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10 May 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter
was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first edition of the year of the Field Artillery Professional Bulletin is now online! It can be viewed at:
Ammunition: Report Malfunctions! PS Magazine, March 2, 20201
26 April 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx AIN 025-21For 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 026-21Disposition 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
Newly Published Drawings posted April 21, 2021. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx
12 April 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter
Ammo Item of the Week
M106 SCREENING OBSCURATION DEVICE – VISUAL RESTRICTED TERRAIN
TC 3-23.32, Pyrotechnic Signals and Simulators, page 3-13 - The M106 screening obscuration device – visual restricted terrain (SOD-Vr) provides a near instantaneous screen of dense smoke and is safe to use inside of urban structures, subterranean locations, and caves. https://armypubs.army.mil/
Read ALL Warnings and Cautions before use
TM 43-0001-30, C19, ARMY AMMUNITION DATA SHEETS FOR ROCKETS, ROCKET SYSTEMS, ROCKET FUZES, ROCKET MOTORS (FEDERAL SUPPLY CLASS 1340) (REPRINTED W/BASIC INCL C1-13), March 2021
TM 43-0001-28, C24, ARMY AMMUNITION DATA SHEETS FOR ARTILLERY AMMUNITION: GUNS, HOWITZERS, MORTARS, RECOILLESS RIFLES, GRENADE LAUNCHERS AND ARTILLERY FUZES (FEDERAL SUPPLY CLASS 1310, 1315, 1320, 1390), February 2021
AIN 023-21, 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. Before training and tactical employment of the M106 SOD-VR Grenade, soldiers must properly identify, grip, disengage pull ring from confidence clip, arm and employ the M106 SOD-VR Grenade in accordance with (IAW) TC 3-23.30.
Soldiers shall identify the M106 SOD-VR Hand Grenade as a bursting smoke grenade, used for screening and concealment. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-589213
AIN 024-21, Defect Criteria/Gas Release/Shipping Instructions for Hydrogen Outgassing
DODICS: LA01, LA02, LA49, LA50, L367, L410, L462, L495, L594, L598, L601, MN60
This AIN, when used with DOT-SP 11629 (Eleventh Revision), establishes the sole source of guidance for hydrogen outgassing. Subject DODICS require 100% inspection of all outer packs for signs of bulging barrier bags prior to shipment. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-961641 and https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/AINs. Safety Alerts Messages.aspx
Understanding Condition Codes Helps Ammunition Management, Feb. 16, 2021, PS Magazine
You may be familiar with ammunition condition code A. Condition code A (CC-A) ammo is serviceable and issuable to all customers, without limitation or restriction. Units often request CC-A ammo by default. But there are other ammunition types and codes that help ammunition supply points (ASPs) manage rounds in various conditions. You can help your local ASP by understanding the meaning of condition codes and planning training and operations accordingly. Whenever possible, request non-CC-A ammunition if it will meet mission or training needs. Read complete article. https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2504271/understanding-condition-codes-helps-ammunition-management/
DA PAM 742-1, Appendix C (Page 74), Ammunition Condition Codes
C–1. General - Ammunition CCs are single letters that classify munitions material. Each ammunition CC identifies degree of serviceability, condition, and completeness (ready for issue and use), as well as actions underway to change the status of the material. https://armypubs.army.mil/
29 March 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter
New Audiobooks Released
New from the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD). CADD recently released two new audiobooks for download from the Central Army Registry: Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 3-05, Army Special Operations, at
and ADP 3-19, Fires, at
AIN 019-21 Information for New Cartridge, 81MM Practice, M879A1 (NSN 1315-01-537-7915, DODAC 1315-C875).
Request that 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 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 M879cartridge (1315-C875) but has new NSN 1315-01-537-7915.https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-421262
AIN 020-21 Cartridge 81MM, HE (IM), M821A3 W/ Fuze Multi-Option M734A1 (DODAC 1315-CA61), NSN 1315-01-602-6954 and Cartridge, 81MM, HE (IM), M889A4 W/ Fuze PD, M783 (DODAC 1315-CA63), NSN 1315-01-602-6914
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. They are high explosive cartridges authorized for use in the M252 and M252A1, 81MM mortar systems (SEE ATTACHMENT, AIN 020-21A).https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-423075
AIN 021-21 Recovery Operations yy Mortar Crews Not Authorized For Cartridge, 60MM FRPC, M769 (DODAC 1310-BA15); Cartridge, 81MM FRPC, M879, M879A1 (DODAC 1315-C875); And Cartridge, 120MM FRPC, M931 (DODAC 1315-CA09)
Recovery of full range practice (FRP) mortar cartridges by mortar crews is not authorized. FRP cartridges were neither designed nor intended to be recovered. This includes the M769, M879, M879A1 and M931 full range practice cartridges.
