Use of Other-than-Procurement of Ammunition, Army (PAA) Funds to Purchase Munitions

Monday June 18, 2007

What is it?

What has the Army done? Recently, a unit purchased nonstandard munitions to support local training through their contracting office using OMA funds. After HQDA legal review, it was determined to be an improper purchase. Units purchasing munitions with other than PAA funds mask the actual munitions requirement so future purchases cannot be accurately identified and programmed. The process for requesting nonstandard munitions is outlined in AR 5-13, Training Ammunition Management.

PAA funds are centrally managed at HQDA and are not normally distributed to installations. HQDA provides PAA funds to the Program Executive Office (PEO) Ammunition to procure ammunition. The PEO Ammunition procures ammunition and provides munitions to HQDA G-4 for distribution. Units develop their requirements and forecast their munitions through the Total Ammunition Management Information System (TAMIS).

It is important to reinforce the prohibition of using OMA funds for procuring ammunition. The HQDA G-3/5/7 Munitions Management Office has posted the Army policy on the TAMIS website. HQDA is also seeking GSA assistance to ensure Army organizations are aware of the ammunition purchasing policy and to prevent units from purchasing munitions from the GSA schedule.

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