If you are computing the basic load of a DODAC item to verify its accuracy, go to the property record (DA
Form 3328) of the unit (see Figure 8) after you have determined the authorization. In this example, look at the
Required Alw block at the bottom of the form. You will see the entry "68,040." This is the same amount that was
computed for ball cartridge, 5.56 millimeter. To the right on the form is the Authorized Alw block, which shows
"68,400." The reason for the two different figures is that the ASP issues basic load ammunition in the full,
standard pack; in this case, that exceeds the unit's authorization. This is because the basic load directive message
always states, "If the unit is authorized to exceed its authorization, or if it exceeds authorization, it must draw to
the next higher full pack."
Example 2: Cartridge, 7.62 Millimeter
Figuring the basic load requirement for this ammunition is more complicated, because it is used in different
machine guns in more than one place. First, go to the unit TOE/MTOE and find machine gun 7.62 millimeter (see
Figure 9). There are two entries, light flexible (M60) and fixed (M219). Start with the M60, Line L92386. Look
at Equipment Level 1 to find how many weapons the unit is authorized. In this case, the unit is authorized nine
Next, look at the Weapons Component for Vehicles sheet to see if the weapon system is a component of a
vehicle that the unit is authorized. The Weapons Component for Vehicles sheet is tabulated by the S3. In the
abbreviated example in Figure 10, there are two vehicles with machine guns that use 7.62-millimeter ammunition.
They are the combat vehicle antitank: improved TOW vehicle, which has the M60, and the tank, combat, full
tracked. 105mm gun, which has the M219. The first machine gun used here to figure the unit basic load of 7.26-
millimeter ammunition is the M60. Go to the TOE (see Figure 9) and find out how many improved TOW
vehicles the unit is authorized at Equipment Level 1. It is three. Since no other vehicle requires the M60 machine
gun as a component, the other six machine guns authorized are used on the ground.
The next step for computing the basic load for the M60 machine gun, is to look at the Basic Load
Requirements sheet and find out how many rounds are authorized. Looking at Figure 6, you see that machine gun
M60, light flexible, is authorized 3,100 rounds per weapon. Continuing on the same sheet, you find combat
vehicle, antitank. You learn that the same machine gun is a component of the improved TOW vehicle. In this
case, 600 rounds are authorized per weapon.
Since the unit is authorized nine of the light flexible M60 machine guns, it is a simple process of multiplying
what is authorized per weapon against the required number of weapons. Take the first situation, where the M60
machine gun is operated on the ground. You know that six of these weapons will be used on the ground.
That leaves the three weapons that go with the improved TOW vehicle.
Now, add the two amounts.