NAVY OPNAV 8023.24C: (N4) NAVY PERSONNEL CONVENTIONAL AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES HANDLING QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
DOD Adopted ANSI Approved Approved
This instruction applies to all United States (U.S.) Navy personnel, identified in enclosure (1), whether ashore and afloat, who are directly involved in AE handling evolutions. This includes personnel who physically interact with AE as well as personnel performing AE supervisor, quality assurance (QA), or safety observer (SO) functions. Exceptions to this requirement are addressed in subparagraphs 5b through 5e. The requirement to have a QUAL/CERT program applies, regardless of location, to work being performed by military, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian, and contractor personnel working under the provisions of a Government contract.
a. Reference (b) governs the explosives handling QUAL/CERT program for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). As such, this instruction does not apply to USMC commands operating on U.S. Navy installations or when embarked aboard Navy vessels. However, this instruction does apply to those individual Marines when assigned to or augmenting U.S. Navy activities and commands.
b. Other Military Services or Government agencies conducting explosive operations must provide the host activity or command formal written certification of qualifications for those personnel authorized to handle or physically interact with AE.
c. Personnel who perform Strategic Systems Programs specific functions at strategic weapons facilities (SWF) will adhere to guidance contained in reference (c) for qualifying and certifying personnel. SWF security personnel shall comply with the guidance contained within reference (b).
d. Only activities listed by individual command name in reference (d), appendix G, with a primary mission of research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) of energetic materials may use reference (e) in lieu of this instruction, provided the activity's QUAL/CERT program is supported by a local implementing instruction.
e. Non-naval units embarked aboard Navy vessels must adhere to the guidance provided in references (f) and (g), ensuring personnel are qualified and certified prior to conducting any operations involving AE. f. The term "commanding officer" as used throughout this instruction, is synonymous with commanders; directors; supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion, and repair (SUPSHIP); masters of MSC vessels; and officers in charge (OIC) of a command or activity.
Purpose. To provide Navy policy and issue the responsibilities and procedures for developing, implementing, and maintaining the Navy personnel ammunition (ammo) and explosives (AE) handling qualification and certification (QUAL/CERT) program per reference (a). This instruction is a complete revision and must be reviewed in its entirety. Major changes to the instruction include:
a. Deletion of work task codes (WTC) by type community (formerly enclosure (5)).
b. Deletion of enclosure (9) and addition of OPNAV 8020/7 Ammunition and Explosives Qualification and Certification Self- Assessment, which is to be used by the board chair when conducting the annual assessment of the command's QUAL/CERT program.
c. Deletion of the sample training guide (formerly enclosure (11)).
d. Addition of aircrew door gunners as not falling under the purview of this instruction.
e. Addition of Military Sealift Command (MSC) personnel as being exempt from the requirements of this instruction.
f. Provision of additional guidance and procedures to assist personnel in implementing this instruction.
g. Clarification of the containerized explosives family group.
h. Elimination of the landing force operational reserve material family group. i. Requirement to annually review training plans (TP).
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