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27 June 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

TC 3-22.90 Mortars, Appendix A,

 

Ammunition Care and Handling

A-6. The key to proper ammunition functioning is protection. Rounds prepared but not fired should be returned to their containers. Safety is always a matter of concern for all personnel and requires special attention where ammunition is concerned. Supervision is critical—improper care and handling can cause serious accidents, as well as inaccurate fire. Some of the principles of proper ammunition handling are—

  • Never tumble, drag, throw, or drop individual cartridges or boxes of cartridges.
  • Do not allow smoking, open flames, or other fire hazards around ammunition storage areas.
  • Inspect each cartridge before it is loaded for firing. Dirty ammunition can damage the weapon or affect the accuracy of the round.
  • Keep the ammunition dry, cool, out of the sun, and out of the elements, if possible.

A-7. Each projectile must be inspected to ensure that there is no leakage of the contents and that the projectile is correctly assembled. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

 

AIN 026-22, Possibility of Forward Handle Breaking During Firing of

Launcher and Cartridge, 84 MM: AT4 Confined Space Reduced Sensitivity (AT4CS-RS), M136A1.

 

DODIC: CA30

Request dissemination of this AIN to all Users, Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, Quality Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS), Ammunition Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR), and Range Safety Officers (RSO). This AIN shall be provided to all Units and each User at time of issue.

 

BACKGROUND: It was reported that the Forward Handle on a number of CA30 launchers (total of five at time of AIN Issue) broke during firing. No injuries or damage to property were reported. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Rockets.aspx

 

AIN 027-22, Reporting Army Ammunition Malfunctions (AR 75-1)

 

Request dissemination of this AIN to all Users, ASP Personnel, QASAS, LAR, and RSO.

 

BACKGROUND: Email addresses have changed for malfunction reporting within AR 75-1 for both the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) and the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM). Both organizations are experiencing Units submitting DA FORM 4379-SG (Ammunition Malfunction Report) and DA FORM 4379-1-SG (Missile and Rocket Malfunction Report) via the Munitions History Program (MHP) with incorrect or missing data. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 

AIN 028-22 Cartridge 81MM, HE (IM), M821A3 with Fuze Multi-Option M734A1 (1315-CA61), NSN 1315-01-602-6954 and Cartridge, 81MM, HE (IM), M889A4 with Fuze PD-DLY, M783 (1315-CA63), NSN 1315-01-602-6914

 

Request that this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition QASAS/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO) ASP Personnel, and using Units. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

 

The M821A3 Cartridge has a new DODAC (1315-CA61) and a new NSN 1315-01-602-6954.

 

The M889A4 Cartridge has a new DODAC (1315-CA63) and a new NSN 1315-01-602-6914. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/81MM.aspx

 

AIN 029-22 CHANGE TO APPENDIX A OF TB 9-1300-385.

 

The restriction listed above is being added to the reference TB for future use.  This AIN does not apply the restriction to any lots of ammunition. Any future use of the restriction will be issued in a Notice of Ammunition Reclassification (NAR). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1163370

 

 

 


7/25/20226/27/2022 4:08 PM
  
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6 June 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

 

Ammunition Item of the Week - DODIC C870, Cartridge, 81mm, Smoke, Red Phosphorus, M819

 

AIN 022-22 New Configuration, Serviceability Criteria and Linking of Dummy Drilled Inert (DDI) Ammunition

DODICS: AB36, AB46, AB47 AND AB48.

 

Request this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and using Units. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

 

The one-piece design and the two-piece design are both acceptable for use and interchangeable.  There are no changes to either model number, DODIC or National Stock Number (NSN). Handling and inspection criteria remain the same.

 

See attachments (AIN 022-22D thru AIN 022-22F) for guidance on 5.56MM, 7.62MM and .50 Caliber DDI and link serviceability criteria, linking and delinking procedures for DDI as well as link and belt serviceability, and warnings, restrictions and procedures for breaking and joining belt for service ammunition. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 023-22 Information for New Cartridge, 81MM Practice, M879A1 (NSN 1315-01-537-7915, DODAC 1315-C875).

 

The cartridge, 81MM, Practice, M879A1 is the replacement for Cartridge, 81MM, Practice, M879. It is a full range practice cartridge authorized for use in the M252 and M252A1, 81MM Mortar Systems.

The new Cartridge shares the DODAC with the current M879 Cartridge (1315-C875) but has a new NSN 1315-01-537-7915. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/81MM.aspx


AIN 024-22, For Projectile, 155MM: HE M795 (IMX-101) And Fuze, Multioption: M1156 PGK Are No Longer an Authorized Projectile/Fuze Combination

 

DODICS: DA54, NA29, NA36.

The projectile-fuze combination of Projectile, 155MM: HE M795 (IMX-101), DA54, and Fuze, Multioption: M1156 PGK, NA29 and NA36, is no longer an authorized combination. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/155mm.aspx

 

 


6/27/20226/6/2022 3:43 PM
  
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23 May 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

DODIC J007 Mine, Antipersonnel, M18A1 With Nonelectric Initiation System

 

AIN 020-22 To Support the Fielding and Deployment Release (F&DR) Of the Cartridge, Caliber .338, NORMA MAGNUM Armor Piercing, M1162, DODIC AC32 For U.S. SOCOM Only.

Request dissemination of this AIN to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and Ammunition Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR). Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

The inspection criteria for DODIC AC32 has been included into MHP.

This ammunition will be handled, stored, and supported in a similar manner as existing .338 Caliber Small Caliber Ammunition.  Management, accountability, and requisition will be via standard ammunition channels for Army Depots, ASP'S, and ATHPS similar to currently fielded small caliber ammunition. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 021-22 To Support the Urgent Material Release (UMR) Of the Cartridge, 30 MM, High Explosive Proximity (HEP), XM1211

Request dissemination of this AIN to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and Ammunition Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR). Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

The inspection criteria for DODIC AC61 has been included into MHP.

Transportation, transportation activities, and traffic management for XM1211 ammunition will be handled by the U.S. Army Joint Munition Command. Outloading, Conveyance, and Magazine Storage Drawings will be similar to existing 30MM Medium Caliber Ammunition. These items will be a Category IV Security Sensitive Item IAW DOD 5100.76-M and will require Transportation Protective Service (TPS) pursuant to DOD 4500.9-R, Defense Transportation Regulation, Part II. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/20mm - 30mm.aspx

 

Shelter from the Storm, Compiled by the Risk Management Staff, RM Quarterly, Risk Management, Official Safety Magazine of the U.S. Army, Spring 2022. https://safety.army.mil/Portals/0/Documents/MEDIA/RISKMANAGEMENTMAGAZINE/Standard/RMQ_Spring_2022.pdf


6/13/20225/23/2022 2:52 PM
  
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9 May 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about Reduced QD Magazines Inter Magazine distance (Three responses)

TP-15 and the Reduced QD magazine guide describe the arcs for reduced QD magazines (like the CETASM and Advanced EOD ARMAG).  However, when I am siting these ARMAGS within the QD Arcs of an ASP, as an Exposed Site, do I calculate them as an AGM (K4.5 to ECM, for example)?  Or can I site them closer, like the HPM at K1.5?

 

Question about DA Form 1687 (Two responses)

My team and I are trying to find the AR/DA PAM/etc on a line-by-line filling of the DA Form 1687 for ASP/ASA. We have the new AIN 015-22 about SIGNATURES. Can anyone provide an example External SOP from your operation?

 

Question about Magazine Data Cards (DA Form 3020-R) (One response)

Is there a regulation that describes how to properly fill out a 3020-R? I have gone through AR 710-2, DA PAM 710-2-1, DA PAM 700-2-2, as well as DA PAM 700-16. All I have been able to find is them saying that there needs to be one on any ammunition being stored for over 24 hours.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

AIN 016-22, Disposition Instructions for Unserviceable Non-Standard Ammunition

Request this AIN be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store, test and/or maintain non-standard ammunition; QASAS; Ammunition Inspectors; and all Ammunition Supply Point Personnel.

Pending further guidance, disposition for unserviceable NSA shall be requested through the appropriate Designated Disposition Authority (DDA). A list of DDA's is provided on the spreadsheet attachment AIN 016-22A. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Non-Standard - Foreign Munitions.aspx

 

AIN 017-22, Retransmittal of JMC SOUM 20-002 (Operational Use of Grenade, Hand: Smoke, Visual, Restricted Terrain, M106, (GG25), Screening Obscuration Device-Visual Restricted Terrain (SOD-VR), NSN: 1330-01-557-1954, LIN G23252.)

