unit basic load
Definition/Scope: (AR 710-2) Basic loads are ACOM/ASCC/DRU designated quantities of Class 1 through 5 (including maps) and 8 supplies, which allow a unit to initiate its combat operations. Basic loads must be capable of being moved into combat using organic transportation in a single lift. Basic load quantities will be used to support peacetime operations only when no supporting operational loads are available. Basic load items subject to deterioration or having a shelf life will be replaced as required. Excesses in basic loads caused by unit pack may be kept and used. Operational loads are quantities of Class 1 through 5 (including maps) and 8 supplies the unit or organization keeps to sustain its peacetime operation for a given time. These supplies may be moved into combat if transportation is available after essential lift requirements have been met. Ammunition combat loads are DA designated quantities to be carried by each deployable weapon system to initiate combat as determined by the TRADOC/materiel developer. Prescribed loads are quantities of maintenance significant Class 2 and 4, and of Class 8 and 9 organizational maintenance repair parts kept to support a unit?s daily maintenance program. These repair parts may be moved into combat if transportation is available after essential lift requirements have been met.
Narrower Terms:ammunition basic load
Related Terms:Authorized Basic Load