What’s the difference between MIL-STD-130 and MIL-STD-129?

Military Standard 130 (or MIL-STD-130) is the asset identification standard for the US Department of Defense that gives directions on how to mark and label each piece of equipment.

MIL-STD-130 dictates, among many other things, the use of a two-dimensional Data Matrix barcode to be used on all qualifying assets. This 2D Data Matrix barcode when scanned connects the user immediately to that particular record in the IUID Registry.

It is also required that all qualifying DoD assets be associated with an Item Unique Identification (referred to as IUID in the military). The purpose of this IUID is to have a globally unique number associated with a particular item for all time. To that end, MIL-STD-130 also dictates that IUID labels need to be permanently affixed to the asset and be readable for the life of that asset.

Difference between MIL-STD-130 and MIL-STD-129

Military Standard 129 (or MIL-STD-129) provides details and establishes the standards for Military Shipping Labels so that all shipments are easily identified in a consistent manner. At its most basic level, Military Shipping Labels (MSLs) are used to identify who the shipper is, what supplies or assets are being delivered and the final destination of the shipment.

If you have a MIL-STD-129 clause in your contract, it will identify whether an RFID tag is required as an embedded inlay in the military shipping label. DLA locations that are equipped with RFID reading capability, can read tags off of the pallets or cases they’re receiving in order to expedite the accountability. Using the RFID technology from these military shipping labels they are able to push through the put-away cycles and automatically trigger payments back to the contractors directly from the receipt of the shipment.

Watch this quick video segment from our recent webinar to learn more about the difference between MIL-STD-130 and MIL-STD-129. This video also discusses the role that Auto-ID technology plays when it comes to DoD contract reporting obligations to iRAPT and IUID Registry.