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(R.)
Denotes in the case of an Executive Officer, that he is qualified to act as an Instructor in Physical Training. (Source: Australian Navy List, 1941)
R
Air Force Reserve
R & D
Research and Development
R and C
Rest and Convalescence
R Aust Inf
Royal Australian Infantry Corps
R Aust Sigs
Royal Australian Corps of Signals
R Aust Svy
Royal Australian Survey Corps
R Berks
The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales')
R C
Replenishment Centre (RAAF)
R Ir F
The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's)
R of O
Australian Army Reserve (Reserve of Officers)
R Sigs
Royal Corps of Signals
R Sup O
Rail Supply Officer
R Sussex
The Royal Sussex Regiment
R Tanks
Royal Tank Corps
R&F
Rank and File
R-boat
Small German minesweeper (Second World War)
R/T
Radio Telegraphy (ie by voice)
R/T
Radio‑telephone (VHF radio equipment) (RAAF)
R/T
Radio transmitter
RA
Rear Admiral
RA
Royal Artillery
RA
Reserve Aircraft
RAA
Royal Australian Artillery
RAA Ch D
Royal Australian Army Chaplains Department
RAA Pro
Royal Australian Army Provost Corps
RAAC
Royal Australian Armoured Corps
RAAD Corps
Royal Australian Army Dental Corps
RAADC
Royal Australian Army Dental Corps
RAAEC
Royal Australian Army Education Corps
RAAF
Royal Australian Air Force
RAAF COM
RAAF Command
RAAF FPO
RAAF Field Post Office
RAAF HOS
RAAF Hospital
RAAF MO
RAAF Meteorological Office
RAAF STN
RAAF Station
RAAFNS
Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service
RAAFPU
RAAF Postal Unit
RAAFSC
RAAF Staff School
RAAMC
Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
RAANC
Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (1951- )
RAANS
Royal Australian Army Nursing Service
RAAOC
Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps
RAAPC
Royal Australian Army Pay Corps
RAASC
Royal Australian Army Service Corps
RAC
Royal Armoured Corps
RACT
Royal Australian Corps of Transport
RAD
Radio
RADA
Radioactive
RADHAZ
Radiation Hazard
RADM
Rear Admiral
RADM
Rear Admiral
RADMECH
Radio Mechanic
RADO
Radio Officer
RADOG
Radiographer
RADOG12
Radiographer 12
RADOG6
Radiographer 6
RADOP
Radio Operator
RADTECHA
Radio Technician Air
RADTECHG
Radio Technician Ground
RAE
Royal Australian Engineers
RAEME
Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
RAF
Royal Air Force
RAFA
Royal Australian Field Artillery
RAFLO
Royal Air Force Landing Officer
RAFO
Reserve of Air Force Officers
RAFPRU
Royal Air Force Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
RAFR
Royal Australian Fleet Reserve
RAFSC
Royal Air Force Staff College
RAFVR
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
RAG
River Assault Group (Vietnam War)
RAGA
Royal Australian Garrison Artillery
RAINF
Royal Australian Infantry Corps
RAM
Radar Absorbent Material
RAMC
Royal Army Medical Corps (First World War)
RAMC (SR)
Royal Army Medical Corps (Special Reserve) (First World War)
RAMC (TF)
Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) (First World War)
RAMC(TC of T)
Royal Army Medical Corps (temporary commission) (First World War)
RAMO
Rear Airfield Maintenance Organisation
RAN
Royal Australian Navy
RAN (Emergy)
Royal Australian Navy (Emergency)
RAN(EM)
An officer originally commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy who retired but was placed on an emergency list for recall if required
RANAS
Royal Australian Naval Air Station
RANBT
Royal Australian Navy Bridging Train/Team
RANC
Royal Australian Naval College
RANCH HAND
The tactical military project for the aerial spraying of herbicides in South Vietnam (WSAF OEHL Technical Report)
RANCOT
Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Team
RANEM
An officer originally commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy who retired but was placed on an emergency list for recall if required
Range
