Original Date: 02/24/1997
Revision Date: 04/14/2003
Information : Inventory Accountability - Ammunition
The Industrial Operations Command (IOC) developed the Ammunition Inventory Accountability Program as a result of the wholesale ammunition study conducted from July to October 1993. This study demonstrated numerous problems with the inventory program at the time which included low accuracy rates, labor intensive counts, multiple counts of the same National Stock Number (NSN), and was cost-prohibitive. The new program began November 1, 1993 and was designed to reduce labor costs, increase accountability of ammunition, and maintain stability in the inventory program. Long term goals included increased use of technology, elimination of paper use, and reduction in the inventory staff required at the installations.
The new program is designed for a single site visit to perform a physical inventory count. Every site is counted 100% regardless of the number of NSNs, condition codes, or grids. This information is compiled and researched for a total installation balance of all NSN's inventoried. It requires that a core staff of full time permanent researchers be on the installation at all times, but allows the use of contractors or temporary labor to perform counts. This saves inventory budgets by allowing fluctuations in the workforce as required, but without maintaining overhead when the counts are completed. The new program includes a sealed site process, which eliminates that site from count the following year if no stock movement has occurred. It also increases ammunition reconciliation frequency from quarterly to monthly, which reduces the number of adjustments required because of the shorter time frame between audits.
The former program required multiple visits to each site during the inventory cycle because it was based on a location count. This caused repetitive hours of research to be performed with substantial adjustments to the accountable record due to material that was out of location, but not lost. These constant adjustments to the record negatively impacted readiness and degraded visibility of the assets.
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