Some motor pool mechanics, inspectors and QA folks say it's OK to use a pencil to fill out DA Form 2404, Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet. But DA Pam 750-8, The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS) Users Manual, says a pencil can only be used when special instructions allow. Is it OK to fill out 2404s with a pencil?
Dear Mr S.P.,
A working draft of DA Form 2404 may be filled out with a pencil or your writing instrument of choice. But only blue or black ink, handwritten or typed, should be used for the official form of record.
Watch for the updated version of DA Pam 750-8, The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS) Users Manual, coming in 2014. You'll find additional procedures and forms guidance in that publication.