around the munition indicates a nonpersistent effect agent and two bands
indicate a persistent effect agent.
Green marking on the gray background
A descriptive word such as gas indicates the general nature of the agent. A
chemical agent symbol (GB, VX, HD) indicates the exact filling. Additional
information on chemical munitions is given in the following technical
TM 9-1901-1, TM 9-1300-202, TM 9-1325-200, and TM 43-0001-26-1.
is shown in Figure 1-1 on page 1-11.
b. Standard Color Coding System (New).
on page 1-12.
c. Revised Color Coding System (1976).
Munitions manufactured after
1976 are marked according to the Revised Color Coding System (1976) shown in
Figure 1-3 on page 1-13.
All chemical munitions manufactured prior to
January 1961 will retain their original color code markings.
Chemical compounds, to include toxic chemical
background with appropriate bands to indicate the persistency of the
filling. The presence of a high or low explosive charge is indicated by a
yellow or brown band, respectively, in addition to the appropriate chemical
a. Toxic Chemical Agents. Gray background with green bands; one band
for nonpersistent agents, two bands for persistent agents, and three for
nonpersistent agents and two bands for persistent agents.