SUPPLY OFFICER RESPONSIBILITY
The supply officer is responsible for all supplies
carried in stock except ammunition, fuel, Marine Corps
supplies and medical material. When the supplies are
stowed in supply storerooms, the supply officer is said
to have actual custody (physical possession) of the
material, and has full responsibility for the material; i.e.,
procurement, receipt, stowage, expenditure, and stock
The responsibility of custody may be divided.
Sometimes it is impossible or impractical to stow
material in supply storerooms because of limited
storeroom space or inadequate storeroom space for
large items, big quantities, or for highly technical or
sensitive material. Under these circumstance the
material may be stowed in spaces under the control of
other departments. The material is in the custody of the
other departments since they have physical possession,
but it is still in the technical custody of the supply
officer. The head of the department having actual
custody is responsible for proper stowage, inventory,
and use of the material. The supply officer, in
exercising technical custody, maintains stock morals,
requisitions replenishment stock and provides written
instructions to the custodian. Figure 6-3 illustrates this
RESPONSIBILITY OF CUSTODIAN
The storeroom Storekeeper is the custodian of all
material stored in the storeroom and is responsible to
the supply officer.
SECURITY OF MATERIAL
Material in store will be kept under lock and key in
all cases unless the material is of such quantity or
dimensions as to make storeroom storage impractical.
Storeroom spaces will be locked securely when not in
use. Personnel in charge of such spaces are responsible
to make sure that security is maintained for all stores in
Persons other than the individual
responsible for stowage spaces normally will not be
allowed access to stores. An authorized person will
always be present when the spaces are open for use.
Other persons will be admitted only when necessary for
Figure 6-3.-Stock material in custody/subcustody of other department beads.