responsibility. Responsibility is based on actual possession of the property or on the
obligations of command or supervision of those in possession of property.
d. Army policy states that some individual is accountable and/or responsible for
government property from the time it enters the supply system until it is disposed of.
This is the basis of the entire supply system.
PROPERTY BOOK OFFICER
a. Commanders are responsible for seeing that all property under their
command is properly safeguarded and accounted for. To carry out this responsibility,
the commander appoints a property book officer. The property book officer maintains
the property books and related records for all organization and installation property on
hand in the organization and its subordinate elements.
b. In the appointment of a property book officer, the commander should
understand that familiarity with and accounting for property is a part of every officer's
training and experience. The following individuals may be appointed property book
Commissioned or Warrant officer.
Department of the Army (DA) civilian, GS-5 or higher.
(3) Noncommissioned officer (in certain instances, that is, remote
geographic areas) with approval from higher headquarters when no personnel cited in
(1) or (2) above are available.
(4) Foreign national employees of the US Army, GS-7 or equivalent or
higher when no military or US civilians are assigned and when approved by the
c. Property book officers must be appointed on orders and should have a
15-day overlap with the old property book officer to insure a smooth transition of
d. Persons will not perform the dual function of property book officer and stock
record officer or transportation officer.
Section II. PROPERTY ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES
MEDICAL PROPERTY ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS
a. Depending on the particular environment, medical personnel will be exposed
to different property accounting systems: