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Identification Tag Covers & Silencers

Cover, Personnel, Identification, Tag

8465-00-999-7905


We have ORIGINAL ISSUE identification tag covers for sale in our on-line catalog SUPPLY IS VERY LIMITED - when these are gone we may not be able to get any more.

DogTagsRus also carries standard rubber "silencers" the complete line can be reviewed in our on-line catalog

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At 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.

Ask any 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 making noise.   

The rubber silencers in black and clear were an aftermarket creation born from the dog tag industry. 

A less 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.

The photographs presented here are of the identification tag cover that is currently authorized by the Government for issue with identification tags.

The covers 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.


Susan Dalton - 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

A-A-55182
MIL-C-14635 1967
MIL-C-14635A 1975
MIL-C-14635B 1990
8465-00-999-7905
8465009997905


Abstract. This item description covers one type and size of 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 publications.

     Drawing

     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 4.4.1.2. The material (after curing) shall be soft flexible electrometric plastic conforming to the requirements specified in table I when tested as specified in 4.4.1.2.

3.2.1.1 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 excess material shall be removed in final processing. The finished cover shall be
capable of being irreversibly marked with a standard Government ball point pen using heavy pressure. Marking shall remain legible after 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 specified in 4.4.1.2, 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
medicine.

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 adverse skin
reactions. If the material unduly irritates the skin, the test patch shall be removed immediately and the lot represented by that batch shall be rejected.

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 drawing

Official Drawing Title:
COVER, PERSONNEL IDENTIFICATION TAG

Reprints of this drawing are available for purchase in our catalog.

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