Dating dsa numbers

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Bottom line is you need to know what you are looking at, not rely on what some "dealer" says. A good starting out book for me was titled "The US GI in Color" or something like that. The # code I mentioned is for post-Korean era stuff.A last note, the soldier's serial number is often partially marked in issued WWII era items.N meaning Naval, XS is the designation for supply and accounts which oversaw all contracting bureaus as follows: A- Aeronautics X-Supplies and Accounts Y- Yards and Docks R- Radio Division P- Naval Personnel S- Others M-Medicine and Surgery on and on Commonly seen contract numbers are NXSX NXSA NXSY NXSR and so on Noteworthy are the bureaus that contract through themselves. US Navy in WWII used NXSX-12345 type contract codes. OA Aeronautics OY Yards and Docks OBS- Ships OP- Naval personnel ORD- Ordnance OM-Marine Corps TCG- Coast Guard US Navy stuff is rarely dated, only marked with the contract number, any date is month/day/and fiscal year contract was awarded, not the date of mfg. N meaning Naval, XS is the designation for supply and accounts which oversaw all contracting bureaus as follows: A- Aeronautics X-Supplies and Accounts Y- Yards and Docks R- Radio Division P- Naval Personnel S- Others M-Medicine and Surgery on and on Commonly seen contract numbers are NXSX NXSA NXSY NXSR and so on Noteworthy are the bureaus that contract through themselves. I only got a short look at it or I could tell you more, I may try to go back and get some pictures of the insignias and other markings. WW2 era uniforms such as Ike jackets, M43's, dress jackets often have specification/manufacturer's tags w/dates in one of their exterior pockets.....Marine Corps dress uniforms will have dates inside where the armpit is......These codes have nothing to do with date of manufacture, but relate either the Defense contract, or a Manufacture's code.

A signifigant aid in figuring out how much your item may be worth! From 1994 to the present, the SPO - System Program Offices have been in charge of procurements.As stated above, USMC Greens were marked inside the left sleeve lining, usually under where the SSI (if any) would be.Remember the Marines never threw anything away, so a WWII stamped Marine uniform could have been issued through Korea and later.If your item has a Manufacture's Stamp only - it was made prior to the beginning of the Korean War.A knowledge of when the particular item was used will narrow down the time frame. DA stamped items range from the Korean War to very early Vietnam War.

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