Figure 12. Overview of the wholesale and retail ammunition distribution systems.
requirements. These projected user requirements. These requirements are based on projected
ammunition resupply rates for new and maturing theaters and actual ammunition forecasts from mature
theaters. Based on the level of deployment of US forces, these theaters may be defined as follows:
New Theater. There are no US forces in the theater before the beginning of hostilities. The start
of the war is designated as deployment day (D-Day).
Maturing Theater. There were some US combat forces in the theater before the start of hostilities
and additional forces are deployed into the theater after D-Day. In the early stages of war, the
combat forces may have to rely on logistical support from host nation or third-country elements.
Mature Theater. All US forces in the theater on a certain day represent the near-total forces that
are planned for commitment to the theater. No additional units are planned, although individual
replacements of personnel and equipment will continue to arrive.
The wholesale ammunition distribution system manages ammunition until it is shipped to OCONUS
locations. When the ammunition is off-loaded at the theater's port of debarkation (POD), it enters the
retail ammunition distribution system.