TM 10-1670-296-20&P 0007 00
An in-storage inspection is a physical check conducted on a random sample of airdrop equipment that is
located in storage. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that the equipment is ready for issue, that the
item is properly identified and segregated from other types of equipment, that no damage or deterioration of
equipment has been incurred, and that all modifications or similar action requirements have been completed.
The inspection shall also concern the methods and procedures applied to the storage of airdrop items, the
adequacy of storage facilities, efforts of pest and rodent control, and protection against unfavorable climatic
conditions. Airdrop equipment that is in storage will be inspected at least semiannually and at more frequent
intervals if prescribed by the local parachute maintenance officer. The frequency of inspection may vary
according to the type of storage facilities and local climatic conditions. Only parachute rigger personnel
designated by the local parachute maintenance officer will conduct in-storage inspections.
Malfunctioning Equipment. Dispose of any airdrop equipment that shows any evidence of malfunction or
defect during or after a drop-test. If it has been used, is unserviceable, but has not exceeded normal fair wear
or aging criteria, tag the equipment as prescribed in DA PAM 738-751. Report the equipment on an
Equipment Improvement Report (EIR) in accordance with DA PAM 738-751 and AR 750-1. Hold the
equipment as an EIR exhibit as outlined in DA PAM 738-750, pending receipt of disposition instructions from
the National Maintenance Point (NMP). Do not tamper with the applicable item or make any attempt to
discover the cause of the malfunction. Unnecessary handling of EIR equipment may hamper the judgment of
the engineering personnel responsible for the final evaluation of EIR actions.
Non-Malfunctioning Equipment. Administer a technical/rigger-type inspection to equipment that does not
show evidence of malfunction or defect, as outlined in this WP. If serviceable, the item (s) may then remain in
Airdrop equipment may be rendered unserviceable by either normal fair wear or by aging and will
subsequently be repaired, modified, or condemned, as appropriate. Equipment that is uneconomically
reparable (outdated) will be condemned. Disposition of airdrop equipment that is condemned, unserviceable,
or for which the serviceability is questionable, will be accomplished using the following procedures, as
1. Item requiring repair or modification. An airdrop item that requires repair or modification will be tagged in
accordance with DA PAM 738-751. Subsequent work on the item will be performed at the maintenance
level specified in the MAC, WP 0064 00.
2. 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 this WP.
3. 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 738-751, as authorized
by AR 750-1. Each applicable item that 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, US Army Soldier
and Biological Chemical Command, ATTN: AMSSB-RIM-E (N), Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760-5052.