Overview

The Military Features template is an Esri Defense template for creating, importing, and exporting military features symbolized according to MIL-STD-2525C, for planning, operations, and intelligence use. The tools included with the template enable exchange of military features between ArcGIS and other systems via XML files tagged with symbol identification codes (SIDC) and other attributes.

The Military Features template:

  • Provides layer packages that include the database schema to create features for units, equipment, installations, and operations, as well as for stability operations, emergency management, and weather features based on the MIL-STD-2525C military symbology specification.
  • Provides ready-to-use ArcGIS feature templates that let you create all command and control (C2) operational features and weather features, based on the MIL-STD-2525C military symbology specification.
  • Provides tools needed to import data into the pre-defined Military Features schema based on 15-digit symbol identification codes.
  • Provides tools to import and export data in message format for display in ArcMap and for use with other systems.
  • Provides updated style files to support the tools distributed with this template.

Requirements

Military Features requires specific technical experience and software. Minimum system requirements for the ArcGIS Platform can be found on the Support website.

Military Features is supported on ArcGIS 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4.

Requirement Description
Experience
  • Editing workflows in ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS for Desktop
Software
Map Authoring
  • ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3 (Standard or Advanced)

What you get

When you download the Military Features template, the download includes the following:

Directory Folder Item Description
application N/A AppendMilitaryFeatures.exe This executable is called by the Append Military Features tool
Data FieldMapping.xml See Advanced Configuration Settings for information on modifying this XML.
SIDCToFeatureClassRules.xml See Advanced Configuration Settings for information on modifying this XML.
N/A Supporting files These files support the AppendMilitaryFeatures.exe
data
mil2525c dictionary folder This folder contains the symbol dictionary, mil2525c.dat, used by the tools in the Military Features Tools toolbox.
geodatabases folder This folder contains three geodatabases. COA.gdb contains sample data that is used to convert military features to XML messages. MilitaryOverlay10.1.1_Blank.gdb contains the military features schema. Test_Inputs_Non_Military_Features.gdb contains sample input data.
lpks folder This folder contains the military features schema-only layer packages. These layer packages include the geodatabase schema and feature templates to create features for units, equipment, installations and operations as well as for stability operations, emergency management and METOC symbols.
messagefiles folder This folder contains sample message files that can be used as input for the tools in the Converters toolset in the Military Features Tools toolbox.
shapefiles folder This folder contains sample input data that can be used with the Append Military Features and Append Military Features From Workspace tools.
stylefiles folder This folder contains the 13 military style files that replace the ones installed with ArcGIS.
maps N/A MilitaryFeaturesEx1.mxd Map Document used to import data into the military features schema using the 15 character symbol identification code
MilitaryFeaturesEx2.mxd Map Document used to export military features to a standard message format that is used to pass information to other systems.
toolboxes N/A Military Features Tools.tbx
  • Append Military Features tool
  • Append Military Features from Workspace model
  • Calculate Representation Rule Field tool
  • Calculate Symbol Identification Code Field tool
  • Delete All Features From Workspace model
  • Converters toolset

What's New

For comments or problems using the Military Features template, please contact Support Services.

Version Description
Version 4.0.0 This Version is supported for ArcGIS 10.4
Version 3.0.0 This version is supported for ArcGIS 10.3
Version 2.0.0 This version is supported for ArcGIS 10.2
Version 1.0.0 This Version is supported for ArcGIS 10.1

The following are known issues with the Append Military Features tool:

  • An ArcGIS Advanced license is required to run the tool.
  • The output/target military feature geodatabase to be appended cannot be open in any other application (such as ArcCatalog or ArcMap) while the Append Military Features tool is running.
  • The representation rule cannot be set by the python tools. The Write Military Features from Message File tool must be chained with the Calculate Representation Rule Filed tool to display the resultant military features in ArcGIS Desktop.
  • There are symbols included in the style files and the symbol dictionary that are not MIL-STD-2525 standard symbology and therefore do not have a valid 15-digit symbol identification code. The Calculate Symbol Identification Code Field tool will return "Unknown" for these symbols. An example is "Limited Access Area Pentagon" line geometry with code, "LAAP_H".
  • The following are a list of known issues with the Write Message File from Military Features tools:
  • Circle, Arc Feature Geometries are not supported for lines. Until this issue can be resolved, the Densify Tool can be run prior to calling Write Message File from Military Features tools. Select only the circle geometries and run densify.
  • GCT_ParallelLines, GCT_ParallelLinesMidline, GCT_Twoline, and GCT_Hook conversion types are not showing up in ArcGIS Runtime
  • When the symbol identification code is not found in the symbol dictionary or geometry conversion fails, the symbols are invisible on the map in ArcGIS Runtime.
  • Symbol size overrides specified for features in ArcMap are not honored/visible from Geoprocessing Tools or ArcGIS Runtime.
  • An ArcGIS Advanced license is required to run the tool.

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