Q&A

Making Military Dog Tags

For more information about custom dog tags by Major Dads, watch our short video “Making Dog Tags”. You can buy your dog tags in our HQ Store, located in beautiful Winchester, Kentucky, or you can order them from our online store.

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Why Do Dog Tags Have Notches?

Dog Tags with “The Notch” The “notch” was created out of necessity to accommodate a machine-the Addressograph Model 70, manufactured by the Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation.  The Addressograph Model 70 was a clunky, heavy, hard to maneuver piece of equipment that looked like a pistol. Function The notch allowed medics to properly position the tag on the…

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What Is a “Coin Check”?

During a “coin check”, one soldier holds up a unit coin and expects comrades to show the same one.  If someone fails to do so, the soldier must buy a round of drinks for everyone in the house or in my case the officers club.  Here’s why the tradition began. Legend says that a downed…

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Why Do Soldiers Chant During Marches And Runs?

Why do soldiers chant or “call cadence” during marches and runs?  The catchy call and response songs are designed to build camaraderie, break the monotony of physical training and keep soldiers in step. Why do soldiers chant or “call cadence” during marches and runs?  The catchy call and response songs are designed to build camaraderie,…

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P-38 Can Opener

My earliest recollection of using a P-38 can opener was while at FT Riley, KS for my ROTC Advanced Cadet Training Course, summer of 1981.  The Army was still using C-Rations for feeding while in the field at that time.  I will do a separate article on the history of C-Rations. The P-38, developed in 1942, is…

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Hooah!

If you see me most days I will be wearing a T-shirt that says “Hooah! It’s an Army Thing.”  We sort of made this the unofficial calling card for Major Dads when we started the business in 2009.  I have heard “Hooah!” used to mean so many different things my entire military career starting in…

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Why do People Buy Military Surplus or Supply?

Why do people buy military surplus or supply? For one group of people (veterans) it brings back a flood of memories and familiarity.  They have used the clothing and equipment and know that it is better than anything produced by civilian firms.  We see many veterans who lost items years ago and now want to come back and…

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