What should military dog tags say?

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Line 1: last name
Line 2: first name
Line 3: service number
Line 4: blood type
Line 5: religious preference The US Dog Tags worn overseas while in combat contained limited info, shown above. The 2nd Line also contained Date of Tetanus Shot. While the soldier was stationed in the US, the info on the dogtag included Name of Next of Kin and Hometown. German Dogtag only included Unit ID and a Number. Italian Brass Metal Dogtag: Name, Serial Number, Number of Military District, Religion, Parent's Name, Year of Birth, Home Town & Province. Italy issued another dogtag that contained all vital information on a folded card that fit into a small metal frame. Quick comment I was stationed in the US several times--Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Drum, NY--and my dog tags never bore the name of my next of kin or my hometown. Dog tags are 1.5" wide x 1" high, so very little information fits on one. They also don't want to have to run around collecting up "peacetime" tags and issuing "wartime" tags during a deployment. There is a Medical Tag issued to soldiers who have conditions medics need to know about right now. It's red and 3" wide x 2" high, but it's not considered a dog tag--not everyone has one. Now...there was talk when I was in, oh so many years ago, about creating a digital dog tag. It would be like a flash drive, and it would contain all your records--finance, personnel, medical, dental and security. I think they finally figured out soldiers would lose this $40 tag as readily as they lose the current 4-cent variety, and that the enemy can get computers too. HUMOROUS COMMENT when i was in the navy my religion was latter day saint or LDS - some wise guy listed my religion on my dog tags as LSD - i was the butt of a lot of jokes about that one
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Why are there two dog tags on a military dog tag chain?

One dog tag was immediately taken from the necklace (or other part of the body) of the dead person (usually by a responsible officer)to represent proof that that specific serv

What information is found on a military dog tag?

During WW2, there were 2 types of Dog Tags with different info. One dog tag was worn while in the US and the other type had less info while serving overseas---for security rea

Where did military dog tags get their name?

In many places in the US, dogs and cats require registration. It often also requires that they be vaccinated against rabies. The proof is a metal tag that has a number identif

Why the nick in the military dog tag?

The slight cutout or "nick" is to line up and hold the dog tag for stamping purposes. A rumor that the nick was used to drive the dog tag into the teeth of the dead soldier wa

How do you get new military dog tags?

If you're still within the system (still in uniform) go to any Army/Air National Guard Armory and they almost always are able to make them for you.

Why do they call military tags dog tags?

Dogs are given metal tags to put on their neck collars to identify them and tell people who are their owners. Therefore the troops dubbed their military identification tags wo

What is that military write in dog tags?

During the Vietnam War (they might be different today) US military dog tags had: Serial Number or Social Security preceded by either US or RA stamped on them (RA for volunteer

Where can you find pictures of military dog tags?

See related links at the bottom. The first image dates from the 1960s. . Last Name . First and Middle Initial . Service ID Number . Branch of Service . Religious Pre

What are military dog tags made of?

Aluminum. The current DOD (Dept of Defense) dog tag spec calls for stainless steel military dog tags. Stainless steel is durable and will not corrode.
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Why do they have dog tags in the military?

Dog tags are used in the military so that soldiers can identify which faction they belong to. Therefore, when infighting starts in the military, the dog tags separate faction