condition. Fit, wear, function, or life of item may be
Purpose. This supply bulletin provides the basic
information and detailed inspection procedures required
Stage IV (Defect Code 93). Red,
or cites suitable documentation to determine the
brown, green, black, or white corrosion progressed to
serviceability status of subject items in stock.
the point where fit, wear, function, or life of the item has
been affected. Powdered or scaly condition with pits or
Scope. The provisions of this bulletin are
irregular areas of material removed from the surface of
mandatory for use in conducting all types of surveillance
inspection, as identified in this bulletin. The provisions
(3) Defect number. A three-digit number
only apply to Department of the Army depots and to
associated with a particular defect. It identifies the
defect and the severity of the defect. The numbers are
used in particular classification of defect tables. The
a. Commonly Used Quality Assurance Terms.
defect designated by a number is not unique (such as in
Refer to MIL-STD-109 for definitions of these terms.
Quality Defect Code para 1-3b(1)(b) above) but is re-
b. Specialized Terms.
defined in each table where the number is used, al-
definitions are listed in alphabetical order by major
though often the definition will closely parallel a Quality
heading. They apply to specialized terms used in this
Defect Code definition. Sequential numbers starting with
0 (OXX) are critical defects; sequential numbers starting
(1) Codes. Numbers and letters used for
with 1 (1XX) are major defects; and sequential numbers
starting with 2 (2XX) are minor defects.
(a) Inspection Frequency Code (IFC).
(4) Deterioration. A change in an item's
A numeric code assigned to indicate the frequency of
characteristics caused by an environment that adversely
cyclical inspection performed on material in storage. The
affects its ability to function as intended. See paragraph
numeric codes and definitions are listed in paragraph 2-
(a) Deterioration, polymeric plastic
(b) Quality Defect Code (QUAL DEF
items. Molded organic compounds: celluloid, bakelite,
CODE). A three-digit numeric code assigned to indicate
lucite, vinyl, rubber, etc.
the category of a given defect and to identify, by
Stage I (Defect Code 94A).
explanation, that particular defect. The coding system
Fungus damage, color change, or distortion.
and definitions are enumerated in paragraph 2-6a.
Stage II (Defect Code 94B).
(c) Shelf-Life Code (SLC). A code
Sticky surface, craze cracks, dissolved paint, or small
assigned to a shelf-life-item. The code identifies a period
cracks. Stage III (Defect Code 94C). Liquified material,
of time that starts with the date of manufacture or
large cracks, crumbled (brittle), or fractured (broken) to
assembly and ends when the item must be issued or be
an extent where fit, function, or life has been affected.
subjected to inspection, test, restoration, or to disposal
(b) Deterioration, polymeric non-
action (AR 700-89). The codes and associated times
plastic items. Non-molded organic components: cloth,
are listed in paragraph 2-6d.
leather, hair, fur, felt, paper, cork, cardboard, wood, etc.
(d) Test Required Code (TRC). A
Stage I (Defect Code 95A). Mold,
three-digit numeric-alpha code that is used in appendix A
fungus damage, or color change.
to indicate an examination is required (QUAL DEF
Stage II (Defect Code 95B).
CODES) and/or additional inspection requirements. The
Shredding, warping, shrinkage, distortion, embrittlement,
code meanings are in paragraph 2-6f.
small separation (cracks or tears), or slight swelling.
(2) Corrosion, Metals. See paragraph 2-
Stage III (Defect Code 95C).
Gross swelling, soggy, large cracks, rot, insect
infestation, brittle, disintegration, or larger or complete
Discoloration or staining with no direct visual evidence of
separations to an extent where fit, function, or life has
pitting, etching, or other surface damage.
Stage II (Defect Code 91).
(c) Deterioration, inorganic vitreous
black, or white corrosion product
items. Glass, ceramic, solid carbon, etc.
accompanied by minor etching or minor surface pitting.
Scale or rust adheres to the surface.
Stage III (Defect Code 92). Red,
brown, green, black, or white corrosion product with
definite etching, pitting, or more extensive surface
deterioration. Corrosion products in loose, granular