Units failed to follow guidance in TC 3-23.30, Grenades and Pyrotechnic Signals before training with the M106 SOD-VR Grenade. As a result, soldiers training with and employing the M106 SOD-VR Grenade have sustained serious injuries to the hand and face due to grenade misidentification. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Grenades.aspx

 

AIN 018-22 Information Concerning Restrictions and Reporting Procedures for All 9 Millimeter Ammunition and Pistols

DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24

See AIN 018-22A for ammunition/weapon authorizations. Due to the recent issues and minimal Compatibility Testing it is recommended that ammunition and weapon types (MHS & LEGACY) are not mixed for combat use. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm and .45 cal Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 019-22 JMC Ammunition Condition Report (ACR) Updates In MHP

The JMC automated ACR submission process in the MHP was updated several years ago to allow users to submit ACRS thru the Inspection Module. ACRS submitted thru MHP do require approval by personnel with inspection approval authority in MHP. Any issues with accessing the ACR Module may be addressed to the JMC POC listed in this AIN, or to the MHP Help Desk. AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Surveillance.aspx

 

ALARACT 025-2022, Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives Accountability and Loss and Recovery Reporting

The purpose of this message is to announce a forthcoming Army Directive, changes for the Chief Of Staff Of The Army (CSA) Commander's Critical Information Report (CCIR) and announce forthcoming policy changes relating to the accountability and reporting of lost, stolen, and recovered arms, ammunition, and explosives (AA&E). Headquarters, Department of The Army (HQDA) is increasing the speed/timeliness and accuracy of the status of lost, stolen, or missing weapons and munitions by establishing a live feed dashboard to inform Army Leaders. The forthcoming changes to the reporting requirements will be outlined in an Army Directive and are designed to feed the HQDA dashboard and provide real-time data for analysis. Contributed by CW3 Lima https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Physical Security.aspx

 

 


5/30/20225/9/2022 4:00 PM
  
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25 April 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammunition%20Multimedia.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about DA Form 1687

My team and I are trying to find the AR/DA PAM/etc on a line-by-line filling of the DA Form 1687 for ASP/ASA. We have the new AIN 015-22 about SIGNATURES.

Can anyone provide an example External SOP from your operation?

 

Question about Magazine Data Cards (DA Form 3020-R) (one response)

Is there a regulation that describes how to properly fill out a 3020-R? I have gone through AR 710-2, DA PAM 710-2-1, DA PAM 700-2-2, as well as DA PAM 700-16. All I have been able to find is them saying that there needs to be one on any ammunition being stored for over 24 hours. Click here to respond.

 

Question about Amnesty Collection (one response)

Ms. Gilg: During my previous assignments QASAS collected ammunition from base amnesty boxes and turned in at the ASP. Now that I'm working at a Military Ocean Terminal how does the amnesty collection / program work?  Who is authorized to collect from base amnesty containers? What training / certification is required to collect ammunition from amnesty container?  Who can transport amnesty from collection points to base arms room for storage until turn in at supporting ASP?  What training / certification is required to transport from amnesty container to local arms room?

 

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

ARTICLES


AIN 012-22, Changes to Shelf Life For DODICS: MD73 and A965, CTG Impulse M796 and CTG 25.4MM Decoy M839

DODICS:  NSN/DODIC: 1377-01-049-6365 MD73 AND1305-01-082-8986 A965

HQ JMC has updated the CAD/PAD Shelf/Installed Life Listing for the following DODICS:MD73 and A965. The Shelf Life has been increased from 228 to 240 months. The Installed Life for both DODICS remains at 12 months.

 

AIN 014-22, Possible Early Function with M783 PD Fuzed Mortar Cartridges  (DODICS BA14/BA17/BA45/CA43/CA44/CA63)

Do not lay fuze end of mortar cartridge directly on ground and keep cartridges covered prior to firing to prevent sand, dust, dirt, snow, ice, and any other debris from getting into the fuze turbine air inlet (See attachment AIN 014-22A). https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Mortars.aspx

 

AIN 015-22, DA Form 1687 (Delegation of Authority) Guidance

DETAILS:  currently, there is conflicting guidance in AR 700-28 and DA PAM 700-16 regarding DA Form 1687 and what constitutes a correct "SIGNATURE". Original intent was to do away with the requirement of a PPT/PDF signature as part of the digital signature requirement, but the requirement did not translate correctly into the regulation updates.  As a result of these discussions/emails, signature guidance in this AIN will be implemented immediately upon receipt until relevant publications are updated or additional guidance is provided. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

AINS contributed by Mr. Garcia.

 

Ammo Help

Ammo Help is DAC's most accessible means for a customer to ask a question about ammunition and explosives: logistics, safety, surveillance, training, demilitarization technology or engineering.

The DAC directorate having the expertise to provide definitive guidance will answer the question.

To Contact Ammo Help: https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/lrtao/ammo-help


5/16/20224/25/2022 4:42 PM
  
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11 April 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Amnesty Collection (one response)

Ms. Gilg: During my previous assignments QASAS collected ammunition from base amnesty boxes and turned in at the ASP. Now that I'm working at a Military Ocean Terminal how does the amnesty collection / program work?  Who is authorized to collect from base amnesty containers? What training / certification is required to collect ammunition from amnesty container?  Who can transport amnesty from collection points to base arms room for storage until turn in at supporting ASP?  What training / certification is required to transport from amnesty container to local arms room? https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

New/Updated Manuals

SB 742-1427-92-002, Ammunition Surveillance Procedures for Javelin Surface Attack Guided Missile & Launcher: FGM-148 Series, Revision, 4/1/2022

TM 9-6920-688-10, Operator Manual for Javelin Missile System Field Tactical Trainer (NSN 6920-01-391-9214) (EIC NA) P/N 13306105-Series, Revision, 3/29/2022

TM 9-1015-263-10, Operator Manual for Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) Rifle, 84 MM Recoilless: M3E1 (NSN 1015-64-000-1068) (EIC 7RR), 03/21/2022

https://login.aesip.army.mil/portal/faces/home

 

8 Keys to a Successful Ammunition Program

This article lists and explains the eight key factors Hotel Forward Support Company improved or implemented to make their CLV program a success.

  1. FSCs and Master Gunners Must Become Best Friends
  2. Identify all Limitations and Constraints
  3. Find the Sweet Spot
  4. Turn your Limitations into Strengths
  5. The Necessities No One Talks About
  6. All Companies Must Buy In
  7. Give the AIP a Little Love
  8. Take Responsibility and Work as a Team

These eight key factors have the potential to streamline your unit's ammunition program, directly impacting the unit's lethality. These factors also enable your team to work together toward a better culture. Read complete article by Capt. Sarah F. Antioho, dated February 24, 2022. https://www.army.mil/article/253847/8_keys_to_a_successful_ammunition_program
 

Newly Published Drawings, https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx

 


4/25/20224/11/2022 3:04 PM
  
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28 March 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION

 

Ammunition Lessons Learned from a DIVARTY

Chief Lima: Black on Ammunition, Green on Forecasting: Ammunition Lessons Learned from a DIVARTY, By: MAJ Mikhail Jackson, https://www.fieldartillery.org/news/black-on-ammunition-green-on-forecasting-ammunition-lessons-learned-from-a-divarty

 

Question about DD Form 626 for Inert Loads (one response)

Mr. Leroy: Is a DD Form 626 actually required for incoming and outgoing of inert loads, i.e.: bomb fins, dummy rounds, etc....?

 

Question about Record Keeping (DD FORM 626) (one response)

Mr. Smith: Does anyone know how long copies of vehicle inspections (626) are required to be kept on file? Is it a year or 6 years and three months like most documents?

 

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

AIN 010-22, Unit Level Delinking/Linking of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) or Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA)

 

DODICS: AA01, AA02, AA04, AA05, AA06, AA07, AA08, AA26, AA27, AA34, AA35, AA36, AA37, AA39, AA44, AA50, AA65, AA79, AA85, AA89, AA90, AA94, AA96, AA98, AB03, AB04, AB15, AB16, AB17, AB30, AB35, AB56, AB66, AB73, AB75, AB76, AB79, AB81, AB85, AB86, AB88, AB89, AC09, AC10, AC31, AZ33, AZ34, AZ35, AZ36, AZ41, A062, A064, A073, A075, A111, A127, A128, A131, A143, A146, A147, A151, A152, A156, A163, A164, A165, A168, A200, A207, A208, A209, A217, A218, A219, A225, A236, A255, A257, A258, A516, A517, A518, A519, A520, A523, A528, A530, A534, A540, A544, A550, A555, A557, A559, A573, A576, A577, A581, A583, A589, A590, A593, A595, A596, A598, A599, A602, A603, A605, A607, A608, A940, A953, A974, A975, A976, A981, A983, A986, A991, BA21, BA30, BA35, B470, B480, B481, B542, B570, B571, B573, B576, and B584.

 

  • Units are authorized to delink/link a single DODIC of SAA or MCA only for the adjustment of the belt length.
  • Units are prohibited from delinking a single DODIC of SAA or MCA to alter the DODICS original configuration, such as removing tracer rounds from a ball and tracer DODIC, or removal of individual rounds for use in single fire weapons, such as in sniper rifles.
  • Units are prohibited from delinking/linking two or more DODICS of SAA or MCA into a nonstandard ammunition configuration.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 011-22, Authorization to Fire Various 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm Mortar Cartridges Using Older Mortar Ballistic Computers

DODICS:  BA44, BA45, C875, CA61, CA63.

 

Some older versions of the LHMBC and MFCS software may not have selections for all ammunition. The necessary firing data and correction factors to allow firing of these rounds are also provided in attachment AIN 011-22A, where applicable. Units with MFCS software prior to Version 7 or LHMBC software prior to VERSION 5 should have their MFCS/LHMBC updated to comply with current software versions used in the field.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Mortars.aspx

 

M2/M2A1 Machine Guns: Ammo for Training on Short Range, PS Magazine, 21 March 2022, https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2973131/m2m2a1-machine-guns-ammo-for-training-on-short-range/

 


4/11/20223/24/2022 11:55 AM
  
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14 March 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Record Keeping (DD FORM 626) (one response)

Mr. Smith: Does anyone know how long copies of vehicle inspections (626) are required to be kept on file? Is it a year or 6 years and three months like most documents?

