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551-88N-0002 (SL2) - Prepare for Unit Move

Standards: Prepared the unit for movement using the necessary references (vehicle -10s) and equipment to deliver vehicles and equipment to arrive at the port of debarkation with no loss of vehicles or equipment (operational and ready for combat).

Conditions: You have received a movement order directing your unit to conduct a move to the port of embarkation and deploy in support of an Army or Joint mission. You have access to the unit SOP and all unit movement directives.

Standards: Prepared the unit for movement using the necessary references (vehicle -10s) and equipment to deliver vehicles and equipment to arrive at the port of debarkation with no loss of vehicles or equipment (operational and ready for combat).

Performance Steps

1.   Prepare vehicles and equipment for shipment.

2.   Load vehicles with unit equipment.

3.   Load containers (when applicable).

4.   Prepare vehicle load cards.

5.   Prepare equipment and supplies for shipment.

6.   Build 463L pallets.

7.   Load equipment and supplies into containers.

8.   Prepare hazardous materials for shipment.

Evaluation Preparation:

Evaluate this task during a field training exercise or a unit training exercise.
Inform the soldier that the evaluation is measured on the ability to perform all the functions listed.

Performance Measures



1.   Prepared vehicles and equipment for shipment.



a. Cleaned equipment thoroughly, removing all dirt and oil.



b. Inspected vehicle to ensure it is mechanically sound, free of leaks, drips, and other operational defects.



c. Stenciled vehicles.



d. Checked fuel levels.



e. Inspected fuel cans for faulty lid gaskets, leaks, and other defects.



f.  Removed and secured sensitive and classified material.



g. Removed and consolidated hazardous materials when practical.



h. Reduced vehicle length, height, and width.



i.   Secured ignition keys to steering wheel with wire.



j.   Secured rotating parts.



k. Ensured all vehicles and trailers were equipped with serviceable tiedown devices or shackles.



l.   Protected radios and other electronic components on vehicles.



m.   Boxed and/or stored on vehicle equipment (OVE).



n. Lowered cab assembly (only if required).



2.   Loaded vehicles with unit equipment.



a. Maximized use of all cargo space.



b. Did not exceed vehicle payload capacity.



c. Protected against metal-to-metal contact.



d. Protected load from weather damage.



e. Securely restrained all loaded equipment.



f.  Weighed and documented the load on the load card.



3.   Loaded containers (when applicable).



a. Prepared vehicles as described in step 1.



b. Reduced vehicle fuel levels to 1/4 tank.



c. Placed vehicles in gear with the handbrake set.



d. Disconnected batteries and secured terminal cables to prevent arcing.



e. Chocked or cradled vehicle wheels on all four sides to prevent lateral and lengthwise movement.



f.  Placarded container appropriately when enclosing vehicle with fuel in the tank.



g. Documented container load and seal number (if applicable) on the packing list.



4.   Prepared vehicle load cards.



a. Completed, in duplicate, FORSCOM Form 285-R.



b. Placed one copy of the vehicle load card in the driver side door pocket (or taped to the inside of the door) and provided one copy to the platoon sergeant or platoon leader.



5.   Prepared equipment and supplies for shipment.



6.   Built 463L pallets.



a. Distributed large, heavy objects from the center of the pallet outwards to maintain center of balance (CB).



b. Placed lighter and/or smaller items on top or beside the heavier objects.



c. Placed containers right-side up with "special handling" labels facing out.



d. Constructed load in a square or pyramid shape, whenever possible, to make load stable, easy to handle, and easier to secure on the pallet.



e. Placed hazardous materials, approved for palletizing by the UMO, on the pallet with the label clearly visible and never buried or hidden.



f.  Placed plastic covers over the load.



g. Placed nets over the plastic covers and adjusted to fit snugly to load.



7.   Loaded equipment and supplies into containers.



a. Inspected containers for defects.  Rejected containers with holes, severe dents, faulty doors, damaged lifting points, or structural defects.



b. Equalized weight distribution throughout the container.



c. Placed heavy and wet material on the bottom and light and dry material on top.



d. Kept the CB of the load, as near as possible, at the center of the container for air shipments.  If this was not possible, marked the CB on the outside of the container.



e. Stored items that could be damaged by water on dunnage off the floor.



f.  Placed packages containing liquid, or that posed a leak hazard, on a double layer of dunnage to reduce damage due to leakage.



g. Stowed hazardous material by the doors of the containers.



h. Blocked and braced spaces between the contents of the load and the container walls and container ceiling to prevent the load from shifting when moved or tilted.



i.   Blocked and braced doors at least six inches back to prevent the load from falling out when the doors were opened.



j.   Placed one copy of the packing list inside the container on the door and one copy on the outside of the container door.  Three additional copies of the packing list should be provided to the Unit Movement Officer (UMO), who in turn will forward a copy each to the Installation Transportation Office (ITO) and the Transportation Terminal Battalion (TTB).



8.   Prepared hazardous materials for shipment.



a. Packed for shipment with equipment only those hazardous materials identified by the UMO.



b. Applied the required markings, proper shipping name, ID number, and UIC/SUN provided by the UMO.



c. Marked all oxygen and acetylene containers with the UIC/SUN.



d. Drained and cleaned all five-gallon fuel cans, field cans, water heaters, gasoline lanterns, portable generators, blow torches, and similar equipment in which combustibles or fuel, other than diesel, were used or stored.



e. Disconnected the batteries of non-self-propelled equipment, such as generators, and protect the terminal ends from arcing and from corrosion.



f.  Drained and placarded bulk fuel carriers.



g. Removed all loose ammunition and explosives from all containers and vehicles.



Evaluation Guidance: Score the soldier GO for the task if all performance measures are passed. Score the soldier a NO GO for the task if any performance measures are failed. For all NO GO performance measures, demonstrate how they should be performed and allow the soldier to improve and correct their mistakes.







FM 4-01.011



TM 38-250