When the records show that the same type of ammunition is not stored at the facility, determine if there
are compatible items in storage. Use the procedure that you learned in Lesson 2 to make this
determination. Next, ensure that QD requirements are met for each storage point you plan to use.
Again, you must use the methods you learned in Lesson 2 to determine the applicable QD
requirements. If you need to determine the nomenclature of the item in order to use Table 5-21 in TM
9-1300-206, you can find this information in SB 708-4.
Ammunition magazines are designed to store a specific NEW. Standard, earth-covered magazines
have a design capacity of 500,000 pounds NEW. Nonstandard, earth-covered magazines have a
capacity of 250,000 pounds NEW. Drawing numbers that dictate the authorized NEW are contained in
AR 385-64. Determine if your magazines can be loaded to their capacity by checking the facility
capacity license along with any waivers or exemptions that are in effect at the site. This license gives
the total NEW authorized for the activity. The facility capacity license is a certification by the Explosive
Safety Board and the Corps of Engineers. It is governed by DOD Regulation 5056.98TD.
Meet Stock Consolidation Requirements. Pallet dimensions can
to plot the planned
storage on a planograph. When planning storage, the largest lot is stored in the rear of the magazine,
as shown in Figure 3-4.
There must also be space for equipment to turn around. The aisle for MHE, is based on four feet,
seven inches, plus the length or width of the pallet, or 40 inches for the forklift with tines, whichever is
greater. Most planographs are scale drawings of the magazine's floor space scaled at five-foot
increments. Planographs may vary, but they must always be scaled so that space can be calculated.
Determine Personnel and Equipment Requirements. Now that the storage locations for the
expected ammunition shipment are known, the equipment and personnel requirements can be
determined. The number of required ammunition handlers is based on factors such as the type,
quantity, and packing configuration of the ammunition. In any event, there must be at least one
supervisor and two people to do the work at each storage location. The following factors must be
There must be enough MHE for the operation, and it must be of the correct type (electric forklifts
for inside work and rough-terrain forklifts for outside).
All hand tools must be serviceable, and extra tools must be available in case of breakdown.
There should be one set of cutters and crimpers available for each band tightener.
There must be enough steel strapping, clips, staples, and dunnage to repalletize if necessary.
If a crane is being used to handle palletized projectiles, serviceable slings must be available.
Personal protective equipment (such as face shields for banding operations, work gloves, and
safety shoes) must be available.
On-the-spot maintenance support must be available.
If the work must be done at night, only approved lighting may be used. For safety reasons, the
interior of the magazine is illuminated only by reflection.
MHE requirements (such as transport vehicles and forklifts) must be coordinated with the motor
pool or service section.