 

Question about Access to Army TM's (two responses)

I am a former QASAS, now working for the Navy as an Explosives Safety Officer. I am trying to find a way where I can get access to the TM 43 series pubs. A lot of information in the TM's would benefit me in my current position, but seems I cannot get access to the Army TMs anymore.

 

Question about A&E Load Securement on an Installation (one response)

Mr. Pezzulo: What is/are the standard(s) for the securing of A&E loads for transport when on installation boundaries? Specifically, when in reference to contractor operated facilities? Also, what are the options for deviation from these requirements?

 

Question about Electric Vehicles for Transporting Ammunition

Mr. Chenard: Has anyone heard whether there will be guidance regarding using electric vehicles to transport ammunition/explosives?

 

Share an Idea about Ammunition References

Mr. Matthews: The Ammunition Reference Guide is a Knowledge Management MilWiki tool used by the Ammunition community. It is a powerful tool and a living knowledge bank where experts are encouraged to contribute their experience and update information as it happens. It allows users to integrate and interlink knowledge into topical-based articles and collaborate on issues up to and including UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO documentation. Suggestions for edits can be made keeping the references current. The Ammunition Reference Guide is also posted at https://www.milsuite.mil/wiki/Ammunition_References  and https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/General-Ammunition-Information.aspx.

 

 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

Ammunition: Cold Weather Affects Performance

PS Magazine, Feb. 23, 2022, https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2803731/ammunition-cold-weather-affects-performance/

 

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

GG25 - Grenade, Hand: Smoke, Visual, Restricted Terrain, M106.

The M106 produces an instant obscurant cloud and is intended for use in restrictive terrain, i.e., inside urban structures, subterranean locations, and caves.


4/4/20223/14/2022 2:32 PM
  
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28 February 2022 Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Electric Vehicles for Transporting Ammunition

Mr. Chenard: Has anyone heard whether there will be guidance regarding using electric vehicles to transport ammunition/explosives? I was asked that question recently and I have no idea; although I don't see why this would be a problem or create a hazard greater than a fuel driven vehicle...

 

Question about AMC Drawing 19-48-series Release Authority for FMS NATO Country

Mr. Malik: Good morning, I am trying to find the releasing authority for the AMC Drawings 19-48 Series for a FMS NATO country. I work for Navy and since this is an Army drawing. Not much information regarding release authority on the drawing.

 

Question about A&E Load Securement on an Installation (one response)

Mr. Pezzulo: What is/are the standard(s) for the securing of A&E loads for transport when on installation boundaries? Specifically, when in reference to contractor operated facilities? Also, what are the options for deviation from these requirements

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

AIN 009-22, Information Concerning the Full Material Release of The Modular Handgun System and Related Ammunition


DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24

In an effort to provide soldiers with an improved handgun and ammunition, the Program Manager for Soldier Weapons (PM SW) has issued a Full Material Release of The Modular Handgun System: M17 Full Size Handgun, M18 Compact Handgun, and General Officer Handgun. The ammunition for these weapons will be the M1152 Ball Cartridge, M1153 Special Purpose Cartridge, and M1156 Dummy Drill Inert Cartridge.


The Nomenclature and National Stock Numbers (NSN) for the MHS handguns and the Nomenclature, National Stock Numbers (NSN), and DODICS for the new and legacy 9mm ammunition are listed in AIN 009-22A. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm%20and%20.45%20cal%20Cartridges.aspx

 

Cardinal Rule of Ammunition and Explosive Safety
(ATP 4-35.1 Nov 2021)


1-6. All operations involving AE follow the cardinal rule of AE safety: expose the minimum number of people, for the minimum period of time, to the least amount of explosive required to perform safe and effective operations.

1-7. During operations AE personnel—

  • Allow only tasks that are necessary to an operation.
  • Deny entry to nonessential personnel (This restriction does not prohibit official visits by safety, quality control [QC], management, inspection or other personnel authorized by the commander.)
  • Enforce established personnel limits at all times.

 

1-8. One Soldier can perform many AE operations. However, if the tactical situation permits, at least one additional person should be present to assist AE handlers in the event of an emergency. Proper supervision is required for all operations to observe and enforce safety precautions.
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 
Ammunition Item of the Week

DODIC B647 Cartridge, 60mm, Illuminating M721


3/28/20222/28/2022 2:38 PM
  
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14 February 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about A&E load securement on an installation

Mr. Pezzulo: What is/are the standard(s) for the securing of A&E loads for transport when on installation boundaries? Specifically, when in reference to contractor operated facilities? Also, what are the options for deviation from these requirements? https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

Question about Lightning and when operations should cease

Mr. Chenard: Is there any written clarification on the following standard?

A large majority of DOD Explosive, Ranges, and FARPs are not within the installation footprint. Complying with DESR V2.E4.4.1.1. forces operation/ training to cease when the installation could be 20, 50 or 100 miles away.

 

Is there a letter of interpretation for "within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation"?

-V2.E4.4.1.1. Explosives facilities are served by an approved local lightning warning system (as determined by each DoD Component) permitting AE operations to be terminated before a thunderstorm is within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

New/Updated Documents

Ammunitions Defect Codes, November 2021 w/AIN 006-22 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Army Surveillance.aspx

QASAS Vehicle Inspection Checklist, QASAS Form 1, February 2021 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Land Transportation.aspx

 

 

Ten Principles Of Ammunition And Explosive Safety

(ATP 4-35.1 Nov 2021)

 

1-9. While mission variables may limit a commander's ability to adhere to the specifications of AR 385-10 and DA Pam 385-64, the following ten principles apply to all AE operations, regardless of whether the unit is operating in peace, during contingency operations, or in war.

  • Know your explosive safety responsibilities.
  • Know your explosives safety points of contact and contact information.
  • Understand and have current explosives safety site plan on hand.
  • Train your personnel to perform their AE mission properly. Have policies and procedures in place that cover your AE requirements.
  • Make sure all AE locations are properly sited and have current licenses; prepare a DA Form 7632 (Deviation Approval and Risk Acceptance Document (DARD)) to authorize any explosives storage safety deviations.
  • Know where to find maps depicting AE locations with associated explosives safety quantity distance (ESQD) arcs, exclusion, and/or clear zones.
  • Know the outcome of the most recent internal and higher headquarters explosives safety assessment and institute corrective measures as necessary. Be aware of any new construction or modification plans that affect your explosive safety clear zones.
  • Know your local policies and procedures for the AE amnesty program including the location of collection points, responsibilities for collection, and frequency of collection.
  • Know proper response procedures in the event of a munition mishap including notification and evacuation procedures, personnel accountability, unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) support, accident reporting requirements, and malfunction reporting requirements.
  • Learn what AE risks exist that could adversely affect your mission or capability and mitigate those risks. Communicate risks up the chain of command.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Explosives Safety.aspx

 

Ammunition Item Of The Week

DODIC GG20 Grenade, Hand, Diversionary, BTV-1 EL, MK 13 MOD 0

 


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31 January 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Lightning and when operations should cease.

Mr. Chenard: Is there any written clarification on the following standard?

A large majority of DOD Explosive, Ranges, and FARPs are not within the installation footprint. Complying with DESR V2.E4.4.1.1. forces operation/ training to cease when the installation could be 20, 50 or 100 miles away.


Is there a letter of interpretation for "within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation"?


-V2.E4.4.1.1. Explosives facilities are served by an approved local lightning warning system (as determined by each DoD Component) permitting AE operations to be terminated before a thunderstorm is within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

Transformation of the Army Ammunition Surveillance Program, by CW3 Lima dated December 16, 2021. https://www.army.mil/article/252596/transformation_of_the_army_ammunition_surveillance_program


Newly Published Drawings
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx

Web Page Updated – January 26, 2022

 
General Conventional Ammunition Drawings

Basic Procedures - Unitization Procedures for Boxed White Phosphorus (WP) and Plasticized White Phosphorus (PWP) Loaded Ammunition on 4-way Entry Pallets
Unitization: 19-48-4015-20PA1004  
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Unit 19-48-4015-20PA1004 - Revision 6.pdf?Web=1

Basic Procedures - Unitization Procedures for Ammunition and Components packed in Cylindrical Metal or Plastic Containers on 4-way Entry Wooden Pallets with Metal Top Lift Unitization: 19-48-4326-20PM1012  
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Unit 19-48-4326-20PM1012 - Revision 4.pdf?Web=1


Rockets, Rocket Ammunition and Rocket Components

Unitization Procedures for Unitization Procedures for Ammunition and Components packed in Cylindrical Metal or Plastic Containers on 4-way Entry Wooden Pallets – 2.75" Hydra Rocket, packed 4 per M643 HDPE Container, Unitized 12 per 69-/34" x 41" Metal Bottom Frame and Pallet with Top Lift Adapter; Approx Container Size 70"" L X 10-1/8" W X 10-1/8" H Unitization: 19-48-4231/62-20PM1012 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Unit 19-48-4231 62-20PM1006 - Revision 2.pdf?Web=1


Miscellaneous Items

Sling, Multiple Leg, Top Lift Ammunition
Materials Handling: AC00000398
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Materials Handling AC00000398.pdf?Web=1


CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 26 January 2022 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 20 April 2021.xlsx?Web=1

CAPULDI excel on MilBook  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-926829
 
CAPULDI text updated by DAC 26 January 2022 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/CAPULDI Text updated by DAC 20 April 2021.txt


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DOT Chart 17: Markings, Labeling, and Placarding Guide, November 2021 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Posters.aspx

 

AIN 008-22, GPA, JMC 20-001 for Projectile, 155mm High Explosive M795, DA54; Projectile, 155mm, Smoke, White Phosphorous M1121, DA66; Projectile, 155mm High Explosive M1122, DA51

 

Problem:  There are 155MM projectiles utilizing a plastic meltable fuze plug (MFP) that enhances insensitive munition (IM) safety. The lunette (LOOP) on the MFP is intended for hand lifting and carrying of the projectile only. Lifting or suspending the projectile by the MFP using means other than hand lifting or carrying may cause the MFP to break and cause injury to personnel or damage to the projectile. Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

SOP Requirements

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards,

2–4. Use of written procedures

Written procedures will be developed and used for each AE operation. The SOPs will be developed per AR 385–10 for all explosives operations to ensure workers have the information necessary to perform their assigned tasks safely. The SOPs for AE and related operations will identify potentially hazardous conditions.

