alphanumeric codes prefixed to national stock
numbers. Cognizance symbols are listed in Table 7-4.
The first character of the cognizance symbol identifies
the stores account. The following information refers to
the first character of the cognizance symbol:
Cognizance symbols 0 (zero), 2A and 8A is not
carried in the stores account and is issued
without charge to the requisitioner.
Even numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 are carried in the
Appropriation Stores Account (APA).
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 Naval Inventory
Control Point Mechanicsburg.
The second position of the cognizance symbol
identifies the item manager. The item manager
exercises supply management over specified categories
Material Control Codes
A Material Control Code (MCC) is a single
manager. It is used to segregate items into manageable
groupings (fast, medium, or slow movers) or to relate to
requirements. Table 7-5 contains a list of MCCs
NAVY ITEM CONTROL NUMBER (NICN)
As we have discussed in a previous paragraph,
NSNs are required for all items centrally managed or
bought for supply system stock. With changes of
equipment and products, the Navy buys new items from
the suppliers. New items entering the Navy supply
system are identified in time to permit assignment of
NSNs before shipment. In numerous instances, the
Navy Item Control Number (NICN) is used to identify
the items before an NSN can be assigned. Some items
are permanently identified by the NICN because of the
nature of the items. The NICN designation includes the
Inventory Control Point ICP control numbers
Publications and forms ordering numbers
Local Navy Activity Control (NAC) numbers
Other locally assigned numbers
The NICN is a 13-digit number that identifies an
item of supply. It is composed of the following parts:
Federal Supply Classification (FSC) code
(numbers that occupy the first four digits of the
Field level repairable.
(1) Depot-level repairables.
(2) Material (expendable ordnance) requiring lot and serial
number control, but is reported by serial number only.
Items of local stock or items pending NSN assignment.
Medium demand velocity items (consumables).
Slow demand velocity items.
Ground support equipment.
Special program repairables.
Special program consumables.
Table 7-5.Material Control Codes