Army Classes of Supply Cheat Sheet

Today, I want to take a few minutes and educate you about the different Army Classes of Supply. I’ll share a simple cheat sheet you can use as a reference.

Regardless of your rank, duty position or MOS, you should have a basic understanding of supply and the classes of supply in the Army.  All Soldiers use supplies on a daily basis and need to know the basic categories of supply.

In the Army, there are 10 classes of supply.  They are explained in more detail below.

Class I – Food, rations, and water

This could include MREs, UGR rations, pre-packaged meals, snacks, etc.

Class II – Clothing

This includes tools, tents, unclassified maps, clothing, individual equipment, tool kits, hand tools, maps, and administrative and housekeeping supplies.

Class III – Petroleum, oils, and lubricants

This includes petroleum, fuels, lubricants, hydraulic and insulating oils, grease, preservatives, liquids and gases, bulk chemical products, coolants, deicer and antifreeze compounds, coal, transmission fluid, etc.

Class IV – Fortification and barrier materials

This includes construction and barrier materials such as barbed wired, lumber, nails, plywood, metal fence posts, sand bags, steel culverts, etc.

Class V – Ammunition

This includes ammunition of all types, such as hand grenades, rockets, bullets, bombs, explosives, mines, fuzes, detonators, pyrotechnics, missiles, rockets, propellants, etc.

Class VI – Personal Items

This includes personal demand items such as mouthwash, deoderant, toothpaste, shampoo, wet wipes, toilet paper, snack food, writing paper, cigarettes, snacks, batteries, cameras, alcohol.  These are typically things you would find at the local PX.

Class VII – Major End Items

This includes major end items such as the HMMWV, tanks, artillery guns, 5-ton trucks, the MLRS, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, etc.

Class VIII – Medical supplies, minimal amounts

This includes medical materials such as bandages, IV’s, tubes, needles, swabs, etc.  It also includes parts that are used to fix medical equipment.  In addition, there is a class VIIIA and VIIIB which can include blood, plasma, etc.

Class IX – Repair Parts

This includes parts used to maintain and repair vehicles and equipment.  It can include engines, transmissions, oil filters, tires, bumpers, air filters, tracks for tanks, and even repair parts for weapons.

Class X – Miscellaneous supplies

This includes material to support nonmilitary programs such as agriculture and economic development (not included in Classes I through IX).  Sometimes this is referred to as Civil Affairs.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are the 10 classes of supply in the Army, along with some examples.  I encourage you to study this cheat sheet and familiarize yourself with each class of supply.  I hope you found the information helpful.

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AuthorChuck Holmes

Chuck Holmes is a former Army Major and combat veteran. Chuck is a successful blogger, author and entrepreneur. He lives in sunny Florida with his wife, Rachel.

9 thoughts on “Army Classes of Supply Cheat Sheet

  1. It certainly never hurts to simply print this cheat sheet off and carry it in your billfold or side pocket just for a quick reference.

    An individual never really knows when they might need to either help somebody in supply or help themselves look something up.

    This cheat sheet will serve you like some tools you have. You may not use it for several months, but the day that you do need it, you will have it and make your day easier.

    • Most people will be able to remember this pretty easily if they study it for a little bit.

      • I agree that many should be able to remember these with a bit of study, but in many cases, soldiers and officers have so many different things to remember that certain items can “jumble” together.

        I see no problems in carrying this simple cheat sheet in your billfold to help you remember. I almost hate the term cheat sheet, because cheating sounds illegal. This is just a helpful tool and if your memory doesn’t always get it all, a cheat sheet is a great tool.

        • Everyone needs a basic understanding of the classes of supply, especially NCOs and officers.

      • I’m with you on this one, Chuck. The cheat sheet is handy, but it really doesn’t seem that hard to memorize 10 things. It’s in logical order, starting with what you need for basic survival (food, then clothes, tools, tent), food (fuel) for the equipment, protective shelter, ammunition, then the niceties of personal items, big equipment, medical supplies, spare parts and then stuff to help other people.

        • A cheat sheet is good for the new person, but yes, it’s fairly easy to memorize.

      • I am stuck between Class IX and VII for LRU’s within the system. The sum of the parts equals the system so VII but by them selves XI.

        Which Class of supply do I code them, there all electronic to support a virtual trainer.

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