BDAR FIXES SHALL BE USED ONLY IN COMBAT
AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMANDER
AND SHALL BE REPAIRED BY STANDARD MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER THE MISSION IS COMPLETED.
SECTION I. General
a. POL products available within the US and NATO military supply systems,
commercial products and, captured products may be acceptable substitutes for POL
shortages. Some POL will be destructive if used. This appendix provides tables on how
to blend or mix good fuels with poor or non-fuels to increase the available quantity of
fuel. This appendix also presents information on lubricants and hydraulic fluids. The
tables divide POL products into three categories as follows:
Primary. The correct product for the system.
Alternate. A product that closely matches the primary but will result in
reduced performance. Using the alternate POL will have no effect on the durability of
the system. There are no restrictions on the duration of use.
Emergency or Expedient. A product that can be used for a short period of
time only. These products are a last resort only and will result in a significant
reduction in performance and in serious harm to the system with continued use.
b. POL products are usually identified by NSNs or part numbers which identify
the product, however, specification numbers and product names may also be a means of
identifying the product. Guidance provided is keyed to specification numbers, product
names, application (automotive, aviation, marine), and the type of user (military,
commercial and foreign).
c. NATO products can usually be assumed to be direct replacements for US
Military products, but there are some products which do not meet the same user
applications. The American Society of Testing and Measurements (ASTM)
specifications relate to commercial products found in the US.
d. This section will list a few elementary characteristics of importance, although
you will have no means of measuring or predicting them. You can use the basic fuels,
as provided, in order or priority. It will tell you how to mix one or more fluids to
produce a usable fuel and finally tell how to remove or flush a fuel from the system.