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Example Symbols
APP-6a Example2.svg
An unidentified hostile motorised anti-tank division
1 DPLeg
Military Map Symbol - Unit Size - Light Blue - 090 - Division.svg
Wyszków
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Monochrome Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry (NATO APP-6).svg
Polish 1st Legions Infantry Division
of Operational Group Wyszków
3 PPCLI
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Battalion.svg
1 CMBG
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Black&White 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Light Infantry (NATO APP-6A).svg
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
4 Pz
Military Map Symbol - Unit Size - Light Red - 090 - Division.svg
XXIV
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Monochrome Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Armour (NATO APP-6).svg
4th Panzer Division of XXIV Army Corps
Military Map Symbol - Unit Size - Dark Blue - 080 - Brigade.svg
82 Abn
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Monochrome Dark 1.5x1 Frame)- Artillery - Airborne (NATO APP-6).svg
82nd Airborne Division Artillery Brigade

NATO Joint Military Symbology is the NATO standard for military map symbols. Originally published in 1986 as Allied Procedural Publication 6 (APP-6), NATO Military Symbols for Land Based Systems, the standard has evolved over the years and is currently in its fifth version (APP-6D). The symbols are designed to enhance NATO's joint interoperability by providing a standard set of common symbols. APP-6 constituted a single system of joint military symbology for land, air, space and sea-based formations and units, which can be displayed for either automated map display systems or for manual map marking. It covers all of the joint services and can be used by them.

History

The first basic military map symbols began to be used by western armies in the decades following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. During World War I, there was a degree of harmonisation between the British and French systems, including the adoption of the colour red for enemy forces and blue for allies; the British had previously used red for friendly troops because of the traditional red coats of British soldiers. However, the system now in use is broadly based on that devised by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1917. The infantry symbol of a saltire in a rectangle was said to symbolise the crossed belts of an infantryman, while the single diagonal line for cavalry was said to represent the sabre belt. With the formation of NATO in 1949, the US Army system was standardized and adapted, with different shapes for friendly (blue rectangle), hostile (red diamond) and unknown (yellow quatrefoil) forces.[1]

APP-6A was promulgated in December 1999. The NATO standardization agreement that covers APP-6A is STANAG 2019 (edition 4), promulgated in December 2000. APP-6A replaced APP-6 (last version, July 1986), which had been promulgated in November 1984 (edition 3 of STANAG 2019 covered APP-6), and was replaced in turn by Joint Symbology APP-6(B) (APP-6B) in 2008 (STANAG 2019 edition 5, June 2008) and NATO Joint Military Symbology APP-6(C) (APP-6C) in 2011 (STANAG 2019 edition 6, May 2011).

The U.S. is the current custodian of APP-6A, which is equivalent to MIL-STD-2525A.

Symbol sets

The APP-6A standard provides common operational symbology along with details on their display and plotting to ensure the compatibility, and to the greatest extent possible, the interoperability of NATO land component command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence (C4I) systems, development, operations, and training. APP-6A addresses the efficient transmission of symbology information through the use of a standard methodology for symbol hierarchy, information taxonomy, and symbol identifiers.

APP-6A recognises five broad sets of symbols, each set using its own SIDC (Symbol identification coding) scheme:

Units, equipment, and installations consist of icons, generally framed, associated with a single point on the map. All sorts of graphical and textual modifiers may surround them, specifying categories, quantities, dates, direction of movement, etc.

Tactical graphics represent operational information that cannot be presented via icon-based symbols alone: unit boundaries, special area designations, and other unique markings related to battlespace geometry and necessary for battlefield planning and management. There are point, line and area symbols in this category.

Meteorological and oceanographic symbology is the only set not under the standard's control: rather, they are imported from the symbology established by the World Meteorological Organization.

The signals intelligence and military operations other than war symbology sets stand apart from Units, Equipment, and Installations although they obey the same conventions (i.e., they consist of framed symbols associated to points on the map). They do not appear in APP-6A proper, having been introduced by MIL-STD-2525B.

