Lesson 1/ Learning Event 2
Learning Event 2:
DESCRIBE CLASSIFICATIONS OF MILITARY VEHICLES
ASSIGNMENT TO UNITS
All vehicles used by the Army are called "military vehicles." They serve many useful purposes but
are made mainly-to carry the supplies, personnel, and equipment of the Army under combat
conditions. All vehicles are classed as "organic" or "nonorganic" vehicles.
These are the vehicles that are permanently assigned to, and are part of, your organization or unit.
This means they were issued to your unit and will be operated and maintained by the personnel of
These vehicles do not belong to your unit, but your unit temporarily uses them.
An example of organic transportation is the movement of an infantry company using only its own
vehicles. The same move using trucks from a transportation company is an example of nonorganic
MILITARY VEHICLE GROUPS
Military vehicles are divided into three groups called "administrative vehicles," "tactical vehicles,"
and "combat vehicles."
Administrative vehicles are not specially made for the Army but are ordinary vehicles made for
civilian use (trucks, buses, and sedans) that the Army has bought. They are usually repainted and
are marked with Army numbers, but they differ very little from the ones you may have used as a
These vehicles are specially made for the Army. They are made to operate off the highways under
almost any type of weather condition and to travel cross-country through sand, mud, or snow.
Tactical wheeled vehicles have all-wheel drive to give them more traction, and some have winches
to help them through tough spots.