farrier Major
SFTS
Service Flying Training School (RAAF)
SG
Scots Guards
Sg C
Surgeon Captain (Naval)
SGCE
Services General Certificate of Education
SGF
Southern Group of Forces (Soviet)
SGPOs
Second Generation Peace Operations (Peacekeeping)
Sgt
Sergeant
SGU
Security Guards Unit (RAAF)
SGUARD
Security Guard
SHAEF
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force
SHAND
Stores Hand
SHD
Shore Defence
SHELREP
Shelling Report
SHF
Super High Frequency
SHFDF
Super High Frequency Direction Finding
SHPWRT
Shipwright/carpenter (Royal Australian Navy)
SHQ
Station Headquarters
Shwt Lt
Shipwright Lieutenant (Naval)
SI
Senior Instructor
SI
Seriously Ill
SIAF
Small Independent Action Forces
SIB
Special Investigation Branch
SIF
Selective Identification Feature
Sig
Signaler (after rank)
Sig
Signalman
SIG
Signalman
Sig C
Signal Corps (USA)
Sig C
Signal Corps/Company
Sig Coy
Signal Company
Sig Sect AETD
Signal Section, Australian Engineer Training Depot (First World War)
Sig Sect AETD
Signal Section, Australian Engineer Training Depot [First World War AIF Signals Unit]
Sig Sqn
Signal Squadron
Sig Tng Unit
Signal Training Unit [First World War AIF Signals Unit]
Sig Tp
Signals Troop
Sig Tp NZMR Bde
Signal Troop, New Zealand Engineers (also known as Signal Troop, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade) [First World War New Zearland Unit]
Sig Trp Eng
Signal Troop Engineers
Sig Wire
Signal Wire used in laying communication signal lines
Sig(s)
Signal(s)
SIGCEN
Signal Centre
SIGINT
Signals Intelligence
SIGINT
Signals intelligence
SIGSOP
Signals Operator
SIM
Simulate
Sin
Sinai clasp to Australian Service Medal (ASM)
SINC
Staff In Confidence
SIO
Senior Intelligence Officer
SIO
Supervising Intelligence Officer
SIOO
Senior Inspecting Ordinance Officer
SIT
Situate
SITREP
Situation Report
SITSUM
Situation Summary
SIW
Self inflicted wound (First World War)
Sjt
Sergeant
SL
Searchlight
SL
Squadron Leader
SL
School of Languages
SL
Start Line
SL
Support Line (USA)
SLA
Supply Loading Airfield
SLAR
Side looking airborne radar
SLBM
Submarine launched ballistic missile(s)
SLCM
Sea launched cruise missile(s)
SLEP
Service life extension program
Slg Mn
Signal Man
SLICK
UH-1 utility helicopter used primarily for carrying troops, equipment or supplies. This term is used to distinguish these aircraft from UH-1 gun ships.
SLO
Senior Liaison Officer
SLOC
Sea Lines of Communication
SLP
Supply Landing Point
SLU
Special Liaison Unit
SLVL
Sea Level
SM
Secret Message
SM
Sergeant Major
SM
Soldier's Medal (USA)
SM
Survey Motor Launch
SMAINTSO
Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
SMC
Staff Message Control
SME
School of Military Engineering
SMET
Ship’s medical emergency team
SMF
Special Mobile Force
SMG
Submachine gun (USA)
SMLE
Short Magazine Lee Enfield
SMN
Seaman
SMO
Senior Medical Officer (First World War)
SMO Aust Base Dep Fr
Senior Medical Officer, Australian Base Depots, France [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SMO Moascar
Senior Medical Officer, Moascar (also known as SMO, Australian & New Zealand Training Cadre & Details Camp) [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SMO No 1 Command Dep
Senior Medical Officer, No 1 Command Depot [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SMO No 4 Command Dep
Senior Medical Officer, No 4 Command Depot [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SMO O Tng Bde
Senior Medical Officer, Overseas Training Brigade [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SMPO
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Military Planning Office
SMS
Seiner Majestat Schiff (eg SMS "Emden")
