Military Standard 130 (or MIL-STD-130) is the Military Asset Identification Standard as designated by the US Department of Defense (DoD). This standard specifies the compliance process to mark and label all US Military assets and property.

At the most basic level, MIL-STD-130  requires every item in the possession of the US Military to be marked with an IUID also known as Item Unique Identification. Each IUID is a unique identifier containing specific data pertinent to that individual asset and is identified with a 2D Data Matrix barcode. This unique barcode is used by the DoD to track and report information about that item throughout the entirety of its lifecycle.

MIL-STD-130 describes the various types of compliant materials and marking methods that can be used for labels and plates. The standard also discusses label size options and it also goes into the data requirements and the Construct 1 and Construct 2 formats.

Asset Identification and marking to these government specifications is an important topic. Failure to comply to MIL-STD-130 can result in rejected shipments and delayed payments to your business as well as additional costs due to corrective actions that will need to take place. A thorough understanding of MIL-STD-130 is important for all defense contractors or anyone that plans to do business with the US Military.

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