Symbol composition

Most of the symbols designate specific points, and consist of a frame (a geometric border), a fill, a constituent icon, and optional symbol modifiers. The latter are optional text fields or graphic indicators that provide additional information.

The frame provides a visual indication of the affiliation, battle dimension, and status of an operational object. The use of shape and colour is redundant, allowing the symbology to be used under less-than-ideal conditions such as a monochrome red display to preserve the operator's night vision. Nearly all symbols are highly stylised and can be drawn by persons almost entirely lacking in artistic skill; this allows one to draw a symbolic representation (a GRAPHREP, Graphical report) using tools as rudimentary as plain paper and pencil.

The frame serves as the base to which other symbol components and modifiers are added. In most cases a frame surrounds an icon. One major exception is equipment, which may be represented by icons alone (in which case the icons are coloured as the frame would be).

The fill is the area within a symbol. If the fill is assigned a colour, it provides an enhanced (redundant) presentation of information about the affiliation of the object. If colour is not used, the fill is transparent. A very few icons have fills of their own, which are not affected by affiliation.

The icons themselves, finally, can be understood as combinations of elementary glyphs that use simple composition rules, in a manner reminiscent of some ideographic writing systems such as Chinese. The standard, however, still attempts to provide an "exhaustive" listing of possible icons instead of laying out a dictionary of component glyphs. This causes operational problems when the need for an unforeseen symbol arises (particularly in MOOTW), a problem exacerbated by the administratively centralised maintenance of the symbology sets.

When rendering symbols with the fill on, APP-6A calls for the frame and icon to be black or white (as appropriate for the display). When rendering symbols with the fill off, APP-6A calls for a monochrome frame and icon (usually black or in accordance with the affiliation colour). NATO symbols can also be rendered with fill off using a frame coloured according to affiliation and a black icon,[2] though this is not defined in any APP-6 standard.

Allegiance and affiliation

APP-6 colour representation

The concept of affiliation does not appear in the original APP-6 as these were not introduced until APP-6A. Instead, the original APP-6 described a series of "colour representations" with the purpose of distinguishing friendly and enemy elements.

APP-6A affiliation

Affiliation refers to the relationship of the tracker to the operational object being represented. The basic affiliation categories are unknown, friend, neutral, and hostile. In the ground unit domain, a yellow quatrefoil frame is used to denote unknown affiliation, a blue rectangle frame to denote friendly affiliation, a green square frame to denote neutral affiliation, and a red diamond frame to denote hostile affiliation.[3]: 11  In the other domains (air and space, sea surface and subsurface, etc.), the same color scheme is used.

Style Friendly Hostile Neutral Unknown
Fill on
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Monochrome (for digital media)
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Monochrome Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Monochrome Light Diamond Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Monochrome Light 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Monochrome Light Quatrefoil Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Monochrome (for print media)
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Monochrome Dark 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Monochrome Dark Diamond Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Monochrome Dark 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Monochrome Dark Quatrefoil Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6A).svg

The full set of affiliations is:

There are no "assumed neutral" and "exercise assumed neutral" affiliations.

These colors are used in phrases such as "blue on blue" for friendly fire, blue force tracking, red teaming, and Red Cells.

Battle dimension

Battle dimension defines the primary mission area for the operational object within the battlespace. An object can have a mission area above the Earth's surface (i.e., in the air or outer space), on it, or below it. If the mission area of an object is on the surface, it can be either on land or sea. The subsurface dimension concerns those objects whose mission area is below the sea surface (e.g., submarines and sea mines). Some cases require adjudication; for example, an Army or Marine helicopter unit is a manoeuvring unit (i.e., a unit whose ground support assets are included) and is thus represented in the land dimension. Likewise, a landing craft whose primary mission is ferrying personnel or equipment to and from shore is a maritime unit and is represented in the sea surface dimension. A landing craft whose primary mission is to fight on land, on the other hand, is a ground asset and is represented in the land dimension.

