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Military unit infobox

502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
502 Parachute Infantry Regiment COA.PNG
502d PIR Coat of Arms
Active 1942–present
Country United States
Branch Army
Type Parachute infantry
Part of 101st Airborne Division
Garrison/HQ Fort Campbell
Nickname "Five-Oh-Deuce" or "The Deuce"
Motto Strike
Engagements

World War II

War on Terrorism

Decorations Presidential Unit Citation (5),
Valorous Unit Award (5),
Croix de Guerre
Commanders
Notable
commanders
George V. H. Moseley, Jr.,
John H. Michaelis

A military unit infobox may be used to summarize information about an individual military unit or formation, such as a regiment or division..

The infobox should be added using the {{Infobox military unit}} template, as shown below:

{{Infobox military unit
| unit_name = 
| image =
| caption =
| dates = 
| country = 
| countries = 
| allegiance =
| branch = 
| type = 
| role = 
| size = 
| command_structure =
| garrison =
| garrison_label =
| nickname =
| patron =
| motto =
| colors =
| colors_label =
| march =
| mascot =
| equipment =
| equipment_label =
| battles =
| anniversaries =
| decorations =
| battle_honours =
| battle_honours_label =
| disbanded =
| flying_hours =
| website =
<!-- Commanders -->
| commander1 =
| commander1_label =
| commander2 =
| commander2_label =
| commander3 =
| commander3_label =
| commander4 =
| commander4_label =
| commander5 =
| commander5_label =
| commander6 =
| commander6_label =
| commander7 =
| commander7_label =
| commander8 =
| commander8_label =
| commander9 =
| commander9_label =
| notable_commanders =
<!-- Insignia -->
| identification_symbol =
| identification_symbol_label =
| identification_symbol_2 =
| identification_symbol_2_label =
| identification_symbol_3 =
| identification_symbol_3_label =
| identification_symbol_4 =
| identification_symbol_4_label =
<!-- Aircraft -->
| aircraft_attack =
| aircraft_bomber =
| aircraft_electronic =
| aircraft_fighter =
| aircraft_helicopter =
| aircraft_helicopter_attack =
| aircraft_helicopter_cargo =
| aircraft_helicopter_multirole =
| aircraft_helicopter_observation =
| aircraft_helicopter_transport =
| aircraft_helicopter_trainer =
| aircraft_helicopter_utility =
| aircraft_interceptor =
| aircraft_patrol =
| aircraft_recon =
| aircraft_trainer =
| aircraft_transport =
| aircraft_tanker =
| aircraft_general =
}}

Note: When using parameters, avoid the ambiguous abbreviation "N/A", and instead use "unknown" or "none". All subjective or qualitative judgements and numerical quantities or statistics must be cited to a reliable source (see WP:MILMOS#CITE).

