Military Features allows you to create, import, and export 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.

This solution illustrates how you can:

  • 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.


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

Requirement Description
Map Authoring
  • ArcMap 10.3.1 - 10.5.1 (Basic or higher)

What you get

When you download Military Features, you will find the following:

File Folder Description
ArcMap Folder containing sample data, toolboxes, and map document to get you started with Military Features workflows.
Resources Supporting files for Military Features.

What's New

Below are the releases and notes for Military Features. If you need support, please contact Esri Support Services. If you'd like to get help from other defense community members, post your question on GeoNet.

Date Description
September 2017
  • Support for ArcMap 10.3.1 - 10.5.1
  • Added offline documentation
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

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