Authority. Destruction of external transport equipment that is in imminent danger of capture by
an enemy is a command decision that must be made by a battalion or higher commander or the equivalent
Implementation plan. All units which possess external transport equipment should have a plan
for the implementation of destruction procedures
Training. All personnel who use external transport equipment should receive thorough training
on external transport equipment destruction procedures and methods. The destruction methods demonstrated
during training should be simulated. Upon completion of training, all applicable personnel should be thoroughly
familiar with external transport equipment destruction methods and be capable of performing destruction
without immediate reference to any publication.
Specific methods. Specific methods of destroying Army material to prevent enemy use shall
be by mechanical means, fire or by use of natural surroundings
Destruction by Mechanical Means. External transport equipment metal assemblies and parts
shall be destroyed using hammers, bolt cutters, files, hacksaws, drills, screwdrivers, crowbars, or other similar
devices to smash, break, bend or cut.
Exercise extreme care when using petroleum products to destroy equipment by
fire, as severe bums or death could result.
c. Destruction By Fire. Items that can be destroyed by fire shall be burned. The destruction of
equipment by use of fire is an effective method of destroying low-melting-point metal items (e.g., sling legs and
threaded portions of nuts and bolts. However, mechanical destruction should be completed first, whenever
possible, before initiating destruction by fire. When items to be destroyed are made of metal, textile materials
(or some comparable low combustible material) should be packed under and around the items, then soaked
with a flammable petroleum product and ignited. Proper concentration of equipment which is suitable for
burning willprovide a hotter and more destructive fire.
d. Destruction By Use of Natural Surroundings. Small vital parts of assemblies which are easily
accessible may be disposed of as follows. Disposal or denial of equipment to an enemy may be accomplished
through use of natural surroundings. Accessible vital parts of assemblies may be removed and scattered
through dense foliage, buried in dirt or sand, or thrown into a lake, stream, or other body of water. Total
submersion of equipment in a body of water will provide water damage as well as concealment. Saltwater will
Inflict extensive damage to external transport equipment.
1-4. Preparation for Storage or Shipment. For storage, refer to Chapter 2, Section VII of this manual.
1-5. Reporting of Equipment Improvement Recommendations (EIR). If your sling assemblies or cargo
nets need improvement, let us know Send us an EIR You, the user, are the only one who can tell us what you
don't like about your equipment Let us know why you don't like the design or performance. Put in on as SF368
Quality Deficiency Report (QDR). Mail It to us at Commander, U.S. Army Troop Support Command, ATTN:
AMSTR-QS, 4300 Goodfellow Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63120-1798. We will send you a reply