ARMY TM 10-1670-294-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-33-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-34
(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.
b. 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
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. 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.
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 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
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).
a. Army. 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 don't like about your equipment. Let us know why you don't like the
design or performance. Put it on an SF368 (Quality Deficiency Report). Mail it to us at: Commander, U.S.
Army Troop Support Command, ATTN: AMSTR-MOF, 4300 Goodfellow Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63120-1798. We
will send you a reply.
b. Air Force. Air Force personnel are encouraged to submit EIR's in accordance with AFR 900-4.
c. Navy. Navy personnel are encouraged to submit EIR's through their local Beneficial Suggestion