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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Coast Guard RSS Feeds

What does ALCGCIV, ALCGENL, ALCGOFF, ALCOAST, ALCGRSV, ALCGPERSCOM on the USCG RSS feeds mean?

This is the subject of an e-mail I recently received from a soon-to-be Coastie who is trying to stay up-to-date on the latest Coast Guard news and information by subscribing to USCG RSS feeds.

My response to this confused soul… “Welcome to the world of military acronyms!” It definitely takes a while to get used to the acronym vocabulary, but it all becomes second nature after a while.

The acronyms used in this list of RSS feeds refer to distribution groups used internally to route message traffic. In the service, an electronic messaging service allows us to easily distribute information to service members. Commonly referred to as the Coast Guard Message Service (or CGMS), it is similar to email but on a larger scale.

With that said, here are some clarifications of the distribution groups. A disclaimer - these may not be exactly correct but you at least get the point, right?

ALCGCIV – All Coast Guard Civilian employees
ALCOAST – All Coast Guard (that means the information pertains to everyone)
ALCGPERSCOM – All Coast Guard Personnel Commands (all the administrative personnel)
ALCGENL – All Coast Guard Enlisted members
ALCGRSV – All Coast Guard Reserve members
ALCGOFF – All Coast Guard Officers

I bet you can figure out the others. Good luck!