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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.

2.   Identified DU hazard.

Note. 
The method used depends on the
scenario.

 

 

3.   Protected himself from contact with DU.

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.

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


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