 

DA PAM 385-10 Army Safety Program

Chapter 9 Standing Operating Procedures for Hazardous Operations (9-4, 9-7, 9-9, 9-10, 9-11)

A well-written SOP provides detailed procedures. The net result of following an SOP is a product or service that is consistent in quality and that is the same as other items produced in the same manner. The SOP has to meet certain criteria to be acceptable. These criteria include—

  • The steps must be in logical sequence…
  • The safety procedures have to protect the worker and the environment throughout the process.
  • Risks must be identified
  • The process set forth in the SOP should be the most efficient possible

 
The SOPs will be reviewed and staffed by all required parties.  Also see AMC R 700-107 Preparation of Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) and Written Standards for Ammunition Operations and DA PAM 700-107 Preparation Of Standard Operating Procedures And Written Standards For Ammunition Operations, both have examples to follow.


A method will be provided for the signatures of supervisors and operators indicating that they have read the SOP; understand operations involved in the task; have verified that the operators are trained in and understand the SOP; and that the task can be executed in a safe and efficient manner.


SOPs will be posted in the work area and readily available to the supervisors, operators and A&E related personnel.

https://armypubs.army.mil/ and https://hqamc.aep.army.mil/gstaff/amcio/ia/r/p/Publications/AMC-R%20700-107.pdf

 

AMMO-54-DL, 9E-F68/920-F36 (DL), RISK MANAGEMENT & PREPARATION OF SOPs FOR AMMUNITION & EXPLOSIVE OPERATIONS (CERT) https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/distance-learning

 

 


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Question about 463L Pallets Standard Drawings

During my time in shipping munitions from one Deployed base to another, I have found there is really no guidance on how to load up and tie down munitions to go air cargo.  Yes, there is some guidance on height limits, which nets to use, and weight for the pallet.  I am just curious if I have missed something on where there might be some standard drawings on this.  I work at a CRTC base and would like to start teaching a class in this for the future ACE concept.  For example, there is no guidance on AIM-9 and creating a 463L pallet.  I created one, but I believe there should be some standards out there. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

MIN 17-10, Disposition for Empty ATACMS/GMLRS/MLRS Pods

Prior to transfer, the items shall be inspected and certified as inert and free of material potentially presenting an explosive hazard. Contributed by Mr. Garcia. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1093058

 

Modern War in an Ancient Land Volumes I and II

These volumes, prepared by the Operation Enduring Freedom Study Group, present a first cut operational-level narrative of how the U.S. Army formed, trained, deployed, and employed its forces in Afghanistan from October 2001 to December 2014. https://history.army.mil/html/books/059/59-1/

 

Ammunition and Explosives Light Box Management

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards, 3-2 h https://armypubs.army.mil/

Incomplete boxes of AE may be stored in magazines containing AE packed per approved drawings. Incomplete boxes of AE, which must be clearly marked to identify the content and quantity of AE, will be stored in designated locations within a magazine.

 

MILSTD129R Military Marking for Shipment and Storage, 5 14 4 2 f. https://quicksearch.dla.mil/qsDocDetails.aspx?ident_number=35520

When a package contains less ammunition or explosives than the package is designed to contain, the box shall be specifically marked as follows:

  • Light (lite) box shall be identified as such by marking or stenciling the words "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") in a contrasting orange paint scheme, on the identification side, space permitting, and on one other outward facing surface, in the largest practical size letters. If placing the "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") marking on the identification side is impractical, stencil the words "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") on one outward facing surface of the "lite box" and a second "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") marking on any other outward facing surface of the "lite box", in the largest practical size letters. A contrasting orange colored water-resistant label with the words light (lite) box can be used in lieu of marking or stenciling.
  • In a general shipping situation, there is only one light (lite) box per lot, per 
    condition code, per structure.

 

Drawings https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-939029

  • DRAWING 12982865 REV K, 20 JAN 16, SUBJECT: Minimum Marking Instructions for Ammunition and Explosive Containers.
  • DRAWING 9325874 REV K, 26 JAN 18, SUBJECT: Packing for Light Boxes.
  • DRAWING 8796522 REV BU, 26 APRIL 17, SUBJECT: Marking Diagram and Sealing for Wood Packing Boxes.

A link to Ammunition and Explosives Light Box Management can also be found on the Munitions and Explosives Safety CoP under A&E Resources/Tools https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/A%20and%20E%20Resources%20-%20Tools.aspx



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Articles


Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC: AA51 Cartridge, 12 Gauge, Non-Lethal Point Control M1012

 

AIN 006-22, New Ammunition Defect Code

A new component code has been added to the Munitions History Program (MHP).

FA - FLASH REDUCER.

Updated defect code file is available on the "POLICIES & PROCEDURES" tab on the JMC Ammunition Surveillance Website at the following web address:

https://jmc.aep.army.mil/mlrc/qa/qas/qasurveillance/default.aspx Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

AIN 007-22, Army Guidance On Shipping Full Or Light Pallets Of Depleted Uranium (DU) Penetrator Munitions

 

DODICS: A675, A676, A979, A983, A986, AB20, AC56, B102, B103, B117, B128, C380, C523, C524, C543, C783, C786, C792, CA26, CA64

 

Request this AIN be disseminated to all Army Personnel involved in shipping and receiving depleted uranium (DU) penetrator type munitions and coordinated with the installation Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Other U.S. Military Services will consider distributing DU ammunition shipping guidance to their personnel. AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/HAZMAT Transportation.aspx

 

Ammunition Class V Research Guide Nov 2021

 

The purpose of this guide is to identify various sources of information to assist the ammunition community in the proper cataloguing of conventional ammunition and missiles.
https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-464327  Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

Soldiers make history firing experimental tank round 15 years in the making

 
Two crews from 4th Infantry Division made armor history in September at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. The crews were the first to fire the XM-1147 Advanced Multi-Purpose (AMP) round, an experimental round that has been in development for over a decade. Currently, the U.S. Army utilizes five 120mm service rounds, each with a unique purpose and intended target. The AMP encompasses all four of these rounds, with additional capabilities such as breaching reinforced walls. For tank crews, this versatility serves a vital purpose in addressing the 'Battle-Carry Dilemma' and giving two invaluable resources: time and space.

Read complete article by Capt. Tobias Cukale dated November 2, 2021. https://www.army.mil/article/251668/soldiers_make_history_firing_experimental_tank_round_15_years_in_the_making


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Transaction Requirements


"Attached are the latest training slides. As the ASCC/DMC/higher command (whichever applies) you are required to provide training to your ASPs. You can utilize the slides provided or do your own, but please ensure that the ASPs become knowledgeable in the requirements. All slides in here are derived from wording within DA PAM 700-16 or FRAGO 3, https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1051769  so should not be new information to the field. Please provide this training NLT 30 November 21 and provide proof of the training to this office by that date as well as maintaining it for required timeframe of 6 years 3 months. All training will be required annually once updated regulations are published. Proof of training can be via a sign in sheet or emailed MFR from AO stating that all personnel are trained (including list of ASP personnel). If there are personnel who are not available for training in this timeframe, please provide the date that they will be trained by." Ms. Miceli, Logistics Management Specialist.

Contributed by Mr. Garcia

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 

 

AIN 004-22 To Support the Fielding and Deployment Release of Close Combat Blank Family of Ammunition, DODICS AC51, AC52, AC53 FOR SOCOM Use Only

 

The inspection criteria for DODICS AC51, AC52, and AC53 remain the same as other currently fielded CCMCK ammunition with the exception that CCBS ammunition does not contain projectiles. The Small Arms Inspection Criteria in the Munitions History Program (MHP) has been updated accordingly. The shelf life for these items is listed in Appendix C of the TB 9-1300-385. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/5.56mm Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 005-22, Change of Shelf Life for M21 Cutter Cartridge Actuated Assy

 

DODIC: M500

HQ JMC has updated the CAD/PAD Shelf/ Life for the following DODIC: M500. The Shelf Life has been increased from 336 to 360 months. The Installed Life remains at 72 months and 144 months for those in climate controlled areas. The updated PDF version of the list that can be found in MHP:
HTTPS://MHP.REDSTONE.ARMY.MIL/ > NOTICES> VIEW TB 9-1300-385 > APPENDIX D.(Change 48) > PARA D-5A >"LINK TO LIST"  AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.


