Military abbreviations: S

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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)
S
South; Service
Prefix denoting Supply
SA
South African
SAAF
South African Air Force
SAA SEC
Small Arm Ammunition Section
SACDC
South African Coastal Defence Corps
SACDLS
South African Coastal Defence and Light Service
SACSC RE
South African Corps Signal Company Royal Engineers
SADSC
South African Despatch Service Corps
SAEC
South African Engineering Corps
SAEC WATER BOR
South African Engineering Corps Water Borers
SAFA
South African Field Artillery
SAFT & PC
South African Field Telegraph and Postal Corps
SAFT & PU
South African Field Telegraph and Postal Unit
SAH
South African Horse
SAHA
South African Horse Artillery
SAI BGDE
South African Infantry Brigade
SA IRISH R
South African Irish Regiment
SAMC
South African Medical Corps
SAMCC
South African Motor Cycle Corps
SAMDR
South African Military Despatch Riders
SAME
South African Mounted Engineers
SAMNS
South African Medical Nursing Service
SAMP
South African Military Police
SAMR
South African Mounted Rifles
SAMR FAB
South African Mounted Rifles Field Artillery Brigade
SAMR MBFA
South African Mounted Rifles Mounted Brigade Field Artillery
SAMR MED SEC
South African Mounted Rifles Medical Section
SA MTD BDE
South African Mounted Brigade
SANLC
South African Native Labour Contingent
SAOC
South African Ordnance Corps
SAP
South African Police
SAPB
South African Pioneer Battalion
SAPC
South African Postal Corps
SAPR
South African Pioneer Regiment
SAR
South African Rifles
SARFC
South African Royal Flying Corps
SARG
South African Railway Gaugers
S ARMS SCH
Small Arms School
SAROC
South African Railway Operating Company
SARODS
South African Railway Overseas Dominion Section
SARS
South African Railway Service
SAS
Special Air Service
SASC
South African Service Corps
SASCIB TRAIN
South African Service Corps Infantry Brigade Train
SASCMB TN
South African Service Corps Mounted Brigade Train
SASC T & R
South African Service Corps Transport and Remounts
SASO
Senior Air Staff Officer (RAF)
SASE
South African Service Engineers
SASRFC
South African Squadron Royal Flying Corps
SASSC
South African Special Service Corps
SA SUP C
South African Supply Company
SATC
South African Transport Corps
SAVC
South African Veterinary Corps
SAVR
South African Veterans Regiment
SAWSC
South African Water Supply Company
SB
Siege Battery
SBA
Sick Berth Attendant (RN)
SBAC
Siege Battery Ammunition Column
SBS
Sick Berth Steward (RN)
Special Boat Section, Special Boat Squadron
SC CPS
Sudanese Camel Corps
SCHM
Schoolmaster (RN)
SCO H
Scottish Horse
SCO RIF
Scottish Rifles
SCPO
Stoker Chief Petty Officer (RN)
SD
Special Duties
SDIE
Subordinate Department Indian Engineers
SE
South-East
SEAC
South East Asia Command
SEA H
Seaforth Highlanders
SEA HIGHRS
Seaforth Highlanders
SEC
Section
SECN
Section
SEN MR
Senior Master (RN)
SFTS
Service Flying Training School (RAF)
SG
Scots Guards
SG C
Surgeon Captain
S GDS
Scots Guards
SGT
Sergeant
SHAEF
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force
SH CK
Ships Cook (RN)
SH CPL
Ships Corporal (RN)
SHER FOR
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
SHER RANG
Sherwood Rangers
SH L
Shipwright Lieutenant (RN)
SHPT
Shipwright (RN)
SHROPS LI
Shropshire Light Infantry
SHROPS YEO
Shropshire Yeomanry
SIG
Signaller (RN)
Special Interrogation Group
SIG L
Signal Lieutenant (RN)
SIG TRP AIF
Signal Troop Australian Imperial Force
SIKHS FF
Sikhs Frontier Force (Indian)
S IR H
South Irish Horse
SITREP
Situation Reports
SKR
Skipper (RN)
SL
Sub Lieutenant (RN)
S/L
Squadron Leader (RAF)
Searchlight
S LAN R
South Lancashire Regiment
SLI
Somerset Light Infantry
S & M
Sappers and Miners (Indian)
S MJR
Sergeant Major
SLMKR
Sailmaker (RN)
SMN
Seaman (RN)
SMS
Stokes Mortar Section
SOC
Struck Off Charge (RAF)
SOE
Special Operations Executive
S OF M
School of Musketry
SOM LI
Somerset Light Infantry
SOS
Struck Off Strength
SNCO
Senior Non Commissioned Officer
SPO
Stoker Petty Officer (RN)
SPR
Sapper
SQN LDR
Squadron Leader
SR
Special Reserve
SRA
Senior Reserve Attendant (RN)
SRS
Special Raiding Squadron
SSA
Ships Stewards Assistant (RN)
SSAFA
Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmens’ Families Association
SSRF
Small Scale Raiding Force
S STAFF R
South Staffordshire Regiment
SSVC
Straits Settlements Volunteer Force
STAFF YEO
Staffordshire Yeomanry
S & TC
Supply and Transport Corps (Indian)
S & T COLN
Supply and Transport Column
STO
Stoker (RN)
SUBDR
Subadar (Indian rank)
SUFF R
Suffolk Regiment
SUFF YEO
Suffolk Yeomanry
SURG PROB
Surgeon Probationer (RN)
SURR YEO
Surrey Yeomanry
SW
South-West
SWB
South Wales Borderers
Silver War Badge
S WALES BORD
South Wales Borderers
SWH
Scottish Women’s Hospitals