materials or equipment required. The approved methods for preventing ammunition capture are as follows:
Detonation. Depending upon the ammunition being destroyed, this method is the most effective under most
Burning. Given sufficient fuel and time, burning is just as effective as detonation, especially with those items
that are sensitive to flame or heat.
Gunfire. The use of gunfire from artillery, tanks, rockets, or missiles can be used after everyone has left the
storage facility; however, due to the way the site is constructed, the effectiveness of this method is limited.
Friendly firing. Another method that may be used is the forced issue of ammunition to using units. This
method may be very time-consuming.
Concealment and scattering. This is the least effective method. If it is used, try to take all items of the same
kind, so that what remains cannot be used as intended. For example, take all artillery fuzes and throw them
into a lake or otherwise hide them. This effectively makes the artillery projectiles useless, at least in the short
As in any other military operation, good performance depends on good training. If you are starting from scratch,
you may want several walk-through exercises before you start actual training. You must ensure that adequate
training aids are on hand before attempting any training. There are three factors you must consider when training
the teams, as follows:
Each team member must know to which of the various stations he or she is to report. Do not rely on the team
chiefs to direct personnel.
Each team member must be knowledgeable about the mission of the whole team. In this way, team members
can assist each other in accomplishing the mission.
Each team member must be familiar with assembly points and evacuation routes. Team members must report
to their assembly points after the completing their missions. In this way, all team members can be accounted
for prior to the final priming for the shot.
A sufficient amount of demolition materials to destroy all ammunition on hand should be available.
All bulk demolition materials and associated components (such as blasting caps, firing devices, detonating cord,
and M10 universal destructors) are usually stored in storage category E. Items from this category that are
designated for ED use must be so identified-not only at the storage site, but also on the appropriate stock records.
This is to prevent their inadvertent issue to supported units.
You should make it a point in your ED SOP to store stocks reserved for ED use in at least one Category E
location per storage section. This puts the reserved assets much closer to the individual storage locations, which
reduces the time the destruction teams need to prepare individual storage locations for destruction.