Variable Message Format

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Variable Message Format, abbreviated as "VMF" and documented in MIL-STD-6017, is a communications protocol used in communicating tactical military information. A message formatted using VMF can be sent via many communication methods. As it does not define this method, it is not a Tactical Data Link (TDL).[1]


The standard is designated distribution class C, meaning that it may only be distributed to federal employees and contractors. Contractors may obtain a copy from their government POC.[2] However, the standard for the header is openly available.


The VMF application header is defined by MIL-STD-2045-47001. The VMF message body consists of "K" Series messages.

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  1. ^ "Variable Message Format - VMF". Archived from the original on October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "MIL-STD-6017A (NOTICE 1)". Retrieved Dec 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)