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    http://www.heritagecharlotte.com/documents/Military-Abbreviations.pdf

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    Thank you all for your contributions.
    Can anyone help with an explanation of the role of this unit for better understanding and subsequent translation into my mother language?
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    Some more I've just noticed missing from Steves' list

    AOA - Air Officer i/c Administration
    AMP - Air Member for Personnel
    ASP - Air Stores Park
    CAS - Chief of the Air Staff
    DCAS - Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
    MCU - Marine Craft Unit
    R & SU - Repair and Salvage Unit
    SP - Staging Post
    SPSO - Senior Personnel Staff Officer
    SESO - Senior Equipment Staff Officer
    SMSO - Senior Maintenance Staff Officer

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    Hi,

    Very interesting.

    I would like to understand more the differences between a Sergeant and a Flight Sergeant, if possible! Thanks.

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    Flight Sergeant is one rank above Sergeant, wears a crown over chevrons.

    JT - Junior Technician
    Cpl Tech - Corporal Technician
    Snr Tech - Senior Technician
    Ch Tech - Chief Technician

    CFE - Central Fighter Establishment which had
    ITS - Instrument Training Squadron
    NFDU - Night Fighter Development Unit
    NAFDU - Naval Air Fighter Development Unit - though no one thought that Jack needed to be TAUGHT to fight!
    DFLS - Day Fighter Leaders Squadron.

    PM - Princess Mary's RAF Hospital, and also the nurses therein/thereat
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    61st Entry, 3 Wing, A Squadron and later, Admiralty Ferry Crews.

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    Did you know that in April the RAF Regiment introduced the rank of Lance Corporal?

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    I hate to be parochial but:

    MetO = Meteorological Officer
    SMetO = Senior Meteorological Officer (often of an RAF Station)
    GMetO = Group Meteorological Officer
    CMetO = Command Meteorological Officer
    MAO = Meteorological Air Observer (aircrew - wearing the half-brevet "M")

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    Quote Originally Posted by munro View Post
    Thank you all for your contributions.
    Can anyone help with an explanation of the role of this unit for better understanding and subsequent translation into my mother language?
    wbw
    Milan
    We seem to have hijacked Milan's thread and original question about the Base Personnel Depot and what it did.

    Can someone assist him?

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    I wonder if it means exactly what it says (a bit unusual for the RAF but it might) in that it is the Depot where they send out the personnel for the RAF bases. I presume it wouldnt apply to the aircrew but someone must have sorted out who was posted where amongst groundcrew etc. Nowadays its done from a central point but in those days maybe it was done by region.
    As to Milans question of the difference between a Sgt and a FS it was a matter of experience and longevity and responsibility. There is a huge gap from SAC to Cpl and an even huger one between Cpl and Sgt but not so great a leap between the next three ranks. The Lance Cpl rank has been brought in the RAF Regt to get them in line with the army but also to give those senior SACs who were doing a 2i/c role some training to help them with their leadership skills as well as learning it on the job (good for them in the long run).
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    Cannot resist another correction: DNCO = Duty Not Carried Out (and NOT as suggested) - this abbreviation normally appears on Form 541 as well as in aircrew logbooks. The original Form 541 (companion to Form 540 "Operations Record Book", was headed (from memory) "Details of Duty Carried Out", thus the abbreviations "DCO' and "DNCO" frequently appearing in this context. Another abbreviation which appears in pilot's logbooks postwar is MCT = Monthly Continuation Training. MCT was intended to keep aircrew current on type and in role, even if there was no other "real" work available, and also provided opportunity to practice such things as single-engine flying (on multi-engine aircraft only!), as well as various route flying, instrument flying and approach procedures, etc.
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