Enclosure (1) to COMDTINST 5230.42A
abbreviation/acronym is so commonly used in place of the whole expression that the expression is
better known by its abbreviated form.
Example 1: OB EQUIPMENT NAME
Definition: Name/Nomenclature of equipment observed
Reconstructed DE: OBSERVED EQUIPMENT NAME
Example 2: EMPLOYEE SSN NUMBER
Definition: The social security number used to identify an employee.
Although "SSN" is commonly used to represent "Social Security Number", the
expression itself is also used frequently. In this case, the entire expression would be the
best choice for the standard name.
Reconstructed DE: EMPLOYEE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Example 2: UNIT OPFAC NUMBER
(Prime /Mod /Class)
Definition: The operating facility number identifier of a Coast Guard unit. This
standard name is correct as is because "OPFAC" is used much more frequently than the
expression within the Coast Guard.
Rule 9: Only alphanumeric characters are permitted to create the words in a data element
name, with blanks used to separate the words in the name. Hyphens are permitted only when used
to create new words necessary to represent the exact meaning of a data element. Exceptions:
Numbers may not be used as the first character of a word in a data element name.
Comment: By eliminating special characters, data designers are encouraged to describe
data element names in terms of what the data is and not how it is stored or used. This rule
improves the probability that different individuals will develop the same name for identical
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