Dating dsa numbers
These codes have nothing to do with date of manufacture, but relate either the Defense contract, or a Manufacture's code.
If it has a long code with numbers like "D-234345373674567", there is always a two digit number somewhere in the middle that usually refers to the year, so I have read.
Look for a two digit number, typically near the end of the code (it will range from 53 to 61) for the exact year of manufacture of your item.
DSA stamped items introduced a systematic dating process: 1962 thru 1964 - Prefix of DSA-1, Suffix of E6Y (Y=Year) 1965 - Prefix of DSA-1, No Dating Suffix 1966 - Prefix of DSA-100, No Dating Suffix 1967 thru 1977 Prefix of DSA-100, Dating Suffix of YYM (YY=Year, M=Month) After the DSA Prefix, and before the Dating Suffix (if applicable), there may appear additional numeric or alphanymeric code(s).
The SPO stamp has the year of manufacture as the first two number code following the initial 6 character alphanumeric code; ie: XYZ23A-05-xxxx would indicate an item made in 2005._________________"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have.
They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.