Veterans’ Organizations Can Receive Free Ceremonial Ammunition
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Joint Munitions Command provides blank ammunition and clips to American
Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Disabled American Veterans chapters, as well as other
veterans’ organizations free of charge, to perform military funeral honors, parades, and other events.
To order and receive blank ammunition and/or clips, your organization must first have weapons issued
through the ceremonial rifle program at the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management
Command in Warren, Mich. Organizations that use privately owned weapons or borrow weapons are not
eligible to receive ammunition in this program.
For more information about the ceremonial rifle program, contact TACOM at
Accepted organizations can receive one or two cases of ammunition per request. Each case has 1,240 rounds.
Only organization officers can request blank ammunition and/or clips.
The use of ammunition obtained from sources other than JMC is prohibited, as it may result in damage to the
rifle. More importantly, it could cause harm or serious injury to the user.
Blank ammunition is produced at JMC’s Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. The plant
makes more than one billion rounds of small arms ammunition for the US military, other government
agencies, and NATO allies each year, including all types of 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm and .50- caliber ammunition.
Providing ammunition for ceremonies is a traditional mission for JMC. Since the end of World War II,
the Army has been supplying ceremonial ammunition to veterans’ organizations to conduct military honors
for their fallen comrades.
Contact JMC at 877-233-2515 or by e-mail at
The ceremonial rifle and ammunition program is conducted in accordance with Title 10, United States
Code § 4683 (as implemented by Army Regulation 700-131).