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I found a U.S. locale specific way to parse a date into components inside a Windows batch script (.bat or .cmd).
@REM Valid only for U.S. (English) locale FOR /F "tokens=2-4 delims=/ " %%i IN ('echo %date%') DO SET MONTH=%%i& SET DAY=%%j& SET YEAR=%%k
Again it only works for the U.S. locale (and similiar). If you need something that works regardless of locale there are other examples that do it in a batch script, but you should really consider an external .com or .exe that inserts it into your batch script (Google it) or use a Windows Scripting Host script instead.