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Supply Classes

DAU GLOSSARY DEFINITION

Alternate Definition

The ten categories into which supplies are grouped in order to facilitate supply management and planning.

Alternate Definition Source

DoD Joint Publication (JP) 4-09, Distribution Operations

General Information

All of the items which must be distributed to the Warfighter have been divided into ten categories, or classes, based upon their respective requirements for procurement, packaging, storage, handling, transportation. These requirements may be in areas of safety, environmental, size, hazard category, end use, shelf life, etc. These categories are intended to facilitate supply management and planning. Each class is further broken down into subclasses to further delineate distribution requirements. DoDM 4140.01, Volume 6, "DoD Supply Chain Materiel Management Procedures: Materiel Returns, Retention, and Disposition," March 8, 2017, Incorporating Change 4 November 3, 2022 provides a description of the ten classes of supply are designated by Roman numerals as listed below:

I. Subsistence, including food and food-related supplies, including condiments, utensils, paper products, and bottled water

    A-Nonperishables

    C-Combat Rations

    R-Refrigerated

    S-Nonrefrigerated

    W-water

II. Clothing, individual equipment, tentage, organizational tool kits, hand tools, andadministrative and housekeeping supplies and equipment

    A-Air

    B-Ground Support Materiel

    E-General Supplies

    F-Clothing

    G-Electronics

    M-Weapons

    T-Industrial Supplies

III. Petroleum fuels, lubricants, hydraulic and insulating oils, preservatives, liquid and compressed gases, bulk chemical products, coolants, de-icing and antifreeze compounds, together with components and additives of such products, and coal

     A-POL for Aircraft

     W-POL for Surface Vehicles

     P-Packaged POL

IV. Construction materials including installed equipment and all fortification or barrier materials

     A-Construction

     B-Barrier

V. Ammunition, to include military munitions, of all types (including chemical, biological, radiological, and special weapons), bombs, explosives, mines, fuses, detonators, pyrotechnics, missiles, rockets, propellants, and other associated items

     A-Air Delivery

     W-Ground

VI. Personal demand items (non-military sales items)

     A-Personal Demand Items

     M-Personal and Official Mail

     P-Ration Supplementary Sundry Pack

VII. Major end items. A final combination of end products that is ready for its intended use (e.g. launchers, tanks, mobile machine shop, and vehicles)

     A-Air

     B-Ground Support Materiel

     D-Administrative Vehicles

     J-Tanks, Packs, Adaptors and Pylons (USAF only)

     L-Missiles

     M-Weapons

     N-Special Weapons

     T-Industrial Materiel

     X-Aircraft Engines

VIII. Medical materiel, including medical-peculiar repair parts

     A-Medical Materiel

     B-Blood/Fluids

IX. Repair parts and components including kits, assemblies and subassemblies, and reparable and consumable items required for maintenance support of all equipment, excluding medical-peculiar repair parts

     A-Air

     B-Ground Support Materiel

     D-Administrative Vehicles

     G-Electronics

     K-Tactical Vehicles

     L-Missiles

     M-Weapons

     N-Special Weapons

     T-Industrial Materiel

X. Materiel to support non-military programs, such as agriculture and economic development, not included in classes I through IX