The Ceremonial Rifle Program affords posts and departments an opportunity to add dignity and class to their honor guard details at events such as funerals or parades. Under Army regulations, the secretary of the army may conditionally loan not more than 15 excess M1 Garand rifles to an eligible organization. A formal written request, signed by the Post Commander, must be submitted to the National Programs Department which-after validating good standing – will forward it to the U.S. Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan. TACOM will accept no requests without written approval of AMVETS National Headquarters.
Forms may be requested from the National Programs Department and downloaded.
Complete all forms and write a letter, addressed to TACOM, requesting a specific number of rifles. (from one to fifteen) The letter must be signed by the Post Commander or Adjutant. Include this letter, along with all of the forms and mail to the AMVETS National Programs Department. Your package will be reviewed and the letter validating your post will be added and then the completed packet will be mailed to TACOM. If everything is in order it will still take on average, four to six months.
The forms you need are:
- Privacy Act Notice (download PDF)
- Checklist for Rifles (download PDF)
- Certificate of Arms Storage (download PDF)
- Certificate of Compliance (download PDF)
- Ceremonial Rifle Inventory (download PDF)
- Ceremonial Rifle Return Inventory (download PDF)
- Triennial Certification (download PDF)
- Qualification Checklist for donation of Combat Material – VSO (download PDF)
- Static Annual Certificate (download PDF)
- Ammo and Accoutrement Info (download PDF)
AMVETS Ceremonial Rifle Brochure – This brochure has additional information (download PDF). Blank Ammo must be requested from the Joint Munitions Command in Rock Island, Illinois ONLY AFTER YOU RECEIVE THE RIFLES.
POC for requesting Ammo – Dawn Folland
Toll Free Phone: 877-233-2515
Note: Slings are not provided through the Donations Program Group. The slings are available through commercial sources. One source you may consider: (Providing this link does not represent endorsement of any products or services contained therein.) – Fulton Armory – www.fulton-armory.com
Questions – May be directed to Beryl Love, AMVETS National Programs Director 240.832.7768