PETROLEUM REQUIREMENTS COMPUTATION
Critical Tasks: 01-5103.00-0003
In this lesson, you will be given a basic knowledge of how to compute petroleum requirements for modern
combat forces. Army units will be the major focus during this lesson. Also, we will address how the Air Force,
Navy, and Marine Corps determine their petroleum requirements.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Compute Army petroleum requirements using various DA-approved methods to include
automated supply programs and discuss other services' methods of computations.
Using this lesson and FM 101-10-2.
IAW FM 101-10-2.
Proper petroleum planning can only be done if the officer knows what the requirements are for his mission. With
limited resources, storage, and distribution assets, it is essential that forecasts be accurate for each type of fuel.
The supply of fuel was critical to the success or failure of an operation. A good example of this was seen in
World War II. As petroleum officers, we know that it is extremely important to have the right amount of fuel at
the right place; today's modern combat forces are no more effective than their counterparts of World War II.
Bulk Petroleum Computation Methods.
There are six methods of computing petroleum requirements.
a. The Historical Method is the considered the most accurate method.