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Modern DOD Program Element Codes

(Created 22 November 2015)

Reference:

AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 38-204 (21 April 2015) (663 kb PDF)

Example Code:

0603502N

DERIVATION

06

03

5

02

N

DoD PROGRAM

06





R&D CATEGORY


03




EQUIPMENT/ACTIVITY



5



SERIAL NUMBER




02


SERVICE





N

DoD PROGRAM

01

Strategic Forces

02

General Purpose Forces

03

Intelligence and Communications

04

Mobility Forces

05

Guard & Reserve Forces

06

Research & Development

07

Central Supply & Maintenance

08

Training, Medical & Other

09

Administrative & Associated Activities

10

Support of Other Nations

11

Special Operations Forces

R&D CATEGORY

BA-1

Basic Research

BA-2

Applied Research

BA-3

Advanced Technology Development (ATD)

BA-4

Advanced Component and Prototypes (ACD&P)

BA-5

System Development and Demonstration (SDD)

BA-6

RDT&E Management Support

BA-7

Operational Systems Development

EQUIPMENT/ACTIVITY
TYPE

1

Military Sciences

2

Aircraft & Related Equipment

3

Missiles & Related Equipment

4

Military Astronautics and Related Equipment

5

Ships, Small Craft & Related Equipment

6

Ordnance, Combat Vehicle & Related Equipment

7

Other Equipment

8

Program-wide Management & Support

SERVICE

A

Army

BB

U.S. Special Operations Command

BL

Defense Contract Management Agency

BP

Chemical & Biological Defense

BR

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

C

Missile Defense Agency

D8Z

Office of Secretary of Defense

DO

Operational, Test & Evaluation Defense

E

DARPA

F

Air Force

J

Joint Staff

K

Defense Information Systems Agency

M

Marine Corps

N

Navy

S

Defense Logistics Agency

T

Defense Security Cooperation Agency

SE

DoD Human Resources Activity

V

Defense Security Center

KA

Defense Technical Information Center

B8W

Washington Headquarters Service

Thus; a program element code of 0105310A would be for a Strategic Missile under Advanced Development and Demonstration for the US Army.