Navy Seal Dog Tag Format

[Last Name], [First Name] [Initial]. [First Name] [Initial]. (if last name is too long on line 1)

What does a notch in a dog tag mean?

Soldiers deploying to fight in the trenches of WWI were given two coin-like metal discs, each marked with their name. … That notch was used to align the metal plate on the machine that embossed the information. The notch became the center of U.S. military troops’ first myth around their dog tags.

Dog TagsThere are numerous styles and subtle changes made to dog tags from WWII through Vietnam. In this section, we will attempt to show the “most common” style for different time periods. The main difference is the use of a “notched” tag or of a “regular” tag. The notched were used from WWII until about 1964 when the regular tag was adopted. All tags are based on 5 lines of information with a maximum of 17 characters / spaces per line.

First Name, MI, Last Name JOHN D SMITH
Army Serial #, tetanus dates, blood type 12345678 T42 43 A
Next of Kin JANE SMITH
Street Address for Next of Kin 3456 ANY STREET
City & State and Religious Preference ANYTOWN, TX P
First Name, MI, Last Name JOHN D SMITH
Army Serial #, tetanus dates, blood type 12345678 T43 44 A
Religious Preference P
Last Name, First Name, MI SMITH, JOHN D
Army Serial #, Tetanus Dates, Blood Type 12345678 T43 44 A
Religious Preference P

1-3 dogs tag 1st Class USPS, usually cost $3.75. 1st class is usually delivered in 7-10 days.

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The above information was taken from If any of this information is found to be incorrect or not the proper regulation format, please contact us at: [email protected]. This is being provided as general information and not as authorized military protocol or official military information.

The back can be custom engraved with 1 to 5 lines of text. Each line of text can have 35 characters including spaces, commas and periods or you can order “As Is” without any engraving. You can order this Navy military dog tag with or without engraving on the back. We usually ship in 72 hour of receiving your order.

1-5 Lines of Text 35 Characters per line including Spaces, Commas and Periods Can be Ordered As Is, Without Engraving


What do Navy dog tags look like?

The identification tag for officers and enlisted men of the Navy consists of an oval plate of monel metal, 1.25 by 1.50 inches, perforated at one end and suspended from the neck by a monel wire incased in a cotton sleeve. The tag has on one side the etched fingerprint of the right index finger.

Are military dog tags embossed or debossed?

Military dog tag information includes the wearer’s name, blood type, social security number (SSN), and religious preference. Previously, for “religious preference”, soldiers could only put “Protestant”, “Catholic”, “Hebrew”.