Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS)

Who is a Veteran

Student veterans are a diverse group of individuals.  They
  • From all branches of the military
  • Range in age, race/ethnicity and gender
  • Have served during times of war and peace
  • More likely to have families

Basic Military Terminology

As a member of the Armed Forces, you tend to pick up many acronyms and terminology; some of which tend to stay with you long after you have left the service. Here are a few that one might hear from veterans:

Service member- generic term which encompasses Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve component personnel of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
Veteran- any individual who served in the U.S.military regardless of length, time, and/or location of service
OEF- Operation Enduring Freedom; war engagement in Afghanistan
OIF- Operation Iraqi Freedom; war engagement in Iraq
Dependents- a child or spouse of a veteran or service member
PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury
MOS- Military Occupational Specialty; a service members job while in the military
Hooah/Hoorah/Oorah- A phrase used for many different reasons; can be used to show excitement and to identify that you understand an order or command and will comply.
"ate-up"- used to negatively describe a situation in which a person feels like things are not going well or to describe someone with no military bearing.
Roger - denotes understanding or compliance; military version of "okay"