Bulk petroleum is the only commodity that:
a. Requires an exception to MILSTRIP in view of its peculiarities.
b. Is handled and stored in special single-purpose equipment and facilities such as: tankers, pipelines,
tank cars, tank trucks, trailers, storage tanks, dispensing equipment, dock and discharge facilities.
c. Is subject to serious contamination which cannot be detected without the use of specialized
d. Provides an authorized loss allowance by regulation due to evaporation.
e. Requires special handling considerations due to fire and safety hazards.
f. Exceeds 60 percent of the gross tonnage of supplies required in a theater of operations.
a. POL. Included are petroleum fuels, lubricants, hydraulic and insulating oils, temporary protectives,
liquid and compressed gasses, chemical products, liquid coolants, deicing and antifreeze compounds, together
with components and additives of such products.
b. Bulk Petroleum. Those bulk petroleum (fuels and lubricants) which are normally transported by
pipeline, rail tank car, tank truck, barge, or tanker and stored in tanks or containers having a fill capacity of more
than 500 gallons.
c. Packaged Fuels. Those bulk petroleum fuels which, because of operational necessity, are packaged
and supplied in containers of 500 gallon capacity or less.
d. Packaged Petroleum Products. Those petroleum products other than fuels (generally lubricants,
greases and specialty items) that are stored, transported, and issued in containers with a capacity of 55 gallons or
e. Barrel. A commonly used unit of measurement of bulk petroleum products. The equivalent of 42
U.S. gallons. The abbreviation is BBL.
f. Mike. A term used to denote measurement of bulk petroleum products in thousands of gallons or
barrels (for example 10 mike barrels = 10,000 barrels). The abbreviation is M.
g. Flash Point. The temperature at which a product first gives off sufficient flammable vapor to ignite
when a heat source is applied.
a. Defense Logistics Agency. The agency at the Department of Defense level charged with providing
the most effective and economical support of common supplies and services to military departments and other
designated Department of Defense components. DLA has overall responsibility for the management of