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Key military.JPG
The military tag is for buildings and land used by the military (Navy, Army, Airforce, Marines). Edit
Group: Military
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 14
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Status: de facto


Tags with the military key are used for buildings and land used by the Army, Navy, Airforce and any other kind of military or paramilitary in the host country. There's also landuse=military for tagging land areas owned/used by the military for whatever purpose.

Caution: In some territories, it is illegal to create maps of military facilities. With the act of surveying on-the-ground OSMers may be particularly at risk of attracting legal consequences, even in more liberal countries. Laws and sensitivity in general will vary depending on the type of facility. Some countries also have laws prohibiting the creation of such maps from aerial imagery, and even the use and distribution of maps containing this information. Clearly such activities can take place outside of the law's jurisdiction. A further dimension to the problem though, is that using OpenStreetMap can be illegal when other contributors have mapped these things. There's further discussion here at Talk:Key:military and elsewhere. In general you are advised to exercise caution and know your rights related to mapping military facilities.


See below for details of common value for this key:

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
military airfield node area A place where military planes take off and land.
Dscf1158 600.jpg
military ammunition node area Military ammunition storage area.
military bunker node area Buildings, often build from concrete, to stand even heavier fire. Also WW2 pillboxes.
Bunker no13.jpg
military barracks node area Buildings where soldiers live and work.
Oulu barracks Jul-Aug2008 001.jpg
military checkpoint node Place of a possible access to a restricted or secured area, where civilian visitors and vehicles will be controled by a military authority.
Checkpoint Charlie
military danger_area node area Usually a large marked area around something like a firing range, bombing range, etc which can be an exclusion zone. Area=military=danger area.png
Edge of the Danger Area - - 1298659.jpg
military naval_base node area A naval base
Kidd class vs Spruance class.jpg
military nuclear_explosion_site node area Nuclear weapons test site
military obstacle_course way area A military obstacle course.
US Navy 020423-N-6237W-001 SWAT team training.jpg
military office node area Military offices, e.g. general staff office, military recruitment office etc
military range node area Where soldiers practice with their weapons (firing, bombing, artillery, …).
Bundeswehr shooting M16.jpg
military training_area area An area where soldiers train and weapons or other military technology are experimented with or are tested.
Truppenuebungsplatz Warnschild.jpg
military trench node way Trenches used for military purposes
Lancashire Fusiliers trench Beaumont Hamel 1916.jpg
military launchpad node way Launchpads used for military purposes, see tag:aeroway=launchpad for civilian use
V2 rocket.JPG
military user defined node area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

See also