Material Management in the Armed Forces

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Published on February 6, 2014

Author: nilendrakumar7



The military carries a diverse and huge inventory. As a self contained force, it has to hold different types of arms, ammunition, vehicles, appliances and their spare parts, clothing, petroleum oil and lubricants, rations, etc. As such, proper inventory management in a systematic manner and in tune with the modern systems is a prime requisite.



Lecture By Air Cmde Ashok Kumar, VSM

Army fighting efficiency of over one million manpower.

Hence, the Army needs a variety of material. It falls into foodstuff, armament, uniforms, vehicles and so on.

Thus materials in the category of : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Food/Rations Clothing Medicine Vehicles, tanks, guns Spares and many more

There are specialists earmarked for handling different types of materials.

To illustrate

Material 1. Rations POL 2. Clothing ammunition explosives 3. Medical equipment and medicine Managed by ASC AOC AMC

Construction material by MES

Special procurements 1. For high attitude 2. For peace keeping contingents

OUTSOURCING 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Transportation Air transport Cleaning Event management Accommodation Maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

Their responsibility : • • • • • • Procurement Stocking Issue Inspection Accounting Conditioning or condemnation

Elaborate procedure for procurement

Well formulated local purchase system

Anticipate the requirement 1. 2. 3. 4. Quantity Quality Date and time Location (where needed)

LEGAL ISSUES 1. Transparency 2. Fairness 3. Equality

Application of mind

RULES OF NATURAL JUSTICE 1. No one to be punished unheard. 2. You cannot be a judge in your own case.

What does it mean?

A supply order, once issued, cannot be cancelled without giving reasons (application of mind).

If a vendor has to be blacklisted, then a show cause notice needs to be first issued and reasonable opportunity for him to be heard.

An officer cannot place an order on a supplier/firm to which he is personally connected.

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