Position aircraft on carrier prior to taking off (RAAF)
RANHF
Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam
RANNS
Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service
RANR
Royal Australian Naval Reserve
RANR (S)
Royal Australian Naval Reserve (Seagoing)
RANVR
Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve
RAOC
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
RAP
Regimental Aid Post
RAPC
Royal Army Pay Corps
RAPW&I
Repatriation of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees
RAR
Regular Army Reserve (USA)
RAR
Royal Army Reserve
RAR
Royal Australian Regiment (Battalions designated as 1RAR, 2RAR, etc)
Rarotongan Det
Rarotongan Detachment [First World War New Zearland Unit]
RAS
Replenishment at sea
RASC
Royal Army Service Corps (First World War)
RASCO
Replenishment at Sea Control Position
RASIGS
Royal Australian Signal Corps
RASO
Rear Airfield Supply Organisation
RASR
Regular Army Special Reserve
RAT
Ration
RATEL
Radio Telephone
RATG
Radio Telegraphy
RATO
Rocket Assisted Take Off
RATT
Radio Teletype
RAVC
Royal Army Veterinary Corps
RB
The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
RBAA
Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery
RC
Recruiting Centre (RAAF)
RC
Roman Catholic
RCAF
Royal Canadian Air Force
RCAF (WD)
Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s Division)
RCAFTC
Royal Canadian Air Force Transport Command
RCB Malaysia
Rifle Company Butterworth Malaysia
RCCP
Resources Control Check Point (Vietnam War)
RCE
Railway Construction Engineer (Second World War)
RCL
Recoilless rifle or gun
RCM
Radio Counter Measures
RCN
Royal Canadian Navy
RCN
Royal College of Nursing
Rcn LR
Reconnaissance Long Range (USA)
RCP
Regimental Command Post
RCS
Royal College of Surgeons
RCS
Rescue and Communication Squadron
RCT
Regimental Combat Team (USA)
RCT
Royal Corps of Transport
RD
Recruit Depot
RD
Reserve Officers' Decoration (Naval)
RD
Revolutionary Development. RD was the Government of [South] Vietnam (GVN) agency responsible for upgrading the economy, government, education, social welfare, and lines of communication of hamlets and villages throughout Vietnam. The personnel performing
RD & IU
Radio Development and Installation Unit (RAAF)
RD STN
Radar Station (RAAF)
Rd/s
Road(s)
RDC
Research and Development Centre
RDF
Radio Direction Finding
RDF
Rapid Deployment Force (Peacekeeping)
RDF WING
Radio Direction Finding Wing (RAAF)
RDFIMU
Radio Direction Finding Installation & Maintenance Unit (RAAF)
RDFS
Radio Direction Finding School
RDI
Relief Driver Increment (Australian Army Service Corps)
RDR
Radar
RDRO
Radar Officer
RE
Corps of Royal Engineers (British Engineers)
REALL
Re-Allocate
Rec
Recovery
REC
Receive
RECAP
Recapitulate
Recce
Reconnaissance, or reconnoiter
Recce Flt
Reconnaissance flight (Vietnam War)
RECD
Record
Recgroup
Code name for the Allied Air Reconnaissance group responsible for seaward reconnaissance of whole sphere of Supreme Allied Command, South West Pacific
RECLAS
Reclassify
RECM
Recommend
RECON
Reconnaissance
RECON
Reconnoiter
RECOV
Recover
RECR
Recreation
RECTRANU
Recruit Training Unit
REF
Refer
REG
Regular
Reg Sta
Regulating Station
Reglone
Reglone (diquat). Reglone was the commercial name for an Australian supplied herbicide used by the Australian Force in Vietnam. (Interdepartmental Report: The Pesticides Report Note: Reglone was supplied in blue containers)
Regt
Regiment
Regtl S‑1
Regimental Adjutant (USA)
Regtl S‑2
Regimental Intelligence Officer (USA)
Regtl S‑3
Regimental Plans and Training Officer (USA)
Regtl S‑4
Regimental Supply Officer (USA)
REHAB
Rehabilitate
Reinft
Reinforcement
REL
Release
REL
Relief
REL
Relieve
REME
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
RENG
Re-engage
REO
Reinforcement
REP
Receipt
Rep
Representative
Rep
Repair
Rep
Represent
Repat & Demob
Repatriation and Demobilisation, AIF [First World War AIF Repatriation and Demobolisation Unit]
REPT
Report
REQ
Request
REQ
Requisition
Res
Reserve
RESENG
Resident Engineer
Reserve Bde Aust Arty
Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery [First World War AIF Artillery Unit]
RESPFOR
Response Force (East Timor)
RESTD
Restricted
Ret
Retired
Reuters Telegrams GHQ MEF
Reuters Telegrams, Intelligence, General Headquarters, Egyptian Expeditionary Force [First World War British Headquarters Unit]
RF
Range Finder
RF
The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
RF
Representative Fraction
RF
Regional Forces. The RF were locally recruited units employed under the direction of the province chief, normally within their home province. (Vietnam War)
RF
Radio Frequency
RFA
Royal Field Artillery
RFA
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
RFC
Royal Flying Corps
RFC C&P Rev
Royal Flying Corps Communiques and Press Reviews [First World War British Flying Corps Unit]
RFD
Reserve Forces Decoration
RFM
Reserve Forces Medal
RFMF
Republic of Fiji military Forces (Peacekeeping)
Rfn
Rifleman
RFR
Royal Fleet Reserve
Rft
Reinforcement
Rfts
Reinforcements
RFU
Refresher Flying Unit
Rf‑Pf
Regional and Popular Forces
RGA
Royal Garrison Artillery
RGA
Royal Guernsey Artillery
RGP
Reconnaissance Group
RGR
Royal Gurka Rifles
RHA
Royal Horse Artillery
RHD
Rail Head
RHG
Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
RHIB
Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat
Rhod
Rhodesia Medal
RHQ
Regimental Headquarters (USA)
RHS
RAAF Historical Section
RHU
Reinforcement Holding Unit
RI
Republic of Indonesia
RIA
Royal Indian Artillery
RIAF
Royal Indian Air Force
RIASC
Royal Indian Army Service Corps
RIC
Royal Irish Constabulary
RIE
Royal Indian Engineers
RIF
Reconnaissance in Force
RIM
Royal Indian Marines
RIMPAC
Pacific Rim (Exercise)
RIMU
Radio Installation & Maintenance Unit (RAAF)
RIN
Royal Indian Navy
RIR
Reserve Infanterie Regiment (German, First World War)
RJ
Road junction (USA)
RKT
Rocket
RL
Retired List
RL
Rocket Launcher
RLS
Repair Loan Store
RLT
Regimental Landing Team
Rlway
Railway
Rly Coy
Railway Company
RM
Royal Marines
RMA
Rear Maintenance Area
RMA
Royal Marine Artillery
RMA
Royal Military Academy
RMAF
Royal Malaysian Air Force
RMC
Royal Military College
RML
Rifled Muzzle Loading Gun
RMLI
Royal Marine Light Infantry
RMO
Regimental Medical Officer (Unit Doctor) (First World War)
RMS
Regimental Sergeant Major
RMS
Rendering Mines Safe
RMS
Royal Mail Steamship (Second World War)
RMT Unit
Remount Unit
RN
Royal Navy (British Navy)
RNAD
Royal Naval Ammunition Depot
RNAH
Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital
RNAS
Royal Naval Air Service
RNAV
Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers
RND
Royal Naval Division
RNF
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
RNI Army
Royal Netherlands Indies Army
RNO
Resident Naval Officer
RNR
Royal Naval Reserve
RNSC
Royal Naval Staff College
RNSR
Royal Navy Special Reserve (Second World War)
RNTU
Royal Naval Training Unit
RNVR
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
RNZA
Royal New Zealand Artillery
RNZAF
Royal New Zealand Air Force
RNZASC
Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps
RNZIR
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
RNZN
Royal New Zealand Navy
RO
Radio Operator
RO
Regimental Orders (USA)
RO
Roads Officer
RO
Routine Orders
Ro
Romania
ROC
Railway Operating Group
ROC
Royal Observer Corps
ROC
Republic of China
ROD
Radio Operating Division
ROD
Railway Operating Division (First World War)
ROE
Rules of Engagement
ROK
Republic of Korea Forces
Rolling Thunder
Operation – United States air campaign against North Vietnam
Rome Plough
A Rome Plough (Plow) was a device fixed to a bulldozer for land clearing operations. It gained its name from the manufacturer, the Rome Plow Company of the United States.
