Samples in jungle pack, and those in barrier material that cannot be properly resealed, must be resealed using
pressure-sensitive adhesive tape. These samples are then used on a recurring basis. Outer packs are identified as
surveillance samples, not to be shipped. When the entire lot is scheduled for shipment, samples in barrier material
must be resealed, if possible.
Serviceable samples are returned to storage with the parent lot.
Ammunition with critical defects, considered too hazardous to store, is destroyed as soon as possible according to
approved procedures. When applicable, ammunition with critical defects is rendered safe to permit safe handling.
The emergency disposal of lethal and incapacitating chemical munitions must comply with applicable public
laws. The disposal of lethal and incapacitating chemical munitions by detonation is prohibited unless specifically
authorized by higher headquarters. Items or lots are sometimes assigned ACC-H or placed in the demilitarization
or disposal account for reasons that could adversely affect future storage safety. Such munitions must be
identified at the time of classification for more extensive inspection or for priority demilitarization.
In samples with sufficient defectives to cause lot rejection, the defective samples are tagged or otherwise marked
for identification and returned to the parent lot.
When defective samples are noted in insufficient quantities to cause rejection of a serviceable lot, they are
repaired or stored separately from the parent lot. Only serviceable samples may be returned to serviceable parent
Rejected lots or samples must be reported according to DA Pamphlet 738-750. Lots containing critical defectives
must be locally suspended and reported to the appropriate commodity command by the most expeditious means.
The item's nomenclature, its NSN, its lot number or SN, the defect or defects encountered, the number of
defectives, and the number of samples examined must be included in the report. Two copies of the DA Form
1650 and the DA Form 3022-R must also be forwarded to the appropriate commodity command. If possible and
appropriate, photographs should be included.
TYPES OF SURVEILLANCE INSPECTIONS, CLASSIFICATION OF
DEFECT STANDARDS, AND CONDITION CODES
You are now familiar with the reasons for ammunition surveillance and the methods used in sample selection,
inspection, and disposition. The next step is to learn what types of inspections are performed, how defects are
classified, how condition codes are assigned, and how to distinguish between serviceable, unserviceable, and
Types of Ammunition Surveillance Inspections
Initial Receipt Inspections (IRIs). These are performed within 30 days of receiving materials (directly from
the manufacturer, vendor, or government activity) that have been inspected and accepted by the government at the
point of origin. This inspection is expected to identify gross manufacturer errors, and is not intended as a
manufacturer's acceptance-type inspection. IRIs are performed on a sampling basis by lot or group. They should
reveal damage that occurred in transit, manufacturing defects, and nonstandard conditions.
Receipt Inspections (RIs). These are performed when materiel is received from another storage activity, if
the DA Form 1650 shows that required inspections or tests were performed on the lot within the specified time
intervals for the item. The RI is performed on a sampling basis by lot or group for damage in transit only. If an
additional inspection is indicated, its scope is determined by the QASAS in charge. When materiel is returned