Identification tags (dog tags) are designed for the
identification and casualty reporting of members who
become casualties and for grave registration of
members who die in a combat zone. As soon as possible
after reporting for active duty, each Navy member is
issued two complete identification tags.
Identification tags are made of metal,
approximately 2 inches long by 1 1/8 inches wide, and
attached to a 25-inch necklace. These tags are a
prescribed part of your uniform and must be kept in your
possession. When prescribed by directives, they are
worn suspended from the neck under the clothing.
When not required to be worn, they should be regarded
as part of your equipment and will be regularly
inspected as such.
Identification tags must be worn while you are on
active duty in the Navy under the following conditions:
In time of war
In time of national emergency
When engaged in flight operations
When traveling in aircraft
When reporting to an armed forces medical
facility for treatment
When prescribed by the Chief of Naval
When prescribed by competent authority
Each tag is embossed with the following
First lineLast name, first name, and middle
initial of the wearer; that is, DOE, John R. When the
space provided for the first line is insufficient for the
name as prescribed above, the first line will contain only
the last name.
Second LineThe first name and middle initial, if
Third lineMilitary personnel identification
number (SSN), the letters USN, and the blood type and
Fourth lineThe religious preference of the
REVIEW 5 QUESTIONS
Q1. Name five actions that you should not take with
regard to your ID card.
Q2. Describe the difference between the purpose for
the military ID card and dog tags in wartime.
Q3. List the information contained on the dog tags.
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Recognize grooming standards for men and
Grooming standards are based on several
elementsincluding neatness, cleanliness, safety,
military image, and appearance in uniform. The
standards arent intended to be overly restrictive or
designed to isolate Navy men and women from society.
The limits are reasonable; they make sure that personal
appearance contributes to a favorable military image,