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  • Shotgun Jeremy

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    Report: Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammo | Navy Times | navytimes.com

    So they just bought all this ammo....just to destroy it? How is it costing them money to hold onto it? They could go through it pretty quick as training ammo. Hell, they could even get rid of it through DRMO. That would let commands have access to pull it if they can use it, or after a while it will be released to the civilian market for auction. What in the hell is going on here?
     

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    That news report was originally posted by USA Today. Not the most trustworthy of news outlets.

    USA Today is owned by Gannett, as is Navy Times, & Army Times, & Air Force Times. Different spots on the same Leopard.

    Used to be we trusted the Stars & Stripes, then along came the pretenders from Gannett .

    The Army does not willy-nilly destroy perfectly good ammo. We shot .50 BMG ammo left over from World War Two in the '80's. We also fired 105mm cased artillery ammo manufactured in 1942, and 155mm powders and projectiles dating to 1944 in the 1990's.

    The Army Ordnance guys like to rotate stocks, and they don't give a rat's ass if another service is short -- they make sure the Army's inventory is good to go. If another service wants Army Ammo, they have to ask for it -- and reimburse the Army for its stocks. The other Services don't like taking older stock from the Army, so they order their own.

    Older small arms stocks either get sent to training units, get sold as foreign military sales, or get sent to a Defense Reutilization and Marketing Operation (DRMO) for disposal. Ammo deemed too old or unsafe for resale gets sent to plants to be demilitarized.

    If you have ever reloaded "pull-down" brass, powder, or bullets, that is where it came from.

    None of those small arms rounds are put into a gigantic pit and blown to bits with a few blocks of C-4.

    Despite persistent media eruptions, the Army makes every attempt to husband its resources in every way possible.

    "This We'll Defend."
     

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    It's more than people not caring because it's not their money... not straight from their pockets anyway. It's also because no one cares enough to take the effort to promote change... or maybe some have already tried but found the brick walls too much a hassle to knock down.
     

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