Table 12-2.Item Identification Designations for Cluster
Painting (table 12-1) is the application of the final
body coating to ammunition, ammunition components,
or ammunition containers by authorized activities.
Usually, paint color identifies the use or explosive
hazards of the ammunition; however, sometimes it has
Marking is the application of colored spots, bands,
or symbols on ammunition, ammunition components, or
ammunition containers. Markings, by their color or
shape, identify ammunition fillers or the presence of
specific ammunition components.
Chemical filler ammunition, ammunition
components, and ammunition containers are identified
by bands that are color coded (table 12-1). Chemical
fillers are identified by marking symbols placed on a line
parallel to the colored bands.
Lettering is the use of letters, words, abbreviations,
or numerals on ammunition, ammunition components,
or ammunition containers.
Lettering is put on
ammunition by die stamping, stenciling, decals, etching,
or rubber stamping. Lettering identities the type, mark
and modification, ammunition lot number, and loading
information of the ammunition item. Lettering applied
in black or white has no color-code significance.
Mark and Modification Designation
The Mk number is an Arabic numeral and represents
a basic design. It is followed by a modification (Mod)
number to represent a less than major change in design.
For example, the mark/modification number assigned to
a general-purpose bomb without a change to the basic
design is Mk 82 Mod 0. If a minor change to the basic
design is incorporated, it is designated as Mk 82 Mod 1,
If further changes are incorporated, the modification
designations are assigned in sequence, Mod 2, Mod 3,
Mod 4, and so forth.
Some explosive devices and ordnance or armament
(such as cluster weapons and bomblets used in cluster
weapons) are designated by groups of letters and
numbers. An example of this type designation is
BLU-99-A-T-lB or BLU-7A/B (table 12-2). Other
letter-type designators, such as BRU, SUU, FAE, etc.,
are discussed in other chapters of this TRAMAN.
U.S. Army ammunition retains the Army identifier
that uses a letter, numeral, and letter and numeral
system. For example, the model is designated M23.
The first modification of this model is designated
M23A1, and subsequent modifications are designated
by M23A2, M23A3, etc. If an item was jointly
developed by the Navy and Army, the model identifying
designation is preceded by the letters AN (Army/Navy).
For example, a model is designated AN-M173. The first
modification of this model is designated AN-M173A1.
Later modifications are designated as AN-M173A2,
Department of Defense Identification
Code (DODIC) and Navy Ammunition
Logistic Code (NALC)
The Department of Defense Information Code
(DODIC) is a four-digit code assigned by the Defense
Logistics Services Center (DLSC). It identifies
ammunition and explosive items (nonnuclear) within
the supply system applicable to all the armed forces.
The Navy Ammunition Logistic Code (NALC) is a
four-digit code assigned by Ships Parts Control Center
(SPCC). It identifies Navy-unique items of ordnance.
The DODIC and NALC are interchangeable terms
and are included as part of the letter identification
contained on ammunition and ammunition components.
These codes are used specifically for logistic control and
If an ammunition item or ammunition component
has been modified, a DODIC/NALC code is assigned to
the modified item. For example, Mk 105 Mod 0 is
assigned code A811 and Mk 105 Mod 1 is assigned code
A894. A complete listing of DODICs and NALCs is