Choice of Lettering
Emboss–Newer Style (Raised lettering). Adopted by the US military in the 1980s. Approximately 50% of all US military bases use Emboss–it depends on what equipment is available at each base.
Indent–Vintage Style (Sunken lettering). Indent was the only type used during WWII, the Korean War, and The Vietnam War.
What do you write on dog tags?
Feel free to write anything you want. We have provided some sample formats below.
Please e-mail us your tag’s format. We would love to see it.
Abbreviations used above:
123-45-6789–Social Security Number
O POS or A–Blood Type
CATHOLIC or C–Religion
S (found on USMC issue)–Gas Mask Sizes choices: S=Small, M=Medium, L=Large
DOB–Date of Birth
AKA–Also Known As