are selected for issue, a DA Form 3151 is prepared and validated by the inspection branch, vehicles are
loaded and the unit signs the DA 581. This DA 581 is then posted to the stock records set. The issue is
reported to SAAS-3. If it is necessary, resupply action is initiated. This lesson covers this process in
depth and includes a practical exercise.
1. Before we look at the steps involved in processing a request for issue, let's first define the term
"ISSUE" as applied to the issue of ammunition. The term "ISSUE" means the transfer of ammunition
stock from an ammunition storage facility to an authorized user of ammunition. The transfer of
ammunition stocks from one ammunition storage facility to another ammunition storage facility is
classified as a SHIPMENT.
2. When a user of ammunition determines the requirement for ammunition, he prepares a DA Form 581
(Request for Issue and Turn-in of Ammunition). (See Figure 1 as an example of the completed form.)
We will identify changes in this process as we go through the procedure.
3. The using unit prepares the DA Form 581 as follows:
a. Block 1 - Unit document number. This is the Unit DODAAC, Julian date plus a four (4) digit
serial number. The first document number of a day is serial number 0001; the ninth would be 0009.
b. Block 2 - Control Number. This block is not filled out by the using unit.
c. Block 3 - From. Enter the unit designator and the Unit Identification Number (UIC) of the unit
requesting the ammunition.
d. Block 4a - Initiated by. Enter the name of the individual from the using unit who initiates the
e. Block 4b - Date. Enter the Julian date the request is prepared.
f. Block 5 - Accounting and Funding Data. If this ammunition is required for a special project, and
special accounting and funding data has been provided, enter the project code in this block.
g. Block 6 - To. Enter the name of the Ammunition Supply Point who will receive the ammunition.