Material in storerooms and other designated
stowage areas are arranged to:
Ensure maximum utilization of available
stowage and ready
Prevent damage to spaces or injury to
Reduce the possibility of material loss or
Facilitate and ensure issue of the oldest
The preceding criteria and a commonsense
approach will enable storeroom personnel to
achieve stowage efficiency.
To the maximum extent that available space
permits, you must adhere to the following
guidelines when stowing material:
Locate heavy bulk material and materials-
handling equipment near hatches or doors
to minimize the physical effort required for
loading, stowage, and breakout.
Locate light bulky materials in storerooms
with high overhead clearances for max-
imum use of available space.
Segregate materials that are dissimilar in
type or classification.
Locate frequently requested materials as
close as possible to the point of issue.
Locate shelf-life items in a readily accessi-
ble area to facilitate periodic screening.
Install appropriate stowage aids in spaces
where they can be effectively used.
Provide for aisles at least 30 inches wide
Arrange material with identification labels
facing outward to facilitate issue and
. Avoid multiple locations for the same
If you follow the preceding criteria and
guidelines, you should have no problems in main-
taining your spaces, issuing materials, or doing
inventory on materials.
The term inventory is used to refer to the
quantity of stocks on hand for which stock
records are kept, or the function of inspecting and
counting the material and reconciling the stock
cards. The primary objective of an inventory is
to ensure that stock balances, as reflected in stock
or custody records, agree with quantities on hand.
TYPES OF INVENTORIES
There are several types of inventories, each
with a specific purpose in mind.
A bulkhead-to-bulkhead inventory is a
physical count of all the material aboard a ship
or within a specific storeroom. A complete inven-
tory of all a ships material and repair parts is
usually taken during a Supply Operations Assis-
tance Program/Integrated Logistics Overhaul
(SOAP/ILO). A bulkhead-to-bulkhead inventory
of a specific storeroom is conducted when a ran-
dom sampling of that storeroom fails to meet the
inventory accuracy rate of 90 percent, when
directed by TYCOM incident to a supply manage-
ment inspection (SMI), when directed by the com-
manding officer, or when circumstances indicate
that it is essential to effective inventory control.
Specific Commodity Inventory
The specific commodity inventory is a physical
count of all items under the same cognizance sym-
bol or Federal supply class, or that support the
same operational function. This type of inventory
is taken under the same conditions as a bulkhead-
to-bulkhead inventory, but prior knowledge of
specific stock numbers and item location is
Special Material Inventory
A special material inventory requires the
physical count of all items that, because of their