Understanding the MAPAD

Understanding the MAPAD

Continuous Learning Hours

If you desire to use this learning guide for continuous learning hours (CLH), please select "Start Training (CLH)" above (requires an account). This learning guide, if completed via "Start Training", does not provide documentation of training, therefore it should not be used for CLHs (does not require an account).

Target Audience

Target Audience This learning guide is designed for FMS customers, SCO personnel, FMS case managers, program managers, transporters, contract administrators, logistics managers, and other personnel involved in the distribution, and movement of materiel to international partners through the DoD supply system.


The Military Assistance Program Address Directory (MAPAD) is an online directory of the addresses of country representatives, freight forwarders, Security Cooperation offices and customers-within-country required for releasing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Military Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Aid shipments, and addresses required for forwarding of related documentation. The MAPAD is:
  • An electronic data base of addresses that the customer wants Security Cooperation material sent to
  • Published by direction of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics)
  • The responsibility of the DLA Logistics Management Standards Office, and is hosted by the DLA Transaction Services
This learning guide is for reference or professional development only. No certificate is awarded for completion.


The Understanding the MAPAD learning guide takes 30 minutes to complete, depending on the student's prior experience with Understanding the MAPAD and interest in detail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does DoD have any formal training on MAPAD for the FMS system?

MAPAD procedures for FMS are different than those for DoD. DSCU provides MAPAD training that is specific to FMS materiel transfers. Most DoD schools do not provide this training. Practical training on MAPAD is available through two DSCU courses:

SCM-CS (Logistics Support) Course, open to US Government, US defense industry, and international purchaser personnel.

SCM-IL (International Purchaser Logistics) Course, which is open only to international purchasers.

What if I have a question?

You can use the "Ask an Instructor" feature on the DSCU website. If you have a question on a specific FMS supply document, you should contact the relevant FMS case manager.

Where can I obtain copies of the reference material mentioned in the Learning Guide?

DSCU publishes the Military Standard Requisition and Issue Procedures for Foreign Military Sales (Chapter 5) reference guide and the FMS User’s Guide to the Military Assistance Program Address Directory (MAPAD) which can be downloaded from the Publications Tab of the DSCU website. A list of the formal DoD publications which govern and explain MAPAD and related logistics functions is found at Appendix Y.

Who do I contact if I have any technical issues with this learning guide?

Go to the LMS Login & Help page for technical assistance.

Certification Center Prelaunch Message

If you receive an "Untrusted Site" or "Untrusted SSL Server Certificate" error when trying to access the Certification Center, please follow the instructions in the link below to update your browsing certificates, and then try again.

Update Browsing Certificates for the Certification Center

Course Login

Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). You will access the LMS using a dialog similar to that shown to the left. Click the "Need help signing in?" link (indicated by the arrow) if you need help.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be immediately redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101).
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile. Follow these Directions for Changing your Organinization so you can view your DSCU courses.

Click the button below if you are ready to proceed.

Take me to the CSOD login page