Antarctica

Acronyms and jargon regularly used in the United States Antarctic Program (USAP)

  • ECW : Extreme Cold Weather Gear
  • APO : Air Post Office
  • OAE : Old Antarctic Explorere - anyone with more ice time than you
  • CDC : Clothing Distribution Center
  • MCM : McMurdo Station (a.k.a Mac Town)
  • NPX : South Pole Station
  • CHC : Christchurch (also written chch - especially by locals)
  • ANG : Air National Guard
  • PAX : Abbreviation for passenger
  • PQ : Physically Qualify (medical)
  • ROS : Required on Station
  • USAP : United States Antarctic Program
  • CONUS : Continental United States
  • Fyngies : Millitary terminology for a first timer
  • Dux : The Dux Delux is a vegetarian seafood restaurant and micro brew at the arts center in CHC
  • Bailies : Irish themed pub which is a traditional ice hang out

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