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quently requires units and individuals to be self- sustaining. Under these conditions, the regiment must anticipate its requirements and provide ade- quate reserves on individuals and vehicles. When necessary, higher authority will be requested to fur- nish additional transportation for this purpose.

(7) Combat elements must be relieved of admin- istrative details to the greatest extent possible. Ad- ministrative personnel justify their existence only when this is accomplished. Routine requirements, such as rations, of subordinate units of the regiment are supplied automatically. (See FM 100-10.) When- ever practicable, their other requirements are anti- cipated by supply officers and procured without request from the companies or detachments con- cerned. This, however, in no way relieves the com- mander of his responsibility for seeing to the adequate supply of his unit. Preparation of supply forms and maintenance of supply records are ac- complished by administrative personnel.

(8) Precautions must be taken to safeguard sup- plies and transportation. This demands full utiliza- tion of all personnel and weapons present in a supply installation in the defense of such installation. The maximum exploitation of passive methods of pro- tection, such as organization of the terrain and dispersion of vehicles and camouflage, is also of vital importance to the security of the supplies and transportation.

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