Dating dsa numbers
FWIW, buy a few good reference books if you are inclined to begin collecting Anything.Unlike 20-30 years ago, there are many , many excellent books on just about every aspect of Militaria.Look for the tags, WWII-Korean War has the date in it, and usually, dress uniforms have intact tags.
A knowledge of when the particular item was used will narrow down the time frame. DA stamped items range from the Korean War to very early Vietnam War.Spending a few 100 bucks on books can save you 1000's and lots of heartache. US Army mfg uniforms of WWII had, mfg's name, contract number and date AND date of mfg.Info was ink printed on flimsy cheesecloth tag, sewn inside pockets,and other locations.Usually his last initial and last 4 digits of his number. WWII Navy items never have the department of defense code either.
Only the maker and contract number, and a place for the sailor to write his name.
Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this question, but I didn't see another listing that quite fit. I found a uniform for sale and I'm pretty sure its Army, but it could be Marines.