Full range practice cartridges cannot be refurbished and cannot be rendered safe by mortar crews.
AIN 022-21 Change to Appendix A OF TB 9-1300-385.
Appendix A of TB 9-1300-385 is changed by adding restriction codes as follows.
A. S08 - MINIMUM 1 SECOND SET TIME IN ET MODE.
B. S09 - MINIMUM 8 SECOND SET TIME IN VT MODE.
C. S16 - RESTRICTED FROM USE IN PD MODE DURING TRAINING.
D. S17 - RESTRICTED FROM USE IN DELAY MODE DURING TRAINING.
Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter dated March 15, 2021
AIN 015-21Changes to Installed Life For DODIC: MJ20 CTG Impulse TCU-3/A NSN/DODIC: MJ20
HQ JMC has updated the CAD/PAD Shelf/Installed Life Listing for DODIC: MJ20.the installed life has been changed from On Condition "OC" TO 156 MOS. The shelf life remains 240 months.
The updated PDF version of the list that can be found in MHP: https://mhp.redstone.army.mil/>NOTICES>VIEWTB 9-1300-385>APPENDIX D.>PARA D-5A >LINK TO LIST
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.
Authorization to Fire Various 60MM and 81MM Mortar Cartridges Using Older Versions of LHMBC and MFCS Software
DODICS: BA44, BA45, CA61, CA63, AND C875.
The currently fielded version of the MFCS is V7.0.1. There is a MODIFICATION WORK ORDER (MWO) in place to upgrade all fielded MFCS to V7.0.1 by 01 January 2022 (PARAGRAPH 4.A). MFCS V7.1 is currently in the process of being deployed, but only as part of fielding the new FCC II computers. This hardware deployment will take place over the next few years.
The enclosure is divided into chapters, one chapter per caliber (60MM AND 81MM). To find information on a particular cartridge, look in the appropriate caliber's chapter, and find the cartridge you are looking for. All necessary firing data, corrections, and authorizations for firing that cartridge will be located in its section.
Possible Early Function with M783 PD Fuzed Mortar Cartridges (DODICS BA14/BA17/BA45/CA43/CA44/CA63)
Mortar cartridges with the M783 PD fuze are known to detonate earlier than intended on rare occasions. Detonations have occurred in the up-leg and down-leg portions of flight, but outside of the fuze's arming distance. Mechanical safe and arming assures that function cannot occur during the first 100 meters of flight.
Users are advised to minimize the possibility of an early function by following directions in this AIN.
Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter, March 1, 2020
TACOM GSA 21-011, M4-M16 Weapon Series Clearing and Cleaning When Firing Close Combat Mission Capability Kit
Weapons that are not properly cleared and cleaned after the use of CCMCK System leave a wax/paint residue in the chamber and barrel that works as a plugging agent causing marking round projectiles to become lodged in the bore. The CCMCK system will continue to function with projectiles lodged in the bore giving a false sense of security. When live ammunition is introduced at a later date and the weapon has not been properly cleaned and cleared of the plugged projectiles, prior to firing, a catastrophic failure can occur that can cause personal injury and/or catastrophic damage to the weapon. system will continue to function with projectiles lodged in the bore giving a false sense of security. Contributed by Mr. Tibbetts.
AIN 014-21, GPA JMC 20-001 for Projectile, 155mm High Explosive M795, DA54, 1320-01-581-6633/1320-01-617-2682; Projectile, 155mm, Smoke, White Phosphorous M1121, DA66, 1320-01-659-4106; Projectile, 155mm High Explosive M1122, DA51, 1320-01-663-1672 /1320-01-670-6865.
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.
UPDATEMilitary Freight Traffic Unified Rules Publication (1 MFTURP-1) 9/23/2020This publication establishes policy, prescribes rules, and describes responsibilities for motor, rail, water, pipeline, air and tank-truck Transportation Service Providers (TSP). These rules will assist TSP in providing safe, reliable and "Best Value" service to Department of Defense (DoD) shippers.
Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter
February 8 2021
DESR 6055.09_AFMAN 91-201 Explosives Safety Standards, May 2020
This manual establishes Air Force policy for explosives safety criteria, identifies hazards, and states safety precautions and rules when working with explosives.
This revision reflects changes in guidance and procedures dealing with Air Force explosives safety standards. Major changes include completely revising AFMAN 91-201 as a supplement to DESR 6055.09, Edition 1; incorporation of the Air Force Guidance Memorandum 2020-01; and rearrangement of AFMAN 91-201 to align with DESR 6055.09.
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Navy - Air Force Explosive Safety Regulations.aspx
Updated Inspection Procedures for DODIC M914
This AIN is issued to inform activities of updated inspection criteria for DODIC M914; specifically, to formalize and document the number of firings for the item and the related inspection criteria.
At the time of turn-in, activities will request the number of times the item was fired and if the item is correctly repackaged. Inspectors will specifically look for the markings as outlined in TM 9-1375-215-13&P, paragraphs 3.8d(8) and 3.8d(9) and for evidence the item was fired / repackaged.
Contributed by Mr. Garcia
Information Concerning the Full Material Release of The Modular Handgun System and Related Ammunition
DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24
This AIN is issued in support of the MODULAR Handgun System (MHS) and 9 millimeter ammunition.
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.
SUPPLY BULLETIN FOR GMLRS AMMUNITION SURVEILLANCE PROCEDURES FOR GMLRS ROCKET POD, 298MM, TACTICAL, M30 AND M31 SERIES: M30 (DPICM) HA22 13540000 (NSN 1340-01-490-9695) (EIC:BAC) M31 (UNITARY) HA37 13540700 (NSN 1340-01-517-4757) (EIC:BCC) M31A1 (UNITARY) HA51 13540701 (NSN 1340-01-543-5696) (EIC:BCG) M30A1 (UNITARY-AW) HB11 13540005 (NSN 1340-01-619-1896) (EIC:BDN)
Dated January 25, 2021
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GTA 19-14-003 Rigger Smart Book. Bridges the doctrinal gap in the Aerial Delivery Field. Serves as a one-stop shop for all regulatory publications and references. Provides immediate FAQS in regard to Aerial Delivery capabilities. https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog-ws/view/100.ATSC/518F3454-1B32-4A16-A443-575274D0CA93-1610567862171/gta09_14_003.pdf
C.A.R Central Army Registry, https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog/search
Multiservice Rigging Manuals https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Multiservice Rigging Manuals.aspx
FM 3-01 U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Operations, December 2020
AR 700-15 Packaging of Materiel, OPNAVINST 4030.2, AFMAN 24–206, MCO 4030.33F, DLAR 4145.7, July 2020
AR 700-145 Item Unique Identification, December 2020
January 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at
AFMAN 24-604 Preparing Hazardous Materials for Military Air Shipments, October 2020
AR 700-13 Worldwide Department of Defense Military Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics/Surveillance/Explosives Safety Review and Technical Assistance Program, December 2020
Contributed by Mr. Matthews.
DA PAM 700-107 Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures and Written Standards for Ammunition Operations, December 2020
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Ammo Inspection SOPedia.aspx
AIN 010-21, Information Concerning the Initial Receipt Inspection of Army Stock Produced and Delivered by Lake City Army Ammunition Plant to JMC Managed Ammunition Depots
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx
AIN 011-21, To Support the Urgent Materiel Release (UMR) of Cartridge, 30MM: High Explosive Dual Purpose Self Destruct (HEDPSD), XM1198 (DODIC AC55) and Cartridge, 30MM, Practice: XM950 (DODIC B139)
14 December 2020, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
FY21 Estimated JMC Vessel Schedule as of 1 December 2020
Contributed by Mr. Tibbetts
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/DoD Explosive Safety Regulations.aspx
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DA PAM 700-32, PACKAGING OF ARMY MATERIEL
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/DoD Wood Packaging Materials WPM.aspx
AIN 009-21, INCORRECT SURFACE DANGER ZONE (SDZ) FOR MUNITION, SELECTABLE LIGHTWEIGHT ATTACK: M4A1 (SLAM)
Small Arms: Ammunitions Must Be Clean and Dry
Oct. 29, 2020, PS Magazine
Newly Published Drawings
CAPULDI updated by DAC 30 November 2020
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