Identification Tag Covers & Silencers
Cover, Personnel, Identification, Tag
ORIGINAL ISSUE identification tag covers for sale in
SUPPLY IS VERY LIMITED
- when these are gone we may not be able to get any
also carries standard rubber "silencers" the
complete line can be reviewed in our on-line
Dogtagsrus.com we sell dog tags, we also sell rubber
"silencers" to go on the dog tags. The rubber
silencer has long been a topic of debate. The
rubber silencer's origin, authorization and issue
have been rumored, speculated and questioned for
years. In this document we hope to set the
record straight about dog tags silencers and covers.
WWII, Korean or Viet Nam vet and they will tell you
rubber silencers were not issued with their original
dog tags. The fact is that the Government and
United States Military has never issued a Military
Specification or assigned a National Stock Number (NSN)
to any type of rubber identification tag silencer
designed to prevent the dog tags from "clanking" or
silencers in black and clear were an aftermarket
creation born from the dog tag industry.
known dog tag accessory is the identification tag
cover. The "Cover" is the only form of
"silencer" or rubber cover authorized by the
Government for use on military identification tags.
Though the cover is the only authorized rubber
accessory for the military identification tags, that
does not mean that silencers have never been used.
photographs presented here are of the identification
tag cover that is currently authorized by the
Government for issue with identification tags.
are intended to be written on with a "standard
government ball point pen using heavy pressure."
The cover is to be used to document a soldiers eye
glass prescription information. These covers
are NOT medical warning tags and do not contain
medical warning information. For medical
warning tags see TAG, MEDICAL
WARNING located within this web site.
An interesting note: Look at the
selected excerpts from the military specification
that addresses toxicity and the toxicity test for
these covers. It is amazing the lengths that
our government takes to ensure that these covers are
not going to poison anyone or that they will not
cause an allergic reaction.
- 1st Cav., Korea - said, when we deploy
we tape our dog tags with OD 100 mile per hour
tape that way they do not "clank" together or make
noise, we are
not authorized to use rubber silencers.
COVER, PERSONNEL IDENTIFICATION TAG
This item description covers one type and
plasticized polyvinyl chloride cover sized to fit
over the standard
personnel identification tag. The finished cover
shall be capable of
being irreversibly marked with a standard government
ball point pen
using heavy pressure.
Salient Characteristics. The Tag
cover's dimensions shall be 2-5/16 x
1-11/32 x 1/3 inches thick. It shall be curved at
the opposite ends to
a radius of 7/8 inches, measurements taken on the
horizontal center line
starting 9/32 inches to the left and 9/32 inches to
the right of center.
A 9/16 inch diameter hole shall be made 5/16 inches
from the opening
slot and on the horizontal center line. The
polyvinyl chloride shall
match color No. 33613 of FED-STD-595. The marking
shall be in
accordance with the details and dimensions on
drawing 4-1-481. All
lettering on the faces of the cover shall be raised
0.010 inch and shall
be legible in the end product.
1.1 Scope. This specification covers
on type and size of plastic
(plasticized polyvinyl chloride) cover sized to fit
over the standard
personnel identification tag. The cover can be
irreversibly marked with
the individual's spectacle prescription.
2.1 Government documents, drawings, and
4-1-481 Cover, Personnel Identification Tag
3.2.1 Plasticized polyvinyl chloride.
The Plasticized polyvinyl
chloride composition shall be non-toxic (see 3.4)
and self-extinguishing, when
tested as specified in 126.96.36.199. The material (after
curing) shall be
soft flexible electrometric plastic conforming to
specified in table I when tested as specified in
188.8.131.52 Color. After curing, the
polyvinyl chloride shall match color
33613 of FED-STD-595.
3.3 Construction. Tag covers shall be
molded in accordance with the
details and dimensions of Drawing 4-1-481. All
lettering on the face of
the cover shall be raised, shall be legible in the
end product, and
shall be as shown on Drawing 4-1-481 (see 6.4). All
shall be removed in final processing. The finished
cover shall be
capable of being irreversibly marked with a standard
point pen using heavy pressure. Marking shall remain
washing when tested as specified in 4.4.4. At the
option of the
contractor, core pins may be used to support the
spacer plates in the
mold, provided the core pin holes do not interfere
with the prescription
marking areas on the covers.
3.4 Toxicity. The finished covers
shall be both non-toxic and non-allergenic. When the plastic material is tested as
184.108.40.206, there shall be no evidence of inflammation
or other adverse
skin reaction on the human test subjects. The
contractor shall provide
for the performance of this test by, or under
supervision of a doctor of
4.5 Methods of inspection.
4.5.1 Marking test. The finished cover
shall be marked by applying
heavy pressure with the standard Government ball
point pin and allowed to
dry for 10 minutes. The cover shall then be washed
by hand with
detergent and water for 1 minute, rinsed, and dried.
The marking shall
be then examined to determine compliance with the
requirements of 3.3.
4.5.2 Toxicity test. One half-inch
squares 0.08 inch thick of each
batch of plasticized polyvinyl chloride material
used to fabricate the
covers shall be applied to the skin of at least 10
human test subjects
by adhesive plaster for 72 hours. The skin test
areas shall be examined
every 24 hours for evidence of inflammation or other
reactions. If the material unduly irritates the
skin, the test patch
shall be removed immediately and the lot represented
by that batch shall
6.1 Intended Use. The tag cover is
intended to be fitted over one
standard identification tag and be irreversibly
marked with the
individual's spectacle prescription.
Click on the Photo to the Left to see a copy of
the Government engineering
Official Drawing Title:
COVER, PERSONNEL IDENTIFICATION TAG
Reprints of this drawing are
available for purchase in our
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