  • unit_name – the formal name of the unit.
  • imageoptional – an image of the unit insignia (cap badges, tartan or colours), if available; other images may be used if this cannot be obtained. The image must be given in the form [[File:Example.jpg|300px]]; in particular, the thumb attribute must not be selected.
  • captionoptional – the text to be placed below the image.
  • dates – the period (usually in years) when the unit was active; alternately, the dates may be indicated by using one—or both—of the separate start_date and end_date parameters.
  • countryoptional – if the unit is part of the armed forces of a sovereign state, the name of that state.
  • allegianceoptional – used to indicate the allegiance of units which are not part of the regular armed forces of a sovereign state; can usually be omitted otherwise. In the case of National Guard or Naval Militia units, the State of origin should be indicated.
  • branchoptional – the service branch, in militaries that have them; typically army, navy, air force, etc.
  • typeoptional – the general type of unit, e.g., cavalry, infantry, artillery, etc. More specific types (airborne infantry, light cavalry, etc.) may be given as appropriate.
  • roleoptional – typical strategic or tactical use of unit, e.g., shock troop, special operations, mechanized infantry, ceremonial guard, etc.
  • sizeoptional – the size of the unit; this may include both average and lifetime figures, and should indicate equipment (planes, tanks, cannon, etc.) where applicable. For U.S. units, this should only include Organic elements, not Assigned or Attached elements.
  • command_structureoptional – the larger unit(s) of which the unit is a part. This should not be used to provide an exhaustive history of the unit, which is more appropriate in the article itself, for units existing over a long period. For complicated cases, using the auxiliary command structure box may be appropriate.
  • garrisonoptional – location of the unit's home base; this is generally applicable only to units in existence.
  • garrison_labeloptional – the label to use for the garrison field (above).
  • nicknameoptional – any commonly-used nicknames for the unit.
  • patronoptional – the patron the unit was named after; this is only applicable in armed forces where units are named after individuals.
  • mottooptional – the official unit motto (with translation, if necessary).
  • colorsoptional – the unit colors; this may refer to either the actual colors used on the uniform, or to the colours of the unit.
  • colors_labeloptional – the label to use for the colors field (above).
  • marchoptional – the tune(s) commonly or officially played when the unit ceremonially marches; there may be several.
  • mascotoptional – any official or unofficial animal or character maintained by the unit.
  • equipmentoptional – for units strongly associated with specific equipment or vehicles, such as tanks, artillery, or aircraft, a brief list of the notable types used by the unit; if the number of entries is large, it is recommended that this field not be used, and that the full list be given in the article text instead.
  • equipment_labeloptional – the label to use for the equipment field (above).
  • battlesoptional – any notable engagements in which the unit participated. The decision of what constitutes a notable engagement is left to the editors of the specific article.
  • battles_labeloptional – the label to use for the battles field (above); this defaults to "Engagements" if left blank.
  • anniversariesoptional – any anniversaries that a unit celebrates.
  • decorationsoptional – any decorations (such as the Presidential Unit Citation) that the unit as a whole has received.
  • battle_honoursoptional – for units in countries that award some type of formal battle honours, the battle honours that the unit has received; while this may have some overlap with the battles field above, the two are not necessarily equivalent.
  • battle_honours_labeloptional – the label to use for the battle_honours field (above); this defaults to "Battle honours" if left blank.
  • disbandedoptional – for units that have been disbanded, the dates and any other relevant notes regarding the disbanding.
  • flying_hoursoptional – if the formation is an aerial one, the total hours flown.
  • websiteoptional – the official website of the formation, if any.

Commander parameters:

The infobox allows for up to three current commanders to be specified; the exact roles or titles of these individuals should be specified via the corresponding label parameters.

  • commander1optional – a current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander1_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Current commander" if left blank.
  • commander2optional – a second current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander2_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Ceremonial chief" if left blank.
  • commander3optional – a third current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander3_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Colonel of the Regiment" if left blank.
  • commander4optional – a fourth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander4_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Command Sergeant Major" if left blank.
  • commander5optional – a fifth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander5_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; defaults to "Commander".
  • commander6optional – a sixth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander6_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; defaults to "Commander".
  • commander7optional – a seventh current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander7_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; defaults to "Commander".
  • commander8optional – a eighth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander8_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; defaults to "Commander".
  • commander9optional – a ninth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader.
  • commander9_labeloptional – the label to use for the field above; defaults to "Commander".
  • notable_commandersoptional – any notable former commanders of the unit; judgement of notability is left to individual article editors.

Insignia parameters:

  • identification_symboloptional – the unit's identification symbol (such as a patch, tartan, or tactical identification flash).
  • identification_symbol_labeloptional – the label to use for the identification symbol field (above).
  • identification_symbol_2optional – another identification symbol.
  • identification_symbol_2_labeloptional – the label to use for the second identification symbol field (above).
  • identification_symbol_3optional – another identification symbol.
  • identification_symbol_3_labeloptional – the label to use for the third identification symbol field (above).
  • identification_symbol_4optional – another identification symbol.
  • identification_symbol_4_labeloptional – the label to use for the fourth identification symbol field (above).

