Care must be taken during the initial inspection of unit turn-ins. If ammunition is found to be in a hazardous
condition during the segregation process, it should not be handled, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD)
personnel should be contacted. Examples of hazardous munitions are fuzes with the arming pins missing and
fragmentation grenades with the pull pins removed. Segregating ammunition unit returns can occupy large
numbers of personnel and take a long time to accomplish. Experience has shown that good communication with
using units and with the division ammunition office greatly reduces the required use of this area.
The Inert Salvage Area
The inert salvage area is used for the segregation and storage of salvage material returned by using units. DA
Pamphlet 710-2-2, Supply Support Activity Supply System: Manual Procedures, dated 20 September 1989, lists
the items that the using units must return. This list may be reduced significantly in wartime.
The inert salvage area should be convenient to the vehicle holding area to permit the unloading of returned
salvage materials when a using unit comes to draw ammunition. The material returned by the unit must be
certified as inert and free of explosives by the unit's representative. Salvage material is always treated as live
ammunition until it has been inspected and certified as inert by qualified ammunition personnel.
The Sling-Out Area
An ammunition sling-out area is needed for the emergency resupply of combat units using rotary-wing aircraft.
This area should be located at least 550 meters from the storage sections and from inhabited areas so that the
aircraft will not pass over these areas while ascending or descending. It should be at least 25 meters square and
should be constructed of the best materials available. As a minimum, the area should have a stabilized concrete or
asphalt base overlaid with perforated steel plating (PSP/M8A1 matting).
When selecting the sling-out area, ensure that high-tension power lines and other obstacles do not cross the area
or the ascending or descending path the aircraft will use during slingout operations. The ammunition sling-out
area should not be used for overnight storage or for stockpiling anticipated shipments. All incoming shipments
are to be cleared from the area immediately. The personnel assigned to sling-out operations must be trained in all
aspects of sling-out operations, including the duties of the hook-up team, the duties of the guide, the assembly and
loading of cargo nets, the performance of safety inspections on equipment, and the use of communications
The Bivouac Area
A bivouac area for ammunition company personnel should be selected. It should be upwind and at least 700
meters from the storage sections.
Your completed layout plan should be similar to the plan shown in Figure 1 on page 4.
A summary of the ASP layout areas is given in Table 1.