accommodate the largest equipment used, and have at least a 1/2-horse power
disposal system. The storage cabinets or work counter shelves used for storing
equipment and supplies should be provided with hinged doors and/or sliding drawers.
a. Serviceability determinations have traditionally been made based on
estimated remaining shelf life. This approach for composite operational rations is not
practical as the sole means of determining serviceability. Operational rations are
normally assembled into composite menus (for example, Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE))
or modules (for example, Unitized Group Rations (UGRs)) that contain numerous non-
homogeneous products. Since components are different, packaged at different times,
and deteriorate at different rates, condition coding based on shelf life alone is not
practical or indicative of the overall serviceability of the rations.
b. In accordance with this handbook, condition codes and estimated remaining
shelf life for composite rations will be based on:
The condition of each component evaluated individually.
The importance of each component relative to the ration in which it is
c. The condition code criteria for each composite ration is contained in the
2-10. TYPES AND SCHEDULING OF INSPECTIONS
a. Receipt Inspection. This is an inspection upon delivery where a change of
Accountable Officer occurs. Additional information on receipt inspections can be found
in the applicable appendix to DSCP Handbook 4155.2.
All rations will be inspected at time of receipt or as soon as possible
(a) Inspections of Unitized Group Rations Heat & Serve (UGR
H&S) modules will be accomplished if previous inspection/condition code information
accompanies shipment and it is less than three months old, a general inspection for
transportation damage and identity will be performed.
(b) If Unitized Group Rations Heat & Serve (UGR H&S) possess
obvious defects, mechanical damage or it has been more than three months from the
last surveillance inspection, perform a full inspection in accordance with this document.
(2) A complete inspection is required if current inspection guidance does not
accompany the shipment or cannot be found in the appropriate database.