Aircraft parameters:

  • aircraft_attackoptional – for aviation units, the attack aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_bomberoptional – for aviation units, the bomber aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_electronicoptional – for aviation units, the electronic warfare aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_fighteroptional – for aviation units, the fighter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopteroptional – for aviation units, the helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopter_attackoptional – for aviation units, the attack helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopter_cargooptional – for aviation units, the cargo helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopter_multiroleoptional – for aviation units, the multirole helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopter_observationoptional – for aviation units, the observation helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopter_traineroptional – for aviation units, the trainer helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_helicopter_utilityoptional – for aviation units, the utility helicopter aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_interceptoroptional – for aviation units, the interceptor aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_patroloptional – for aviation units, the patrol aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_reconoptional – for aviation units, the reconnaissance aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_traineroptional – for aviation units, the trainer aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_transportoptional – for aviation units, the transport aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_tankeroptional – for aviation units, the aerial refueling aircraft flown by the unit.
  • aircraft_generaloptional – for aviation units, where aircraft used do not fit well into the above categories.

Note that the various xyz_label fields above are intended for overriding the default labels on these fields as needed for particular countries or services; in most cases, however, the default value is sufficient, and the fields need not be included.


Command structure box

A command structure box may be used to summarize information about an individual military unit's parent and subordinate units; it should generally be used in conjunction with {{Infobox military unit}}. If needed, multiple boxes may be used to show the unit's command structure during different periods.

The box should be added using the {{Infobox command structure}} template, as shown below:

{{Infobox command structure
| name = 
| date =
| parent =
| subordinate =
}}

Note: When using parameters, avoid the ambiguous abbreviation "N/A", and instead use "unknown" or "none". All subjective or qualitative judgements and numerical quantities or statistics must be cited to a reliable source (see WP:MILMOS#CITE).

  • name – the name of the unit or formation.
  • dateoptional – the dates during which the given structure was in place.
  • parentoptional – the unit's parent unit.
  • subordinateoptional – the unit's subordinate units.


Infobox service record

Combat service
Part of 7. Unterseebootsflottille (1938–41)
Identification codes M 18 837 (feldpost)
Commanders Günther Prien (1938–41)
Operations 10 patrols
Victories 30 ships (162,769 GRT) sunk,
1 warship (29,150 tons) sunk,
8 ships (62,751 GRT) damaged

A service record box may be used to summarize information about an individual military unit's or ship's service history; it should generally be used in conjunction with the appropriate primary infobox. If needed, multiple boxes may be used to separate the service record for different periods; for example, a unit that fought in several wars may have separate boxes for each.

The box should be added using the {{Infobox service record}} template, as shown below:

{{Infobox service record
| is_ship =
| is_multi =
| label = 
| partof =
| codes =
| commanders =
| operations =
| victories =
| awards =
}}

Note: When using parameters, avoid the ambiguous abbreviation "N/A", and instead use "unknown" or "none". All subjective or qualitative judgements and numerical quantities or statistics must be cited to a reliable source (see WP:MILMOS#CITE).

  • is_shipoptional – "yes" if the box is being used inside a compound ship infobox.
  • is_multioptional – "yes" if multiple instances of the box are being used inside a single compound ship infobox.
  • labeloptional – the label to use for the box; this defaults to "Service record" if left blank.
  • partofoptional – the unit or formation of which the subject unit or ship was a part; multiple units may be listed with the corresponding dates.
  • codesoptional – the identification codes carried by the unit or ship; these should generally be labeled according to what the code indicates.
  • commandersoptional – the notable commanding officers for the period covered.
  • operationsoptional – the operations (such as battles, wars, campaigns, patrols, cruises, etc.) in which the subject unit or ship participated; these may be given as a list, or described in a more condensed form.
  • victoriesoptional – the victories or successes in the subject's service history. For units, this may be battles won; for submarines or merchant raiders, the ships and tonnage sunk; and so forth.
  • awardsoptional – the awards, decorations, or other honors received by the subject unit or ship.

Microformat

The HTML mark up produced by this template includes an hCard microformat, which makes the organisation's details parsable by computers, either acting automatically to catalogue article across Wikipedia, or via a browser tool operated by a reader, to (for example) add the subject to an address book. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please see the microformat project.

Sub-templates

  • If the organisation has an "established", "founded", "opened" or similar date, use {{start date}} (unless the date is before 1583 CE).
  • If the organisation has a URL, use {{URL}}.
  • If the organisation has a "coordinates" field, use {{coord}} to include a Geo microformat, which additionally makes the coordinates (latitude & longitude) parsable, so that they can be, say, looked up on a map, or downloaded to a GPS unit.

