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Customize a dog tag for yourself and one for your pet(s) as a unique means of identification. Proper pet identification protects you and your pet from the anguish of being seperated needlessly. Safeguard your pet with a custom set of authentic military dog tags.
Not only are dog tags are a great way to provide pet protection, they can also be used to protect personal items such as backpacks, computer bags, luggage and key chains. They can also be used to provide pertinent medical information. Having a military themed birthday party for your child? Dog tags make great party favors for your child’s guests.
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Brief Look at the History of Military Dog Tags
Dog tags are an important part of military gear for US Military Personnel. Dog Tags were originally worn to identify military personnel killed or injured in battle. Along with the personal information of the bearer, it also provides religious preference and necessary medical information in case of treatment. Tags are always issued in sets of two. In the event a soldier is killed, the first tag remains with the body to ensure identification while the second tag is collected for proper recording with the Armed Forces.
The history of dog tags dates as far back as the Civil War when soldiers would write down pertinent idenfitication and contact information on paper and pin it to the inside of their uniform. At the start of World War I, an aluminum tag with hand stamped information was provided but it wasn’t until after World War II, when the U.S. Navy adopted the practice of using the same shape and size tag as the ones used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air force, that the American dog tag became standardized. Dog tags evolved once again during the Vietnam War when silencers became part of the standard dog tag issue.
Other countries such as Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, East Germany, France, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom (just to name a few) also utilize dog tags. Each country’s tags vary somewhat in shape and size, and even the information required.
Dog Tags for Civilians
Though once only available to those enlisted in the miltary, civilians can now purchase authentic military dog tags. Several companies offer various shapes, colors and sizes, but only one shape, size and color is appropriate when seeking authentic military dog tags such as those sold by the AFHM.
Authentic dog tags are made from stainless steel and consist of five lines of information: Last name, first name and middle initial, serial number, blood type and religion. The information put on a civilian dog tag is limited only by the imagination and the five lines and ten spaces per line available. Those who have not served in the military can use their date of birth rather than the serial number.
Why Purchase Authentic Military Dog Tags
Military dog tags can be used for a number of reasons when purchased by a civilian. Youth interested in the military often like to have the branch they are interested in inscribed on the dog tag or the branch their parent serves (or has served) in.
Dog tags can be worn as part of a fashion statement or to serve a specific purpose – such as identification information. They also make an excellent, inexpensive party favor for a military themed birthday party. While dog tags are widely available across the internet, not all of them are authentic military dog tags. So, be careful and look closely before you purchase.
Today, many people use custom military dog tags to show their support of a particular cause, express their feelings and beliefs, or simply enjoy the stylish fashion. While colors, shapes and sizes can be fun, if you are looking for truly authentic Dog Tags purchase them at Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, Florida.