NSN Assignment Process Flow Guide
Base/Unit Level Acquisition
Military unit identifies requirement for an item
Question: Is the Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and part number (PN) stock listed?
Requisition existing National Stock Number (NSN) from service supply system.
Base/Unit supply section submits a DD Form 1348-6 requisition using the manufacturer’s CAGE & PN.
Question: Would the Base/Unit purchasing authority like to do a local purchase?
An NSN is not always necessary for acquisition, though it can make it easier for a unit to order. Ordering using MILSTRIP may take higher authority and can cause delays. A unit can also do a one-time buy for an item or set up a revolving contract with a vendor to fulfill requirements.
Note: As an alternative to establishing an NSN for materials, vendors can upload their items to FedMall for ease of buying with unit issued government purchase cards.
The Base/Unit authority will forward the CAGE & PN requisition to their service logistics command.
Question: Does the military service deem an NSN is necessary?
Military Service logistics command sends the cataloging request for the NSN assignment to Logistics Information Services.
The item will not have an NSN assigned. Contact your logistics command
LOGSA Logistics & Engineering Center (LEC):
AMC Organizational Structure - Major Subordinate commands
Marine Corps Logistics Command
NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support
(Philadelphia / Mechanicsburg)
Global Distance Support Center (GDSC)
Toll Free: 1-877-4-1-TOUCH (1-877-418-6824), option 1, option 1.
DSN: 510-428-6824, option 1, option 1.
Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC):
AFSC Fact Sheet:
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Revised January 2018