Military abbreviations: D

A glossary of military-based abbreviations, acronyms and initials used throughout the First World War, the Second World War and through to present day. The abbreviations are associated with various different nations, primarily the United Kingdom but also including, India, South Africa, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Abbreviations also have a strong focus on various armed forces such as the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Use the browse prefix below to navigate to glossaries beginning with a specific letter.

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Abbreviation Definition 1 Definition 2 (if applicable)
D
Died
DAAG
Deputy Assistant Adjutant General
DAC
Divisional Ammunition Column
DADMS
Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services
DCAS
Deputy Chief of Air Staff (RAF)
DCLI
Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
DCM
Distinguished Conduct Medal
District Court Martial
DCMG
Dame Commander (Order of St. Michael & St. George)
DCS
District Censorship Station
DDMS
Deputy Director of Medical Services
DEAL
Prefix for Royal Marine Deal Division numbers
DE COY
Divisional Employment Company
DENBIGH YEO
Denbighshire Yeomanry
DEOR
Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Rifles (South African)
DEVON R
Devonshire Regiment
DG
Dragoon Guards
D GDS
Dragoon Guards
DFC
Distinguished Flying Cross
DFM
Distinguished Flying Medal
DH
Deck Hand (RNR rank)
D HD
Deck Hand (RNR rank)
DISEMBKD
Disembarked
DISPENSER
Hospital Orderly (Indian rank)
DIV
Division
DIV CDR
Divisional Commander
DIVNL
Divisional
DIV SAL COY AIF
Divisional Salvage Company Australian Imperial Force
DIV TRAIN AIF
Divisional Train Australian Imperial Force
DLI
Durham Light Infantry
DM
Driver Mechanical Transport (ASC prefix)
DMC
Desert Mounted Corps
DMG
Deputy Military Governor
DMR
Drummer
Durban Mounted Rifles (South African)
DNKYMAN
Donkeyman (Merchant Fleet Auxiliary)
DNS
Dragoons
D OF CORN LI
Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
D OF LANCS OY
Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry
D OF W
Died of Wounds
DORSET R
Dorset Regiment
DORSET YEO
Dorset Yeomanry
DP
Displaced Persons
DPAC
Displaced Persons Assembly Centre
DR
Despatch Rider
DSC
Distinguished Service Cross
DSM
Distinguished Service Medal
DSO
Distinguished Service Order
DUKE’S
Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
DURH LI
Durham Light Infantry
DVR
Driver
DYRMS
Duke of York’s Royal Military School
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