(1) Not an easy task. need the branch or service for starters.
(2) This is not a single form, it is a series of manuals, one for each classification of equipment lost, i.e clothes, weapons, personal equipemnt, etc.
(3) The new system has everything on CD ROM or on a specific SERVER at the military location where the equipment was issued.
(4) The survey officer assigned to do the paperwork is usually the only one with full access to the required information. The survey form is usually done electronically and includes inputing the NSN stock number, the serial number and the associated stock reference codes. This will all vary according the the Branch of Service as each tends to use a slightly different variation of a stock number.
As for the dollar value of the item, that is determined by the original Inventory Control form when the item was received into the system. The military does not depreciate or apreciate inventory items - the origianl purchase price for the item is the survey cost.
As an example: An M-49 Spotting scope acquired in 1970 at $475.00 still has a value of $475.00
Hope it gives you an idea of what you are up against:
Ron Bennett, MSG (Ret)