1. Item Requiring Repair or Modification. An air delivery item, which requires repair or modification, be
tagged in accordance with DA PAM 738-751. Subsequent work on the item will be performed at the
maintenance level specified for the maintenance function in the applicable support technical
2. Parachutes with Exhausted Age or Service Life. Any parachute component or air delivery equipment
whose age or service life has expired as specified in TB 43-0002-43 will be removed from service,
condemned, and tagged as prescribed by DA PAM 738-751.
3. Disposition of Condemned Air Delivery Equipment. Condemned equipment, other than fatality
parachutes will be removed from service and disposed of in accordance with current directives listed
in WP 0010 00 and WP 0043 00.
4. Rejected Equipment. Equipment which, prior to use, is deemed unserviceable for use will be
reported in an Equipment Improvement Recommendation (EIR) in accordance with DA PAM 738-
750, as authorized by AR 750-1. Each applicable item, which is defective, will be held and
safeguarded pending receipt of disposition instructions from the National Maintenance Point (NMP).
In all instances, EIR exhibit material will be handled as prescribed in DA PAM 738-750. If the quality
or the serviceability of an item is questionable, clarification and assistance may be obtained by
contacting Commander, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command, ATTN: AMSSB-RIM-
E (N), Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760-5052.
5. Equipment of Doubtful Serviceability. Equipment which has had previous use and has not exceeded
normal fair wear or aging criteria, but of which further serviceability is doubtful, will be tagged as
prescribed in DA PAM 750-751. In addition, the equipment will be reported in an EIR in accordance
with DA PAM 738-750 and AR 750-1. The item(s) in question will be held as EIR exhibit material as
outlined in DA PAM 738-750 pending receipt of disposition instructions from the NMP. A
maintenance activity holding EIR exhibit material will not tamper with the applicable item(s) or make
any attempt to ascertain cause factors. Unnecessary handling of EIR exhibit material may disturb or
alter peculiar aspects of the affected item(s), which might affect the judgment of engineering
personnel who have the responsibility for final evaluation of EIR actions.
6. Equipment Immersed in Salt-Water. Any air delivery item constructed from cotton material that has
been immersed in salt-water will be condemned. Cotton thread used for tacking and sewing on
nylon parachute packs, which has been immersed in salt-water will only be replaced when there is
visible evidenced of deterioration such as extreme discoloration or indication of broken thread. Any
air delivery equipment constructed of nylon or rayon material that has been immersed in salt-water
for a period less than 24-hours, but which cannot be rinsed within 48-hours after recovery will also be
condemned, unless the following actions are performed. Upon removal from the salt water, the
parachute is placed in a single heavy-duty plastic trash bag, the top of the bag secured closed and
kept in a wet state until a rinse can be performed following normal rinse procedures. The bag must
be doubled when outside temperatures exceed 85 degrees F. The bags must be inspected after
transport and storage to insure the bag did not get torn and the assembly was allowed to dry.
Parachutes recovered using this method must be rinsed NLT than 7-days after the salt-water
immersion or be condemned. However, if the cited time limitations can be met, then immediately
upon recovery, suspend or elevate the recovered equipment in a shaded area and allow the item(s)
to drain for at least 5-minutes. Do not attempt to wring the equipment fabric of the suspension lines.
Within 48-hours after recovery, under the supervision of a qualified parachute rigger (MOS 92R),
rinse the recovered equipment as indicated in WP 0009 00.
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