During the Civil War, the military’s inability to identify casualties on the battlefield created the need for a method to identify soldiers. Thus military dog tags were born.
Both dog tags came with vital information about the soldier, such as rank, class, blood type, name and vaccinations taken (in some cases a third red tag was added in case this soldier needed special attention).
At that time the form of identification was at the expense of each soldier, some made a necklace with a piece of wood writing the name, others wrote on paper but most sewed on the inside of their uniforms the name.
The first official request for dog tags was made in 1899 chaired by Chaplain Charles C. Pierce, who created the Philippine Department of Identification in the Philippines, this also forced the entry of dog tags in the basic military kit.
They have the soldier’s name and basic data on two plates that are hung around the neck with a chain. In case of death during a battle, one badge stays with the body and the other with the officer in charge of handing over to the War Ministry along with the soldier’s documents.
The uniformity of clothing is an external reflection of belonging to a group, which in the case of the Armed Forces acquires a singular importance given that all the activities of its members are carried out wearing the military uniform. The close relationship between uniformity and the living and working conditions of professional military personnel is obvious; hence it follows that it is a matter closely related to the personnel regime. In this sense, Article 24 of Organic Law 9/2011, of July 27, on the Rights and Duties of the Members of the Armed Forces, provides that military personnel have the right to wear the regulation uniform, and the duty to use it during the service, and that the general rules of uniformity and the limitations or authorizations in the use of the same shall be established by order of the Minister of Defense.
Titles II to V describe the composition and particular observations of the uniforms of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Common Corps of the Armed Forces.
Why soldiers wear two badges
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During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, some soldiers deposited paper notes with their name and home address on the backs of their coats. Other soldiers identified their knapsacks by scratching stencils with lead from the back of their belt buckle.
ID card manufacturers recognized a market and began advertising in newspapers. Their stencils usually suggested a branch of service engraved with the soldier’s name and unit. The dog tag stamp machines were made of brass or lead with a hole, and usually had (on one side), an eagle or shield and phrases such as “War for the Union” or “Liberty, Union and Equality.” The other side had the soldier’s name and unit and sometimes a list of battles in which he had participated.
It all begins with the eagerness of the soldiers during the first civil war in the United States to protect their identity in the fateful event of falling in combat, they began to write their names on pieces of cloth, paper or wood that then attached to their clothes as identification.
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