Please do not remove instances of these sub-templates.

Classes

hCard uses HTML classes including:

  • adr
  • agent
  • category
  • country-name
  • extended-address
  • fn
  • geo
  • label
  • latitude
  • locality
  • longitude
  • nickname
  • note
  • org
  • region
  • street-address
  • url
  • vcard

Please do not rename or remove these classes; nor collapse nested elements which use them.

TemplateData

A military unit infobox may be used to summarize information about an individual military unit or formation, such as a regiment or division.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Status
Unit Name unit_name The formal name of the unit. line empty required
Unit Insignia Image image An image of the unit insignia (cap badges, tartan or colours), if available; other images may be used if this cannot be obtained. The image must be given in the form [[File:Example.jpg|300px]]; in particular, the thumb attribute must not be selected. line empty optional
Caption caption The text to be placed below the image. string empty optional
Time Period Active dates The period (usually in years) when the unit was active; alternately, the dates may be indicated by using one—or both—of the separate Start Date and End Date parameters. string empty required
Country country If the unit is part of the armed forces of a sovereign state, the name of that state. line empty optional
Allegiance allegiance Used to indicate the allegiance of units which are not part of the regular armed forces of a sovereign state; can usually be omitted otherwise. In the case of National Guard or Naval Militia units, the State of origin should be indicated. line empty optional
Branch branch The service branch, in militaries that have them; typically army, navy, air force, etc. line empty optional
Type type The general type of unit, e.g., cavalry, infantry, artillery, etc. More specific types (airborne infantry, light cavalry, etc.) may be given as appropriate. line empty optional
Role role Typical strategic or tactical use of unit, e.g., shock troop, special operations, mechanized infantry, ceremonial guard, etc. line empty optional
Size size The size of the unit; this may include both average and lifetime figures, and should indicate equipment (planes, tanks, cannon, etc.) where applicable. For U.S. units, this should only include Organic elements, not Assigned or Attached elements. string empty optional
Command Structure command_structure The larger unit(s) of which the unit is a part. This should not be used to provide an exhaustive history of the unit, which is more appropriate in the article itself, for units existing over a long period. For complicated cases, using the auxiliary command structure box may be appropriate. string empty optional
Garrison garrison Location of the unit's home base; this is generally applicable only to units in existence. line empty optional
Garrison Label garrison_label The label to use for the Garrison field. line empty optional
Nickname(s) nickname Any commonly-used nicknames for the unit. string empty optional
Patron patron The patron the unit was named after; this is only applicable in armed forces where units are named after individuals. line empty optional
Motto motto The official unit motto (with translation, if necessary). line empty optional
Colors colors The unit colors; this may refer to either the actual colors used on the uniform, or to the colours of the unit. line empty optional
Colors Label colors_label The label to use for the Colors field. line empty optional
March(es) march The tune(s) commonly or officially played when the unit ceremonially marches; there may be several. string empty optional
Mascot mascot Any official or unofficial animal or character maintained by the unit. string empty optional
Equipment equipment For units strongly associated with specific equipment or vehicles, such as tanks, artillery, or aircraft, a brief list of the notable types used by the unit; if the number of entries is large, it is recommended that this field not be used, and that the full list be given in the article text instead. string empty optional
Equipment Label equipment_label The label to use for the Equipment field. line empty optional
Battles battles Any notable engagements in which the unit participated. The decision of what constitutes a notable engagement is left to the editors of the specific article. string empty optional
Battles Label battles_label The label to use for the Battles field; this defaults to "Engagements" if left blank. line empty optional
Anniversaries anniversaries Any anniversaries that a unit celebrates. string empty optional
Decorations decorations Any decorations (such as the Presidential Unit Citation) that the unit as a whole has received. string empty optional
Battle Honours battle_honours For units in countries that award some type of formal battle honours, the battle honours that the unit has received; while this may have some overlap with the battles field above, the two are not necessarily equivalent. string empty optional
Battle Honours Label battle_honours_label The label to use for the Battle Honours field; this defaults to "Battle honours" if left blank. line empty optional
Disbanded Date disbanded For units that have been disbanded, the dates and any other relevant notes regarding the disbanding. line empty optional
Flying Hours flying_hours If the formation is an aerial one, the total hours flown. line empty optional
Website website The official website of the formation, if any. line empty optional
