ASSESSING BATTLEFIELD DAMAGE
b. All assessment procedures follow the sequence:
(1) visually inspect (repair, if necessary),
(2) functionally test (repair, if necessary) and,
(3) assess the performance.
The field fixes will enable the crew to continue operations in some cases, but will
usually be most useful to the MT/MST for scheduling and accomplishing fix-forward
repairs and assessing combat capabilities for reporting to commanders.
There are three kinds of assessments performed on damaged equipment.
(1) The first assessment is extent and kind of damage and how it affects
vehicle operation and capabilities.
(2) The second is whether the damage needs to be repaired and,
(3) The third is assessment of where and how to repair the damage.
d. Assessments of damage may be made in turn by operator/crew, MT, and MST
(1) Extent and kind of damage is readily assessable.
(2) Whether or not to repair the damage may be readily assessable. However,
whether to attempt repair and when and how to repair the damage may be judgement
calls. No procedure can take all possible situations into account. Assessment of
whether the damage needs to be repaired will be made jointly by the MT and vehicle
commander as they evaluate the vehicle for further operation or recovery.
(3) Assessment of where and how to repair the damage will be made by the
MT usually with some suggestions by crew/operator. MST's may redirect or change
Vehicle Assessment Procedure.
a. This procedure can be used by the crew, but it will be of more use to an MT or
MST assessor working to "quick-fix" vehicles for a mission or self-recovery. The
procedure provides for assessing the kind of damage and determining:
(1) the effect of the damage and if it needs to be fixed,
(2) if the damage can be fixed using BDAR or if only regular maintenance