1. THE NATO CODIFICATION SYSTEM:
OF THE SYSTEM:
Military inventories are complex and comprehensive in their content. To enable efficient management of these complex inventories in the NCS the components of the inventory are split into a hierarchical structure of discrete Groups and Classes. Each Group is formed by Items of Supply of the same physical or performance characteristics or utilisation in the same application, and is indicated by a 2 digit code (NATO Supply Group) NSG.
Within each Group, Items of Supply are further divided into Classes. These Classes are indicated by an additional 2 digit code forming, together with the Group code, a 4 digit NATO Supply Classification (NSC). The NATO Supply Classification System is uniform throughout all nations and each IoS concept identified using this System will be assigned a unique 4 digit Classification code.
The Multilingual NATO Classification structure of all groups and classes and their definitions, is published
online on behalf of the Group of National Directors on Codification (AC/135) by the
NATO Support Agency (NSPA) as ACodP-2 (Allied Codification Publication No 2).
It is also included on the NATO Master Catalogue of References for