Closed frames are used to denote the land and sea surface dimensions, frames open at the bottom denote the air/space dimension, and frames open at the top denote the subsurface dimension.

Air and space Ground Sea surface Subsurface
Friend
FRD AIR.svg
FRD GND.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg
FRD SUB.svg
Neutral
NEU AIR.svg
NEU GND+EQP+SRF.svg
NEU SUB.svg
Hostile
HOS AIR.svg
HOS GND+EQP+SRF.svg
HOS SUB.svg
Unknown
UNK AIR.svg
UNK GND+EQP+SRF.svg
UNK SUB.svg

An unknown battle dimension is possible; for example, some electronic warfare signatures (e.g., radar systems) are common to several battle dimensions and would therefore be assigned an "Unknown" battle dimension until further discrimination becomes possible. Special forces may operate in any dimension.

The full set of battle dimensions is, in ascending order of distance from Earth center:

The mnemonic for this ordering is "Fuss-Gap".

The letter in parentheses is used by the symbol identification coding (SIDC) scheme – strings of 15 characters used to transmit symbols.

The space and air battle dimensions share a single frame shape. In the ground battle dimension, two different frames are used for the friendly (and assumed friendly) affiliations in order to distinguish between units and equipment. The SOF (special operations forces) are assigned their own battle dimension because they typically can operate across several domains (air, ground, sea surface and subsurface) in the course of a single mission; the frames are the same as for the ground (unit) battle dimension.[4]: 47–48  The other battle dimension, finally, seems to be reserved for future use (there are no instances of its use as of 2525B Change 1).

Status

The status of a symbol refers to whether a warfighting object exists at the location identified (i.e., status is "present") or will in the future reside at that location (i.e., status is "planned, anticipated, suspected," or "on order"). Regardless of affiliation, present status is indicated by a solid line and planned status by a dashed line. The frame is solid or dashed, unless the symbol icon is unframed, in which case the icon itself is drawn dashed. Planned status cannot be shown if the symbol is an unframed filled icon.

Icon placement

The icon is the innermost part of a symbol which, when displayed, provides an abstract pictorial or alphanumeric representation of an operational object. The icon portrays the role or mission performed by the object. APP-6A distinguishes between icons that must be framed or unframed and icons where framing is optional.[3]: 39–43  APP-6A defined a standard octagon boundary within each map symbol frame. This octagon is not actually shown when symbols are drawn or rendered but, with a few defined exceptions, all icons inside the frame would also fit inside these octagons. APP-6C modified some symbol frames from previous editions of the standard. From top to bottom, here is the symbol boundary shown inside the APP-6C frames of space elements, air elements, land units, land equipment and surface sea elements, and sub-surface sea elements.

NATO Map Symbol - Symbol Size boundary (APP-6C).svg

Unit symbols

Unit icon modifiers

Unit symbols can be used independently as well as in combinations. There are also some symbols that cannot appear by themselves, but can only be used to modify other unit symbols:

Modifier meaning Friendly Hostile Neutral Unknown Notes
Airborne
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Airborne (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Airborne (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Airborne (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Airborne (NATO APP-6).svg
In APP-6 was including Air Assault and Paratrooper forces; since APP-6A is specifically parachute forces
Parachute
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome Opaque 1.5x1 Frame)- Parachute (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Parachute (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Parachute (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Parachute (NATO APP-6).svg
Symbol used in APP-6, not used in APP-6A and later editions
Airmobile
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Airmobile (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Airmobile (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Airmobile (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Airmobile (NATO APP-6A).svg
Airmobile with organic lift
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Air Assault (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Air Assault (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Air Assault (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Air Assault (NATO APP-6A).svg
Amphibious
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Amphibious (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Amphibious (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Amphibious (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Amphibious (NATO APP-6A).svg
Motorized
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Motorized (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Motorized (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Motorized (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Motorized (NATO APP-6A).svg
Mountain
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Mountain (APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Mountain (APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Mountain (APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Mountain (APP-6).svg
Cannon or gun system equipped
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Gun System Equiped (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Gun System Equiped (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Gun System Equiped (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Gun System Equiped (NATO APP-6A).svg
Wheeled and cross-country capable
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Modifier - Wheeled CrossCountry (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Modifier - Wheeled CrossCountry (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Modifier - Wheeled CrossCountry (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Modifier - Wheeled CrossCountry (NATO APP-6).svg

Unit basic icons

Land unit icons require a frame.