FY2022 DoD Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Review Guide, Revision 2, 22 October 2021

This guide is provided to aid the ammunition supply activity personnel to perform a self-assessment of ammunition logistics, ammunition surveillance, and explosives safety functions. Contributed by Ms. Ortiz. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Ammunition Logistics and Explosives Safety Program.aspx  


ATP 4-35.1 Ammunition and Explosives Handler Safety Techniques, November 2021
This manual is intended to provide ammunition and explosives handlers the information necessary to safely perform ammunition and explosives operations and fully support the operational requirement. The primary focus of ammunition and explosives safety is to reduce the probability and limit the damage caused by unintended initiation. Safety, fire protection, prevention, and safety awareness during ammunition and explosives operations is every Soldier's responsibility. Reader should follow the guidelines in this publication as closely as possible within the constraints and restrictions of the operational or tactical environment. ATP 4-35.1 contains five chapters.  https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Explosives Safety.aspx


ATP 5-19 Risk Management, November 2021

ATP 5-19 provides doctrinal guidance on managing risk within the conduct of operations. Administrative risk management (RM) guidance and techniques are in AR 385-10. These two documents are designed to be complementary, and in tandem, they provide guidance on the implementation of RM throughout the Army. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Risk Management.aspx


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Share an Idea: HQDA G-4 Exception to Policy, Enlisted Persons as Accountable Officers, 22SEP2021


This exception to policy (approved by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics G-4, LTG Duane A. Gamble on 22 Sep 2021) permits appointment of DoD enlisted personnel in the grade of E-7 or higher as Accountable Property Officers.

 

By exception, this memorandum authorizes the first General Officer (GO), Senior Executive Service (SES) Civilian, or Senior Commander (SC, defined per AR 600-20 paragraph 2-5b.)

Contributed by Chief Lima. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1065147

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 

 

TAMIS Guide 3.0

 

Things you should know, or, help you, while navigating through TAMIS.

Contributed by Mr. Dougherty

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/TAMIS.aspx

 

 

Portable Ammo Sorting Table Blueprints

 

Blueprints for an ammunition sorting table that can be used or modified as needed for unit. Contributed by Ms. Theadore.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Turn-in.aspx

 

 

Cheese Charge Video

 

Warnings were not followed

  • Excess increments were not destroyed Daily
  • All dead grass and brush was not cleared from within 30 meters of the burn area
  • The burn area was not a minimum of 100 meters from parked vehicles, ammunition piles, or the nearest mortar position
  • The increments were piled higher than 2 inches high

https://safety.army.mil/MEDIA/Video-Library/Video-Player/VideoId/30/UseHtml5/True

US Army Combat Readiness Center and

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/120MM%20Mortar.aspx

 

 

Ammunition: Cold Weather Affects Performance

PS Magazine, Oct. 7, 2021

 

Soldiers, we told you how ammo performs when it's hot, and now it's time to tell you what happens when it's cold. Keep reading to see how cold weather affects your ammo's performance.

 

It's important to keep your weapon and ammo dry in extremely cold weather. What happens when you bring your weapon in from the cold? The warm, humid indoor environment causes condensation to form on your weapon and ammo. If you take your weapon back outside with condensation on the ammo, then it'll freeze and cause serious problems.  For instance, ammo with ice particles on it will not feed or fully chamber properly. That's why the best thing to do is secure weapons and ammo outside if you're going indoors for a quick warm up. 

 

When you're done with outdoor training for the day, ensure all ammo is accounted for and turned in to the ammo point. Make sure your weapon is clear of ammo and bring your weapon indoors and give it time to warm up to the indoor temperature. Read complete article from PS Magazine https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2803731/ammunition-cold-weather-affects-performance/


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FY21 DoD Munitions Ammunition Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Annual Digest

This digest is a summary of significant observations and trends reported during eighteen ammunition reviews conducted from 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2021. This digest is prepared and published as an aid in identifying potential problem areas that could affect an installation's capability to accomplish its mission in an accountable, efficient, environmentally responsible, safe and secure manner. All Army commanders with an A&E mission should place an increased emphasis on areas with increased findings from previous year reviews. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1070128

Contributed by Ms. Ortiz.

 

AIN 001-22, Muzzle Velocity Variation (MVV) For Specific Lots Of Cartridge, 105MM, M1 (DODAC 1315-C445) That Contain Incorrectly-Loaded Charge, Propelling, 105MM, M67


Request that this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, all 105MM Artillery Units, Range Safety Officers, Quality Assurance Specialist (Ammunition Surveillance) (QASAS) and Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.


This AIN provides information about specific lots of M1 Cartridges (C445) that contain incorrectly-loaded M67 Propelling Charges. The M1 is used in the M101-series, M102 and M119-series 105MM howitzers. The M67 is a seven increment propelling charge that is fired at Charge-1 through Charge-7. These specific lots of M1 Cartridges produce muzzle velocity that is slower than standard for Charge-3 through Charge-7. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-406767


AIN 002-22, Residue Present In Chamber After Firing Newer Lots Of M865 TPCSDS-T 120MM Cartridge

 

Request this AIN be disseminated to all personnel involved with firing 120MM tank cartridges from the M1A1 or M1A2 Abrams Tanks, including Tank Crews, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and using Units. Please Distribute This AIN to the lowest level.

 

In recent years, there has been an increase in reports of excessive residue remaining in the chamber after firing M865 cartridges with the ACS. The residue is an inert Kraft Papermaterial that is part of the upper portions of the CCC which was not completely expelled from the chamber during firing of the cartridge. This residue is not considered hazardous. Examples Of Excessive Residue Can Be Seen In The Attached PDF (AIN 002-22A). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-406765

AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

AC47 – Cartridge, 30MM X 173, Programmable Air Burst Munition with Tracer (PABM-T), MK310 MOD 0

 

 



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QUESTION

Question about Rocket/Missile aerial delivery

Mr. GonzalezRivas: Working on research to pass along to our aerial delivery section with the Airborne Service Detachment (ASD) about the feasibility to add the items listed below to our airborne FARP.

  • Rocket, 2.75", Hydra, packed in PA150 Container
  • Rocket, 2.75", Hydra, packed in M643 Plastic Container
  • AGM114 Hellfire on CNU-448/E

Any papers, publications, TM's and/or any other information I can pass along for their research, I would really appreciate your help. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 


ARTICLES


Conventional Ammunition Inspection Interval and Priority List, 21 September 2021, https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-708647

 

Ammunition Item of the Week  

CA55 - Cartridge, 120MM: High Explosive Guided, XM395

 

Appendix A Ammunition (TC 3-22.90 MORTARS)

Mortar ammunition component consists of a fuze, a cartridge, propellant charges and the fin assembly. A complete round of mortar ammunition contains all of the components needed to get the round out of the tube and to burst at the desired place and time. This appendix discusses the proper care and handling, field storage of ammunition and types of ammunition.

AMMUNITION CARE AND HANDLING

A-6. The key to proper ammunition functioning is protection. Rounds prepared but not fired should be returned to their containers. Safety is always a matter of concern for all personnel and requires special attention where ammunition is concerned. Supervision is critical—improper care and handling can cause serious accidents, as well as inaccurate fire. Some of the principles of proper ammunition handling are—

  • Never tumble, drag, throw, or drop individual cartridges or boxes of cartridges.
  • Do not allow smoking, open flames, or other fire hazards around ammunition storage areas.
  • Inspect each cartridge before it is loaded for firing. Dirty ammunition can damage the weapon or affect the accuracy of the round.
  • Keep the ammunition dry, cool, out of the sun, and out of the elements, if possible https://armypubs.army.mil/

 

FY2022 DoD Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Review Guide, Revision 1

This guide is provided to aid the ammunition supply activity personnel to perform a self-assessment of ammunition logistics, ammunition surveillance, and explosives safety functions. Contributed by Mr. Fairhurst. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-114964 or https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Ammunition%20Logistics%20and%20Explosives%20Safety%20Program.aspx

 




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QUESTION

Question about ESS Software Load Approval – Army

Mr. Chenard: Where do I find Army NEC approval for loading Explosives Safety Siting (ESS) Toolkit and Site Planner software onto Army system?

Ref To: Ammo-103-DL ESS and Army Site Submission Electronic Tool (ASSET) https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/50-course-catalog/dac-course-catalog/392-ammo-103-dl

Special Instructions: This course is provided as a web-based course only. Students must have the ESS software (version 6.0.0, Build 193). https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES


Substitutability/Interchangeability list 2021

This publication is separated into two sections, one for the Army and one for the Marine Corps. Each section is then separated into chapters, where items are grouped by family and/or caliber. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-487905

Contributed by Mr. Dougherty.

 

AIN 039-21, To Support the Full Material Release (FMR) Of Cartridge, 7.62MM Advanced Armor Piercing M1158.


DODIC: AC09 and AC35

This ammunition will be handled, stored, packaged and supported in the similar manner as existing 7.62mm small caliber ammunition. However, due to capabilities that are not releasable to the public, these items are to be considered a Category II High Sensitivity Item. Items will require a commensurate level of physical security IAW DOD 5100.76-M, Physical Security of Sensitive Conventional Arms, Ammunition and Explosives and AR 190-11, Physical Security of Army, Ammunition, and Explosives.  Items will require Transportation Protective Service (TPS) in transit pursuant to DOD 4500.9-R, Defense Transportation Regulation, Part II. For hazard classification information see the Joint Hazard Classification System. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-669445

 

AIN 040-21, Lake City AAP Cage Code Changes for Small Arms Cartridges Through .50 CAL

 

DODIC(S): A059, A062, A071, A075, A080, A091, A111, A112, A122, A129, A130, A131, A140, A143, A146, A150, A151, A159, A164, A165, A168, A222, A255, A257, A531, A541, A552, A552, A555, A555, A557, A557, A575, A576, A585, A598, A606, A607, AA06, AA11, AA41, AA42, AA50, AA58, AB30, AB56, AB57, AB58, AB68, AB72, AB73, AB74, AB76, AB77, AB79, AB80, AB81, AB82, AB84, AB85, AB86, AB88, AB89, AC04

 

The purpose of this AIN is to clarify and to update existing direction regarding cage code reporting on Product Quality Deficiency Reporting (PQDR) relating to ammunition lots produced at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (AAP) and as a result of contractor transition. Contractor changed from ATK to Olin-Winchester Group on1 OCT 20. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-890992

AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.

