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(Ph)
Photographic Officer (RAF)
P
Peshawar clasp to Australian Service Medal (ASM)
P & PU
Printing and Publication Unit (RAAF)
P 250 Pump
A portable diesel driven pump used for fire main boosting
P A/c
Pilotless Aircraft
P and CCWP
Paints and Chemical Containers Working Party
P of W
Prisoner of War
P-2
Neptune, United States Navy aircraft (Vietnam War)
P-3
Orion, United States Navy aircraft (Vietnam War)
PA
Personal Assistant
PA
Port Agency (USA)
PA
Per Annum
PA
Put Away
PA & E
Pacific Architect and Engineers. (An American Civil Firm)
PAAOC
Personnel Assistant to Air Officer Commanding
PAC
Principal Air Chaplain, RAAF
PAC
Prophylatic Ablution Centre
PACMIRS
Pacific Military Intelligence Research Section
PACS
Priority Airfield Construction Squadron
PACUSA
Pacific Air Command, United States Army
PACV
United States Navy patrol cushion vehicle (Vietnam War)
PAD
Passive Air Defence - Measures taken to minimise the effect of air attack. (Second World War)
PAD
Public Administration Division (USAID agency) (Vietnam War)
PAF
Permanent Air Force
PAK
Panzerabwehrkanone – Anti tank gun - German
PAM
Pamphlet
Pancall
A call used to indicate a very urgent message concerning the safety of a ship and/or personnel. It has priority over all communications except distress traffic
PAOCP
Principal Administrative Officers Committee Personnel
PAR
Precision Approach Radar
Para
Parachute/Paratroop
Para
Paragraph
PARALLELOSCOPE
An apparatus to ensure guns are parallel to each other or to a bearing
PAREN
Parenthesis
PARO
Precision approach radar Officer
PATH
Pathology
PAVN
People’s Army of Vietnam (North Vietnam) aka. North Vietnamese Army
pax
Passenger(s) transport aircraft
Paymaster 1st ANZAC Corps
Paymaster, 1st ANZAC Corps [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
Paymaster 1st Aust Div
Paymaster, 1st Australian Division [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
Paymaster 2nd Aust Div
Paymaster, 2nd Australian Division [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
Paymaster 3rd Aust Div
Paymaster, 3rd Australian Division [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
Paymaster 4th Aust Div
Paymaster, 4th Australian Division [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
Paymaster 5th Aust Div
Paymaster, 5th Australian Division [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
Paymaster Aust Corps
Paymaster, Australian Corps [First World War AIF Claims Unit]
PB
Permanent Base [duties] (First World War)
PB
Patrol Boat
PBR
Patrol Boat River - small boats operated by the US and Vietnamese navies (Vietnam War)
PC
Patrol Craft
PC
Pharmacy Corps (USA)
PC
Privy Councilor
PC
Permanent Commission
PCC/I/O
Patrol craft, coastal/inshore/offshore
PCCU
Postal and Courier Communication Unit
PCE(R)
Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue) (USA)
PCF
Swift boat – United States Navy Patrol Craft Fast
PCM
Pulse Code Modulation
PCU
Prone to Capture Unit (UK)
PD
Personnel Depot (RAAF)
PD
Port of Debarkation (USA)
PD
Presumed dead
PD
Period (Fuel Stop)
PD
Point Detonating (Fuse)
PD & RC
Personnel Dispatch and Reception Centre (RAF)
PDC
Personnel Dispersal Centre (RAF)
PDMS
Principal Director Medical Services (First World War)
PDMS MEF
Principal Director of Medical Services, Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces [First World War British Medical Unit]
Pdr
Pounder
PDRC
Personnel Dispatch and Reception Centre (RAF)
PE
Port of Embarkation (USA)
PE
Production Executive
PE
Plastic Explosive
PE
Probable Error
PE
Peace Establishment
PEEP
Early Name for Y5TON Jeep
PEGASUS
Bulk CS dropped from CH-47 aircraft to deny an area to the enemy. (Vietnam War)
PEI
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
PEO
Peace enforcement operation (Peacekeeping)
PEOAMTS
Principal Executive Officer AMTS
PEOPAMP
Principal Executive Officer AMP
PEOPAMSE
Principal Executive Officer AMSE
PEOPLE SNIFFER
A device which detects humans using an electro-chemical process (Vietnam War)
PEP (NEI)
Personnel & equipment pool (RAAF)
PEP-UP
Productivity Enhancement Program-User Participation
PEQ
Parent Equipment
Per
Personnel
PERINTREP
Periodic Intelligence Report
PERMR
Permanent Residence
PERSONAL
Personnel
PERT
Program Evaluation Review Technique
PES
Pulheems Employment Standard
Pet Pk
Petrol Park (Second World War)
Pet Pl
Petroleum Platoon (Vietnam War)
PF
Popular Forces. The PF were locally recruited units employed under the direction of the district chief, normally within their home village (Vietnam War)
pfc
Graduate RAF Flying College
