Standards: Respond to DU and implement protective measures as required.
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:
encounter expended DU penetrators or
parts of penetrators.
encounter United States (U.S.) or
foreign armored vehicles that have
breached crew compartments.
encounter a fire where DU munitions may
Respond to DU and implement protective
measures as required.
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)
1.Administer first aid for DU injuries and treat
wounds according to the soldier’s
manual of common tasks (SMCT) task
2.Identify DU hazard.
a. Recognize expended or
damaged DU penetrators or parts of
b. Recognize a breached
armored vehicle crew compartment.
c. Recognize fires that
involve DU munitions.
no additional protective measures
required for intact DU munitions
beyond those standard for all
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
c. Remain 50 meters or more
from any armored vehicle or
ammunition transport vehicle that is
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.
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.
soldier: Tell the soldier to identify the
possible hazard and respond appropriately to
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
3.Protected himself from contact with DU.
a. Left all penetrators
alone and notified the chain of
command of their location..
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
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.
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
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