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(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

selection of

locations for

is promoted

by judicious

laterally, and

in depth, and

cles loaded to

the maximum

installations. Mobility distribution of supplies by keeping supply vehi- extent practicable. How-

ever, with

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.

both and

(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-

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