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HANDY MATRIX FOR MATERIAL STORAGE REQUIREMENTS
FOR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND AA&E

Within the DoD, certain materials must be stored in specific ways. The purpose of this matrix is to help the user determine appropriate storage for given materials.  The matrix lists the types of material, the pertinent regulations, and the hardware to be used.  Where the hardware must meet a specification, it is listed.

To detemine the authorizing entities and hierarchical order of security documents review our Security Document Hierarchy chart.


Materials stored Policy Document Lock Requirements Storage Requirements
Classified Material (confidential, secret, and top secret) DoDM 5200.01, Volume 3
Component documents:
Navy: SECNAV M-5510.36B
Army: AR 380-5 (CUI)
USAF: DoD Manual 5200.01 Volume 3; DAF Manual 16-1404, Volume 3
DoD Ctrs: DoD Instruction 5220.22;
32 CFR Part 117 NISPOM
FF-L-2740
(see note 1)
Class 5 GSA-approved Container
Class 6 GSA-approved Container
Security Vault Door
Secure Room (see note 2)
Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) ICD/ICS 705
FF-L-2740 SCIF (see note 2)
Security Risk Categories (SRC) I, II, III, IV Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives (AA&E) DoD Manual 5100.76
Component documents:
Navy/USMC: OPNAVINST 5530.13D
Army: AR 190-11 (CUI)
USAF: AFI 31-101 (CUI)
USCG: COMDTINST M5530.1C (CUI)
FF-L-2937
(see note 3)
Class 5 GSA-approved Container
Armory Vault Door
DoD Manual 5100.76
Same component documents as above
High Security Padlock
( MIL-DTL-43607) with
High Security Hasp
( MIL-DTL-29181 or
MIL-H-24653)
AA&E Magazines and Storage Structures
DoD Manual 5100.76
Same component documents as above
Internal Locking Device
(ILD)
AA&E Magazines and Storage Structures
Keys to Category I & II AA&E DoD Manual 5100.76 FF-L-2937
(see note 3)
Class 5 GSA-approved Container
Keys to Category III & IV AA&E DoD Manual 5100.76 FF-L-2937
or UL 768, Group 1
Container of at least 12-gauge steel
  (or material of equivalent strength)
Monetary Funds
  < $7,500
DoD 7000.14-R
(Volume 5, Chapter 3)
UL Std 768, Group 1R Vault (must be fire-resistant for 2 hours)
Burglary Resistant Safe when a vault is
 not available
Class 5 GSA-approved Container
  (see note 4)
Monetary Funds
  > $7,500 and < $50,000
DoD 7000.14-R
(Volume 5, Chapter 3)
UL Std 768, Group 1R Burglary Resistant Safe with
   UL TL-15 rating (see note 5)
Class 5 GSA-approved Container
  (see note 4)
Monetary Funds
  > $50,000
DoD 7000.14-R
(Volume 5, Chapter 3)
UL Std 768, Group 1R Burglary Resistant Safe with
   UL TL-30 rating (see note 5)
Vault (must be fire-resistant for 2 hours)

  NOTES:
(1) An existing Field Safe with a mechanical combination lock meeting UL Std 768, Group 1, or a new Field Safe with a mechanical combination lock meeting Federal Specification FF-L-2937 are approved for classified storage in accordance with AA-F-358, Filing Cabinet, Legal and Letter Size, Uninsulated, Security.  Visit our Field Safe page for more information.
(2) Pedestrian door deadbolt devices, covered by Federal Specification FF-L-2890, are intended for use on pedestrian doors to secure rooms and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs).  Visit our Pedestrian Door Deadbolt Devices page for more information.
(3) All new GSA approved weapons containers and armory vault doors must use an FF-L-2937 lock for the storage of AA&E.  Existing GSA approved weapons containers and armory vault doors may continue to use an UL 768, Group 1 mechanical combination lock for the storage of AA&E.  If the existing UL 768, Group 1 lock fails, or requires replacement, it must be replaced with a lock meeting FF-L-2937.  Visit our Weapons Container page for more information.
(4) GSA-approved containers manufactured after 2007 will have a FF-L-2740 or FF-L-2937 lock (both exceed UL Std 768, Group 1)
(5) Underwriters Laboratory (UL) TL/TR rating:
TL means tool resistance using "common hand tools, drills, punches, hammers, and pressure applying devices."
The number rating for TL means number of minutes for resistance, typically 15, 30, or 60
TR means torch resistant (all six sides) in minutes for the number indicated
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