 

Newly Published Drawings

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/cop/ammo/DAU%20Sponsored%20Documents/Newly%20Published%20Drawings.docx&action=default


Storage in Approved Magazines of JSOW (AGM-154) Missiles packed in CNU-710 Containers Storage:  19-48-8880-SP1-3-4-14-22J56

 

Storage in Approved Magazines of GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb II packed in CNU-714 Metal Containers Storage:  19-48-8887-SP1-3-4-14-22J57

 

Combination of Adopted Items for Unitization of M643 Containers COAI:  ACV00833

 

Loading and Bracing in MILVAN Containers of Small Diameter Bomb Carriage/System packed in CNU-660 Containers MILVAN:  19-48-8839-SP15J164

 

Combination of Adopted Items, Pallet & Pallet Adapter, Unitization of PA117 Containers COAI:  ACV00134

 


10/25/202110/4/2021 3:39 PM
  
News

20 September 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about ESS Software Load Approval – Army

Mr. Chenard: Where do I find Army NEC approval for loading Explosives Safety Siting (ESS) Toolkit and Site Planner software onto Army system?

Ref To: Ammo-103-DL ESS and Army Site Submission Electronic Tool (ASSET)

Special Instructions: This course is provided as a web-based course only. Students must have the ESS software (version 6.0.0, Build 193)

 

Question about MTT for Ammo-62 (one Response)

Mr. Chenard: What's the path for requesting a mobile training team to teach AMMO-62

 

Question about DA Form 4508

Mr. Smith: I noticed DA Form 4508 doesn't allow the three letter code for the RIC to be entered whenever the letter "M" is used. For example, if I want to use the USMC RIC (MHQ), only two characters/letters are allowed to be typed on that block. Does anybody have a solution to this problem since the form cannot be edited nor the font size changed or adjusted?

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

ARTICLES

 

AIN 038-21, Information Concerning the Fielding and Deployment Release of Cartridge, 5.56 Millimeter, Practice: Plastic Short Range Training Ammunition (PSRTA), M862E1

 

DODIC: AC48

Supply procedures and systems for the 5.56mm cartridge will be the same as for the current 5.56mm cartridges. The requisition, handling, and storage will be similar to all Class V Items. In all cases, movement and shipment will be via standard ammunition channels. Existing material handling equipment used for other 5.56mm ammunition items will be used. No changes to current ammunition re-supply vehicles will be made for this item. The cartridges will be available to weapons manufacturers and maintenance/refurbishing facilities. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-889651

Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

MAKE (Marine Ammunition Knowledge Enterprise)

 

Library

Package Digest 2018, https://make.nswc.navy.mil/library/categories/5/files/52

Field Return Inspection Guide (download or online) https://make.nswc.navy.mil/library/categories/3

 

Training

The training videos include Item Description, Outer Container Inspection, Inner Container Inspection, and Individual Item Inspection. https://make.nswc.navy.mil/home

 

 

FRAGO 3 HQDA EXORD 102-20 ARMY READINESS AUDIT

 

Some areas listed in this 102-20 Army Readiness Audit are

  • Ammunition Condition Codes
  • MHP Access
  • Access to Munitions Storage Facilities
  • Shipments and Receipts

Read about the duties of an Accountable Officer and others in this FRAGO. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1051769

Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

The Linked 25mm High-Explosive Incendiary with Tracer Cartridge M792, DODIC A975, is a high-explosive incendiary round equipped with a tracer. It is a fixed-type, percussion-primed ammunition fired from the M242 automatic cannon. It is used as a high-explosive service round for engaging unarmored ground targets.


10/11/20219/20/2021 4:03 PM
  
News

6 September 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTION

Question about DODAAC

Mr. Smith: I understand that Operational Load (OPL) and Combat Load (CL) must go on the unit's property book but is there anything stating the PBUS DODAAC must be used to request the ammunition? https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES


Ammunition Item of the Week, AA51 - Cartridge, 12 Gage: Shotgun, Non-Lethal, Point Control, M1012


AIN 037-21, Inspection of Wood Packing Material (WPM) And Defect Code Indicator for Munitions Packaged/Palletized With WPM

 

BACKGROUND DATA: The Department of Defense is involved in the WPM program because of laws mandated by International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC); ISPM 15 "Guidelines For Regulating WPM In International Trade", adopted by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by DOD 4140.65-M.

 

Inspection for ISPM-15 compliancy and identification of compliant or non-compliant WPM material is mandatory during all inspections, with the exception of administrative remarks.

 

It is imperative that only the defect codes listed in this AIN are used for all ammunition that is not 100% ISPM-15 compliant regardless of the actual percentage defective/non-compliant.

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-375400

 

New Rocket Line Equipment Installed at BGCAPP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DCgqiLSR70



TC 3-23.30, Grenades and Pyrotechnic Signals, dated August 2021

 

Appendix A, Hazard Classification and Identification Codes

Appendix A deals primarily with the special considerations of the proper way to store and transport grenades and pyrotechnics using the correct marking for vehicles and storage areas. This appendix will discuss what and where to look on grenades or pyrotechnics to identify the characteristics of each munition.

 

Appendix B, Inspection and Storage

Appendix B outlines a method that units should exercise when receiving all types of munitions upon initial draw of ordinance. This section will cover how to evaluate and identify defects when inspecting the interior or exterior of shipping containers, grenade canisters, and grenades. https://armypubs.army.mil/


9/27/20219/6/2021 9:48 AM
  
News

​23 August 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx


Question

Question about Training Once vs Refresher Requirements


Mr. Chenard: I'm comparing DA Pam 385-64, Figure 1-1, against the DAC online training courses offered, Online Training (dactces.org)

I knew that AMMO-68 (MMR) was an annual certification (CERT) refresher.  But when did these others become CERT/Refresher required, and what is the timeline (i.e., annual) for completing the refresher?  It doesn't state in the course descriptions...

AMMO-28, -45, -54, -63, -78... 

See responses by Mr. Byrd and Mr. Matthews. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx


Articles

Ammunition Item of the Week

AC27 - Cartridge, 30 MM X 173, High Explosive Incendiary Tracer (HEI-T), MK 238 MOD 1


AIN 036-21 Guidance for Grenade Ammunition Without Confidence Clip


Request that this information be disseminated to all personnel requesting, issuing, and/or using subject ammunition.

A Confidence Clip has been introduced to most M67 (1330-G881) fragmentation grenades and M228 (1330-G878) grenade fuzes.

When TRADOC forecasts ammunition for this type of training, the Joint Munitions Command's Centralized Ammunition Management (CAM) Office will ship stocks with confidence clip to meet training requirements whenever possible. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Grenades.aspx

 

CARDINAL RULE OF AE SAFETY (ATP 4-35.1, dated 11/2016)

 

1-6. All operations involving AE or explosives follow the cardinal rule of AE safety: expose the minimum number of people, for the minimum period of time, to the least amount of explosive required to perform safe and effective operations. Tasks not necessary to an operation must be prohibited. Personnel not required for an operation must be denied entry to the area during operations. Nonessential personnel must be prohibited from visiting the site. (This restriction does not prohibit official visits by safety, quality control (QC), management, inspection or other personnel authorized by the commander.) Established personnel limits must be observed at all times.

 

 1-7. Although some AE operations can be performed by one individual, if the tactical situation permits, at least one additional person should be present to assist AE handlers in the event of an emergency. All operations must be supervised properly to ensure safety precautions are observed and enforced.

https://armypubs.army.mil/


Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Letterkenny Munitions Center Highlights Army's environmentally sustainable demilitarization efforts

 

The Ammonium Perchlorate Rocket Motor Destruction (ARMD) chamber facilitates an environmentally-friendly means to dispose of AP-based rocket motors, such as MLRS and Sidewinder rocket motors. The current static burn process releases harmful hydrochloric acid into the atmosphere, something the ARMD facility is designed to eliminate. The ARMD facility will greatly reduce the need for static burn of rocket motors, reducing both noise and environmental pollution. This new process ensures air pollution compliance by removing 98 percent of harmful pollutants generated during thermal treatment. Read complete article by Jeremy Shoemaker, August 3, 2021.

https://www.army.mil/article/249078?fbclid=IwAR1hHgvPs9B3f5XpD5JO_E1xXBYtsrqNMFcT75XFTQt1V4-0pWUG16PDxTs


9/13/20218/23/2021 3:21 PM
  
News

8 August 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx


Discussion on Container Inspection


Mr. Tibbetts:  In an effort to help stem the pest and invasive plant infestations we have seen over the last few years with particular reference to containers, we have reached out to our Transportation Engineering Agency (TEA) as well as industry to see what is available to place containers on stands to safely inspect and wash-down the undersides of containers, where most infestations seem to come from.

