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Permission is granted to enter the world of mil-spec packaging—a by-the-book theatre of operations where product containment bears as much resemblance to non-military packaging as an Abrams battle tank bears to a Prius family sedan. || Read more

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When you turn on the news and see coverage about our soldiers, the first thing you think of probably isn’t about how tough it can be to send them the daily essentials that they need. When it comes to packaging supplies for the military, the United States Government has developed a complete logistical solution to meet its (often complex) needs.
With the way technology has changed virtually everything, the science of mil spec packaging has also changed with it. Have you ever thought about military packaging? Chances are you haven’t – but it’s more interesting than you might think. Read on for a history of military packaging and to learn more about how it works today.
Military packaging became a concept around 1941, when the U.S. Army was running exercises in Iceland. During those exercises the army experienced a significant amount of supply losses which were eventually attributed to bad packaging solutions. Similarly, the U.S. Navy had the same problem during operations in Guadalcanal in 1942. Ultimately, it was realized that the Army, Navy, and Marines were experiencing extremely troublesome supply shortages that were jeopardizing their ability to sustain operations – all because military packaging design was unable to meet their needs. || Read more

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At first glance, the packaging the U.S. Army uses for its guns and ammo looks a bit like it’s stuck in a time warp. Even though the weaponry itself has increasingly gone high-tech, the packaging still consists mostly of steel or wood containers that look like they could have seen action in World War II.

Outward appearances, however, can be deceiving. Today’s military containers aren’t your grandfather’s ammo boxes. The military relies on packaging designs and materials that are every bit as modern as the weapons and ammunition inside.

Much of the Army’s weapons packaging falls to the engineers working for the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway, NJ. “Our mission is to package everything designed at Picatinny, and that’s about 95 percent of the military’s ground firepower,” says Mike Ivankoe, supervisory packaging engineer for ARDEC. The list of “products” they package ranges from small arms to huge howitzers and all the munitions that go into those weapons.

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