Each team member must be familiar with assembly points and evacuation routes. Team members must report
to their assembly points after completing their missions. In this way, all team members can be accounted for
prior to the final priming of the shot.
Demolition and ED training is conducted as part of the basic ammunition course at USAOMMCS. Special ED
training may be provided by active Army or National Guard explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units. Request
such training through your supporting EOD unit. You should have their telephone numbers posted at your storage
Personnel needs vary among storage facilities. However, any team handling explosives must always consist of at
least two people. The different teams and their responsibilities are discussed in the following paragraphs.
Ring Main Team. Each ring main team should be assigned a 1 1/4-ton vehicle with trailer in order to
transport large quantities of detonation cord (1,000-foot spools), sandbags, tools, and equipment. This team's job
is to lay the detonating cord for the ring main or main lines. If time and materials permit, they should lay a dual
Branch Line Team. The branch line teams attach detonating cord branch lines to the ring main and lay them
to the prepared charges. These teams may also assist the charge teams.
Charge Team. Charge teams are responsible for preparing and setting up the charges and connecting them to
the branch lines. This team may also act as the branch line team.
Firing Team. There is only one firing team. One of the other teams should be designated as a backup for the
firing team. The firing team performs the test burn of the time fuse and checks out the electric caps and the firing
wire. The team performs final hookup of the firing system. The team performs a final check of the situation,
personnel, and the system. The firing team fires the charges (after all personnel are accounted for) from the
command post (CP).
Road Guards. Road guards are responsible for keeping unauthorized personnel out of the area and
restricting traffic into and within the area. They also warn of an approaching enemy. Another duty is to prevent
damage to the ring main. If they find any damage, they notify the team chief of the problem.
Command Post and Assembly Area
A CP should be established to serve as the command and control center for ED operations.
The approach to the CP and assembly area should be upwind, if possible, and located on the friendly forces side
of the ED site. The site should also be located a safe distance from the ED site. Prior to firing the demolition
charges, all personnel must be accounted for at the assembly area.