REPORTING OF EQUIPMENT IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS (EIR)
If the design of your parachute needs improvement, let us know. Send us an EIR. You, the user, are the
only one who can tell us what you dont like about your equipment. Let us know why you dont like the
design or performance. Put it on an Standard Form (SF) 368 Product Quality Deficiency Report (PQDR).
Mail it to: Commander, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command, ATTN: AMSSB-RIM-E (N),
Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760-5052. A reply will be furnished directly to you.
CORROSION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (CPC)
Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) of Army materiel is a continuing concern. It is important that any
corrosion problems with this item be reported so that the problem can be corrected and improvements
can be made to prevent the problem in future items.
While corrosion is typically associated with rusting of metals, it can also include deterioration of other
materials, such as rubber and plastic. Unusual cracking, softening, swelling, or breaking of these
materials may be a corrosion problem.
If a corrosion problem is identified, it can be reported using SF 368 PQDR. Use of keywords such as
"corrosion, "rust", "deterioration", or "cracking" will ensure the information is identified as a CPC problem.
The form should be submitted to the address specified in DA PAM 738-750, Functional Users Manual for
the Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS).
DESTRUCTION OF ARMY MATERIAL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
Objective. Methods of destruction used to inflict damage on air delivery equipment should make it
impossible to restore equipment to a usable condition in a combat zone by either repair or
Authority. Destruction of a parachute 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 that possess air delivery equipment should have a plan for the
implementation of destruction procedures.
Training. All personnel who use or perform such functions as rigging, packing, maintenance, or storage
of parachutes should receive thorough training on destruction procedures. The destruction methods
demonstrated during training should be simulated. Upon completion of training, all applicable personnel
should be thoroughly familiar with air delivery equipment destruction methods and be capable of
performing destruction without immediate reference to any publication.
Specific methods of destroying Army parachutes to prevent enemy use shall be by mechanical means,
fire or by use of natural surroundings.
Destruction by Mechanical Means. Demolish by using any sharp object (knife, shears, etc.) to cut, rip,
tear, or slash fabric, lines, loops, straps, or tapes.
Use extreme care when pouring gasoline or any other flammable
material as a fire starter. Such materials can cause sever burns or