necessary pallet dimensions (length, width, and height) are in the DOD Consolidated
Ammunition Catalog by NSN. With the dimensions of the pallets and space available, you can
calculate the area and cube required to store the shipment. A comparison of area to cube then
shows if the ammunition will fit into the space available. If the shipment will not fit,
rewarehousing of ammunition among the magazines may be required.
c. Different items. When the records show that the same type of ammunition is not stored at the
facility, there are several steps to take in selecting a storage site. You must check the
compatibility groups, quantity-distance, and the magazine license to ensure that you are within
the limits imposed by the Net Explosive Weight.
4. Determination of Personnel and Equipment.
a. Now that the ammunition and space requirements are known, the equipment and personnel
requirements must be determined. The number of required ammunition handlers is based on
factors such as type, quantity, and packing configuration of the ammunition. In any event, there
must be at least two persons at any location. One ground guide is required per forklift, and two
ground guides per crane. The following conditions must be considered:
(1) There must be enough materials handling equipment for the operation, and the equipment
must be the correct type (electric forklifts, towing tractors and cranes).
(2) On-the-spot maintenance support must be available. Malfunctioning tools and lack of
supplies can slow down or stop an operation. Selecting the proper tools and supplies is a
critical area in planning operations. The following areas must be considered well in
(a) All hand tools must be serviceable, and extras must be available in case of breakdown.
There should be one set of cutters and crimpers available for each bander.
(b) There must be enough steel strapping, clips, and dunnage to complete palletization.
(c) If a crane is being used for shipping palletized projectiles, serviceable slings must be
(d) There should be personal protective equipment available, such as face shields for
banding operations, work gloves, and safety shoes.
b. If work must be done at night, prior planning and coordination must be accomplished to ensure
that the required resources are available. MHE requirements such as transport vehicles and
forklifts must be coordinated with the motor pool section. Requirements must also be met for
other types of equipment such as pallet jacks, conveyors, dunnage, banding equipment, and
safety equipment for personnel.
PART B - MAGAZINE STORAGE AREA SAFETY
1. By now you should have an understanding of ammunition storage structures, selection of storage
locations, planographs, and how to determine personnel and equipment requirements. Another
item that should be of utmost concern to you is safety. The most important consideration in an
ammunition area is safety. Fire prevention and fire fighting are constantly stressed as the most
pertinent of all safety precautions and procedures involving explosives and chemical agents.
Quantity-distance and compatibility standards will apply at all times, regardless of the mode of