NOT MISSION CAPABLE DEFINED
Before the completion of the various maintenance forms is discussed, the
concept of "not mission capable" (NMC) and "fully mission capable" (FMC) must be
a. Not Mission Capable. Most simply defined, NMC equipment is any equipment
which cannot perform any one of its combat missions. For medical equipment, substitute
"design functions" for combat missions.
(1) Equipment is NMC when the equipment has a fault appearing in the "not
ready" column of the operator's preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS)
guide in the equipment's technical manual (TM) as shown in figure 1-1. If PMCS
procedures have not been published, use the equipment serviceability criteria (ESC) or
a similar item's PMCS procedures as a guide. Some new equipment may not have an
ESC or there may not be a similar item with PMCS procedures. For those items, and
whenever other faults are considered, the unit commander judges whether the
equipment is able or not able to perform its combat mission.
(2) Equipment at organization/unit or support maintenance for only normal
scheduled PMCS or inspection is FMC. Equipment with faults not affecting its
operational ability, like painting or minor body work, is also FMC. Support will tell the
owning unit if the equipment should be carried NMC.
(3) Some publications other than the PMCS guide may describe faults as
deficiencies. Unless those faults are also in the operator's PMCS guide in the "not
ready" column, do not count them as NMC on the Materiel Condition Status Report,
Department of the Army (DA) Form 2406 (refer to paragraph 1-4).
b. Not Mission Capable/Maintenance. Equipment unable to perform its
combat mission because of maintenance work underway or needed, is classified as not
mission capable/maintenance (NMCM).
(1) Not Mission Capable/Maintenance time starts when the equipment has an
NMC fault and is under the control of an organizational or any other maintenance activity.
Do not count time spent on regularly scheduled maintenance services and inspections or
minor repairs (like painting and body work). Equipment is FMC when a unit is told it is ready
for pickup, even though the equipment is still physically at support. Equipment is normally
FMC on the day it is inspected and signed out.