Acronyms Describing Women in the US Military

In the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, “military sexual trauma” has been so pervasive it got its own acronym: MST.

There are other acronyms—some now obsolete and some not listed—that are used to describe women in the military. I’ve listed a few here that I found from several lists.

Be warned, some of these acronyms and what they mean may offend a few, and I’m sure the last one will offend many.

­­WAAC = Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps and individual members of – now obsolete

WAC = Women’s Army Corps and individual members of – now obsolete

WAF = Women (in the) air Force and individual members of – now obsolete

WAVES = Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services in the US Navy – now obsolete

WM = Woman/Women Marine(s)

BAM = Broad Assed Marine; pejorative term for women Marines

field 10 = a physically unattractive female service member who becomes an object of desire for male service members after extended time in a field or combat environment away from civilian women.

ma’am = proper method of addressing female officers in particular and all women in general.

WACB (AR 310-50] = Women’s Army Classification Battery

WACSM [AR 310-50] = Women’s Army Corps Service Medal

WEST = weapon effectiveness simulated threat, (AR 310-50] Women’s Enlistment Screening Test

There’s one more acronyms that I could not find—but one I heard more than once from more than one Marine in 1967/68 while I was stationed at Camp Pendleton after my 1966 combat tour in Vietnam.

Marine men called—at least in my unit, the active duty nucleus for the division headquarters of the 4th Marine Division—women Marines SPAM.

Before I define what SPAM meant forty-six years ago, I want to warn you that you might be offended in this age of political correctness with so many words that are considered offensive by one group or another. Just remember, that the SPAM acronym was used by some Marines in the 1960s, and it was never official enough to make any of lists that I researched for this post and probably became obsolete soon after political correctness became a fact of life.

SPAM = Special Prostitute Assigned to the Marines

Considering all of the news about rapes and sexual harassment in the US military today, the use of SPAM to describe women Marines during the Vietnam War might reveal what some military men think about women serving in the military today telling us that maybe the way some men thought back then hasn’t changed much.

Should we be surprised?

The Justice Project reports, “The global sex trade has been increasing over the past 10 years and has now become one of the largest money-makers for criminals, presently taking place as the second largest criminal industry worldwide.”

800,000 are estimated to be trafficked across international borders each year.

80% of these people are females and 50% are minors

The vast majority of these victims will be forced into prostitution, requiring them to service high numbers of clients a day.

There are increasing demands for younger children in the sex slave trade.

Discover Stanford Study shows effect of PTSD trauma on brain

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
is the award winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition].

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was fighting for the other side.

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~ by Lloyd Lofthouse on May 12, 2013.

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