ARMY TM 10-1670-282-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-30-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-33
(4) Training. All personnel who use or perform such functions as rigging, packing, maintenance, or storage of
air delivery equipment should receive thorough training on air delivery 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 air delivery equipment destruction methods and be capable of performing
destruction without immediate reference to any publication.
(5) Specific methods. Specific methods of destroying Army materiel to prevent enemy use shall be by
mechanical means, fire or by use of natural surroundings.
Destruction by Mechanical Means. Air delivery equipment metal assemblies, parts, and packing aids 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
these materials are highly flammable.
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. 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
will provide a hotter and more destructive fire.
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 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. Salt water will inflict extensive damage to air delivery equipment.
Preparation for Storage or Shipment. For storage, refer to Chapter 2, Section VII of this manual.
Reporting of Equipment Improvement Recommendations (EIR). If your parachute system 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 SF 368 (Quality Deficiency Report). 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.