3 & 2, Module II, Logistic Support and Financial
Control, NAVEDTRA 287-02-45-81. Most logis-
tic support functions of the CRP can be conducted
smoothly by adhering to procedures outlined in
the above publication and other pertinent direc-
tives issued by the command.
NAVY SUPPLY SYSTEM
At any given time there are more than 20
million separate stock numbers assigned to items
within the Navy supply system. One of the main
purposes of the Navy supply system is to ensure
that the Navy has access to items on the open
market that are needed to maintain naval forces
in the highest possible state of readiness. Guns,
paper, motors, beans, uniformsyou name it, the
Navy needs it.
Occasionally a piece of equipment may
break down and require a repair part that is no
longer stocked in the Navy supply system
(assigned a national stock number). There is
probably a legitimate reason for this. For example:
(1) According to statistics, since the part fails only
once every 17 years and costs ,000 to replace,
Navy supply officials have determined it is not
cost effective to keep the part in stock. (2) If the
part does fail frequently, it is now cheaper to
replace the entire piece of equipment rather than
to buy the new part. (3) The company that
originally manufactured the part has gone out of
business or has stopped producing the part.
This same line of reasoning may apply to
consumables used in the Command Religious
Program. They may no longer be stocked by the
Navy supply system, because (1) they are obsolete,
(2) stocking them is no longer cost effective,
(3) the company has stopped producing them, or
(4) there is currently little demand for them.
Whenever this situation arises, RPs and
chaplains should check with the supply officer
concerning the open-purchase system, whereby
items may be purchased by the command on the
open market. However, this system should not be
used simply because it may be more convenient.
In order for the Navy supply system to work
smoothly, it must not be circumvented.
For example, if the Command Religious
Program needs 10 boxes of candles to use during
religious services throughout the fiscal year, these
candles are available through the supply system
and should be purchased that way. Such a
procedure as picking them up on the way home
or buying them with petty cash funds is not
legitimate. Such an authorization by the chaplain
may lead to much difficulty when paying the bill.
On the other hand, when ships deploy
overseas, some items needed for operation of the
Command Religious Program may be difficult to
obtain in any way other than by open purchase.
One such item is sacramental wine. Although
sacramental wine is available in the supply system,
logistic requisitions of large shipments (enough
wine to accommodate a squadron of ships for an
extended deployment) may be difficult to arrange.
Again, conferring with the supply officer would
be the best approach in meeting this need.
Leading RPs should make a list of all items
needed for logistic support of the Command
Religious Program. A corresponding list of
applicable stock numbers should be compiled to
match this list. If there are legitimate items not
available in the system but needed for the opera-
tion of the Command Religious Program, these
items should be identified and listed, and the list
should be reviewed often.
Nonappropriated funds are not to be used for
the open purchase of needed items. Appropriated
funds are to be used by the Command Religious
Program managers to provide necessary logistic
INVOLVING OPERATING FORCES
The logistic support already mentioned in this
chapter would apply to most Navy or Marine
Corps installations ashore, where deployed forces
are not involved. This section pertains to support
for the Command Religious Programs of opera-
tional forces, such as the Fleet Marine Force
(FMF) or forward deployed ships.
The Squadron or Group Chaplain
Groups of ships or squadrons often form task
forces and operate together as directed by their
respective fleet commanders. In these cases, a
chaplain is not normally assigned to each
individual ship, but a squadron or group chaplain
is usually embarked in the flagship of the
squadron or group commander. The chaplain will
normally visit ships of the force on a rotating basis
to conduct worship services, perform pastoral
counseling, and provide ministry to personnel.
If the chaplain is to move around from one
ship to another, the complete itinerary must be