a. Code. Numeric or alphabetic characters that are assigne d to specific
information in the prescribed IPDS format.
Active duty Army
b. Field . An area assigned to a particular category of information. Each field is
assigned a sequential category number. Within the field are one or more separately
numbered spaces referred to as columns.
EXAMPLE: 1. REPORTING MTF is the field.
1. REPORTING MTF
c. Column. Each of the small blocks within a field is a column.
EXAMPLE: Blocks 1 -6 are columns.
d. Item. Refers to an entry on DA Form 3647 (Inpatient Treatment Record
EXAMPLE: Item 1 on the cover sheet is the register number.
1. REGISTER NUMBER