pfc
Private, first class (USA)
PFC/I/O
Fast patrol craft, coastal/inshore/offshore
PFCON
Passed for Consideration
PFM
Fast patrol craft, surface to surface missile (SSM)
PFT
Fast patrol craft, torpedo
PG
Proving Ground (USA)
PGM
Precision Guided Munitions
PH
Photographer
PH
Purple Heart (USA)
Ph D
Doctor of Philosophy
PHARM
Pharmaceutical
PHARMO
Pharmaceutical Officer
PHD
Public Health Division (USAID agency) (Vietnam War)
PHILCAGV
1st Philippines Civil Action Group, Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam War)
PHILO
Philanthropic Organisation
PHM/T
hydrofoil(s), surface to surfac missile/torpedo
PHOTO
Photographic Officer
PHOTO
Photographer
PHOTOINT
Photographic Interpreter
PHR
Photographic Reconnaissance
PHTO
Principal Harbour Transport Officer
PHTO
Principal Hospital Transport Officer (First World War)
PI
Philippine Islands
PI
Photo Interpreter
PI
Pacific Islander
Piastre
Dong – Vietnamese basic unit of currency (Vietnam War)
PIAT
Projector, infantry, anti-tank - An anti tank gun conveyable and workable by one man
PIB
Papuan Infantry Battalion (Second World War)
PICA or Hop Tac
Pacification Intensification of Critical Areas Plan created to deal with critical provinces in South Vietnam. (Vietnam War)
PICAO
Professional International Civil Aviation Organisation
PILE-ON
Rapid and forceful buildup of sufficient units and firepower to neutralise an enemy force (Vietnam War)
PIM
Position and Intended Movement
PIOCC
Province Intelligence and Operations Coordinating Centre (Vietnam War)
Pion
Pioneer (USA)
Pipe
Traditional term used to describe the passing of an order over the ships public broadcast system
PIR
Pacific Islands Regiment (Vietnam War)
Pk
Park
Pk
Pakistan
pl
Platoon (Part of a Battalion)
pl
Phase Line
pl
Platoon
pl
Plain Language
PLA
Port of London Authority
PLANTOP
Plant Operator
Plat
Platoon (USA)
PLB
Personnel Locator Beacon
PLC
Provisional Leadership Committee - Formed 27 Aug 64 by Minh, Khanh and Khiem to control country pending formation to High National Council
PLE
Prudent Limit of Endurance [coastal command anti‑sub patrols]
PLO
Palestine Liberation Organisation
Plot
Radar sighting
Plt Off
Pilot Officer
Pltn
Platoon
PM
Prime Minister's Department
PM
Provost Marshal
PMC
Post Ministerial Conference (Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN)
PMC
President Mess Committee
PME
Port main Engine
PME
Precision Measuring Equipment
PMEL
Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory
PMEO
Precision Measuring Equipment Officer
PMF
Permanent Military Forces
PMG
Postmaster General
PMG
Provost Marshal General (USA)
PMLO
Principal Military Landing Officer (First World War)
PMNS
Princess Mary's Nursing Service
PMO
Principal Medical Officer (First World War)
PMR
Pay Master
PMRAF
Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Hospital
PMRAFNS
Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service
PMS&T
Professor of Military Science and Tactics (USA)
PN
Publications
PN
Part Number
PNB
Pilot navigator bomb aimer
PNG
Papua New Guinea
PNGVR
Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles
PNI
Protect the National Interests
PNR
Principal Naval Representative (RAN point of contact for contractors) Pioneer
Pnr Trg Bn
Pioneer Training Battalion [First World War AIF Engineers Unit]
Pnr/s
Pioneer(s)
PNTO
Principal Naval Transport Officer (First World War)
PO
Petty Officer (RAN)
PO
Pilot Officer (RAAF)
PO
Post Office
P-O
Pilot Officer
POCK
Petty Officer Cook
POD
Port of Discharge
POL
Petrol, oil and lubricants
Pol
Poland
Polit & Econ Int Sums GHQ EEF
Political and Economic Intelligence Summaries, General Headquarters, Egyptian Expeditionary Force [First World War British Headquarters Unit]
Political Int GHQ EEF
Political Intelligence, General Headquarters, Egyptian Expeditionary Force [First World War British Headquarters Unit]
POLRI
Indonesian Police Force (East Timor)
POLWAR
Political warfare
POM
Preparation for Overseas Movement (USA)
POMCUS
Prepositioning of material configured to unit sets
POMTH
Petty Officer Marine Technical Hull [shipwright]
POO
Priority Operational Objective (ABCA)
POR
Personnel Occurrence Report. (was Casualty Returns up to cc.1950)
POREG
Petty Officer Regulator
Port
Portugal
POSN
Position
Post Emergent
Herbicide used to kill plants growing above ground level
POSTO
Petty Officer Stoker
POTSHOT
United States Naval Base, Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia
POW
Prisoner(s) of War
PP
Petrol Point - A forward detachment of a petrol company or park to facilitate the replacement of petrol and oils to units.
