Military Features can be used to exchange geomessages containing features from standard military symbology sets between ArcGIS and other systems.

Military Features is used for creating, importing, and exporting military features symbolized according to MIL-STD-2525C and NATO APP-6(B) for planning, operations, and intelligence use. The tools included with the solution enables exchange of military features between ArcGIS and other systems via XML files tagged with symbol identification codes (SIDC) and other attributes.

The Military Features solution provides:

  • Layer packages that include the military features schema to create features for units, equipment, installations, and operations, as well as for stability operations, emergency management, and weather features.
  • Ready-to-use feature templates to create command and control operational features.
  • Tools needed to import data into the military features schema based on 15-digit symbol identification codes.
  • Tools to import and export data in message format for display in ArcGIS and other systems.
  • Style files to support the tools distributed with this solution.


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 10.4 or later (Advanced)

What you get

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

File Folder Description
ArcMap Folder containing sample data, toolboxes, and map documents 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
January 2018
  • Added support for NATO APP-6(B)
December 2017
  • Issues addressed
September 2017
  • Added offline documentation

Get started with Military Features

Automated deployment options

With ArcGIS Pro and the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool, users can now automate the deployment of this solution in their ArcGIS organization. Follow a few simple steps to quickly deploy the solution, configure it, and load your data when necessary.