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. Providing ammunition
for ceremonies is a traditional mission for JMC. Since the end of World War II, the Army has been sup-
plying ceremonial ammunition to veterans’ organizations to conduct military honors for their fallen
comrades. The ceremonial rifle and ammunition program is conducted in accordance with Title 10, United
States Code § 4683 (as implemented by Army Regulation 700-131).
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.