Upon completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
1. Explain the procedures for material identification used within the Mine Force.
2. Identify the material identification terminology used within the Mine Force.
3. Describe the procurement procedures used within the Mine Force.
4. Describe the procedures for the receipt, custody, and stowage of mine material.
5. Describe the procedures for issue, transfer, survey, and disposition of mine material.
6. Describe the mine inventory management.
As a Mineman, in addition to simply forwarding
procurement responsibility; receipt, custody, and
material requests to the supply department, you are
stowage of mine material; material expenditures,
required to screen all material requests to ensure that
material disposition; and inventory management.
the material is
· necessary and supports the command's function,
Before you can order and receive material, it must
· within the command's allowance requirements,
be properly identified. The problem of material
identification is not peculiar to the Navy or to any
· within the command's budget limitations.
specific military branch. You have probably had
experiences of purchasing parts for your car at a store
You may also be required to assist supply
or through a mail order catalog; such items are
personnel in preparing specific reports, conducting
identified by a catalog or part number. That catalog or
i nv e n t o r i e s , a n d d e t e r m i n i n g p r i o r i t i e s f o r
part number is the material identification system used
by the manufacturer or the supplier, and it is used for
Supply personnel cannot do the whole job of
the same reason the Navy uses one: to provide a brief
requisitioning material. They must first know your
and accurate means of identifying specific items of
requirements and then whether the material is
authorized for use. You, as a member of the supply
department, should have a good understanding of the
There are over four million items in the
procedures required for the procurement of material
Department of Defense (DOD) Supply System. The
through Navy supply channels. It is quite possible that,
Navy Supply System (NSS) alone stocks over one
at sometime in the future, you will be in charge of the
million items. Your unit or detachment stocks
supply department. Therefore, understanding the
hundreds, maybe thousands, of items. A common
procedures, forms, and proper record-keeping
method and a common language have been developed
techniques is beneficial to both you and your
for properly requisitioning a specific item and for
ensuring expedient delivery of item requests. Proper
This chapter is not intended to make you an expert
item identification and classification are essential to
in supply matters. Rather, it is designed to give you a
the receipt of the correct material.
basic understanding of supply matters and to provide a
This section discusses the Federal Catalog System
better understanding of, and relationship with, the
and the Technical Manual Identification Numbering
supply department. To do that, this chapter discusses
m a t e r i a l i d e n t i fi c a t i o n ; s u p p l y t e r m i n o l o g y ;