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031-503-1017 (SL1) - Respond to Depleted Uranium

Standards: Respond to DU and implement protective measures as required.

Conditions: You are in a combat situation where DU munitions or weapon systems that may contain DU are in use or may be used, given a protective mask, gloves, first-aid supplies, Graphic Training Aid (GTA) 03-04-001A, and one of the following situations:

  1. You encounter expended DU penetrators or parts of penetrators.

  2. You encounter United States (U.S.) or foreign armored vehicles that have breached crew compartments.

  3. You encounter a fire where DU munitions may be involved.

Standards: Respond to DU and implement protective measures as required.

Performance Steps

Note.  The presence of DU will not prevent accomplishment of mission and will not be a concern when actively engaged in direct combat.  The presence of DU can only be positively confirmed with AN/VDR2 or AN/PDR77 radiation, detection, indication, and computation (RADIAC) meters.

1.   Administer first aid for DU injuries and treat wounds according to the soldier's manual of common tasks (SMCT) task 081-831-1044..

2.   Identify DU hazard.

a. Recognize expended or damaged DU penetrators or parts of penetrators.

b. Recognize a breached armored vehicle crew compartment.

c. Recognize fires that involve DU munitions.

Note.  There are no additional protective measures required for intact DU munitions beyond those standard for all munitions.

3.   Protect yourself from contact with DU.

a. Leave all penetrators alone and notify the chain of command of their location.

b. Put on a protective mask and cover exposed skin (if required) to decontaminate the crew compartment of an armored vehicle that has been penetrated by an armor-piercing munition.

c. Remain 50 meters or more from any armored vehicle or ammunition transport vehicle that is actively burning.

Note.  Standard field hygiene to include washing hands and face will help prevent the transfer and ingestion of DU. All munitions found on the battlefield should be considered potentially dangerous and left alone for removal by specially trained personnel.

4.   Report known or suspected DU contamination to the chain of command.  Medical personnel will be notified when casualties are determined or suspected to have been exposed to DU.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup:  Evaluate this task during a field exercise or during a normal training session.  Establish a situation where contamination may occur either from the presence of spent DU penetrators on the ground, the breaching of the armored vehicle, or a fire where DU munitions are involved.  If an armored vehicle is available, simulate a DU penetrator impact and damage by any means possible. 

Brief soldier:  Tell the soldier to identify the possible hazard and respond appropriately to the situation.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

1.   Administered first aid for DU injuries and treated wounds according to the SMCT.

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2.   Identified DU hazard.

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Note.  The method used depends on the scenario.

 

 

3.   Protected himself from contact with DU.

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a. Left all penetrators alone and notified the chain of command of their location..

 

 

b. Put on protective mask and covered exposed skin (if required) to decontaminate the crew compartment of an armored vehicle that was penetrated by an armor-piercing munition.

 

 

c. Remained 50 meters or more from any armored vehicle or ammunition transport vehicle that was actively burning.

 

 

4.   Reported known or suspected DU contamination to chain of command. Medical personnel were notified when casualties were determined or suspected to have been exposed to DU.

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Evaluation Guidance:  Score the soldier GO if all performance measures are passed.  Score the soldier NO GO if any performance measure is failed.  If the soldier scores NO GO, show what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

GTA 03-04-001A

TB 9-1300-278