green, black, or white corrosion product with or without
This bulletin provides the basic
etching, pitting, or more extensive surface deterioration
information and detailed inspection procedures required
resulting in a loose or granular condition.
or cites suitable documentation to determine the
Stage IV (Defect Code 93). Red, brown,
serviceability status of shelf-life items in stock.
green, black, or white corrosion progressed to the point
where fit, wear, function, or life of the item has been
The provisions of this bulletin are
affected. Powdered or scaly condition with pits or
mandatory for use in conducting all types of surveillance
irregular areas of material removed from the surface of
inspection, as identified in this bulletin. The provisions
apply only to Department of the Army depots and depot
(3) Defect number.
A three-digit number
associated with a particular defect. It identifies the
defect and the severity of the defect. The numbers are
Commonly Used Quality
used in particular classification of defects tables. The
Assurance Terms. Refer to MIL-STD-109 for definitions
defect designated by a number is not unique (such as in
of these terms.
Quality Defect Code (1)(b) above) but is redefined in
each table where the number is used, although often the
b. Specialized Terms. The following definitions
definition will closely parallel a Quality Defect Code
are listed in alphabetical order by major heading. They
definition. Sequential numbers starting with 0 (OXX) are
apply to specialized terms used in this bulletin.
critical defects; sequential numbers starting with 1 (1XX)
are major defects; and sequential numbers starting with
Numbers and letters used for
2 (2XX) are minor defects.
A change in an item's
characteristics caused by an environment that adversely
(a) Inspection Frequency Code (IFC). A
affects its ability to function as intended. See paragraph
numeric code to tell how often to perform inspection of
materiel in storage. The numeric codes and definitions
(a) Deterioration, polymeric plastic items.
are listed in paragraph 2-6e.
Molded organic compounds: celluloid, bakelite, lucite,
(b) Quality Defect Code (QUAL DEF CODE).
vinyl, rubber, etc. Stage I (Defect Code 94A). Fungus
A three-digit numeric code assigned to indicate the
damage, color change, or distortion.
category of a given defect and to identify, by explanation,
Stage II (Defect Code 94B). Sticky surface,
that particular defect. The coding system and definitions
craze cracks, dissolved paint, or small cracks.
are enumerated in paragraph 2-6a.
Stage III (Defect Code 94C).
(c) Shelf-Life Code (SLC). A code assigned
material, large cracks, crumbled (brittle), or fractured
to a shelf-life item. The code identifies a period of time
(broken) to an extent where fit, function, or life has been
that starts with the date of manufacture or assembly and
ends when the item must be used or be subjected to
(b)Deterioration. polymeric non-plastic items.
inspection, test, restoration, or to disposal action (AR
Non-molded organic components: cloth, leather, hair, fur,
700-89). The codes and associated times are listed in
felt, paper, cork, cardboard, wood, etc.
Stage I (Defect Code 95A). Mold, fungus
(d) Test Required Code (TRC). A three-digit
damage, or color change.
numeric-alpha code that is used in appendix A to
Stage II (Defect Code 95B).
indicate that only a simple examination is required (Qual
warping, shrinkage, distortion, embrittlement, small
def codes) or to cross-reference additional inspection
separations (cracks or tears), or slight swelling.
requirements. The code meanings are in paragraph 2-
Stage III (Defect Code 95C). Gross swelling,
soggy, large cracks, rot, insect infestation, brittle
(2) Corrosion, Metals. See paragraph 2-6a (3)(j).
disintegration, or large or complete separations to an
Stage I (Defect Code 90). Discoloration or
extent where fit, function, or life has been affected.
staining with no direct visual evidence of pitting, etching,
or other surface damage.
Stage II (Defect Code 91). Red, brown, green,
black, or white corrosion product accompanied by minor
etching or minor surface pitting.
Stage III (Defect Code 92). Red, brown,