Unit type[5] Friendly Hostile Neutral Unknown Notes
Air defence
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Air Defence (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Air Defence (NATO APP-6C).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Air Defence (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Air Defence (NATO APP-6B).svg
Evocative of a protective dome
Ammunition
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Ammunition (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- CSS - Ammunition (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- CSS - Ammunition (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Ammunition (NATO APP-6).svg
Stylised breech-loaded, rimmed cartridge or shell
Anti-tank
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Anti-Tank (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Anti-Tank (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Anti-Tank (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Anti-Tank (NATO APP-6).svg
Representing a concentrated, piercing action
Armour
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Armour (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Armour (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Armour (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Armour (NATO APP-6).svg
Stylized tank treads
Artillery
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Artillery (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Artillery (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Artillery (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Artillery (NATO APP-6).svg
A cannonball
Rotary-wing aviation
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Aviation (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Aviation (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Aviation (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Aviation (NATO APP-6).svg
Blurred, spinning helicopter blades
Fixed wing aviation
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Aviation - Fixed Wing (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Aviation - Fixed Wing (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Aviation - Fixed Wing (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Aviation - Fixed Wing (NATO APP-6A).svg
Air screw
Bridging
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Military Engineers - Bridging (NATP APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Military Engineers - Bridging (NATP APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Military Engineers - Bridging (NATP APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Military Engineers - Bridging (NATP APP-6).svg
Topographical map symbol for a bridge
Combat service support
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Combat Service Support (NATO APP-6A).svg
NATO Map Symbol - Hostile - Combat Service Support.svg
NATO Map Symbol - Neutral - Combat Service Support.svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Combat Service Support (NATO APP-6A).svg
Combined Manoeuvre Arms
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Combined Manoeuvre Arms (NATO APP-6C).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Combined Manoeuvre Arms (NATO APP-6C).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Combined Manoeuvre Arms (NATO APP-6C).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Combined Manoeuvre Arms (NATO APP-6C).svg
Introduced in APP-6C for an organization of infantry and armour; it is a hybrid of the two symbols
Engineer
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Military Engineers (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Military Engineers (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Military Engineers (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Military Engineers (NATO APP-6).svg
Stylised bridge or other structure
Electronic ranging
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Signals - Electronic Ranging (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Signals - Electronic Ranging (NATO APP-6B).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Signals - Electronic Ranging (NATO APP-6B).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Signals - Electronic Ranging (NATO APP-6B).svg
Simplified parabolic antenna
Electronic warfare
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Electronic Warfare (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Electronic Warfare (NATO APP-6).svg
NATO Map Symbol - Neutral - Electronic Warfare.svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Electronic Warfare (NATO APP-6).svg
Explosive ordnance disposal
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NATO APP-6A).svg
NATO Map Symbol - Hostile - Explosive Ordnance Disposal.svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NATO APP-6A).svg
Fuel, or petroleum, oil, and lubricants ("POL")
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Petroleum Oil Lubricants (APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- CSS - Petroleum Oil Lubricants (APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- CSS - Petroleum Oil Lubricants (APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Petroleum Oil Lubricants (APP-6).svg
Simplified funnel
Hospital
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Medical - Hospital (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Medical - Hospital (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Medical - Hospital (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Medical - Hospital (NATO APP-6).svg
Derivative of the medical symbol below superimposed with "H"
HQ unit
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Headquarters Unit (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Headquarters Unit (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Headquarters Unit (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Headquarters Unit (NATO APP-6).svg
This is the HQ unit, not the HQ itself. An HQ's physical position is represented by an empty rectangle with a line extending down from bottom left.
Infantry
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Infantry (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Infantry (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Infantry (NATO APP-6).svg
Evocative of the crossed bandoliers of Napoleonic infantry
Maintenance
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Maintenance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- CSS - Maintenance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- CSS - Maintenance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Maintenance (NATO APP-6).svg
