WHY IS IT CALLED “DOG TAG”? IS IT RELATED TO A DOG?
The term “dog tag” might make you wonder if it has any connection to our four-legged friends. So, let’s dive into the fascinating story of military identification tags, also known as “dog tags,” and find out what has a dog got to do with them.
A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY
The history of military identification tags, commonly known as “dog tags,” originated during the Civil War. The carnage was so great, and bodies were so disfigured that they sometimes could not be identified. As a result, it became a practice for soldiers on both sides to pin a handkerchief or piece of paper with their names and addresses to their uniforms just before battle.
THE EVOLUTION OF IDENTIFICATION TAGS
The first official advocacy of issuing an ID tag took place in 1899. Chaplain Charles C. Pierce recommended that an “identity disc” be included in the standard combat field kit, though the first official introduction didn’t happen until December of 1906. The Army Regulations of 1913 made an identification tag mandatory. In July of 1916, a second tag was added, and by 1917, all combat troops wore aluminum discs on a rope or chain. In February of 1918, the official introduction of serial numbers started.
In 1940, the Army introduced a “notched” rounded-end rectangular tag, referred to as the M1940 Identification Tag. The new stainless steel tags were embossed with various details, including a soldier’s full name, service number, and more. By 1965, the serial numbers were changed to Social Security numbers, and variations in the format continued.
THE STANDARD LENGTH OF A DOG TAG NECK CHAIN
Standard US military dog tags are issued with one 2.5 mm, 24-inch neck chain and one 2.5 mm, 4-inch duplicate chain. The primary chain and tag remain with the soldier at all times, while the secondary chain and duplicate tag are recovered if needed.
WHY 364 AND 52?
Dog tag ball chains were once thought to have been clipped to length to help captured soldiers count time in the event they were captured. The large chain was counted to 365 ball links, and the small chain was counted to 52 ball links. A soldier could then bite or break off one link from the large chain each day and remove one link from the small chain each week. This accounted for one year of time before the cycle consumed the chain completely.
OUR BADASS DESIGNS – DANISH DESIGN FOR THE DIRTY BADASS
At ZLCOPENHAGEN, we’ve got a wicked obsession with crafting unique dog tags that exude raw masculinity and oozing sex appeal. It’s all about merging the badass history of military identification tags with our Danish minimalistic design ethos. Our dog tag necklaces aren’t just accessories; they’re expressions of power, confidence, and unapologetic style.
WHY STAINLESS STEEL? BECAUSE IT’S AS BADASS AS YOU
Now, let’s talk stainless steel, the ultimate choice for warriors like you. This metal isn’t for the faint-hearted; it’s tough as nails, just like you. We’ve chosen stainless steel because it’s the perfect match for your relentless lifestyle. Whether you’re conquering mountains, sealing deals in the boardroom, or raising hell in the city, our dog tags made of stainless steel can take the heat and stay shiny through it all.
THE ART BEHIND OUR DESIGNS
Our dog tag necklaces aren’t just pieces of jewelry; they’re works of art. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, each tag is a testament to the fusion of history and contemporary design. We pour our passion into every curve, every engraving, and every finish, ensuring that each necklace tells a story of power, desire, and rebellion.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
So, what’s in it for you, the alpha male who’s not afraid to show his true self? Our dog tag necklaces are more than just adornments; they’re symbols of your dominance. When you wear one, you’re not just making a fashion statement; you’re declaring your presence. You’re telling the world that you’re a force to be reckoned with, a man who knows what he wants and goes after it.
READY TO UNLEASH YOUR INNER ALPHA?
Visit our shop and explore our collection of necklaces that embody everything you stand for. Add a touch of military-inspired elegance to your style, and let the world know that you’re a man who commands respect. It’s time to unleash your inner alpha with ZLCOPENHAGEN. See also our monster big necklace here, if you dare.