2-7. Personnel Extraction Procedures - continued.
A separate deployment bag must be deployed for each individual to be extracted and only one
bag is to be connected to each strap D-ring.
After the aircraft has attained hover position and upon the aircraft commander's command, the
deployment bag(s) will be manually ejected from the aircraft.
Preparing for Extraction.
To prevent possible injury or discomfort, personnel to be extracted must ensure the harness leg
straps are in place, connected, and drawn tight prior to connecting the bridle snap hooks to the
After the deployment bag has deployed the full length of the suspension rope, the person to be
extracted shall connect the two bridle snap hooks extending from the bridle to the two lift V-rings on the
If more than one individual is to be extracted, cut the safety rope retaining ties and remove the safety
rope from the deployment bag.
Each deployment bag contains a safety rope. However, only one is required for use during
multiple personnel extraction.
Pass one end snap hook of the safety rope to one side of the personnel harness through the harness
strap loop formed above the pistol belt to the outside of the loop and engage the snap on the rope.
When two persons are to be extracted, attach the opposite end of the safety rope using procedures in
If three persons are to be extracted, repeat the procedures in (3) above for one individual, pass the
safety rope free end through each of the two harness strap loops on the second person's harness, and
connect the rope to the third person using procedures in (3) above. When properly rigged, the middle
person should be free to move along the safety rope length between the two outboard personnel.
Upon ensuring that all preparations for extraction have been completed, signal the hovering helicopter
by radio or hand to commence evacuation.
Hand Signals. In situations which preclude the use of a radio to signal the extracting helicopter, the following
hand signals (fig. 2-4), as prescribed by FM 55-46, will be used by the personnel being extracted.
Move up. Extend the arms horizontally sideways beckoning upwards, with the palms of the hands
turned up (A). Speed of arm movement shall indicate the desired rate of ascent.