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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Standards & Codes

MIL-SPECS

MIL-SPEC is short for Military Specifications.  The U. S. military uses standards.  Sometimes they conform to say, an ANSI standard, and sometimes the standard is unique to the military - or a particular branch of the military. 

Some Mil-Specs are free and others have to be purchased (or gotten through Interlibrary Loan).  You can go to ASSIST and if you use the quick search to check for a specific mil-spec (and sometimes it is free .pdf) you don't have to register.