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Administer nerve-agent antidote to self (self-aid)


TASK: Administer nerve-agent antidote to self (self-aid).

TEST CONDITIONS: Given protective garments, mask with hood, and nerve agent antidote autoinjectors. The candidate’s unit has come under a chemical attack. The candidate wears an M17/M40-series protective mask and receives a nerve-agent antidote kit.


1. Name seven of the eight symptoms of nerve-agent poisoning within four minutes.

2. Administer the nerve-agent antidote within one minute.

SOLDIER’S MANUAL CROSSWALK: This task differs from task number 081-831-1030 in STP 21-1-SMCT, FM 3-4 and FM 3-5.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR POINT: Stopwatch, nerve-agent antidote kit (Mark 1), field table, clipboard, pen, and FB Form 20-7.2-R.

SITE SETUP: Give the Mark 1 antidote kit to the candidate when he arrives. The candidate must place the kit in his protective mask carrier. The grader must be prepared to test the candidate on eight symptoms of nerve-agent poisoning. He must also be prepared to name two symptoms and tell the candidate that he has the symptoms and must take corrective actions.

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES: Say to the candidates–

“Let me have your attention. At this point you must administer nerve-agent antidote to yourself (self-aid). You will orally state at least seven of eight symptoms of nerve-agent poisoning.

“We will then tell you that you have two of these symptoms. You must take the corrective action of administering a nerve-agent antidote to yourself within one minute. We will time you while you do this. In addition, you will answer questions about nerve-agent poisoning. You will receive an antidote kit which you will place inside your protective mask carrier. Do you understand what you must do?”

If anyone has questions, repeat the instructions but do not elaborate on what you have read. Pause for five seconds and then say–

“Name seven of the eight symptoms of nerve-agent poisoning. You have four minutes.”

Record answers. When the candidate finishes, say–

“You have [state two of the eight symptoms of a nerve agent] and must take corrective actions when I say ‘BEGIN’.”

Pause five seconds and then say–


Start timing. After one minute, announce loudly enough for the candidate to hear–


When ready, ask the following question:

“What do you do if the symptoms continue?”

NOTE: Refer to the scorecard, FB Form 20-7.2-R, steps 7 through 9.

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