NICNs that are authorized in supply transaction
documents and those that are not, the term Local
Item Control Number (LICN) is often used. The
LICN consists of 13 characters, with the fifth and
sixth characters being LL. A full explanation
of the composition of NIINs, NICNs, and LICNs
is contained in Afloat Supply Procedures, NAV-
Although cognizance symbols are not part of
the NSN, they are used as supply management
codes that identify the Navy inventory manager
for the specific category of material requisitioned.
This symbol consists of two parts, one numeric
and one alphabetic. The symbol for all Navy-
owned bulk medical material is 9L.
FEDERAL SUPPLY CATALOG
The Federal Supply Catalog contains all stan-
dard stock items available to agencies of the
United States Government. It furnishes identifica-
tion and management data for single-manager
supply items. The sections of the catalog that are
of greatest interest to you are those dealing with
medical items, as listed in figure 14-1. Each
subsection deals with specific categories of
The following is a subsection description of
the Federal Supply Catalog, Medical Material,
Introductionprovides a general overview
of the contents and use of the catalog.
Alphabetical Indexa list of item names,
colloquial names, synonyms, common
names, and trade names referenced to in-
dex numbers to help locate an item within
Glossary of Colloquial Names and
Therapeutic Index (6505/6508 subsection
synonyms, and trade names arranged in
alphabetical order and cross-referenced to
appropriate National Item Names. It also
classifies items by therapeutic use.
Identification List (IL)contains the
following four sections:
Prefaceeach subsection contains a
preface that includes special instructions
pertaining to that individual subsection.
Alphabetical Indexa list of National Item
Names cross-referenced to index numbers
to help locate an item when the NSN is not
National Stock Number Indexa list of
NSNs arranged in numerical order and
referenced to index numbers to help locate
an item within a subsection.
List of Itemsa list of items by index
number. Some items are illustrated for
clarity. Each item listed includes action
codes; handling and/or storage codes, it
any; NSN; and a brief description of the
Navy Management Data Lista list of all
items in the subsection showing unit of
issue, price, and authorized substitutions.
A separate Navy Management Data List
is published for each Identification List.
Procurement is the act of obtaining materials
or services. Material may be procured by requisi-
tion or purchase. Requisitions are most frequently
used, but purchase is used for procuring non-
standard material and emergency requirements.
LEVELS OF SUPPLY
There must be some control over the quantity
of supplies kept by a medical department.
Without controls, policy changes or poor order-
ing procedures may result in some items being in
short supply, while other items are stockpiled in
quantities that would not be consumed for several
years. To avoid such occurrences, it is necessary
to develop rules governing the levels of supply that
accurately indicate the quantities of stock that
should be maintained.
Supply Level Terminology
The levels of supply may be expressed in two
ways: in numerical terms and in terms of months
Months of usage is the most commonly used
measurements of supply levels. It is the best
method to use in accounting for items that are