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The eight and nine million series were reserved for special uses; eight million series service numbers would later be used strictly by female Army personnel, while the nine million series service numbers were never issued.Wartime service numbers of the Regular Army and the Army of the United States began at 10 000 000 and extended to 19 999 999.A subset of this series was reserved solely for those who had enlisted from recruiting stations outside of the 48 contiguous states of the United States.The first number after the "ten" would indicate the geographical region from which a person had enlisted with the remaining numbers an identification number for the soldier.
In 1935, the Army created a second officer prefix, AO, intended for Regular Army officers who were aviators in the Army Air Corps.
The 11 000 000 through 19 999 999 series were issued to enlisted personnel who had enlisted within the boundaries of the 48 contiguous states and the territory of Alaska after 1 July 1940.
The second number was determined by what group of states a person was recruited from, the next six were an identifying number for the service member; thus, for each geographical area there was an available range of 999,999 service numbers.
The geographical codes were 10 1 (for Hawaii), 10 2 (for Panama), 10 3 (for the Philippines) and 10 4 (for Puerto Rico).
The remaining number codes (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0) were unassigned and used by various recruiting stations outside the United States.The original concept was to simply continue with the old service number system and begin with new numbers starting at 8 000 000.