The identification legend "U. S. Army" will be marked on all vehicles
and equipment within the scope of this bulletin unless otherwise
The legend will be applied in letters 3 inches high. Smaller letters
may be used only when the vehicle or equipment design is such that space
at the marking location is limited and will not accept 3-inch size.
This marking will be applied at the following locations. For vehicles
and equipment, where design configuration does not coincide with the
examples, the terminology "appropriate surfaces" is included, and is
intended to complete legend location instructions. Location examples as
shown in succeeding paragraphs are mandatory.
At side edges of the hood, each side of the truck.
Across cargo truck tailgates, across flat body rear sills,
below rear cab window on truck tractors (above if required due to
space limitation) across rear of van bodies or tank trucks, or
another appropriate rear surface of other body types.
Figure 2: Marking locations for Trucks
Combat vehicles (figure 3).
On each side and on the rear of the vehicle on the most
On hull type vehicles such as tanks, self-propelled artillery,
and armoured personnel carriers, the agency identification will
also be applied on an appropriate front surface.
Figure 3: Marking locations for combat vehicles
Trailers, semi-trailers (figure 4).
Centred vertically on the front quarter section of each side of
van and tank type vehicles. On the side edge of the body near the
forward end of open body trailers and semi-trailers.
Across cargo body tailgates, across flat body rear sills,
across rear of van bodies, or another appropriate rear surface of
other body types.
Dollies, trailer converters (figure 4).
On each side at the forward section of the frame or
Figure 4: Marking locations for semitrilers, dollies, trailer
Construction and highway construction equipment (figure 5).
On each side at edges of the hood, immediately below cab
windows, on side rails, or other appropriate side surfaces of
other equipment types.
Above rear cab windows, upper panel on windowless cab
equipment, or other appropriate rear surfaces of other equipment
Figure 5: Marking locations for construction and highway construction
Materials handling equipment (figure 6).
On side edge of the hood (gasoline powered equipment) on each
side of the battery box (battery powered equipment).
Across rear sills of frame members, lower rear panels, or other
appropriate rear surface.
Figure 6: Marking locations for material handling equipment
Amphibious lighters (figure 7).
On each side forward.
On an appropriate rear surface.
Figure 7: Marking locations for amphibious lighters
Motorcycles (figure 8).
Across upper part of rear fender to the rear of the driver's
Figure 8: Marking locations for motorcycles
Vehicles or equipment not already marked per this bulletin will be
marked with the identification U. S. Army on all sides when intended for
photographing or public display.
Registration numbers will be marked on all vehicles and equipment to
which such numbers are assigned, as defined in AR 700-10.
The registration number marking will be applied immediately below the
agency identification with a space of 2 inches between the two, where
space permits. Normally, the registration number is applied directly
below the agency identification on the sides of the vehicle or equipment.
Refer to figures 2 through 8.
The registration number will be applied directly in line with and to
the right of the agency identification if this arrangement is more
suitable because of location and space restriction. Normally, the
registration number is marked to the right of the agency identification
on the rear of the vehicle or equipment and on
frame rail surfaces. Refer to figures 2 through 8.
The registration number marking will be applied in the same colour,
size, and method as the agency identification.
These markings will be applied to vehicles and equipment by units to
which they are assigned. The markings will be maintained at all times but
will be removed when the vehicle or equipment is permanently
The unit identification markings will normally appear on both the front
and rear of each vehicle, usually on vehicle bumpers when the vehicle is
so equipped. Other suitable surfaces, front and rear, may be used
provided the unit identification marking does not conflict with the
location and legibility of other markings. Where no suitable surface is
available at the front or rear, the markings will be applied in an
appropriate location on each side of the vehicle. If necessary, the unit
identification may be applied to the vehicle mounted equipment. Refer to
figures 2 through 8.
The markings will be of uniform letters and numerals of the largest
size practical to use. They will not exceed the size of the registration
number if on the same surface. In no case will the unit identification
markings exceed 4 inches in height. Symbols used will be approximately
the same size and stroke widths as the letter and numeral characters.
The unit identification markings will be applied with a gasoline
soluble paint or removable vinyl markings. The markings will be applied
in colours as prescribed in paragraph 5e.
Unit identification markings, when painted, will be applied with the
use of stencils whenever possible. When stencils or removable vinyl
decals are not readily available, the markings may be applied free hand
with a brush at the discretion of the unit commander.
The unit identification markings are divided into 4 basic
Major command, organisation, activity.
Intermediate organisation or activity.
Unit or activity.
Major Command, Organisation, or Activity are as follows:
Army. The Arabic numeral as assigned, followed by the letter A.
Corps. The Roman numeral as assigned, followed by the following
Airborne. Letters AB.
Armoured. Equilateral triangle with base down.
Division. Arabic numeral is assigned, followed by the following
Airborne. Letters AB.
Armoured. Equilateral triangle with base down.
Brigade. Arabic numeral as assigned, followed by letters BG.
Group. Arabic numeral as assigned, followed by letters GP.
Continental Army Command. Letters CARC.
