What Information Goes on Military Dog Tags?

What Information Goes on Military Dog Tags?

What Information Goes on Military Dog Tags?

The Armed Forces History Museum describes current military dog tags as listing a service member's last name, first name, middle initial, serial or Social Security number, blood type and religious affiliation. Each piece of information is clearly stamped into a stainless steel tag that resists corrosion and damage.

The purpose of a dog tag is to makes positive identification of a fallen or injured service member accurate and efficient. Metal dog tags arose as a more long-lasting item to identify soldiers as compared to the sheets of paper that were carried in the pockets of soldiers during and before the Civil War.