Abbreviations – Vietnam War

North Vietnam and Southern Rebels (NLF)  VERSUS  Southern Government (GVN) and the United States  

DRV Democratic Republic of (North) Vietnam, established in Sept. 1945 GVN Government of (South) Vietnam – officially the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), established October 1955
NVA North Vietnamese Army ARVN Army of the Republic of (South) Vietnam
NLF National Liberation Front, established in December 1959 (southern rebels or guerrillas) CIA Central Intelligence Agency (U.S.)
PRG Provisional Revolutionary Government, political arm of the NLF, established June 1969 MACV Military Assistance Command in Vietnam (U.S.), established in February 1962

Abbreviations for U.S. antiwar organizations (Sec. IV)

AFSC American Friends Service Committee
AMP Another Mother for Peace
CALCAV Clergy and Laity Concerned about Vietnam (later changed to CALC)
CCCO Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
CORE Congress on Racial Equality
FCNL Friends Committee on National Legislation
FOR Fellowship of Reconciliation
Mobe National Mobilization Committee
SANE National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy
SCLC Southern Christian Leadership Conference
SDS Students for a Democratic Society
SNCC Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee
SWP Socialist Workers Party
VVAW Vietnam Veterans Against War
WILPF Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
WRL War Resisters League
WSP Women Strike for Peace

General abbreviations

AP Associated Press (photos)
ARVN Army of South Vietnam
CIA Central Intelligence agency (U.S.)
C.O. Conscientious objector
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation (U.S.)
GI General Infantry (U.S.)
GVN Government of (South) Vietnam, also known as the Republic of Vietnam (RVN)
MACV Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (U.S.)
MIA Missing in Action
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NLF National Liberation Front in South Vietnam (rebels or guerrillas)
NVA North Vietnamese Army, including the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the Peoples Liberation Armed Forces (PLAF)
NSC National Security Agency (U.S.)
POW Prisoner of War
PRG Provisional Revolution Government (NLF political representation)
ROTC Reserve Officers Training Corps (U.S.)
UN United Nations
UPI United Press International (photos)
VC Viet Cong (label for NLF and NVA forces)