Chart Ordering System
When a ship is first commissioned, it is outfitted by DMAODS with its
initial allowance of charts and publications. During normal operations,
some charts will wear out and requirements for additional copies of
high-use charts will be established. New and revised charts and
publications are received by your ship through the Automatic Initial
Distribution (AID) System, which will be discussed later in this chapter.
The DMAODS issues all DMA maps, charts, and publications. A major
unit of the DMAODS is its DMA Distribution Control Point (DDCP) in
Washington, DC. Submit all requisitions to DDCP. Improper
planning on your part does not constitute a crisis for local offices of
DMA. When you use a chart, always order a new chart in a timely
The DMA offices and branch offices stock limited quantities of products
to meet immediate operational needs. You may obtain products from
them if time does not permit you to submit a requisition to the DDCP.
When you visit a DMA office or branch office, be sure that you carry a
completed requisition form with you. This form must be signed by the
The basic load of maps, charts, and publications your ship is required to
hold is prescribed in allowance instructions issued by your fleet
commander or type commander. In some cases a ship may have a
permanent allowance that is supplemented by another allowance that will
cover the area to which the ship deploys. In such cases your
deployment allowance is normally requested by your type commander
from DMAODS about 3 months before your deployment. You should
become familiar with the allowance instructions that pertain to your
AID refers to the automatic issue of predetermined quantities of new or
revised products. AID is the means by which your ships allowances of
charts and publications is kept current with no requisitioning action
required on your part. Annually the DMAODS forwards to each U.S.
Navy ship on AID a computer listing, called an AID Requirements for
Customer Report (R-05), to allow the command to confirm its allowance
holdings. Upon receipt, an annual inventory must be conducted.