RON
Remain Overnight
ROO
Railhead Ordnance Officer
ROP
Report of Proceedings (RAN)
ROTC
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (USA)
Royals
1st The Royal Dragoons
ro‑ro
Roll on, roll off
RP
Radio Plotter
RP
Refilling/Replenishment Point
RP
Regimental Police
RP
Relay Post (First World War)
RP
Rocket projectile (RAAF)
RP
Rules of Procedure
RP
Republic of Philippines
RPC
Royal Papuan Constabulary (Second World War)
RPC
Royal Pioneer Corps
RPD & TE
Radio Physics Department and Training Establishment
RPG
Rocket Propelled Grenade from the Russian abbreviation of Reaktivniy Protivotankniy Granatomyot meaning 'rocket anti-tank launcher' (Vietnam War)
RPG
Rounds Per Gun
rpg
Rounds per gun
RPGPM
Round per gun per minute
RPL
Repair Parts List
rpm
Rounds per minute
RPMOR
Rounds Per Mortar
RPN
Royal Pakistan Navy
RPP
Reserve Personnel Pool (RAAF)
RPT
Repeat
RPV
Remotely piloted vehicle(s)
RQMS
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
RR
Railroad (USA)
RR
Recoilless rifle (Vietnam War)
RR
Refilling Point
RR
Radio Relay
RR & GDD
Recruit Reception and General Details Depot
RRC
Member of the Royal Red Cross
RRD
Redbank Reinforcement Depot
RRL
Regimental Reserve Line (USA)
RS
Radio Supervisor
RS
Radio School (RAAF)
RS
Records Section (USA)
RS
The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
RSAAF
Royal South African Air Force
RSAF
Republic of Singapore Air Force
RSAR
Royal South Australian Regiment
RSC
Regimental Supervisor Communications (Warrant Officer)
RSD
Railway Supply Detachment
RSD
Returned Stores Depot
RSETO
Resettlement Officer
RSF
The Royal Scots Fusiliers
RSL
Regimental Supernumerary List (Officers)
RSL
Returned Services League subsequently the Returned and Services League
RSLAB
Reference Standards Laboratory
RSM
Regimental Sergeant Major
RSO
Range Safety Officer
RSO
Railhead Supply Officer
RSPacS
Research School of Pacific Studies
RSPAS
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
RSR
Raiding Support Regiment
RSS & AILA
Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia
RSSILA
Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia
RSSZ
Rung Sat Special Zone, area of swamp south of Saigon (Vietnam War)
RSTT
RAAF School of Technical Training
RSTT
Regimental Supervisor Technical Telecommunications (Warrant Officer)
RSU
Repair and Salvage Unit (RAAF)
RSU
Repair and Servicing Unit
RTA
Returned to Australia
RTA
Royal Thai Army
RTAF
Royal Thai Air Force
RTAU
Returned to Australia Unit – Unit the recipient joined upon return to Australia (Peacekeeping)
RTAVF
Royal Thai Army Vietnam Force
RTAVF
Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force
RTB
Recruit Training Battalion
RTC
Replacement Training Center (USA)
RTD
Return to Duty
RTFV
RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam
RTO
Railway Traffic Officer
RTO
Railway Transportation Officer
RTR
Royal Tank Regiment
RTS
Recruit Training Section/Squadron (RAAF)
RTU
Recruit Training Unit
Run
Jump Ship; Deserted
RUR
The Royal Ulster Rifles
RV
Re‑entry vehicle(s)
RV
Rendezvous
RVE
Request for Variation to Entitlement
RVN
Republic of Vietnam (South)
RVNAF
Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces
RVT
Request for Variation to Establishment
RVTNA
Royal Victorian Training Nurses Association
RW
Royal Warrant, required for pay to be docked (First World War)
RW
Royal Wing
RW, HQ
Radar Wing, Headquarters
RWAFF
Royal West African Frontier Force
RWAU
Rotary Wing Aviation Unit
Rwda
Rwanda clasp to Australian Service Medal (ASM)
RWF
The Royal Welch Fusiliers
RWK
The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
RX
Red Cross
RXS
Red Cross Society
Ry
Railway
Ry Tel
Railway Telegraph