Mr. Allie: Examples are given of ways to fight pests, mold, and kudzu on containers and installations

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx


Articles


Ammunition Item of the Week

AA54 - Cartridge, 12 Gage: Shotgun, Breaching, M1030


AIN 004-21 Direction for Management of Propellant Items

Army organizations storing propellant will perform an annual review of all propellant stocks on hand to ensure the propellant has a current stability test for Remaining Effective Stabilizer (RES). This review will be performed in the month of October and the results will be forwarded to the JMC QAS Propellant Manager at:  usarmy.ria.jmc.mbx.amsjm-qas@mail.mil NLT 1 November every year.

 

A copy of the Common Propellant NSN Listing can be downloaded from the JMC Sharepoint at: https://jmc.aep.army.mil/mlrc/qa/qas/qasurveillance/policies%20%20procedures/forms/allitems.aspx. A copy of this AIN can be found on MilBook at: https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-888271.

 

Ammunition: DA Expert Explains Authorization Process

PS Magazine, 22 April 2021


There are always many questions about how training ammunition requirements are developed and resourced. Our goal here at HQDA G-37/TRA is to resource 100 percent of the munitions training requirement to major commands to distribute to their subordinate commands. The Total Army Munitions Information System (TAMIS) generates training requirements based on the unit's MTOE and approved weapons training strategies in accordance with DA PAM 350-38, Standards in Weapons Training (commonly referred to as STRAC strategy). HQDA G-37/TRA, in coordination with the ammunition community and major commands, conducts the semi-annual Munitions Requirements and Distribution Process (MRDP) to identify munitions requirements and stockpile availability to meet requirements for the upcoming fiscal year. Once the MRDP is complete, the major commands are responsible for distributing munitions to their subordinate commands based on training requirements in TAMIS. Read the complete article by Mr. Bullet at  https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2582548/ammunition-da-expert-explains-authorization-process/.

 

DA PAM 385-64

3–7. Unserviceable ammunition and explosive

 

a. Sources. There are a number of factors that can result in AE becoming unserviceable. These include, but are not limited to deterioration of metal parts or energetics; improper storage, handling, packaging, or transportation; or manufactured defects. Ammunition handlers should be trained to recognize indicators of unserviceable AE and report any suspected unserviceable AE for inspection by qualified personnel.

 

b. Storage. All suspended stocks of ammunition and explosives (AE) will be clearly marked and the lot-locator and magazine card (DA Form 3020) posted to preclude issue. Within a magazine or single storage location (and where practical) all unserviceable or suspect AE will be clearly marked and segregated from serviceable AE, on separate pallets. The AE determined to be unsafe for continued storage will be disposed of as soon as reasonably possible. The AE determined to be unsafe for continued storage that cannot be immediately destroyed will, when possible, be moved to a separate magazine or storage location or segregated from serviceable AE. https://armypubs.army.mil/

 




8/30/20218/9/2021 4:39 PM
  
News

26 July 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

New – AR 702-12, Quality Assurance Specialist (Ammunition Surveillance) Program, dated July 2021

 

This regulation authorizes and sets forth the responsibilities to conduct and administer the Quality Assurance Specialist (Ammunition Surveillance) (QASAS) Program and the general qualifications and placement guidance for careerists (Department of the Army (DA) Civilians) in this program. It also establishes functions the QASAS performs to maintain the Army's readiness and warfighting capabilities, thereby exempting DA civilian QASAS duties outlined in this publication from being conducted by private-sector organizations or military occupational specialties performance. This regulation also directs QASAS area and off-post support responsibilities.

https://armypubs.army.mil/

 

AIN 034-21, For DODIC ML82 Fuze, Electric M1134 Series on Linear DEMO Charge M58/M59 (M913/ML25) – Explosives in Fired Fuze

 

ACTIONS.  When the ML82 Fuze remains intact after the deployment and function of the LDC, it must be destroyed with a separate charge in all circumstances.  Under no circumstances should a previously launched M1134 Series Fuze be removed from the range, transported or returned to storage activity or Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services while it is intact.  Do not move or handle a previously launched M1134 Series Fuze.  If a fuze is found on the range, contact EOD for disposal. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-641186

 

Ammunition: Don't Waste it!

PS Magazine, April 22, 2021

 

This has happened to most Soldiers: They arrive at the range and the ammo detail has loaded all the ammo into the magazines. They then zero their weapon and proceed to the qualification range. At the end of the day, the ammo shed has piles of magazines filled with ammo. Then the question is asked, what do we do with all this ammo? Read the complete article to get the answer.

https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2580780/ammunition-dont-waste-it/

 

Ammunition Distribution: Defender Pacific and Pacific Pathways Exercises Test Army's Sustainment Skills

By Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael K. Lima, May 24, 2021


Supporting ammunition is one of many commodities required to support bilateral Defender Pacific exercises. Munitions supply is a complex logistics operation due to the critical need during exercises, inherent hazards of handling explosives material, and the regulatory security requirement during transportation. Class V materiel managers execute supply support using the Army distribution management process that includes the following:

  • Materiel Management
  • Distribution Integration
  • Transportation Operations Functions

Major exercises provide the opportunity for sustainment and maneuver units to identify future training requirements. While Defender Pacific 20 provided for ammunition distribution management to increase organizational effectiveness and readiness. Defender Pacific 21 will offer the opportunity to practice the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the complete article by Chief Lima.

https://www.army.mil/article/246613/ammunition_distribution_defender_pacific_and_pacific_pathways_exercises_test_armys_sustainment_skills


8/16/20217/26/2021 3:08 PM
  
News


 12 July 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx


CALL Public Website has moved!

 

Effective 8 July 2021, we are moving our public content to the U.S. Army CORE site. The CORE site provides several advantages including a mobile-friendly platform and a user-friendly new URL: https://www.army.mil/call. Please update the bookmarks in your browsers and pass the word!

 

Rail Safety 1.1 and 1.2

 

Read the Railway Operations Safety Tip of the Month taken from 49 CFR Part 174.83.

Be aware of the contents placed in trains. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1014498

Contributed by Mr. Tibbetts

 

Army Space Knowledge and Missile Defense Education (ASKME) website

 

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School has a new website called ASKME at https://askme.army.mil.  Anyone with a CAC card can enter the ASKME homepage.  ASKME provides information that is useful to Army space and missile defense professionals, as well as to those personnel with little or no space or missile defense experience.  The ASKME website delivers lessons learned, courses, doctrine, links, tools, and resources on the following topics: multi-domain operations; Army space operations; missile defense operations; Army space and missile defense doctrine; space support to tactical operations; space support to the warfighting functions; space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; satellite communications; orbital mechanics; space environmental monitoring; missile warning; and operations in a denied, degraded, or disrupted space operating environment.

 

Updated Ammunition Forms on the Army Publishing Directorate

 

DA FORM 581                        06/1/2021        REQUEST FOR ISSUE AND TURN-IN OF AMMUNITION

DA FORM 581-1                     06/1/2021        REQUEST FOR ISSUE AND TURN-IN OF AMMUNITION CONTINUATION SHEET     

 

DA FORM 581-SG                 05/1/2021        REQUEST FOR ISSUE AND TURN-IN OF AMMUNITION

DA FORM 3020                      06/1/2021        MAGAZINE DATA CARD     

DA FORM 3120                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (PATRIOT)        

DA FORM 3151                      06/1/2021        AMMUNITION STORES SLIP          

DA FORM 3474                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (JAVELIN)         

DA FORM 3662                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (LONGBOW)     

DA FORM 5515                      06/1/2021        TRAINING AMMUNITION CONTROL DOCUMENT

DA FORM 5515-1                  06/1/2021         TRAINING AMMUNITION CONTROL DOCUMENT CONTINUATION SHEET     

 

DA FORM 5582                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (ATACMS)         

DA FORM 5583                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (HELLFIRE)       

DA FORM 5692                      06/1/2021        AMMUNITION CONSUMPTION CERTIFICATE

DA FORM 5811                      06/1/2021        CERTIFICATE - LOST OR DAMAGED CLASS 5 AMMUNITION ITEMS

 

DA FORM 7212                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (STINGER)        

DA FORM 7213                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (TOW)    

DA FORM 7794                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (EXCALIBUR)   

DA FORM 7795                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (MLRS/GMLRS)

DA FORM 7853                      06/1/2021        MISSILE FIRING DATA REPORT (GUIDED ROCKETS)

https://armypubs.army.mil/


8/2/20217/12/2021 4:57 PM
  
News

28 June 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Discussion on Container Inspection

Mr. Tibbetts:  In an effort to help stem the pest and invasive plant infestations we have seen over the last few years with particular reference to containers, we have reached out to our Transportation Engineering Agency (TEA) as well as industry to see what is available to place containers on stands to safely inspect and wash-down the undersides of containers, where most infestations seem to come from, because of the difficulty/inability of customers to inspect the undersides of containers.  I would be interested to see how everyone else satisfies this requirement.  Two possible solutions are attached. Please advise. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

Ammo Item of the Week

1330-GG04 - Grenade, Hand: Non-Lethal, Bursting, M104

 

AIN 031-21, Changes to Shelf Life for DODIC:MG62, CTG Impulse BBU-35/B

NSN/DODIC: 1377-01-456-1933, MG62; 1377-01-037-8651, MG62

HQ JMC has updated the CAD/PAD Shelf/Installed Life Listing for the following DODIC: MG62. The Shelf Life has been increased from 156 to 180 months. The Install Life remains at 12 months. The updated pdf version of the List that can be found in MHP: HTTPS://MHP.REDSTONE.ARMY.MIL/>NOTICES> VIEW TB 9-1300-385>APPENDIX D.>PARA D-5A >LINK TO LIST

 

AIN 032-21, Guidance For Firing of Projectiles 155MM, M549/M549A1, HERA (1320-D579)

TM 43-0001-28 provides current guidance for firing rocket assisted projectiles. The changes listed in this

AIN will be submitted to the appropriate proponent for updating DA PAM 385-63 and TM 9-1025-211-10. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1006919

 

AIN 033-21, Advisory / Restriction Regarding Hardened Downbore Cannon Residue When Firing 155MM Howitzers with Steel Bore Cannon Tubes and Charge, Propelling, 155MM: M203A1 (DODAC 1320-D532) OR M232A1 (DODAC 1320-DA13)

 

/////CAUTION/////

FAILURE TO TAKE THE USER ACTIONS OUTLINED BELOW COULD RESULT IN CANNON BORE CONDITIONS THAT PREVENTS PROPER PERIODIC BORESCOPE INSPECTION AND CAN CREATE CONDITIONS THAT RENDER THE CANNON UNSERVICEABLE

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-824384

(AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.)

