1-4. Destruction of Army Materiel to Prevent Enemy Use - continued.
Specific methods. Specific methods of destroying Army materiel to prevent enemy use shall be by
mechanical means, fire, or by use of natural surroundings.
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 severe
bums or death could result.
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 (e.g., side rails, threaded portions of nuts
and bolts, and platform sheeting). 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.
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 of assemblies 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. Saltwater will inflict extensive damage to air delivery equipment.
Section II. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION AND DATA
1-5. Equipment Characteristics, Capabilities, and Features.
Characteristics, capabilities, and features of the equipment are as follows:
The Personnel STABO Extraction System.
Personnel harness. The personnel harness (fig. 1-1) is made of nylon webbing and stitched to a
standard medium or large sized web pistol belt (4). The harness shoulder strap (3) is constructed in
small, medium, and large sizes with leg straps (7) that may be adjusted to the comfort of the user.
Each leg strap has an adjustable snap hook (6) which connects to the related leg strap connector V-ring
(5). The harness possesses two web adjusters (1) for adjusting the harness webbing to individual size.
An equipment attaching ring is positioned above each web adjuster on the front of the harness sling.
Additionally, the harness has two lift V-rings (2) installed at the top of each of the harness shoulder
straps, which connect to the bridle snap hooks and provide a lift point for the harness.