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Certain items of military surplus must be "demilitarized," or rendered militarily harmless before they can be sold to the public. For example, machine guns are cut into many pieces to the point where they are only useful as scrap metal, an obvious case of demil logic. Less obvious would be electronic parts that include encryption or militarily sensitive communications technology, requiring their destruction or removal of the sensitive parts.
Government Surplus Sales: Demilitarization
Unfortunately for MV collectors, certain military vehicles have been subject to demil requirements. In particular, the M-151 series of 1/4 ton trucks (jeeps) and the HMMWV may not be sold to civilians due to non-compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Therefore, perfectly good vehicles have been crushed, cut up, or both to render them unusable and unrepairable. More about jeeps and HMMWV sales requirements is on the linked page.
Government Surplus Demil Codes
When property is sold by the U.S. Government, a Demil Code is assigned by the Federal Government to the property. The demil code identifies the level of required demilitarization for property previously used in the government sector before it is released into the public sector. As of 2007, the Demilitarization Codes are:
Munitions List Item (MLI) is property that is listed in the International Traffic in Arms Regulation, published by the U.S. Department of State.
Important: The Federal Government reserves the right to change the demil code on any given item at any time, even after the sale. It has been reported that some buyers have been contacted as much as a year after a sale and were required to return the items purchased, in one case some obsolete radar equipment. This is a risk of buying direct from the government, even when using Government Liquidation.com.
End-Use Certificate (DLA Form 1822)
Some Demil Codes (eg, B or Q) require the purchaser to provide an End-Use Certificate. An End-Use Certificate (EUC), also called DLA Form 1822, must be completed when title for MLI and CCLI is being transferred as the result of sale or donation. This form notifies the recipient that if the intent is to export the property, an export license or letter of authorization is required from the Department of State or Department of Commerce. In signing this form, the recipient also agrees to cooperate with and permit authorized Government representatives to inspect and verify the existence and condition of the MLI/CCLI that has been acquired.
First time applicants for an End-Use Certificate with Government Liquidation.com can expect to wait a minimum of 90 days for approval. Buyers who have been previously approved should expect to receive subsequent approvals within 3 weeks of submitting the End-Use Certificate application.
How to Get the Defense Demilitarization Manual
A copy of the Defense Demilitarization Manual, DOD 4160.21-M-1 may be requested from:
You may also request a copy from DLIS Customer Service at 877-352-2255 (toll free), or by email: