Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The break in optempo gave me a chance to make a “milk run.”

    A Nightmare’s Prayer

  • Captain Joe “Stern” Bertagna had arrived a few weeks earlier, one of two new pilots to help with the optempo.

    A Nightmare’s Prayer

  • This Operational Tempo (optempo) was not even used in Vietnam and it is absolutely breaking the military.

    Sean Gilfillan: The 1%: America Insourcing Sacrifice

  • I think when their optempo is so high in the sandbox and they come home to a different environment, although they are happy to be home, it is a big adjustment for many of them.

    The Post I Ignored for Sixteen Months - SpouseBUZZ

  • But in a memo to the service secretaries two weeks earlier, on March 13, Rumsfeld said: "The entire force is facing the adverse results of the high-paced optempo and perstempo" (the number of operations and the strain on troops).

    Rumsfeld's Big Worries

  • They constantly are warning that the readiness of troops destined for Iraq is slipping and that we can't maintain the current optempo in Iraq.

    The number of Americans who have died in the Iraq war...

  • Two years ago, our manning was very healthy and the optempo was spread over larger numbers of people-the result being less time away from home per person.

    Testimony To the US House National Security Committee

  • The assumption on smaller budgets lies exclusively with lower optempo concerning overseas contingency operations -- always a favorite future "negative wedge."

    Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog

  • "These guys had twice the optempo and number of mandays worked of a normal peacetime deployment, yet the safety mishap rate dropped significantly by 46 percent," said Sanders.

    Ventura County Star Stories

  • Well, because of my high optempo and just wanting to really relax and unwind lately, I haven't made the Saturday trek to the intersection in a few months.

    A Soldier's Perspective


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Love it! Great article, too.

    September 29, 2007

  • A military contraction of "operational tempo."

    "'Optempo,' as soldiers refer to the pace of military life, is fast; poetry helps cadets inured to racing from one activity to another uncover those intricate details perceptible only at slower speeds."

    - The New York Times, September 30, 2007

    Also see Caerdroia for a good example of usage.

    September 29, 2007