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FM 4-30, Ordnance Operations

This field manual (FM) 4-30 provides fundamental guidance for the employment of United States Army ordnance maintenance operations, munitions operations and explosive ordnance disposal operations in support of unified land operations and warfighting functions. Unified land operations are how the Army seizes, retains, and exploits the initiative to gain and maintain a position or relative advantage in sustained land operations through simultaneous offensive, defensive, and stability operations in order to prevent or deter conflict, prevail in war, and create the conditions for favorable conflict resolution (ADRP 3-0). The principal audience for FM 4-30 is all members of the profession of arms.  Commanders and staffs of Army headquarters serving as a joint task force (JTF) or a multinational headquarters should also refer to applicable joint or multinational doctrine concerning the range of military operations as well as joint or  multinational forces. Trainers and educators throughout the Army will also use this publication.   The Army’s ordnance corps is the proponent for explosive safety and has established it as a fourth core competency. Munitions and explosive safety is a priority consideration for all Soldiers and leaders. Reducing the probability and limiting damage caused by unintended initiation of munitions requires disciplined application of explosive safety procedures and adherence to explosive safety rules. Explosive safety rules can be found at the end of the munitions chapter in this publication.  tbd

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