Army Air Defence Command. Letters AADC.
Military District of Washington. Letters MDW.
Reception Centre. Letters RC.
Replacement Training Centre. Letters RTC, preceded by the
applicable branch of service symbol.
Training Centre. Letters TC, preceded by the applicable branch of
U.S. Army Materiel Command. Letters AMC.
U.S. Army Supply and Maintenance Command. Letters SMC.
U.S. Army Mobility Command. Letters MOCOM.
U.S. Army Missile Command. Letters MICOM.
U.S. Army Electronics Command. Letters ELC.
U.S. Army Munitions Command. Letters MUCOM.
U.S. Army Weapons Command. Letters WCOM.
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. Letters TEC.
U.S. Army Combat Development Command. Letters CDC.
Major Overseas Commands. Appropriate and non-conflicting letters to
properly identify the command.
Other Major Commands, Organisations, or Activities. Appropriate and
non-conflicting letters and where applicable, numerals to properly
identify the command, organisation, or activity.
Intermediate Organisation or Activity is as follows:
Regiment, Battalion, Separate Company or Detachment, or Similar
Unit. Arabic numeral as assigned, followed by the applicable branch
of service symbol.
Airborne. Letters AB.
Antiaircraft. Letters AA.
Amphibious. Letters APH.
Armoured. Equilateral triangle with base down.
Chemical. Letter C.
Engineer. Letter E.
Field Artillery. Letter F.
Infantry. Letter I, to be separated from the numeral by a dash
1/2 inch long.
Medical. Letter M.
Military Police. Letter P.
Ordnance. Letter O, to be separated from the numeral by a dash
1/2 inch long.
Quartermaster. Letter Q.
Signal. Letter S.
Transportation. Letter T.
Organisations under the Combat Arms Regimental System (DA Pam
Battle Group (attached). Arabic numeral as assigned, followed
by the letter B and basic identification of the infantry
Reconnaissance Squadron. Arabic numeral assigned, followed by
the letter R and basic identification of the cavalry unit.
Tank Battalion. Arabic numeral as assigned, followed by the
armoured symbol and basic identification of the armoured
Field Artillery Battalion. Arabic numeral as assigned, followed
by the letter F and basic identification of the field artillery
Installation. Appropriate non-conflicting letters, normally not to
exceed 3, to identify the installation.
Other Intermediate organisation or activity. Appropriate
non-conflicting letters and where applicable, numerals, to properly
identify the organisation or activity.
No intermediate organisation or activity. Letter X.
Unit or Activity is as follows:
Company, Battery, or Other Company Type Unit. Letters as assigned,
or one of the following symbols where applicable.
Headquarters and headquarters unit, or headquarters and
headquarters service unit. Letters HQ. If the unit is of a
battalion not previously identified, the numerical designation of
the battalion will precede the letters HQ.
Service Unit. Letters SV. When the unit is of a battalion not
previously identified, the numerical designation of the battalion
will precede the letters SV.
Separate company or detachment identified in h above. One of the
following symbols, as applicable:
Ammunition. Letters AM.
Automatic Weapons. Letters AW.
Construction. Letters CON.
Depot. Letters DP.
Guided Missile. Letters GM.
General Support. Letters GS.
General Automotive Maintenance. Letters GAS.
Heavy Weapons. Letters HW.
Maintenance. Letters MT.
Direct Support. Letters DS.
Missile. Letters MSL.
Mortar. Letters MR.
Parachute Maintenance. Letters PM.
Reconnaissance. Letter R.
Repair. Letters RP.
Rocket. Letters RT.
Other Name Units. Appropriate and non-conflicting letters,
normally not to exceed three, to properly identify the name of
the unit. When necessary, the numerical designation of the
battalion will precede the applicable symbol.
Transportation Motor Pools at installation. Letters TMP.
Organisation or activity fully identified in h above. Letter X.
The vehicles will be numbered as indicated below.
This marking is the sequence number of the vehicle in the normal
order to march within the unit to which it is assigned.
Vehicles assigned to any headquarters will be numbered with the
vehicles of the appropriate headquarters unit, and will be given the
lower sequence numbers used therein.
Vehicles assigned to transportation motor pools may be assigned
numbers in any appropriate sequence.
Typical examples of the above markings are as follows:
1A-X-HQ-4. First United States Army, HQ & HQ Co, 4th
VII-M-X-9. VII Corps, Med Det, 9th vehicle.
25-1B27-C-3. 25th Inf Div, lst Battle GP of 27th Inf, Co C, 3d
4-2R8-A-6. 4th Inf Div, 2d Recon Sq of 8th Cav, Trp A, 6th
3 -1 -32-B-7. 3d Armd Div, lst Tk Bn of 32d Armor, Co B, 7th
82AB-32OF-D-5. 82d Abn Div, 320th FA, Btry D, 5th vehicle.
2 -1-150-A-8. 2d Armd Div, lst AR Bn of 50th Inf, Co A, Sth
2BG-532APH-A-4. 2d Engr Amph Spt Brig, 532d Amph Spt Regt, Trans
Boat Co A, 4th vehicle;
4GP-S-HQ-2. 4th Sig Gp, Hq & Hq Det, 2d vehicle.