Stylised spanner
Medical
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Medical (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Medical (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Medical (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Medical (NATO APP-6).svg
Evocative of the Red Cross symbol
Meteorological
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Meteorological Services (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Meteorological Services (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Meteorological Services (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Meteorological Services (NATO APP-6).svg
Missile
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Missile - Surface to Surface (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Missile - Surface to Surface (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Missile - Surface to Surface (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Missile - Surface to Surface (NATO APP-6).svg
Simplified missile
Mortar
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Mortars (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Mortars (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Mortars (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Mortars (NATO APP-6).svg
Projectile with a vertical arrow symbolizing mortar's high arc trajectory
Military police
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Military Police (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Military Police (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Military Police (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Military Police (NATO APP-6).svg
Navy
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Naval (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Naval (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Naval (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Naval (NATO APP-6A).svg
Anchor
CBRN defence
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- CBRN (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- CBRN (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- CBRN (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- CBRN (NATO APP-6).svg
Simplified crossed retorts, the principal elements in the insignia of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps
Ordnance
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Ordnance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- CSS - Ordnance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- CSS - Ordnance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Ordnance (NATO APP-6).svg
Derived from crossed cannon behind a disc
Radar
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Radar (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Radar (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Radar (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Radar (NATO APP-6).svg
Stylised lightning flash and parabolic dish
Psychological operations
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Bichrome 1.5x1 Frame)- Psychological Operations (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Bichrome Diamond Frame)- Psychological Operations (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Bichrome 1.05x1.05 Frame)- Psychological Operations (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Bichrome Quatrefoil Frame)- Psychological Operations (NATO APP-6).svg
Electronic schematic symbol for loudspeaker, evocative of propaganda
Reconnaissance or cavalry
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Reconnaissance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Reconnaissance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Reconnaissance (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Reconnaissance (NATO APP-6).svg
Inspired by the cavalry's sabre strap
Signals
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Signals or Communication (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Signals or Communication (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Signals or Communication (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Signals or Communication (NATO APP-6).svg
Simplified lightning flash, evocative of radio signals (likewise used in the radar symbol above)
Special forces
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Special Operations Force - Special Forces (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Special Operations Force - Special Forces (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Special Operations Force - Special Forces (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Special Operations Force - Special Forces (NATO APP-6A).svg
Special operations forces
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Special Operations Force (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Special Operations Force (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Special Operations Force (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Special Operations Force (NATO APP-6A).svg
Supply
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Supply (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- CSS - Supply (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- CSS - Supply (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Supply (NATO APP-6).svg
Topographical
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Military Geomatics - Mapping (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Military Geomatics - Mapping (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Military Geomatics - Mapping (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Military Geomatics - Mapping (NATO APP-6).svg
Stylised sextant
Transportation
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Transport (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- CSS - Transport (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- CSS - Transport (NATO APP-6).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- CSS - Transport (NATO APP-6).svg
Simplified wheel
Unmanned air vehicle
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Hostile Unit (Solid Diamond Frame)- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Neutral Unit (Solid 1.1x1.1 Frame)- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (NATO APP-6A).svg
Military Symbol - Unknown Aligned Unit (Solid Quatrefoil Frame)- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (NATO APP-6A).svg
Flying wing silhouette

