ASSESSING BATTLEFIELD DAMAGE
SECTION III. Battlefield Damage Assessment/Repair Forms
a. This section illustrates and describes the forms used in battlefield damage
assessment. The forms are designed to assist Commanders in rapidly assessing
battlefield damaged equipment, systematically assessing equipment to determine which
subsystem(s) are affected, and the time, personnel and material required to effect
repair. These forms will also assist in performing "vehicle triage." Vehicle triage is
defined as a system of deciding in which order battlefield damaged equipment will
receive repair, according to time, urgency, material and personnel required to
accomplish the repair. The forms illustrated are to be used in assessing battlefield
These forms are locally reproducible and should be reproduced in
necessary quantities to support local needs.
b. The battlefield damage assessment/repair forms are designed to assure that all
necessary aspects of combat capability are evaluated during the assessment process.
c. All assessment procedures follow the sequence, (1) visually inspect (repair if
necessary), (2) functionally test, (repair if necessary), and (3) assess the performance.
The net assessment and field fixes will enable the vehicle to continue the mission or
self-recover, but will typically be more useful to the MT/MST for scheduling and
accomplishing both BDAR "quick fixes" and fix-forward repairs. Battlefield damage
assessment will also provide the Commander with the necessary information for timely
decisions as to whether to continue to "fight the vehicle" or recover it at the
Reporting of battlefield damage should be accomplished in accordance with
local Standing Operating Procedures (SOP).
There are four forms to be used when assessing battlefield damage, BDARF-5,
(System Summary), BDARF-6 (Hu1l Damage Report), BDARF-7 (Turret Damage
Report), BDARF-8 (Communications Damage Report). These forms can be used by the
crew, a MT, or a MST.
(1) BDARF-5 is used to determine:
Can the vehicle move, shoot and communicate?
What subsystems are affected?
Is the damage repairable?
If repairable, are there limitations?
Estimated time to repair?