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In December 1940, the Army had to make a choice between brass or monel - they chose the latter (stronger alloy with brass & nickel content) because nickel was on the list of critical items.  Brass was used as a substitute standard in mid 1941, but by the end of 1942 due to a large growth of the US Armed Forces, there was a shortage of both brass and monel, and now also brass was on the shortage list of critical items; so the Army had to look again for another solution, by end March of 1942, stainless steel became the substitute material.  Although steel was also on the critical list, it was somehow still available in fairly larger numbers (as compared to some other raw materials) for other applications, like Dog Tags !

Because of the continuous evolution in war industry, material shortages of different metals and/or metal alloys appeared on several occasions, whereby the Army still issued smaller lots of steel and monel Identification Tags (quantities still available in some depots), this variety in production only stopped end 1943 - early 1944, when production reverted only to stainless steel!  (let's not forget that by May 1945, the Army numbered over 8 million men and women).

• Below are the official specifications and timeline :
   
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• MILITARY DOG TAG HISTORY •



The concept of "identification tags" dates back to the Civil War (1861-1865) where names were written on paper tags and pinned to clothing, dog tags were made out of wood with carved holes at the end so they could be worn around the neck on a string and coins were smoothed over for engraving name and unit number.

The first introduction of a metal "identity disc" took place in 1906 and by 1913 the Army made ID tags mandatory.

•  20 DEC 1906 - Official introduction of ONE Dog Tag.

•  06 JULY 1916 - Official introduction of SECOND Dog Tag, i.e a full pair is now available

•  12 FEB 1918 - Official introduction of ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (too many identical names.)

•  OCT 1938 - Start of tests related to introduction of new Identification Tag.

•  TAG, IDENTIFICATION, M-1940 - Stock No. 74-T-60 - Official stocklist number + nomenclature, adopted 1940.

•  NECKLACE & EXTENSION Stock No. 74-N-300, adopted 1943.

•  Official stocklist number + nomenclature, length 40" (distance between 2 Dog Tags 1-1/2 in) - in 1942, the first tag is to be suspended on a necklace 25" in length, while the second tag is to be fixed to a separate necklace extension not further than 2-1/2" under the first one - first models were in cotton, plastic, nylon, rayon, the official metal necklace was only introduced in 1943 (with hooks & catches) the bead type (initially sold at PXs) quickly became popular and gradually replaced the 1943 issue, it was made out of 2 lengths of stainless steel, of approximately respectively 28" and 6" in length, easy and practical for general use 2" x 1-1/8".

•  DOG TAG 2" X 1-1/8" - Official dimensions, with notch at left (to position tag on the embossing machine) small outer rim, and hole (dia 1/8") for necklace



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