Modified unit icons

Some of the most common combinations are:

Modified symbol Meaning
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Mountain (NATO APP-6).svg
Mountain infantry; examples: Italy's Alpini, Germany's Gebirgsjäger, France's Chasseurs Alpins, Poland's Podhale Rifles, US 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Airborne (NATO APP-6).svg
Parachute infantry; examples: 82nd Airborne Division (United States), Division Schnelle Kräfte (Germany), VDV (Russia), PLAAF Airborne Corps (China), United Kingdom's Parachute Regiment, Brigada de Infantería Ligera Paracaidista BRIPAC (Spain)
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Airmobile (NATO APP-6A).svg
Airmobile infantry; example: 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Jägerregiment 1
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Mechanized (NATO APP-6).svg
Mechanized infantry; example: US 3rd Infantry Division (equipment example: M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle)
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Armoured (NATO APP-6).svg
Mechanized infantry equipped with infantry fighting vehicles; equipment examples: M2 Bradley, BMP-3, ZBD-04, Kurganets-25, Dardo IFV
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Mechanized - Amphibious (NATO APP-6A).svg
Amphibious mechanized infantry; example: 1st Marine Regiment (United States) when Amphibious Assault Vehicle units are attached.
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Mechanized - Wheeled APC (NATO APP-6).svg
Mechanized infantry (wheeled-"medium"); equipment examples: 3rd Brigade (US 2nd Infantry Division), Stryker, ZSL-08, Patria AMV, Mowag Piranha, BTR-80 (with machine gun turrets)
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Infantry - Mechanized - Wheeled AFV (NATO APP-6).svg
Mechanized infantry (wheeled-"medium") equipped with wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicles; equipment examples: BTR-90, Bumerang, ZBL-08, Freccia, VBTP-MR Guarani (with autocannon turrets)
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Anti-Tank - Tank Destroyers - Wheeled Agile (NATO APP-6).svg
Tank destroyer; equipment examples: B1 Centauro, AMX 10 RC, ZTL-11, M1128 Mobile Gun System
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Armoured Reconnaissance - Wheeled Cross Country (NATO APP-6).svg
Wheeled armoured reconnaissance; equipment examples: Fennek, VBL, BRDM-2, ASLAV
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Military Engineers - Armoured Engineer (NATO APP-6).svg
Armoured engineers; equipment examples: M60A1 AVLB, Bergepanzer BPz3.
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Military Engineers - Combat Engineers - Mechanized (NATO APP-6C).svg
Combat engineers in mechanized engineer section carriers. Also engineers mounted in IFVs such as Bradley or Warrior.
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Artillery - Mechanized (NATO APP-6).svg
Armoured artillery; equipment examples: M109 howitzer, PzH 2000, PLZ-05, 2S19 Msta, 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV, AS90
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Artillery - Mountain (NATO APP-6).svg
Mountain artillery; equipment example: OTO Melara Mod 56
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Artillery - Rocket Launchers (MulitRocket) (NATO APP-6).svg
Multiple rocket launcher; equipment example: M270 MLRS
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Artillery - Rocket Launchers (MulitRocket) - Wheeled Agile (NATO APP-6).svg
Wheeled multiple rocket launcher; equipment example: HIMARS, Pinaka, BM-27 Uragan, BM-30 Smerch, PHL-03, PHL-16, Astros II MLRS
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Air Defence - Mechanized - Close Range Guns (NATO APP-6B).svg
Self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery; equipment examples: FlaKPz Gepard, 9K22 Tunguska, Type 95 SPAAA, PGZ-09
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Air Defence - Missiles (NATO APP-6C).svg
Missile air defence; equipment example: S-300, S-400, 9K37 Buk, MIM-104 Patriot, Roland
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Aviation - Attack (NATO APP-6A).svg
Attack helicopter; equipment examples: AH-64 Apache, AH-1 Cobra, Eurocopter Tiger, Mil Mi-28, Kamov Ka-50, CAIC Z-10, Agusta A129 Mangusta
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Aviation - Utility - Medium (NATO APP-6C).svg
Medium transport helicopter; equipment examples: CH-46 Sea Knight, UH-60 Blackhawk, Mi-17 Hip
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Supply - Petroleum Oil Lubricants - Theatre Support (NATO APP-6A).svg
Theatre level fuel supply unit
Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- CSS - Supply & Transport (NATO APP-6).svg
Supply and transportation unit

