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The Requisition Channel Market Basket contains NSNs. What is a NSN?

A National Stock Number is simply the government's official label applied to an item of supply that is repeatedly procured, stocked, stored and  issued.  The NSN is a unique 13 digit number that has been assigned by the Federal Government Cataloging System. When a NSN is assigned to an item of supply, data is assembled to describe the item. These data elements include but are not limited to: the item name, physical characteristics of the product, performance characteristics of the product; as well as, the unit of issue. These established NSNs are utilized throughout the federal supply system and are an integral part of managing the military's logistics supply chain.

Read more in the attached publication: The National Stock Number, The Gear That Keeps The Supply Chain Running!



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Rita Uhl
<p>Strangely, I always thought NSN was National Stock Number, but after having the French army request the numbers, I did some research that indicated NATO Stock Number.&nbsp; Just wondering which is correct????</p>
<p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Thank you for your question. &nbsp;</span><i style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">National</i><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;Stock Number (NSN) is the correct term that is used by GSA and our military. &nbsp;The publication that is attached to this blog gives the history of the NSN, what the numbers stand for, and explains how NSNs are used.</span></p>
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