IDENTIFICATION OF AMMUNITION BY
Critical Task: 03-401.01-0002
In this lesson you will learn to use ammunition data sheets and to identify ammunition and components based on
their physical characteristics.
Terminal Learning Objective
You will be able to identify ammunition items by general type and purpose based on their physical
appearance, their color coding, and their markings.
This lesson contains all the information you need. This information includes extracts from a
variety of ammunition-related publications. No additional equipment or personnel are required.
You will identify US military ammunition with 75 percent accuracy as demonstrated by your score
on the subcourse examination.
This lesson begins with a description of ammunition data sheets and their uses. It then describes all of the
different types of ammunition currently in the US Army inventory. Ammunition items are grouped into three
families--placed munitions, projected munitions, and dropped munitions.
AMMUNITION DATA SHEETS
Before discussing specific ammunition items, it is necessary to establish a basic understanding of ammunition
data sheets. Ammunition data sheets are published in the TM 43-0001 series. They are reference documents
designed to aid in ammunition planning, training, familiarization, and identification. Ammunition items are grouped
into families for publication of the data sheets. An example of an ammunition data sheet from TM 43-0001-28 is
provided in the Appendix at the back of this subcourse booklet.
Each ammunition data sheet contains a table of contents identifying its contents by size or type and model
number. Each is written in a standardized format that provides most of the information required by transportation,
storage, or using-unit personnel. A normal format is as follows:
Item identification (nomenclature).
A picture or drawing of the item.
The type classification of the item.