SMSP
SEATO (South East Asia Treaty Organisation) Military Security Publications
SMTO
Senior Mechanical Transport Officer (First World War)
SMTO
Senior Movements and Transport Officer
SMTO 1st ANZAC Corps
Senior Mechanical Transport Officer, 1st ANZAC Corps (Senior Mechanical Transport Officer, Australian Corps) [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport AASC Unit]
SMTO 2nd ANZAC Corps
Senior Mechanical Transport Officer, 2nd ANZAC Corps [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport AASC Unit]
SMTO Aust Corps
Senior Mechanical Transport Officer, Australian Corps [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport, Australian Army Services Corps Unit]
SN
Stores Naval
SNATCH
An operation rapidly planned and executed to exploit information obtained from a prisoner of war, Hoi Chanh, or detainee concerning the location of Viet Cong or Viet Cong Infrastructure. Enemy personnel apprehended as a result of information obtained from
SNCO
Senior Non Commissioned Officer
SNI
Senior Naval Instructor
SNLR
Services no longer required
SNO
Senior Naval Officer (Transport)
SNO
Senior National Officer
SNOE
Senior Naval Officers Embarked in Merchant Ships
SNOL
Senior Naval Officer Landing
SNSO
Superintendig Naval Stores Officer
SO
Senior Officer
SO
Signals Officer
SO
Special Orders (USA)
SO
Staff Officer
SO
Standing Orders
SO (NCS)
Senior Officer (Naval Control Service)
SO (O)
Senior Officer (Operations)
SO ADS AIF Dep in UK
Staff Officer, Australian Dental Services, AIF Depots in United Kingdom [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SO ADS Egypt
Staff Officer, Australian Dental Services, Egypt [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SO ADS Fr
Staff Officer, Australian Dental Services, France [First World War AIF Medical Unit]
SO in C
Signal Officer in Chief
SO Sigs
Staff Officer Signals
SOA
Special Operations Australia
SOA
Speed of Advance
SOA
Staff Officer Air Plans
SOA
Spectrometric Oil Analysis Programme
SOACCT
Staff Officer Accountant
SOAD
Staff Officer Air Defence
SOADMIN
Staff Officer Administrative Services
SOADS
Staff Officer, Australian Dental Service (First World War)
SOAG
Senior Officer Assault Group
SOAL
Spectrometric Oil Analysis Laboratory
SOAOC
Staff Officer to AOC
SOARM
Staff Officer Armament
SOAS
Spectrometric Oil Analysis System
SOAT
Staff Officer Air Training
SOC
Scout Observation Curtis
SOC
Struck Off Strength (RAAF)
SOCAI
Staff Officer Catering
SOCAS
Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff
SODCAS
Staff Officer to the deputy chief of the air staff
SODS
Staff Officer Dental Service
SOE
Special Operations Executive (Special Forces) (British forces, Second World War)
SOEDS
Staff Officer Education Services
SOENG
Staff Officer Engineering
SOENGS
Staff Officer Engineering Services
SOFS
Staff Officer Fire Service
SOG
Small Operational Group
SOGD
Staff Officer Ground Defence
SOGT
Staff Officer Ground Training
SOI
Signal Operation Instructions (USA)
SOINTELL
Staff Officer Intelligence
SOK
Supply authorised (USA)
SOLOG
Standards Operational and Logistical
SOLS
Staff Officer Legal Service
SOM
Senior Official Meetings
Som LI
The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
SOMAINTS
Staff Officer Maintenance Service
SOME
Senior Ordnance Mechanical Engineer
SOMP
Staff Officer Maintenance Planning
SOMS
Staff Officer Medical Services
SOOPS
Staff Officer Operations
SOORG
Staff Officer Organisation
SOP
Standing Operating Procedure (USA)
SOP
Standard Operating Procedure
SOPA
Senior Officer Present Alfoat
SOPAC
South Pacific Area
SOPSYCHS
Staff Officer Psychological Services
