|To indicate the main function of a military base or facility|
|Used on these elements|
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The key base_function=* may be used to indicate the main function of a military base or facility e.g. whether it houses Operational units, a Headquarters, a Training facility, or a Logistics area. It would be added to military=base.
The same tagging should be used regardless of whether the facility is for Regular, full-time forces, or part-time, volunteer Reserve forces. Where multiple services use the same facility, and the name of the facility does not make clear which service runs it, the tag should be designated to the largest service using that facility, for example an Operational base that also houses a Training School would be shown as base_function=operational.
This tag may also be used for facilities operated by armed Coast Guards, i.e. the military / para-military force intended for protection of a country's coastal waters against enemy military forces, as well as civil threats such as smugglers, terrorists etc.
It also applies to stand-alone military buildings such as recruitment offices.
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This suggested values below are not exhaustive and may not apply to all countries. .
|Operational||base_function=operational||A base that houses "fighting" forces i.e. actual combat units of either land, naval or air-forces.|
|Headquarters||base_function=headquarters||A Command Centre only that usually doesn't have operational troops posted to it (beyond MPs & Staff) e.g. The Pentagon.|
|Logistics||base_function=logistics||A depot or base area that houses bulk stores, supplies & / or transport units|
|Training||base_function=training||A military training school / establishment.||N.B. This is different to a military=training_area in that a training-area is usually intended for field training exercises, while a training school concentrates on classroom training.|
|Hospital||base_function=hospital||A military hospital.|
military_service=* indicates the nature of the military force with a generic country-independent value.
The specific name of the actual military force or relevant subdivision can be tagged with operator=*.
The specific military activities conducted at this site can be described with military=*.