PPA
Popski's Private Army (No 1 Long Range Demolition Squadron)
PPCM
Permanent President Courts Martial
PPH
Petroleum Pipehead
PPI
Plan and position indicator [radar]
PPI
Plan Position Indicator
PPM
Pulse Position Modulation
PPO
Provisioning Programming Officer
PPS
Pulses Per Second
PR
Public Relations
PR
Parent Regiment/Corps (Peacekeeping)
PRA
Paymaster Rear Admiral
PRA
People’s Revolutionary Army (official title of Viet Cong fighting forces)
PRADMIN
Printer (Administrative)
PRBBIND
Printer (Bookbinder)
PRC
Peace Research Centre
PRC
People’s Republic of China
PRCHT
Parachute
PRCOMP
Printer (Compositor)
PREC
Precedence
PREP
Prepare
PRES
Presbyterian
PRF
Pulse Recurrence Frequency
PRH
Petrol railhead
PRI
Priority
Priest
ASP gun minus turret and innards, used like the Kangaroo
PRIM
Primary
PRLCAMOP
Printer (Litho Camera Operator)
PRLINOP
Printer (Linotype Operators)
PRLMACH
Printer (Letterpress Machinist)
Pro
Provost
PRO
Public Relations Officer
Pro Unit
Provost Unit (Military Police)
PROC
Proceed
PROJ
Project
PROJ
Projectile
Project TINE
Reinforcement of 1st Brigade (East Timor)
PROM
Promote
PROMACH
Printer (Offset Machinist)
PROMONOP
Printer (Monotype Operator)
PROV
Provisional
PRP
Petrol Refilling Point
PRP
Photo Reconnaissance Pilots
PRPLMKR
Printer (Platemaker Photo Litho)
PRPRFRDR
Printer (Proofreader)
PRU
Photo Reconnaissance Unit (RAAF)
PRU
Provincial Reconnaissance Unit (Vietnam War)
Psa
Graduate RAF Staff College
PSA
Province Senior Advisor
psa(a)
Graduate RAAF Staff College
PSASSES12
Personnel Selection Assessor 12
PSB
Police Special Branch
psc
Passed Staff College: graduate of the Military or Naval Staff College
PSC
Principal surface combatants
psc
Denotes an Officer who has passed through the Naval Staff College. (Source: Australian Navy List, 1941)
PSDF
Popular Self Defence Forces
PSL
Paymaster Sub‑Lieutenant
PSL
Permanent Supernumerary List
PSO
Personal Services Organisation
PSO
Public Service Officer
PSO
Primary Standardisation Office
PSP
Pierced Steel Planking
PSR
Point of Safe Return
PSS
Printing and Stationery Service
PSSESES6
Personnel Selection Assessor 6
PSTO
Principal Sea Transport Officer
PSY
Psychology
PSYOPS
Psychological Operations (Vietnam War)
PSYWAR
Psychological Warfare
PT
Physical Training
Pt
Point
PTA
Pilotless Target Aircraft
PTBL
Portable
PTC
Personnel Transit Centre (RAF)
PTC
Physical Training Corps
PTC
Primary Training Centre
PTD
Part time Duty
Pte
Private (Equivalent to a Gunner, Driver, Sapper or Signaller)
PTF
Patrol Boat
PTI
Physical Training Instructor
PTL
Patrol
PTO
Port Transportation Officer
PTSD
Post traumatic stress syndrome
PTTB
President Trade Test Board
PTU
Paratroops Training Unit (RAAF)
PU
Printing Unit (RAAF)
PUB
Publish
PUO
Pyrexia of uncertain origin (First World War)
PUP
Pull Up Point
PW
Prisoner(s) of War
PW & I
Prisoners of War and Internees
PWBD
Prisoner of War,believed deceased
PWC
Post War Credit
PWCIU
Prisoners of War Contact and Inquiry Unit
PWLH
Prince of Wales's Light Horse (AMF) (Vietnam War)
PWO
Principal Warfare Officer
PWR
Post War Reconstruction
PWSS
Port Warning Signal Station
PWV
The Prince of Wales' Volunteers (South Lancashire)
PX
Post Exchange (Vietnam)
PZ
Pick up Zone
PZKPFW
Panzerkampfwagen – Tank (German), often shortened to just ‘Panzer’

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.