PREPARING A STORAGE PLAN
Preparing a storage plan for a new ASP involves several steps. First the tonnage is computed, next the
storage categories of the ammunition to be stored are determined. Then QDs are figured and the storage system
is picked. Only then can the actual plan be drawn.
COMPUTING THE TONNAGE TO BE STORED
The determination of how much ammunition to be placed in an ASP is based on what would be needed by
supported units at the outbreak of a war. Normally a three-to-five day resupply, this allotment's authorization is
sent from higher headquarters as a stockage list (Figure 1). The stockage list usually gives the national stock
number, nomenclature, and number of rounds the ASP will be required to store. How and where that ammunition
is to be stored in an ASP is begun by determining the total short tonnage of the allotment, called the gross
Figure 1. Sample Stockage List.
The procedure for computing total short tons* (also called gross tonnage) of all the items on a stockage is as
First, get the data for rounds per package, packages per pallet, and weight per pallet for each item on the
stockage list. This data is found in the DOD Consolidated Ammunition Catalog in Part VII (Packaging Data). See
Figure 2 for an extract of the catalog. The example used here is taken from the first line of the stockage list in
Next, divide the number of rounds required by the stockage list by the number of rounds per package (QTY
PER SHIP CONT). This gives the number of packages.
*Long tons are 2,240 pounds per ton and are difficult to use in calculations. For this reason short tons are used in