SORA
Staff Officer Royal Artillery
SORADA
Staff Officer Radio Air
SORE
Staff Officer Royal Engineers
SOREC
Staff Officer Recruiting
SORO
Staff Officer repair and overhaul
SORS
Staff Officer Strike and Reconnaissance
Sortie
The flight of one aircraft from takeoff to touchdown
SOS
A wireless code signal indicative of distress
SOS
Service of Supplies
SOS
Staff Officer Supplies
SOS
Struck off strength
SOTELENG
Staff Officer Telecommunications Engineering
SOTP
Staff Officer Training Policy
SOTSA
Staff Officer Technical Spares Assessing
Sound Powered Telephone
A Communications system which operates independently of an external power source
Sov
Soviet
SOW
Status of Women (United Nations Organisation - UNO)
SOWEAPENG
Staff Officer Weapons Engineering
SOWKS
Staff Officer Works
SP
Selection of personnel
SP
Self‑propelled
SP
Senior Psychologist (Admiralty)
SP
Service Police
SP
Starting Point
Sp
Spain
Sp
Service Police
Sp
Special Branch (Naval)
Sp
Special Duties Officer (RAF)
Sp Bn ABN
Support Battalion Airborne Brigade (USA)
Sp Coy
Support Company (Vietnam)
SPAR
Special Agent Report
Spars
Women's Reserve of the United States Coast Guard (name taken from motto)
SPE
Service Protected Evacuation
SPEC
Specify
Spec Serv
Special Service
Sponson
Projecting gun platform (RAAF Second World War)
SPORE
Singapore
Spr
Sapper
Spt
support
SPTF
Sea Plane Training Flight
SPTS
Sea Plane Training Squadron
SPU
Service Police Unit (RAAF)
SPWRT
Shipwright/carpenter (Royal Australian Navy)
SQMS
Staff Quartermaster‑Sergeant
Sqn
Squadron
Sqn Ldr
Squadron Leader
Sqn Off
Squadron Officer (WRAAF - Women's Royal Australian Air Force)
Sqn QMS
Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant
SR
Sound Ranging (USA)
SR
Supplementary Reserve
SRA
Surgeon Rear Admiral
SRAM
Short range attack missile(s)
SRBM
Short range ballistic missile(s)
SRC
Scientific Research Committee
SRD
Services Reconnaissance Department. Cover name for Special Operations Australia. Allied Intelligence Bureau Second World War Supply Reserve Depot.
SRECON
Strike Reconnaissance
SRG
Sound Ranging
SRH
Supply Railhead
SRP
Supply Refilling Point
SRT
Short Range Transport
SS
Schutz Staffel (Guard Detachment/Protection Squad – German, Second World War)
SS
Selective Service (USA)
SS
Signals school (RAAF)
SS
Staff School
SS
Stores Section (Vietnam War)
SS
Submarine (Ship Prefix)
SS
Steamship
SS Corporal
Shoeing Smith Corporal
SS SGT
Saddler Sergeant
SS(C/I)
Submarine(s) (coastal/inshore)
SSAFA
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association (British)
SSAHA
Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen Home Association
SSB
Ballistic missile submarine(s)
SSB
Single Side Band
SSB
Costal Submarine
SSB
Short Service Commission
SSBM
Nuclear fuelled ballistic missile submarine(s)
SSD
Special Sea Duty men – Duty positions for specialised personnel when coming alongside, sailing, or in confined waters
SSE
Shape the Strategic Environment
SSFB
Standing Sea Fire Brigade
SSG
Guided Missile Submarine
SSGN
SSN (nuclear fuelled submarines) with dedicated non ballistic missile launchers
SSI
Standing Signals Instructions
SSK
Anti Submarine Submarine
SSM
Squadron Sergeant Major
SSM
Staff Sergeant Major
SSM
Surface to surface missile(s)
SSN
Nuclear fuelled submarine(s)
SSO
Senior Supply Officer (First World War)
SSO
Special Service Officer (RAF)
SSO
Staff Signals Officer (Naval)
SSO
Ships Standing Orders
SSO 2nd Aust Div
Senior Supply Officer, 2nd Australian Division [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport AASC Unit]
SSO 5th Aust Div
Senior Supply Officer, 5th Australian Division [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport AASC Unit]
