For each data item declared as USAGE COMP-1 in your RM/COBOL source program, regardless of its picture-string, this COBOL system allocates a 2-byte signed binary data item. This data item is capable of holding a hexadecimal value in the range -32768 to +32767. That is, this COBOL system treats each RM/COBOL USAGE COMP-1 data item as though it had a standard Micro Focus COBOL picture-string of S9(4) COMP. See your Language Reference for details on the standard Micro Focus COBOL language.