STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURE
During the establishment of an ASP, many SOPs must be written to standardize and smooth out
day-to-day operations. ED should be covered in one of these SOPs. The ED SOP should provide
guidance for destroying all assets in the storage facility.
The ED SOP is written by the ammunition officer, the ammunition warrant officer, or the
ammunition noncommissioned officer (NCO). Again, the ED SOP should be developed
immediately after the facility is established. The ED SOP is a planning and operating document
for local use. Therefore, its format varies depending on command guidance. Regardless of the
format used, the SOP should contain the following information:
Safety considerations (critical requirement).
Priorities of materials to be destroyed (critical requirement).
Demolition equipment and explosives (critical requirement).
Methods of destruction and procedures to be followed.
Protective clothing and equipment.
Assembly point or command and control point (CP).
Assigned missions and responsibilities of ED teams.
Name and position of the individual authorized to execute ED action.
The ED SOP should be approved by the battalion or company commander and reviewed by
team members and by EOD personnel, if available.
Personnel, Equipment, and Time Requirements
ED operations at ammunition storage facilities are a part of the unit's mission. As such, these
operations must be planned for and personnel equipped and trained to ensure that if and when ED
is required, it will be successful. The three major factors in ED are personnel, equipment, and
time. The unit commander will organize his ED teams based on projected requirements. The
assignment of personnel is very important, because these personnel must be available for ED
operations when the requirement or situation arises.
Personnel. Personnel requirements will be based on the following factors:
Size of the storage facility (ASP, CSA, TSA, or depot).
Quantity (tonnage) and type of munitions on hand.
Time available based on the situation.
Personnel on hand.