SSO Aust Mtd Div
Senior Supply Officer, Australian Mounted Division [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport AASC Unit]
SSO NZ & Aust Div
Senior Supply Officer, New Zealand and Australian Division [First World War AIF Supplies and Transport AASC Unit]
SSQ
Station Sick Quarters
SSR
Radar Picquet Submarine
SST
Submarine Sound Signaling Apparatus
SSUS
hipping and Stores Unit (RAAF)
SSZ
Specified Strike Zone. An area designated for a specific period of time by Government of [South] Vietnam (GVN) and Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces in which there were no friendly forces or populace and in which targets could be attacked on the initiativ
ST, S&T
Supplies and transport
STA
Septic traumatic abrasions (First World War)
Sta
Station
STABLEDOOR
Operation – Defense of South Vietnam ports against underwater attacks
Stalag
Stammlager (German) - Prisoner of war camp for other ranks
STANAG
Standardisation Agreement NATO
STAR
Specialised Training and Reassignment (USA)
STAR
Specialised Training and Reassignment (USA)
START
Strategic Arms Reduction Talks
START
Strategic Arms Reduction Talks
STD
Steward (after rank)
STD
Standard
STF
Special Transport Flight (RAAF)
Stf
Staff (USA)
STI
Special Technical Instruction
STM
Storeman
STM
Statute Mile
Stmn Tech Ord
Storeman, Technician, Orderly (Peacekeeping)
Stn
Station
STO
Sea Transport Officer
STOL
short take off and landing
STOVL
Short take off, vertical landing
STPT
Strategic Transport (Aircraft)
STR
Strength
Stra Tr
Strategical Reconnaissance
STRAT
Strategic
STS
Sea Transport Staff
STT
School of Technical Training (RAAF)
STU
School of technical training (RAAF)
STU
A form of Asdic, a particular kind of hydrophone
STUFF
Ships taken up from trade
Sturm Abteilung
Storm troops, brown shirts
STWD
Steward
SU
Signals Unit (RAAF)
SU
Stores Unit (RAAF)
Sub
Sub Lieutenant (Naval)
SUB
Submarine
Sub lieutenant (D)
Sub lieutenant (dental)
SUBJ
Subject
Subm
Submarine (USA)
SUBOR
Subordinate
SUBSCR
Subscribe
SUBT
Substitute
SUBT
Substantive
Suffolk
The Suffolk Regiment
SUGW
Surface to underwater guided weapon(s)
SUM
Surface to Underwater Missile
Sup
Supply/Supplies
Sup O
Supply Officer
Sup Pl
Supply Platoon (Vietnam War)
SUPDEP
Department of Supply
SUPDEP
Supply Department
Superhook
CH-54 cargo helicopter. Also known as Skycrane.
SUPINTREP
Supplementary Intelligence Report
SUPP
Supply Point
Supt
Superintendent
SUR
Sydney University Regiment
SURFIN
Surface Finisher
Surreys
The East Surrey Regiment
Surv
Survey (USA)
Surv
Survival
SURVL
Surveillance
SV
Stores Vittling
SvC
Service Command (USA)
SVETS
Services Vocational and Educational Training Scheme
SVN
South Vietnam
SVN DET
South Vietnam Detachment
SVR
Service
Svy
Survey
SW
Secretary of War (USA)
SW
Shrapnel Wound
Sw
Sweden
SWB
The South Wales Borderers
SWB
Short Wheelbase
Swbd
Switchboard
Switz
Switzerland
SWP
South West Pacific
SWP(A)
South West Pacific Area
SWPA
South West Pacific Area
SWR
Senior WRAN (Women's Royal Australian Navy)
SWRIGHT
Shipwright
SWS
Shore Wireless Service, RAN
SWT
School of Water Transport (Second World War)
Sy
Security (after rank)
SY
Singals Yeoman. The senior visual communications sailor on board.
SYNC
Synchronize
SYS
System

This Glossary is intended as a research tool that makes the Memorial’s records more accessible. As such, it contains terms that have been encountered in the Memorial’s collection of primary records as well as in secondary sources.  Users should note, therefore, that some of the terms may not reflect accepted usage; some may even appear to be incorrect.