Weight zones are used to identify the zone requirements for an individual ammunition item. Weight zones are
used on weapon-fired munitions ranging from mortars through large artillery. The zones are indicated by the
outline of a block with a smaller-diameter circle in the center. There will be one block for each weight zone
associated with the item. While weight zones are used primarily by using units for weapons registration, some
ammunition requests may depend on ammunition items in certain weight zones.
Rounds Per Package
Most ammunition is packaged in a standard pack configuration. NSNs are based in part on these standard packs.
Marking the packaging with the number of rounds or items per package aids in accountability and simplifies
issues, receipts, and supply requisitions.
Package Weight and Cube
Marking the package with total weight and cube aids in determining storage and transportation space
Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Information
The proper DOT shipping names are used to determine shipment compatibility and firefighting procedures.
Ammunition Color Codes
The appropriate color code for the ammunition within a package may be marked on two opposing corners of the
package. Color codes identify the significant hazards involved with specific items. Specific ammunition color
codes will be covered later in this lesson.