Unit size indicators

Above the unit symbol, a symbol representing the size of the unit can be displayed:[4]: 57 

Symbol Name Typical no. of personnel No. of subordinate units Typical rank of leader (Commonwealth and USA)
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Region or Front.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
250,000–1,000,000+ Several army groups
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Army Group.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
120,000–500,000 Several armies or air forces
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Army.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Army
Air Force
100,000 2–4 fighting corps (5–10 fighting divisions) and support troops (often organized in divisions or brigades) General
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Corps.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Corps 30,000–90,000 2–4 fighting divisions and support troops (often organized in brigades or groups) Lieutenant General
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Division.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Division 10,000–20,000 Nominally several brigades and/or regiments Major General
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Brigade.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
2,000–20,000 Several battalions or Commonwealth regiments.
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Regiment or Group.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
500–3,000 3–7 battalions (usually of the same arm)
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Battalion.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
300–1,000 2–6 companies, batteries, U.S. troops, or Commonwealth squadrons, etc.
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Company or Squadron or Battery.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
60–250 2–5 platoons/troops
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Staffel (Echelon) - Germany.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Staffel[7] or echelon[8]
(level of hierarchy unique to Germany)
50–90 2 platoons/troops or 6–10 sections Captain or Staff Captain
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Platoon or Troop.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
25–40 3–5 squads, sections, or fighting vehicles
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Section.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Section 7–13 2–3 fireteams
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Detachment or Squad.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Squad 5–10 1–2 fireteams
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Team or Crew.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Fireteam 3–5 n/a

The typical commander ranks shown in the table are for illustration. Neither the actual rank designated for a particular unit's commander, nor the rank held by the incumbent commander alters the appropriate symbol. For example, units are periodically commanded by an officer junior to the authorised commander grade, yet a company under the command of a Lieutenant (U.S.) or Captain (Commonwealth) is still indicated with two vertical ticks. Likewise, some peculiar types of companies and detachments are authorised a Major, Lieutenant Colonel (personnel services companies) or Colonel (some types of judge advocate detachments); the company or detachment is nevertheless indicated with, respectively, one vertical tick or three dots.

While in Commonwealth armies, the regiment as a tactical formation does not normally exist, in some cases a regimental sized (i.e. larger than battalion and smaller than brigade) Task Force may exist where the operational requirement exists. These formations may be commanded by Colonels.

Note that, for brigades and higher, the number of Xs corresponds to the number of stars in the United States military's insignia for the typical general officer grade commanding that size unit. For example, a division is capped with XX and is usually commanded by a major general the American insignia for which is two stars.

Equipment icons

Equipment icons are "frame optional".

Equipment symbol (framed) (unframed) Equipment type
Ground Track - Equipment - Ground Vehicle - Engineer Vehicle - Bridge - Friendly Framed.svg
Ground Track - Equipment - Ground Vehicle - Engineer Vehicle - Bridge - Friendly Unframed.svg
Bridge (e.g. AVLB)

Installation icons

Installation symbol Installation type
Ground Track - Installation - Military Matériel Facility - Engineering Equipment Production - Bridge - Friendly.svg
Bridge production

Symbol modifiers

APP-6A stops with field AB. MIL-STD-2525B and 2525B Change 1 add a number of other modifiers.

Positions of the various graphic modifiers around the symbol (itself field A). MIL-STD-2525B Change 1 fails to specify where to place fields AD, AE, and AF.
Positions of the various graphic modifiers around the symbol (itself field A). MIL-STD-2525B Change 1 fails to specify where to place fields AD, AE, and AF.

