Go to the ammunition storage area and inspect the unit's stored items, storage procedures, and safety
measures. This will include the unit's procedures for transporting ammunition, handling training ammunition (if
applicable), and turning in ammunition.
When you inspect a unit's basic load, you also inspect the way documentation has been completed. A unit's
documentation often reflects how well the company carries out the other phases of ammunition handling.
Ammunition documentation is inspected to ensure that the information is correct on all the forms, that
accountability is being maintained, and that an audit trail exists for the ammunition being maintained.
As you go through the various documents and after you determine that like entries are consistent among them,
write the following information for each item on your notepad:
National Stock Number (NSN) and Department of Defense Identification Code (DODIC). The NSN
identifies the particular item of ammunition requested. The DODIC identifies the interchangeability of the
Item description, or nomenclature. This is the name by which the ammunition is recognized within the supply
Lot number. The ammunition lot number is an essential part of identifying ammunition and must be
maintained in order to preserve lot integrity. It is how ammunition that is suspended or restricted is identified.
Quantity issued or received. This is the amount of ammunition received by the company from the
ammunition supply point (ASP) or turned in by the company to the ASP by lot number.
Use this information as you inspect the actual items in storage to verify that the listed items are on hand. Any
discrepancies you find in the property book, such as incorrect lot number, NSN, nomenclature, or quantities
should be corrected at the time of the inspection. Record them on your notepad to be put in the basic load
inspection report you will make later. Be sure to note any safety violations.
Unit basic load documentation forms (Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4) contain the following information in common:
the document number, the NSN and DODIC, the item description, the lot number, and the quantity issued or
received. You must make sure that common entries match everywhere they appear. It does not matter in what
order you check the forms. Use the table at the top of the next page for a quick reference of what to check where.
Upon completion of the inspection, tell the unit commander and the ammunition NCO of the deficiencies you
noted. These deficiencies will form the basis for the basic load inspection report that you will write when you
return to the QA/QC Section. Normally, there is no set format for this report. See the example in Figure 7.
Prepare the report in accordance with policy and procedures established within your command. Usually the report
includes a list of deficiencies and what must be done to make the ammunition or storage area serviceable.