AMMUNITION STORAGE OPERATIONS
Critical Task: 03-4010.01-0002
In this lesson you will learn to manage ammunition storage operations.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Identify procedures for managing ammunition storage operations, including
management of personnel, equipment, logistical operations, and safety precautions
necessary to store various explosives and ammunition.
You will require only the information contained in this subcourse.
To demonstrate competency of this task, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on
the subcourse examination.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications: AR
385-64, DA PAM 75-5, SB 708-4, TM 9-1300-206, FM 9-13, and FM 9-38.
Conventional ammunition and explosives are products of war-they are manufactured primarily to kill
and destroy. Ammunition is the dominant factor in determining the outcome of conventional combat. It
is a critical component of fire and maneuver. Munitions have inherent hazards that affect all handling
operations from time of manufacture until expended. Knowledge of these hazards dictates that
protection against deterioration, accidental ignition, and detonation.
The key to any successful operation is prior planning, especially when conducting ammunition storage
operations. Upon the receipt of ammunition from other storage activities, turn-ins from using units, or
during rewarehousing operations, you must be able to employ the essential elements of storage
operations. Whether you are an ammunition storage officer at a Magazine Storage Area or a
distribution depot, you will be required to prepare plans for storage operations. You will have to be
familiar with reports and documentation, packaging and palletization, materials handling equipment
(MHE), manpower, tools, and supplies in order to accomplish your assigned mission.
To begin this lesson, we will refresh your memory by discussing ammunition storage requirements.
You have received previous instruction on ammunition storage requirements; here we will tie the
different types of storage (magazine and outdoor) procedures together with safety when storing
different types of munitions.