Cognizance symbols 0 (zero) is not carried in the
Even numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 are carried in the
Appropriation Stores Account (APA), except 8A.
Odd numbers 1,3,5, and 7 are carried in the Navy
Stock Account (NSA).
Number 9 is Navy-owned material carried in
NSA and managed-by the SPCC.
The second position of the cognizance symbol
identifies the item manager. The item manager
exercises supply management over specified categories
MATERIAL CATALOGING AND
This section will help you understand the
information used in material identification. There are
more than 4 million supply items in the Department of
Defense (DOD) supply system. The Navy supply
system alone stocks more than 1 million items. Each
item must be identified to make buying, stocking, and
issuing easier. To accomplish this, each item must be
listed indifferent groups or categories.
FEDERAL CATALOGING SYSTEM
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) administers
the Federal Cataloging System under the direction of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installation and
Logistics). The Defense Logistics Support Center
(DLSC) manages the federal cataloging system in the
DOD. The DLSC is responsible for naming,
classifying, and numbering all items carried under
centralized inventory control by the DOD and civil
agencies of the Federal Government. It also publishes
all related identification data. Only one identification
may be used for each item in all supply functions from
purchase to final disposal. The Federal Catalog System
is also used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
According to the federal law,
NAVSUP participates in the Federal Catalog System.
Navy items are introduced into the system, and are
revised based on data furnished by the various Navy
inventory managers. Items can be purged from the
system according to the law or with guidance furnished
by NAVSUP and higher authority.
FEDERAL SUPPLY CLASSIFICATION
The Federal Supply Classification (FSC) System
was designed to permit the classification of all items of
supply used by the Federal Government. Each item of
supply is classified in only one four-digit Federal Supply
Classification class. The first two digits denote the
group or major division of commodities within the
group. Currently, there are 76 groups assigned. Group
numbers start from 10 and end at 99. Table 3-1 is a list
of federal supply groups and titles.
The Navy uses groups 01 through 09 for forms and
publications that are not included in the Federal Catalog
System. The forms and publications are numbered
according to the following system:
Navy Department forms
District and fleet forms
The number of classes within each group varies.
Each class covers a particular area of commodities
according to physical or performance characteristics.
The items in the class are usually requisitioned or issued
together. This is used as a basis for including items in
the same area of commodities. You will learn the
frequently used classes within the groups by using them.
Examples of how classes are used to divide types of
material within a stock group are shown in figure 3-1.
Figure 3-1.-Examples of supply classes within a stock group.