Graphic modifiers

Type Icon
Combat Team or
Company Group
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Combat Team or Company Group.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Battlegroup
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Battlegroup or Battalion Group.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Regimental Combat Team or
Marine expeditionary unit (MEU)
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Regiment Combat Team.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Brigade Group or
Brigade Combat Team or
Marine expeditionary brigade (MEB)
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Brigade Group or Brigade Combat Team.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg
Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
NATO Map Symbol - Unit Size - Corps Expiditionary Force.svg

Military Symbol - Friendly Unit (Solid Light 1.5x1 Frame)- Unspecified or Composite All-Arms (NATO APP-6).svg

Feints/dummies and installations

Source:[4]: 288 

Feint/dummy Installations
FD FRD+AFD+JKR+FKR EQP+SRF.svg

FRD GND.svg
UNK INS.svg
FRD INS.svg
NEU INS.svg
HOS INS.svg

Mobility and auxiliary equipment

Source:[4]: 163–164 

Wheeled
(limited
cross-country)
Wheeled
cross-country
Tracked Half-tracked Towed Railway
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 01F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 02F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 03F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 04F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 05F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 06F.svg
Snowmobile Sled Pack animals Barge Amphibious  
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 07F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 08F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 09.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 10F.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

MOB 11F.svg
 
  Short towed array (typ. sonar) Long towed array (typ. sonar)
 
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

XTAS SRF FRD.svg
FRD EQP+SRF.svg

XTAL SRF FRD.svg

Text modifiers

Other information

APP-6 organization chart of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF):

Structure of the 1st MEF (click to enlarge)
Structure of the 1st MEF (click to enlarge)

A quick reference chart for friendly icons:

Quick guide to military symbology
Quick guide to military symbology

MIL-STD-2525A

APP-6A, Military Symbols for Land Based Systems was developed directly from MIL-STD-2525A, Common Warfighting Symbology. MIL-STD 2525A was the American standard for military symbols. The custodian of APP-6 is the United States. APP-6(A) remained unchanged as work on harmonizing it with ADatP-3, NATO Message Text Formatting System was carried out. In 1999, APP-6 was moved from the Army Service Board to the Joint Service Board. With this move, APP-6 was placed under the Information Exchange Requirements Harmonization/Message Text Format Working Group. The IERH/MTFWG then formed the Joint Symbology Panel to provide configuration management of APP-6 with the US custodian as the chairman. With the ratification and promulgation of APP-6(B) in 2008, the named was changed to NATO Military Symbology to better reflect the nature of the publication. In 2011, with the introduction of APP-6(C), the named was changed to NATO Joint Military Symbology. The US military required new symbols to support ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the pace of change between APP-6 and MIL-STD-2525 remained uneven until 2009. In 2009, a new chairman for DOD Symbology Standardization Management Committee was appointed, and the two configuration management organizations began to work together. The two organizations held joint meetings with full participation on both sides. The goal of both groups is to develop comprehensive joint military symbology that is common to both organizations to the greatest extent possible. APP-6(C) began the process of changing the format of the publications and introduced new symbol identification codes. MIL-STD-2525D[9] has carried that one step further with more symbols and more symbol sets derived from recent NATO and US operations. MIL-STD-2525D will serve as the base document for APP-6(D) as the two documents move closer together.

References

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  2. ^ "NATO Map Symbol Programmed Instruction Package" (PDF). Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence. Jan 2000. p. 6. Retrieved Nov 14, 2018.
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  5. ^ "US Army FM 21-30 Military Symbols" (PDF). US Army Engineers. June 1965. p. 2–5. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  6. ^ FM 1-02 Operational Terms and Graphics. US DoD. 21 September 2004. pp. 5–37.
  7. ^ APP-6C NATO Joint Military Symbology. NATO. May 2011. pp. 2–25.
  8. ^ APP-6 Military Symbols for Land Based Systems. NATO. July 1986. pp. B8.
  9. ^ Department of Defense Interface Standard: Joint Military Symbology (MIL-STD-2525D) (PDF). Washington, DC: US Government (published 10 June 2014). 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.