the information on the requisition to buy the item on a
STOCK RECORDS STOREKEEPER.--By
one-time purchase basis.
being able to interpret the data reflected in stock
record cards, you can advise the supply officer of
DETERMINATION OF REQUIREMENTS
items requiring a review of the high and low limits
because of increased or decreased usage.
The supply officer is responsible for maintaining
ORDERING STOREKEEPER.--Be alert for
stocks to meet probable demands within the limits
established by operation plans. This includes general
errors in the data elements of a request for either stock
stores, subsistence items, and ship's store and
replenishment or DTO orders.
clothing stocks. The supply officer, with other supply
personnel, must be able to accurately determine the
FACTORS IN DETERMINING
requirements for these items.
When repair parts are in the custody of supply
Before you can determine types and quantities of
officers, they are responsible for requisitioning
items to be carried, you must establish a desired
replacements for those that has been issued. When
endurance level for general categories of material.
department heads have custody of repair parts, they
Endurance is defined as the period of time required
are responsible for notifying the supply officer each
for a ship to use a definite quantity of supplies. The
time a repair part is taken from stock. The supply
first consideration in establishing endurance is the
officer then requisitions a replenishment repair part.
availability of storeroom space and its allocation
among the different types of stores. Then convert the
space to the number of days that the ship can be
Other departments may require special material
maintained by capacity loading. The supply officer
or an item in a greater quantity than is usually stocked
will normally try to equalize the endurance of the
in the storeroom. For example, the engineering officer
various types of stores. NAVSUP P-485 provides
plans to re-brick a boiler, and you do not carry
up-to-date endurance charts for specified periods of
firebrick in the storeroom. It is the engineering
time. The following paragraphs discuss other factors.
officer's responsibility to inform the supply officer of
the special requirement.
Responsibilities of Storekeepers
The amount of storage space available for an item
is an obvious limiting factor. You cannot stow 100
Supply officers rely on SKs to prepare procure-
cubic feet of material in a 50-cubic foot space. For this
ment documents. SKs usually determine routine
reason, bulky items may have to be carried in a
requirements and inform their supply officers about
quantity less than the desired level and reordered
requirements requiring their judgment and decision.
This is not the sole job of one SK; all SKs share in this
more frequently. Highly perishable items may also be
responsibility regardless of rate or where they work.
Briefly stated below are some of the ways that SKs
minimum. On the other hand, items of low cost and
may fulfill their advisory functions.
low bulk may be carried at a higher level to reduce the
time spent in ordering and stowing.
SUPPLY SUPPORT CENTER.--In the Supply
Support Center, the SK has constant contact with
maintenance personnel from all departments. Their
knowledge of requirements helps the supply officer to
The most accurate guide in determining your
detect errors in repair parts allowances.
ship's requirements is the experience shown in its
stock records. This tells you a usage factor that can be
knowing your storeroom and stock particularly in
projected to future usage by either of the following
bulky or fast-moving items you maybe able to restow
methods or by a combination of the two. To compute 3
stock to provide space for additional material. You
also will be able to tell which items are not moving
and may be excess and to spot obvious errors in issue
Fast-moving items-multiply past month's usage
and receipt quantities.