1. Planning for ammunition/explosive shipments. Planning is designed to eliminate the majority of the problems
you might encounter with the shipment of Class V materials.
The efficiency of any ammunition shipping operation depends largely on planning. The factors to be
considered in planning will vary depending upon the prevailing operations, type of shipment, and the existing
When the Materiel Management Center (MMC) issues an advance notification to ship a specific quantity of
ammunition forward (a materiel release order), the ammunition supply activity can begin the planning phase.
The advance notice of shipment is normally by means of a DD Form 1348 (DOD Single Line Item Requisition
System Document (Manual)), a DD Form 1348-1 (DOD Single Line Item Release/Receipt Document), or a DA
Form 5210-R (XBT Record).
a. Some of the important factors to be considered during the planning phase are as follows:
Type of shipment (road, rail, sea, and air).
Verifying that the ammunition is on hand for shipment. The activity issuing the directive must be
notified if items are not available.
Identifying storage location and selecting lots and quantity to be shipped.
Computing the total gross weight and cubic measurements of the shipment.
Determining the compatibility group of the shipment and identifying items that may or may not be
loaded and transported on the same carrier.
Notifying the supporting transportation element movement control team (MCT) as far in advance as
possible of the pending shipment.
Determining material handling equipment (MHE) and personnel requirements based on the weight
and configuration of containers, and the type and number of transporters required.
Estimating the down time, which is the time involved in handling, inspecting, bracing, and
Transportation assets availability and/or requirements.
b. The following are some of the factors which govern transportation requirements:
Compatibility of items to be shipped (see TM 9-1300-206 and/or BOE 6000).
Total cubic measurement.
Total gross weight of shipment.