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The Current Standard for NATO Military Map Marking Symbols.
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This page has the new NATO APP-6a military map marking symbols made up as TrueType Fonts, for download. The new standard has been agreed recently by NATO nations in STANAG 2019 Edition 4, and is supposed to be taught from Apr 2001 and brought into service from September 2001. It also contains an application to make MapSymbs more useful.

System Requirements:

You need a PC running any version of Windows from 3.1 or later, and later model Apple Macs. The total size of the APP-6a package is about 1.67Mb and takes the form of a self-extracting ZIP file. To view some of the supporting documents you will require MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel. MAC Users: These fonts can easily be converted for use on a Macintosh with a utility such as TTConverter (Thanks to George for that one).


Download the files to your hard drive and UNZIP them into a directory - I call mine FONTS. Open the CONTROL PANEL and FONTS, and ADD FONTS. Select the FONTS Directory and SELECT ALL. Then INSTALL. There are MS Excel spreadsheeds giving the font Key Map with each font, but no additional instructions with these files.

Liability for Damages

Tom Mouat shall, in no event, be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of information, or other pecuniary loss) as well as any and all losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including legal fees and expert fees) arising out of the use or inability to use these fonts and sample files, even if Tom Mouat. has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Tom Mouat will have no responsibility to replace media damaged by accident, abuse or misapplication. Tom Mouat gives no warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to these fonts and sample files and any associated documentation. You download and use these fonts and sample files at your own risk. The non-exclusive licence to download these fonts and sample files is dependent and subject to your agreement to the above.

Intellectual Ownership

Tom Mouat hereby asserts and gives notice of his right under section 77 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of these fonts and sample files (except where stated). These fonts and sample files remain the intellectual property of Tom Mouat, but they can be used and copied freely.

Freeware Distribution

These fonts and sample files may be distributed by any means, provided that the following limitations are obeyed:

Commercial Distribution

Commercial Companies and Software Manufacturers are permitted to include MapSymbs, or references to MapSymbs with any of their sales products, provided that the following limitations are obeyed:

A warning about FTP

The server holding these files does not permit server side access, so FTP programs and commands will not work. Simply click on the link below to download.


NEW: Proper installation program. I have provided the download as an executable file that will automatically install the fonts under MS Windows. This download contains the latest embeddable version of the NEW APP-6a MapSymbs, an explanatory Help-File, additional example files, a copy of Character Map Pro, and is backwards-compatible with all previous versions. An un-install utility is also provided.

User requested additional symbols that are under development are available below. E-mail me if you want a symbol that is not in the pack above and I will think about adding it to this font. Symbols that are especially popular (or doctrinally necessary) will be incorporated into the main pack at a later stage. To download the user requested symbols, click on the link below: There are no User Requested symbols at the moment as they have all been included in the main font pack.

If you would like to make a totally voluntary donation for all my hard work (wow - are you feeling all right?), you can leave a secure donation with PayPal. No obligation.

This new section is offered (now that I actually have some space on my server) in response to the hard-pressed programmers who have contacted me.


The APP-6a extract from the Land Component Handbook Part C (basically the UK interim APP-6a manual) designed to replace the Map Symbol section of the Stafff Officer's Handbook is available below:

If you are new to the differences between the old symbols App-6 and the new App-6a ones, I wrote an article for Army Doctrine and Training News No. 17 dated Summer 2002, which is available below:

Peter Guth has produced an application that will insert a bitmap of the compiled symbol with associated text to the clipboard. It only works with the new APP-6a fonts, but is really rather neat. If you are transmitting maps with symbols overlayed on them, one method is to scan the map and insert the bitmap icons, then save the whole thing as a JPEG graphic. You reduce the file size and don't have any compatability problems for the person receiving them at the far end.

Daniel U. Thibault of the Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) has very kindly sent his analysis of the differences between Mil Std 2525A and Mil Std 2525A Change 1; and the differences between Mil Std 2525A Change 1 and Mil Std 2525B. These documents are available in MS Word 97 Format (A4 pages).

I have produced a brief on the discrepancies in the icon placement, in relation to the actual unit location, between APP-6 and Mil Std 2525A and B. This is available as an MS Word 97 document (A4 pages).

The following application is designed to let you preview and pick characters easily from specified fonts, such as MS Wingdings; but make using my MapSymbs fonts MUCH easier to use: Character Map Pro a freeware product from PhotoshopClub.com

You are on the NEW App-6a page. If you want to go to the old App-6 page instead, click on the link below: