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20 September 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
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?
AIN 038-21, Information Concerning the Fielding and Deployment Release of Cartridge, 5.56 Millimeter, Practice: Plastic Short Range Training Ammunition (PSRTA), M862E1
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)
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
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
Read about the duties of an Accountable Officer and others in this FRAGO. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1051769
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.
AMMO Help is now located on the new Defense Ammuniton Center's new website. It is much easier to use. A VPN and CAC card are no longer required to ask a question. https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/lrtao/ammo-help
6 September 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
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
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.
New Rocket Line Equipment Installed at BGCAPP
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/
23 August 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
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...
responses by Mr. Byrd and Mr. Matthews. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx
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.
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.
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
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: email@example.com 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/
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.
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.
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:
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.
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)
28 June 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
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)
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
(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/
14 June 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx
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.
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.
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
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
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
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)?
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.
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
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.
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
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/
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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.
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
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