Afghan War Glossary
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The military community uses a multitude and variety of terms, phrases, and expressions in its vocabulary. This is especially true in the Afghan theater of operations. Some terms, phases, and words are formal in nature while others are derived from common usage. This glossary is intended to assist those new to the Afghan theater or others unfamiliar with terminology or slang used by those working or serving in Afghanistan.
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VA. Vulnerability Assessment.
VALEX. Validation Exercise.
Vallon. The ANSF have been issued and received training on various types of the Vallon metal detectors. Visit the Vallon website - .www.vallon.de
VARA. Voluntary Association for Rehabilitation of Afghanistan.
VB. Vector Born Disease.
VBIED. Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
VCP. Vehicle Checkpoint.
VDOP. Village Dental Outreach Program.
VE. Violent Extremism / Violent Extremist.
VHF. Very High Frequency.
VI. Vehicle Interdiction.
VIP. Very Important Person.
VMC. Vehicle Movement Code.
VMOP. Village Medical Outreach Program.
VMTP. The Vehicle Maintenance Training Program (VMTP) was started by Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air to enhance the logistics and maintenance systems of the Afghan Air Force.
VOIED. Victim Operated IED.
VOIP. Voice Over Internet Protocol.
VPB. Vehicle Patrol Base.
VRU. Village Response Unit based in Paktika province led by Commander Azizullah (Aziz for short) and funded by (in the past) the CIA.
V/STOL. Vertical / Short Take Off and Landing.
VSCC. Village Stability Coordination Cell.
VSI. Very Seriously Injured.
VSO. Village Stability Operations; see VSO.
VSP. Village Stability Platform.
VSSA. Village Stability Staging Area.
VTC. Video Teleconference.
VVOP. Village Veterinary Outreach Program.
VZ-58. An assault rifle similar to the AK-47; but of lesser quality. Issued to the Afghan Local Police it proved to be an inferior weapon that frequently malfunctioned.
The definitions provided in this Afghan War Glossary are from many different sources to include publications, documents, and personal knowledge. In some instances, there are several definitions or meanings to a word or phrase.
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