Commander 1 commander1 A current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 1 Label commander1_label The label to use for the Commander 1 field; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Current commander" if left blank. line Current commander optional
Commander 1 commander2 A current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 2 Label commander2_label The label to use for the Commander 2 field; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Ceremonial chief" if left blank. line Ceremonial chief optional
Commander 3 commander3 A third current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 3 Label commander3_label The label to use for the Commander 3 field; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Colonel of the Regiment" if left blank. line Colonel of the Regiment optional
Commander 4 commander4 A fourth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 4 Label commander4_label The label to use for the Commander 4 field; for historical reasons, this defaults to "Command Sergeant Major" if left blank. line Command Sergeant Major optional
Commander 5 commander5 A fifth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 5 Label commander5_label The label to use for the Commander 5 field line Commander optional
Commander 6 commander6 A sixth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 6 Label commander6_label The label to use for the Commander 6 field line Commander optional
Commander 7 commander7 A seventh current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 7 Label commander7_label The label to use for the Commander 7 field line Commander optional
Commander 8 commander8 A eighth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 8 Label commander8_label The label to use for the Commander 8 field line Commander optional
Commander 9 commander9 A ninth current commander of the unit; this can be the acting commander, the ceremonial commander, the chief of staff, or any other leader. line empty optional
Commander 9 Label commander9_label The label to use for the Commander 9 field line Commander optional
Notable Commanders notable_commanders Any notable former commanders of the unit; judgement of notability is left to individual article editors. string empty optional
Identification Symbol identification_symbol The unit's identification symbol (such as a patch, tartan, or tactical identification flash). Use [[File:Example.jpg|300px]] format. line empty optional
Identification Symbol Label identification_symbol_label The label to use for the Identification Symbol field. line empty optional
Identification Symbol 2 identification_symbol_2 Another identification symbol. Use [[File:Example.jpg|300px]] format. line empty optional
Identification Symbol 3 identification_symbol_3 Another identification symbol. Use [[File:Example.jpg|300px]] format. line empty optional
Identification Symbol 4 identification_symbol_4 Another identification symbol. Use [[File:Example.jpg|300px]] format. line empty optional
Identification Symbol 2 Label identification_symbol_2_label The label to use for the Identification Symbol 2 field. line empty optional
Identification Symbol 3 Label identification_symbol_3_label The label to use for the Identification Symbol 3 field. line empty optional
Identification Symbol 4 Label identification_symbol_4_label The label to use for the Identification Symbol 4 field. line empty optional
Attack Aircraft aircraft_attack For aviation units, the attack aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Bomber Aircraft aircraft_bomber For aviation units, the bomber aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Electronic Warfare Aircraft aircraft_electronic For aviation units, the electronic warfare aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Fighter Aircraft aircraft_fighter For aviation units, the fighter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter For aviation units, the helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Attack Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter_attack For aviation units, the attack helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Cargo Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter_cargo For aviation units, the cargo helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Multirole Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter_multirole For aviation units, the multirole helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Observation Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter_observation For aviation units, the observation helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Trainer Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter_trainer For aviation units, the trainer helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Utility Helicopter Aircraft aircraft_helicopter_utility For aviation units, the utility helicopter aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Interceptor Aircraft aircraft_interceptor For aviation units, the interceptor aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Patrol Aircraft aircraft_patrol For aviation units, the patrol aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Recon Aircraft aircraft_recon For aviation units, the reconnaissance aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Trainer Aircraft aircraft_trainer For aviation units, the trainer aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Transport Aircraft aircraft_transport For aviation units, the transport aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
Tanker Aircraft aircraft_tanker For aviation units, the aerial refueling aircraft flown by the unit. string empty optional
aircraft_general For aviation units, where aircraft used do not fit well into the above categories. string empty optional