INTRO TO M2/M3 BFV - OD0456 - LESSON 2/TASK 1
manuals used for the BFV are called skill performance aids (SPAS) manuals.
What this means is that each letter or number in a SPAS manual identifying
number has a meaning that helps to identify the purpose of that particular
manual. In the subparagraphs that follow, the SPAS manual, numbering system
will be discussed. Figure 4 shows a typical manual number broken down so
that each letter or group of letters and each number or group of numbers is
THE SPAS MANUAL IDENTIFYING NUMBER.
(1) Type of Publication.
The first part of the identifying number
generally consists of two letters of the alphabet.
These two letters
indicate the type of publication.
For example, TM represents a Technical
Manual, an FM is a Field Manual, and a TB is a Technical Bulletin.
(2) Type of Equipment/Commodity Manager.
The first number identifies
the commodity manager who is responsible for the equipment, and therefore
provides a general idea of the type of equipment involved. If, for example,
the first number is a 9, this indicates that the equipment that is covered
by this particular TM is the responsibility of ordnance. A 5 would indicate
that the equipment is the responsibility of the engineers and an 11 would
indicate the responsibility of the signal