 

Ammunition: How Heat Affects Ammo, PS Magazine / Published June 10, 2021, https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2653340/ammunition-how-heat-affects-ammo/ 


7/26/20216/28/2021 4:04 PM
  
News

14 June 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx


ARTICLE


Ammo Item of the Week

AB30 - Cartridge, Caliber .50: Armor Piercing Incendiary-DIM Tracer (API-DT), MK257 MOD 0


Automatic Returns List FY 2020 and FY2021

For FY 2021, utilize JMC MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD:  Disposition of Used Packing Materiel and Certain Specified Ammunition Components: FY20 Update dated 31 October 2019. No information has changed.

MIN 21-05, Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM) Automatic Returns Listing (ARL) In the Munitions History Program (MHP) - This MIN is to inform personnel the AMCOM ARL is located on the MHP homepage.

PEO Missile and Space Memorandum For Record: Disposition of Used Packing Materiel and Certain Specified Ammunition Components: FY21 Update – Disposition guidance for listed items.

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-990937


AIN 030-21, Use Of Short Circuit Cap On Simulator, Flash, Artillery, M21 (1370-L602); Simulator, Target Hit, M25 (1370-L709); And Simulator, Target Kill, M26 (1370-L720).

Request a copy of this AIN be provided to all installations with an ammunition mission for subject simulators (to include Safety, Surveillance, Storage, and Transportation Organizations) and to using Units.

The short circuit cap, which is a part of thousands of previously fielded M21 simulators, and which may or may not be installed on currently-fielded lots of the newer M25 and M26 simulators, is of no safety value. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-375106


Direct Fire Ammunition Handbook 2021

The Ammunition Handbook has chapters on Small Caliber Ammunition, Medium Caliber Ammunition and Large Caliber Ammunition. Each chapter contains data and photos of specific ammunition rounds.

https://jpeoaa.army.mil/mas/Products/resources/MASHandbook_2021.pdf

 

3Rs Safety Training now available!

Have you visited DENIX lately? They have a new 3Rs Safety Training.  Take this training to learn about the 3Rs (Recognize, Retreat, Report) and the dangers associated with military munitions, and print a certificate. (DoD installations can use this training for recreational programs (e.g., hunting) that allow controlled access to the installation.) https://www.denix.osd.mil/uxo/3rs-training/index.html

3Rs (Recognize, Retreat, Report) Explosives Safety Education Program


Newly Published Drawings

Updated 6/10/2021

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx

 

CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 10 June 2021

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 20 April 2021.xlsx?Web=1

CAPULDI excel on MilBook

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-926829

CAPULDI text updated by DAC 10 June 2021

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/CAPULDI Text updated by DAC 20 April 2021.txt





7/12/20216/14/2021 4:44 PM
  
News


24 May 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at  https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx


Question: Asking a two-part question. First question, are drivers' certifications such as Ammo 45, 67 and 108 required when transporting/picking up inert ammunition or CS capsules (K765) from the ASP?

Second question. Are vehicles required placards when transporting CS capsules (small amount)?

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

Extension Approval for Normalization of Explosive Safety Regulations between US Forces and Australian Defence Forces

 

The Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB) extends the approved authorization to allow U.S. Forces to operate using Australian Defence Forces (ADF)-approved explosives sites without a separate DDESB approved site plan. The DDESB will periodically assess the implementation of this authorization and the efficacy of the process. The results of those efforts will form the basis for any future decision to continue U.S.-Australian explosives safety normalization. Contributed by Mr. Tibbetts.

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-986433

 

AIN 028-21, Change to Appendix A of TB 9-1300-385.

Appendix A OF TB 9-1300-385 is changed by adding restriction code F25 - restricted from use with blasting caps filled with PETN.

 

AIN 029-21, New Configuration, Serviceability Criteria and Linking of Dummy Drilled Inert (DDI) Ammunition


Request this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

 

The Army identified the need to improve upon the producibility of small caliber Drilled Dummy Inert (DDI) Ammunition. Current DDI ammunition designs are susceptible to failed bullet pull testing, profile and alignment issues, and chemical intrusion of the plating material into the cartridge casing. To address these issues the Army is fielding a single–piece nickel-plated aluminum cartridges to eliminate the aforementioned production issues.

 

See attachments (AIN 029-21D thru AIN 029-21F) for guidance on 5.56MM, 7.62MM and .50 caliber DDI and link serviceability criteria, linking and delinking procedures for DDI as well as link and belt serviceability, and warnings, restrictions and procedures for breaking and joining belt for service

ammunition. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-391590

AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

Ammo: Use New Dummy Rounds Only

By PS Magazine https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2025900/ammo-use-new-dummy-rounds-only/ | Nov. 26, 2019

 

To prevent mix-ups in the field, three years ago, the Army fielded new small arms dummy rounds that are easily identified as dummy rounds. Units need to remember: these new rounds are the only dummy rounds authorized for training, weapon cycling, and any other situation requiring inert rounds. This article lists the new dummy rounds and their NSNs.

 


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News

10 May 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter

was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Articles


Ammo Item of the Week, M84 STUN GRENADE


TC 3-23.30, Pyrotechnic Signals and Simulators, page 3-12 -. The M84 stun grenade (Figure 2-10) is a nonlethal grenade used for diversionary or distraction purposes. Table 2-7 outlines the grenade's components and characteristics.  


Read ALL Warnings and Cautions before use.

https://armypubs.army.mil/

 

DA PAM 350-38 (FY 2021), DA PAM 350-38 (FY 2022) (DRAFT Version)


This pamphlet provides commanders with the training strategies for individual, crew, and collective weapons training and identifies the resources required to execute that training. Standards in Weapons Training (STRAC) strategies are the basis for determining training ammunition requirements and for providing units the information necessary to forecast training ammunition.

https://tamis.army.mil/#/default

 

AIN 027-21 IGNITER, TIME BLASTING FUSE: WITH SHOCK TUBE CAPABILITY, M81 (1375-MN08)


The purpose of this AIN IS to notify all users of potential for M81 igniters to crack/blow upon functioning. A malfunction investigation is currently underway to determine the root cause of the blown igniters.  A corrective action will take place, when the cause is determined.


For safety reasons, when firing the M81 igniter, leather gloves must be worn to prevent potential hand injuries from blown igniters.

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-621303

 

FKN: Fires Knowledge Network

 

Mission: The Fires Center of Excellence trains, educates, and develops Soldiers and Leader; creates and develops capabilities; and provides a Fires Force to support the Joint Warfighting Commander across the spectrum of operations in Joint and Multinational environments.

https://intranet.tradoc.army.mil/sites/fkn/SitePages/Home.aspx


The first edition of the year of the Field Artillery Professional Bulletin is now online!  It can be viewed at:

 https://sill-www.army.mil/USAFAS/bulletin/ 

Ammunition: Report Malfunctions! PS Magazine, March 2, 20201

https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2521161/ammunition-report-malfunctions/


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26 April 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
 
 
AIN 025-21
For DODIC: J143 Rocket Motor on Linear DEMO Charge M68A2, Practice (M914) - Residual Explosives in Fired Rocket Motor
 

Using Units will coordinate with Range Control and EOD for disposal of J143 rocket motors fired during training. Under no circumstances should a previously launched MK22 series motor be returned to an Ammunition Supply Point.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-722412

 

AIN 026-21
Disposition Instructions for Unserviceable Non-Standard Ammunition
 

Pending further guidance, disposition for unserviceable Non-Standard Ammunition shall be requested through the appropriate Designated Disposition Authority (DDA).  A list of DDA'S is provided on the spreadsheet attachment 026-21A to this AIN. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-805536

 

Updated Documents

  • Army Ammunition Defect Codes, February 2021 https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-586563

 

  • Conventional Ammunition Inspection Interval and Priority List,12 March 21 https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-708647

 

  • Yellow Book Revision 19, February 2021, The Yellow Book now has NSNs listed! https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-487118

 

  • CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 20 April 2021 https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-926829

 

  • CAPULDI Text updated by DAC 20 April 2021https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/A%20and%20E%20Resources%20-%20Tools.aspx

Newly Published Drawings posted April 21, 2021. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx


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