ACCOUNTABILITYThe personal obliga-
tion on the part of the ships store officer to render
an accounting of ships store property and funds.
ACCOUNTABLE OFFICERThe ships
ACCOUNTING PERIODAny period for
which returns must be submitted. It is normally
a 4-month period ending 31 January, 31 May, and
ACETIC ACIDA general spotting agent
used to neutralize alkalies, restore colors that
have been damaged by alkalies, and test some
ACETONEA general spotting agent used
for such stains as oils, resins, paints, varnishes,
and nail polish.
ACTIVE PHASEA phase in the life cycle
of bacteria when they grow and reproduce. This
normally happens in the barbershop when
sanitation requirements are not met.
AIR PRESSURE SWITCHA safety device
on the washer extractor that will not allow the
machine to operate on less than 50 pounds of air
pressure for the wash cycle and 80 pounds of air
pressure for extract.
AMMONIAA colorless, water soluble,
volatile liquid alkali with a pungent odor used in
spotting and wet cleaning.
A M U S E M E N T M A C H I N E S L e a s e d
vending machines that provide the ships crew
with a variety of amusing games for 25 cents a
AMYL NITRATEA clear, colorless,
volatile liquid used chiefly on lacquer stains such
as fingernail polish.
APPOINTMENT SYSTEMA system of
scheduling haircuts in the afloat barbershop where
the ships barber posts an appointment list outside
the barbershop the day before the haircut is to
be received. Crew members then sign their name
next to the desired time and show up for their
haircut at that time the next day.
ASSEMBLY BINA bin used in the ships
laundry to assemble finished laundry.
AUTOMATIC BRAKEA safety device
installed on the washer extractor that engages
during power loss or emergency stop.
AUTOMATIC SUPPLY BINS Supply bins
located on the washer extractor that allow laundry
supplies to be automatically injected into
the washer shell at a time set on the program
commonly referred to as germs and found nearly
tions used to assist barbershop personnel in
performing their duties.
BASE EXCHANGEThe process of soften-
ing hard water when the compounds of calcium
and magnesium in the water are exchanged for
compounds of sodium that do not cause hardness.
BASIC STOCK ITEMSItems listed in the
current Consolidated Afloat Requisitioning Guide
Overseas (CARGO), NAVSUP Pub 4998, chapter
II. These items are considered the most popular
and essential items of ships store stock and should
be stocked at all times.
BATHSThe washing process during which
soil is loosened from the fabric, suspended in the
water, and rinsed away. There are five baths in