not possible, then the armament should at least be turned in the direction of engaging
fires in order to limit damage and possibly return fire.
d. A Battlefield Damage Assessment/Repair Forms are provided in Chapter 2 to
permit a systematic assessment by the crew. Assessment checks include looking at the
damaged parts, determining what system they belong to, and deciding how they can be
fixed or jury-rigged to permit immediate operation (full or partial).
e. A safety check should be made for any obvious hazards.
(2) Are any ammunition rounds critical due to shock, fire, or physical damage?
(3) Have any combustibles such as fuel, hydraulic fluid, or oil accumulated?
(4) Does wiring appear to be safe? Could arcing occur to stored ammo or
(5) IS the fire extinguishing system operational? If not, then one crew member
should be stationed in the vehicle, either with a hand fire extinguisher or prepared to
manually operate the vehicle fire extinguisher. A second crew member should be
stationed outside the vehicle with the other fire extinguisher. He should also be
prepared to manually actuate the engine compartment fire extinguisher.
f. A functional/operational test should be performed next on those systems which
appear undamaged. For systems with a built-in self-test feature, this will be done.
Only those systems found to be damaged or inoperative, shall be identified.
g. The vehicle commander shall report to the platoon leader the results of the
crew's damage assessment, naming the major known causes of the vehicle's immobility
and/or lack of fire power. If repair by crew is possible, he shall report a total
repair time and what functions may be restored.
h. The platoon leader will respond with directives and, if required, will call an
MT to the location of the damaged vehicle for assistance. If possible, sufficient
information will be provided to enable the MT to bring any needed repair parts or
i. The crew shall proceed to make any possible field expedient repairs to restore
fire power, communications and/or vehicle mobility to the limit of their skills,
materials, and tools available.
1-14. Organizational Maintenance
and Maintenance Teams (MT).
a. The organizational maintenance team (MT) and assessor operate out of the
company or battalion trains. The MT assessor performs his assessment and the