2A-962-0-AM-5, Second United States Army, 962d Ord Ammo Co, 5th
4A-483Q-REF-1. Fourth United States Army, 483d QM Refrigerating Co,
3A-1M-SUR-10. Third United States Army, lst Surg Hosp, 10th
5A-531T-TRK-7. Fifth United States Army, 531st Trans Trk Co, 7th
1AADC-52ADA-3HQ-2. lst Rgn Army Air Def Comd, 52d Air Def Arty Rgt,
Hq Btry of 3d Msl Bn, 2d vehicle.
TC-FE-TMP-12. Trans Corps, Ft Eustis, Trans Mtr Pool, 12th
6A-FO-TMP-9. Sixth United States Army, Ft Ord, Trans Mtr Pool, 9th
The unit identification markings will be applied on one line, whenever
possible, and will consist of each of the four basic categories described
above, in the same order, and separated by dashes 1 inch long. Where
space is limited, requiring the use of two lines, the Major Command
marking will appear directly above the Intermediate Activity, and the
Unit Identification will appear directly above the Vehicle Number. The
first two categories will appear to the left of the last two categories.
The following arrangements are permitted:
f (1) --- f (2) --- f (3) --- f (4)
f (1) --- f (2) --- --- f (3) --- f (4)
f (1) --- f (3)
f (2) --- f (4)
f (1) --- --- f (3)
f (2) --- --- f (4)
When directed on authority from the responsible commander for security
purposes the first and second categories listed in paragraph 9f (1) will
be completely removed from all vehicles and equipment being shipped with
units outside the continental United States.
Tactical Markings. These markings are used to provide a more visible
means for identifying vehicles of tactical units by the personnel of
those units during tactical operations. Commanders of major organisations
are responsible for determination of the type of tactical markings to be
used by all units within their organisations, and the location of the
markings on the vehicles. Changes may be made only with the approval of
the major commanders.
These tactical markings may consist of stripes, geometrical
figures, or other simple designs, including names for individual
The markings will be of suitable size for identification from the
ground at reasonable distances, and may be applied in any appropriate
colour using gasoline soluble paint or removable vinyl markings.
Tactical markings should be designed to be as nearly unintelligible
to enemy observation as possible. The markings will not, in any way,
represent or suggest the numerical designation or distinctive
insignia of any unit. No written record will be made or published
describing the system of markings used.
Priority Sign. This is a sign to mark those vehicles which are assigned
priority of movement over all other vehicles in an area by the
responsible area commander. These markings may be authorised for any
significant and essential reason and are valid only within the area under
the jurisdiction of the responsible commander. They must be removed when
no longer required for the priority mission; they may not be displayed
when the vehicle is not actually on a priority mission.
The priority sign will be made of sheet metal in the shape of an
equilateral triangle with one point down. Each side will be 12 inches
long; the corners will be rounded to a 1/2 inch radius. Refer to
Figure 9: Priority sign
The background colour will be lusterless white, Colour Chip No.
37875. A 1 inch wide border will be lusterless red, Colour Chip No.
31136. The military symbol of the organisation whose commander
authorised the priority will be centred in the triangle. Colour of
the symbol will be lusterless red, Colour Chip No. 31136.
The national symbol is a 5-pointed star of lusterless
white, Colour Chip No. 37875. It will be applied to all tactical and combat
vehicles and appropriate equipment in CONUS and overseas. The symbol will be
applied to vehicles and equipment only when withdrawn for issue to U.S. Army
units. It will not be applied to ambulances or other medical service vehicles
affected by international agreement concerning such vehicles.
The marking will normally be applied to the front,
rear, both sides, and top of the vehicle. The symbol may be applied to
mounted equipment on vehicles when such equipment provides the most suitable
surfaces. It will not normally be applied to canvas surfaces.
The National Symbol marking will be located on the
largest regular area and as near as possible to the centre of such area. It
will not be applied in a location where it will, in normal usage, be obscured
by paulins, canvas doors, folded-down windshields, gasoline cans,
communications equipment, or other such items.
Top surfaces for application of the National Symbol on
transport vehicles will be in the following order of preference:
Roof of vehicles with hard roof bodies.
Top of cab on vehicles with hard roof cabs but not having
hard roof bodies.
Top of hood when no other suitable hard surface of
adequate size is available.
On horizontal surfaces the star will be applied with
one point directly toward the front of the vehicle or equipment. On vertical
surfaces the star will have one point directly up.
The star will be applied in either of the two methods
of permanent marking, stencilled-paint or pressure sensitive adhesive vinyl.
Vinyl markings will not be used on highly irregular or rough surfaces where
adhesion would not be complete. National Symbol markings at different
locations on any one vehicle or piece of equipment may be applied in
The National Symbol will be the largest size practical
for use in the available space, but will not exceed 36 inches measured
between opposite points. The star will not be applied in sizes less than 6
inches between opposite points.