The assignment of a maintenance function will not be construed as authorization to carry the related repair parts
or spares in stock. Information to requisition or otherwise secure the necessary repair parts will be as speciied
in the associated RPSTL.
Normally there will be no deviation from the assigned level of maintenance. In cases of operational necessity, at
the request of a lower maintenance level and on a one-time basis, transfer of maintenance functions to the lower
level may be accomplished by speciic authorization of the maintenance oficer of the higher level of maintenance
to which the function is assigned. The special tools, equipment, etc. required by the lower level of maintenance to
perform this function will be furnished by the maintenance level to which the function is assigned. This transfer of
a maintenance function to a lower maintenance level does not relieve the higher level of the responsibility for the
function. The higher level of maintenance will provide technical supervision and inspection of the function being
performed at the lower level.
Maintenance functions are limited to and deined as follows:
Inspect. To determine the serviceability of an item by comparing its physical, mechanical, and/or elec-
trical characteristics with established standards through examination (e.g. by sight, sound or feel).
Test. To verify serviceability by measuring the mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, or electrical charac-
teristics of an item and comparing those characteristics with prescribed standards.
Service. Operations required periodically to keep an item in proper operating condition; i.e., to clean
(includes decontaminate, when required), to preserve, to drain, to paint, or to replenish fuel, lubricants,
chemical luids, or gases.
Unpack. To remove from packing box for after service when required for the performance of
b. Repack. To return item to packing box after service and other maintenance operations.
d. Touch up. To spot paint scratched or blistered surfaces.
e. Mark. To restore obliterated identiication.
4. Adjust. To maintain or regulate, within prescribed limits, by bringing into proper position, or exact po-
sition, or by setting the operating characteristics to speciied parameters.
5. Align. To adjust speciied variable elements of an item to bring about optimum or desired performance.
6. Calibrate. To determine and cause corrections to be made or to be adjusted on instruments of test, mea-
suring, and diagnostic equipment used in precision measurement. Consists of comparisons of two in-
struments, one of which is a certiied standard of known accuracy, to detect and adjust any discrepancy
in the accuracy of the instrument being compared.
7. Remove/Install. To remove and install the same item when required to perform service or other mainte-
nance functions. Install may be the act of emplacing, seating, or ixing into position a spare, repair part,
or module (component or assembly) in a manner to allow the proper functioning of an equipment or sys-
8. Paint (ammunition only). To prepare and spray color coats of paint so that the ammunition can be identi-
ied and protected. The color indicating primary use is applied, preferably, to the entire exterior surface
as the background color of the item. Other markings are to be painted as original so as to retain proper
9. Replace. To remove an unserviceable item and install a serviceable counterpart in its place. "Replace"
is authorized by the MAC and the assigned maintenance level is shown as the third position code of the
Source, Maintenance and Recoverability (SMR) code.
10. Repair. The application of maintenance services, including fault location/troubleshooting, removal/in-
stallation, disassembly/assembly procedures, and maintenance actions to identify troubles and restore
serviceability to an item by correcting speciic damage, fault, malfunction, or failure in a part, subassem-
bly, module (component or assembly), end item, or system.