(NEWSER) – For soldiers, a dog tag "individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization," CNN quotes the Library of Congress as saying. But few citizens probably realize the danger dogs tags can put soldiers in.
"If you find a pair of lost ID tags you can pretty much do anything with that person's identity because you now have their blood type, their religion, you have their social, and you have their name," says Michael Klemowski of the US Army Human Resources Command in an Army press release. "The only thing missing is their birth date, and you can usually get that by Googling a person." And so in a bid to combat such potential ID theft, the Army announced Tuesday it's making changes to dog tags for the first time in four decades, the Army Times reports.