October 25th, 2012

Medical dog tags in US military?

I was looking up information on what exactly gets printed on dog tags, and Wikipedia gave me this bit of information: "In the US military, if the member has a medical condition that requires special attention, an additional, red tag with the pertinent information is issued and worn with the dog tags."

I'm dealing with a character who does, in fact, have a medical condition that requires special attention (specifically brittle bone disease) - but I can't find any reference to this anywhere other than Wikipedia. I tried various combinations of "medical dog tag US military" but only found places engraving custom medic alert tags.

Can anyone confirm the existence of these medical tags, and tell me exactly what information they contain and what they look like?

(The character is a pilot in a future space navy, but canon only shows the backs of said space navy's dog tags, so the modern-day US Navy seems like my best bet. :P And I know this is a very little detail, even for this comm - but I'm making a set of dog tags for a cosplay, so accuracy is very important to me.)

A query on kitten age and train travel

In the story I'm currently working on, one of the main characters has a cat who's about to kit. That part I'm fine on and won't have trouble writing when it comes to it, but my plans were to have him take a train trip that would be about four hours and he's taking the cat and kittens with.

And my question is, will kittens roughly two weeks old be able to handle a train trip that would last four hours?

I've tried asking google, but the fact that train can be read two different ways tends to bring me answers that don't really help me, sorry. And since I'm kind of google-illiterate at my best times, I'm not quite sure what keyphrases other than' kittens train trip safety age' I should use.
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