Department of the Army Regulation 385-63
* MCO 3570.1C

Safety

Range Safety


30 January 2012

Effective date: 29 February 2012

UNCLASSIFIED

PIN: 003240000

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History: This publication is an administrative revision. This administrative revision is effective 29 March 2012. The portions affected by this revision are listed in the summary of change.

Summary: This regulation/order provides revised range safety policy for the Army and Marine Corps. For both the Army and the Marine Corps, this regulation/order is to be used in conjunction with DA Pam 385-63 .

Applicability: This regulation/order applies to the active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated. It also applies to the following: the United States Military Academy; Departments of the Army and the Navy civilian employees and contractors; Reserve Officers' Training Corps students training on Army or Marine Corps controlled ranges; the Marine Corps Total Force; any person or organization using Army or Marine Corps controlled real estate or operational ranges; operational range training and target practice activities; military real estate areas that are being or have been used as bombing ranges; artillery impact areas or target areas; all areas designated for live-fire weapons firing; recreational ranges and rod and gun club ranges located on Army or Marine Corps real property controlled by the Army or the Marine Corps; personnel training outside the continental United States; and operational training conducted on test and evaluation ranges (it does not apply to testing and evaluation conducted on such ranges). This regulation/order is advisory for deployed units engaged in combat operations. Army or Marine Corps commanders will apply the provisions of this regulation/order and/or host nation agreements as appropriate. Local standard operating procedures and range policies will reinforce this regulation/order. Contracts for work on Army/Marine Corps ranges will comply with applicable provisions of this regulation/order. During contingency operations, chapters and policies contained in this regulation/order may be modified by the Director Army Staff/Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Proponent and Exception Authority: The Army proponent of this regulation is the Director Army Staff. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or waivers to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The proponent may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to a division chief within the proponent agency or its direct reporting unit or field operating agency, in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent. Activities may request a waiver to this regulation by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include a formal review by the activity's senior legal officer. All waiver requests will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through their higher headquarters to the policy proponent. Refer to AR 25-30 for specific guidance. The Army's consultant for surface danger zones and weapon danger zones is Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (ATIC-TCT). The Marine Corps proponent of this order is the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The proponent has the authority to approve changes to this order that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The proponent has delegated approval authority to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (C465). The Marine Corps technical advisor for range management is Commanding General, Training and Education Command (C465). Range Safety Working Group members are direct representatives of the Service proponents and will ensure changes to this regulation/order follow Army policy and regulation, such as AR 25-30, and will ensure that any changes are consistent with controlling law and regulations.

Army Management Control Process: This regulation contains internal control provisions in accordance with AR 11-2 and identifies key internal controls that must be evaluated (see appendix B ).

Supplementation: For the Army, supplementation of this regulation/order and establishment of command and local forms are prohibited without the approval of the Chief of Staff, Army (Director of Army Safety (DACS-SF)), 9351 Hall Road, Building 1456, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5860. For the Marine Corps, supplementation of this regulation/order is prohibited without prior approval from Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (C465), 2079 Barnett Avenue, Quantico, VA 22134-5001.

Suggested Improvements: Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Headquarters, Department of the Army, Director of Army Safety Office (DACS-SF), 9351 Hall Road, Building 1456, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5860. Marine Corps users are invited to submit comments and suggested improvements to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (C465), 2079 Barnett Avenue, Quantico, VA 22134-5001.

Committee Continuance Approval: The Department of the Army committee management official concurs in the establishment and/or continuance of the committee(s) outlined herein. AR 15-1 requires the proponent to justify establishing/continuing committee(s), coordinate draft publications, and coordinate changes in committee status with the U.S. Army Resources and Programs Agency, Department of the Army Committee Management Office (AARP-ZA), 9301 Chapek Road, Building 1458, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5527. Further, if it is determined that an established "group" identified within this regulation, later takes on the characteristics of a committee, as found in AR 15-1, then the proponent will follow all AR 15-1 requirements for establishing and continuing the group as a committee.

Distribution: This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for command levels A, B, C, D, and E for the active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve. Publication and distribution to authorized users within the Marine Corps are indicated in the table of allowance for publications.


*This regulation supersedes AR 385-63, dated 19 May 2003.


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