USGI Contract Number Prefix Reference (Pre 2003)

 

Prefix Valid Time Note Sample
QM 1954-1962 4 digits or long format with last two digits year number.
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1954 dated M-1952A Body Armor
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1960 dated M-1956 Intrenching Tool Carrier

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1962 dated M-1956 Canteen Cover
DA 1950s-1961 The last two digits of contract number represented the year
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1953 dated M-1951 Field Trousers Shell

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1960 dated M-1956 Combat Field Pack
DSA-# 1962-1965 The last two digits of contract number represented the year.

Letter might on each side of the year number.

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1962 dated M-1956 (Actually M-1961 pattern) Combat Field Pack. “E” on the front of year number

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1963 dated M-1961 Combat Field Pack. “E” on the rear.
DSA-# 1965 No Dating Suffix

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1965 dated Mess Kit
DSA-### 1965-1966 No Dating Suffix

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1966 dated M-1956 Ammunition Case
DSA-### 1966-1977 General format contract number as today
1966 dated Sunburn-preventive cream paste, this contract format was not common in 1966, but really existed.

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1968 dated M-1967 Compass/First Aid Dressing Case
DLA-### 1977-1994 General format contract number as today

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1979 dated Air Force HGU-18/P Hat
SPO-### 1994-2003 General format contract number as today

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1996 dated CFP-90 Patrol Pack