(4) 'Flexibility and mobility in sipply operations are necessary to meet rapidly changing <situations. Flexibility is attained by decentralization of opera- tions, efficient administrative control, and careful
in depth, and
cles loaded to
installations. Mobility distribution of supplies by keeping supply vehi- extent practicable. How-
the more the individual supplies the less mobile
and unit are, burdened they become. Hence a
compromise must be made in order to attain reasonable certainty of supply (continuity) necessary tactical mobility.
(5) The impetus of supply is from the rear toward the point of consumption. It is the function of each element in the supply chain to push supplies forward within reach of elements in front. However, each commander is responsible for making his re- quirements known to higher authority in sufficient time to permit furnishing these supplies by normal methods and for making necessary arrangements for drawing and distributing supplies allocated to him. The impetus, therefore, should come from the rear only so far as subordinate commanders cannot assist themselves.
(6) Adequate supplies must be provided without creating an immobilizing surplus. Allowances are held to the minimum deemed necessary to meet the tactical situation. The fluidity which is characteris- tic of modern operations has a tendency to separate units and individuals from supply sources. This fre-