Army Classes of Supply refer to categorizing various supplies and materials required to support military operations.
Today’s post is about the Army’s classes of supply. I will briefly cover the different classes of supply and give you a little cheat sheet that you can use as a leader in the Army to help you deal with logistics and supply adequately.
If you’re a small unit leader, whether you’re an NCO or an Army officer, it’s really in your best interest to have a basic, fundamental knowledge of the different classes of supply.
Different Classes of Supply for the Army
The Army has ten classes of supply, each of which has a specific category of items. These classes of supply are important in the management, procurement, storage, and distribution of various supplies within the Army and the military in general.
The Ten Army Classes of Supply are as follows:
Class I – Food, Rations, and Water
The Army Class 1 supply list includes MREs, UGR rations, prepackaged meals, snacks, etc., necessary to sustain personnel during operations.
Class II – Clothing and Equipment
The Army Class 2 supply list includes your protective gear, tents, tools, uniforms, unclassified maps, clothing toolkits, hand tools, and individual equipment.
Class III – Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants (POL)
The Army Class 3 supply list includes fuel, lubricants, hydraulic and insulating fluids, petroleum, coolants, and any other material essential to operating army vehicles, aircraft, and equipment.
Class IV – Construction and Barrier Materials
This Army Class 4 supply list includes material for barrier and construction projects such as lumber, sandbags, barbed wire, metal fence posts, etc.
Class V – Ammunition
This Army Class 5 supply list includes all types of ammunition and explosives, such as pyrotechnics, missiles, hand grenades, rockets, bullets, bombs, and any other munitions used by the military.
Class VI – Personal Demand Items
This Army Class 6 supply list includes personal items that support the well-being of soldiers, such as hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, wet wipes, toilet paper, etc.), snacks, and other recreational items (cigarettes, cameras, alcohol, etc.).
Class VII – Major End Items
This Army Class 7 supply list includes large equipment (humvees, tanks, artillery guns, trucks, aircraft, Bradley fighting vehicles, and M-1 Abrams). These are your costly items.
Class VIII – Medical Supplies and Equipment
This Army Class 8 supply list includes medical materials such as bandages, medications, tubes, syringes, medical devices, etc. There is also a Class 8 Alpha and a Class 8 Bravo, which can include blood, plasma, and things of that nature.
Class IX – Repair Parts and Components
This Army Class 9 supply list includes spare parts and equipment needed to repair and maintain military vehicles (engines, tires, mirrors, radios, etc.), weapons, and other essential equipment used in the military.
Class X – Miscellaneous Supplies
This Army Class 10 supply list includes items not included in any other class of supply (1 to 9). Materials or things used in non-military operations or humanitarian assistance fall under this category.
10 Army Classes of Supply List 2023
Below is a list of the ten classes of supply in the Army:
|Class of Supply||Category||Spare parts & Materials for repairs|
|Class 1||Subsistence||Food, rations, water|
|Class 2||Clothing and Equipment||Uniforms, protective gear, tents|
|Class 3||Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants||Fuel, lubricants, hydraulic fluids|
|Class 4||Construction and Barrier Materials||Sandbags, barbed wire, fencing|
|Class 5||Ammunition||Ammunition (Guns) & Explosives,|
|Class 6||Personal Demand Items||Spare parts & Materials for repairs|
|Class 7||Major End Items||Tanks, aircraft, vehicles|
|Class 8||Medical Supplies and Equipment||Medical materials|
|Class 9||Repair Parts and Components||Spare parts & Material for repairs|
|Class 10||Miscellaneous Supplies||Items not included in Class I to X|
Army Class Supply Table
Army Classes of Supply Conclusion
There you have it, soldiers: the ten classes of supply in the Army. If I were to give you some essential tips, I would take time to familiarize myself with each class of supplies.
- Who do you need to reach out to request suppliers?
- Do you need to go to your supply sergeant’s S4, the supply support activity?
- What’s the requisitioning process?
- Do you have enough supplies on hand?
- How do you do your inventories? Things of that nature.
These are the ten classes of supply. This is the cheat sheet for small unit leaders about the ten classes of supply. I hope you got some value from this post.