Abbreviations and Terminology – A list of Who’s Who
CO – Commanding Officer
Responsible for the welfare of all soldiers under their command and their families.
2IC – 2nd in Command
Assists the Commanding Officer
OC – Officer Commanding
Commands a sub unit within the Regiment
RSM – Regimental Sergeant Major
The RSM is the most senior non-commissioned officer in a unit. They will have been a soldier for many years and their knowledge and experience can assist with any issue you may have.
UWO – Unit Welfare Officer
The UWO is on hand to support soldiers and families with any welfare issue that you may have.
RAO – Regimental Administration Officer
The RAO can help with any financial issues you may have such as pay and allowances. The RAO can also be a good point of contact for information on managing finances.
The Padre is the unit or Garrison Chaplain and is on hand to offer spiritual support and prayer whatever your denomination.
RMO – Regimental Medical Officer
This is the unit doctor who is responsible for the healthcare of serving personnel.
WSO – Welfare Support Officer
The Army Welfare Service provides personal support and community support through a network of specialist teams throughout the UK. Teams are managed by Welfare Support Officers or (WSOs).
AWW – Army Welfare Worker
The AWW is part of the AWS and is to trained to support a wide variety of issues.
CDW – Community Development Worker
The CDW is responsible for providing clubs and activities for young people in the Garrison. The CDW will also put together a comprehensive programme of events during school holidays.