INSPECTING SALVAGE MATERIAL
LAYOUT OF AMMUNITION SALVAGE YARD
The ammunition salvage yard is used to store nonexplosive ammunition salvage material. It is normally
located close to the entrance of the ammunition supply point (ASP) to eliminate unnecessary traffic, and close to
the vehicle holding area to permit unloading of returned salvage items from firing units prior to the turn in of live
ammunition. The ammunition salvage yard is laid out into several major areas. See Figure 1. The major areas
are described below:
Salvage Office. This is where the unit turns in its paperwork to the ASP personnel and are assigned a checker
for escort into the area.
Vehicle Inspection Area. Area where all vehicles go through before being allowed into the area. Vehicles are
inspected for any unsafe conditions.
Inspection of Small Items. Area where sorting tables are set up to inspect metal links, clips, etc., turned in by
the using unit.
Storage for Valuable Metal. Area where brass and certain other metal is kept under guard or locked up
because of its salvage value.
Inspection of Packing Material. Area where packing material turned in by the using unit is inspected and
stored for further use.
where explosives found during
the inspection are stored.
Inspection of Brass and Depriming
where sorting tables are set
up for sorting small arms ammunition
and where depriming stations are set up for removal of primers from artillery cartridge cases.
Storage of Metal Container. Area where metal containers turned in by the using unit are inspected and stored
for further use, and where depriming stations are set up for removal of primers from artillery cartridge. cases.
Storage of Wood and Fibers. Area where wooden boxes and fiber containers turned in by the using unit are
inspected and stored under a shelter to protect them from the weather.
CONDUCTING THE INSPECTION
Before you begin the inspection, you must review the unit's standing operating procedure (SOP) that deals
with the salvage yard operation. The SOP will inform you of the requirements that have to be met during your
The using unit turning in salvage material is required to certify in writing in Block 11 of DA Form 581
(Request for Issue and Turn-In of Ammunition) that the items being turned in are free of explosives or dangerous
material. However, to be absolutely safe, the salvage material should be inspected again to ensure that the items
are nonexplosive. During the inspection, the individual receiving the salvage material will fill in Block 10e of the
DA Form 581 for the quantity of salvage material received from the using unit and sign and date in Block 13. See