Using an excessive or an insufficient propelling charge.
Operating under unsafe conditions, such as in adverse weather or with obstructions in the line of fire.
Refer to the extract of AR 75-1 on pages A-3 and A-4 in the Appendix for clarification of any other relevant
terms. Additional definitions of terms can be found in other parts of AR 75-1 and in the glossaries of Field
Manual (FM) 9-13 and TM 9-1300-206.
IDENTIFICATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities When a Malfunction Occurs
When defective ammunition is the suspected cause of a malfunction, the responsibilities go from the point of
malfunction up the chain of command.
The commander or senior person in charge of the using element where the malfunction occurred will take the
Cease firing the suspected ammunition.
Contact the local ammunition officer of the unit where the ammunition was stored and issued.
Give all available facts on the malfunction to the local ammunition officer.
The local ammunition officer, with the local quality assurance specialist (ammunition surveillance) (QASAS) and
the Army Materiel Command (AMC) weapon representative, when appropriate, will take the following actions:
Gather the data required for the preliminary report.
Locally suspend the affected lot of ammunition until disposition instructions are received from the US
Army Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command (AMC-COM) or the US Army Missile Command
Submit the preliminary report immediately by telephone, teletype, or the fastest means possible to the
Commander, AMCCOM, according to AR 75-1. This must be done even during combat operations.
The Commander, AMCCOM, will take the following actions:
Issue suspension or restriction notices to all commanders of major Army commands (MACOMs).
If the suspension will create a serious impact on readiness or training, issue a temporary suspension and
submit a serious impact statement to the Commanding General (CG), AMC for approval.
Monitor accumulated suspensions or restrictions, assess their effect on readiness at wholesale and retail
levels, and notify AMC if a serious mission impact is identified.
Decide within 24 hours after receipt of the preliminary report whether an on-site investigation by the
Department of the Army investigation team for malfunctions (DAITM) is required, and advise the
reporting organization of this decision.