Concepts & Programs HomeProgramsFocus Area 4: Modernization & TechnologyPart 6: Hybrid LogisticsConventional Ground Ammunition


U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Estevan Michel, engineer equipment operator, Combat Logistics Battalion-2, Marine Air-Ground Task Force-8 (MAGTF), moves a crate of ammunition during Integrated Training Exercise 5-17 (ITX) on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 14, 2017. The purpose of ITX is to create a challenging, realistic training environment that produces combat-ready forces capable of operating as an integrated MAGTF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher A. Mendoza)


Supply Class V(W), Conventional Ground Ammunition, consists of more than 300 individual ammunition and explosives items in the Marine Corps ammunition stockpile valued at $8.8B. These items support all major ground weapons systems employed by the Marine Corps, including artillery, tank, small arms (such as 9mm, 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50-caliber), shoulder-fired rockets and missiles, medium caliber (25mm and 40mm) weapons, mine clearance systems, 120mm rifled mortars for the Expeditionary Fire Support System, and the family of 60mm and 81mm mortar ammunition. Conventional ground ammunition also includes individually employed and hand-emplaced material, such as grenades, demolition equipment, pyrotechnics, and signaling devices. Also included are training and mission-unique items, such as non-lethal munitions, Special Effects Ammunition Markings System, and Military Working Dog Scent Kits.

Operational Impact

Ammunition procurement supports a wide spectrum of Marine Corps requirements that are categorized within two major elements. The first is the War Reserve Munitions Requirement, which includes combat, current operations/forward presence, and strategic readiness requirements. The second is the Training/ Testing Requirement, which includes live-fire training and weapons-systems testing. The combination of these two categories constitutes the Marine Corps Total Munitions Requirement (TMR), published by the Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration (DC CD&I). With the continuing global missions facing the Nation, it is imperative that the Marine Corps maintains a healthy procurement profile as well as a robust munitions stockpile to address the growing demands of the Marine forces for both war-reserve and live-fire training. Past efforts within the ammunition procurement appropriation have helped the Marine Corps to maintain readiness levels while meeting current demands for ammunition and explosives required for current operations. During the previous three fiscal years, ammunition investment has allowed for sufficient flexibility in supporting several munitions based urgent need statements generated by the operating forces as well as training growth as a result of Overseas Contingency Operations.

Program Status

Planned conventional ammunition procurements and funding profiles should ensure an adequate ammunition inventory is available for all Marine Forces to support live fire training requirements, future combat operations, and sufficient stocks for countering extremist violent organizations.

Procurement Profile: Using the Marine Corps ammunition stockpile as a baseline, and assessed against the TMR, the FY2018 and FY2019 budget includes procurements of approximately 48 individual line items of ammunition in various quantities. Select representative procurement quantities by general munitions family as well as assorted manufacturers, is provided at the following:

Small Arms
FY18 - 166,869,989
FY19 - 104,761,313

Mortar Family
FY18 - 138,776
FY19- 42,610

120MM Tank
FY18 - 7,823
FY19 - 4,815

FY18 - 100,978
FY19 - 93,172

Rocket Family
FY18 - 11,848
FY19 - 9,319

FY18 - 533,115
FY19 - 206,695

Linear Charges
FY18 - 301
FY19 - 692


Small Arms Family:

Alliant Tech Systems,
Independence, MO,

Olin Winchester,
East Alton, IL,

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,
St Petersburg, FL

Vista Outdoor,
Anoka MN.

Mortar Family:

Scranton PA

Wilkes-Barre, PA

120mm Tank/Mortar Ammunition:

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,
St Petersburg, FL,

Pine Bluff Arsenal, AR.

Artillery/Fuzes Ammunition:

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,
Scranton, PA,

American Ordnance,
Middleton, IA,

Orbital Alliant Tech Systems, Plymouth, MN.


NAMMO /Talley Defense Systems,
Mesa, AZ,

SAAB Bofors Dynamics,
Karlskoga, Sweden.


American Rheinmetall,
Stafford VA.

Linear Charges:

Perry FL,

American Ordnance,
Middleton, IA

Simsbury CT.