CHAPTER 17: PREPARATION FOR STORAGE AND SHIPMENT
17-5 RECEIVING INSPECTION
Immediately upon receipt of the vehicle for storage, inspect and service the vehicle as prescribed. Perform a systematic
inspection. Replace or repair all missing or broken parts. If repairs are beyond the scope of the unit and materiel will be
inactivated for an appreciable length of time, place materiel in limited storage and attach tags specifying the repairs
needed. The report of these conditions will be submitted by the unit commander for action by an ordnance maintenance
When materiel is inactivated for a limited time (not to exceed 90 days), it will be processed in accordance with TM 740-
Prepare a DD Form 6 for all shipments received in a damaged or otherwise unsatisfactory condition due to deficiencies in
preservation, packaging, marking, handling, loading, or storage, and for apparently excessive preservation.
The preferred storage site for vehicles is in dry, covered sheds. When it is necessary to store materiel outdoors, protect it
against the elements as prescribed in TM 743-200.
17-6 INSPECTION DURING STORAGE
Perform a visual inspection periodically to determine general condition. If corrosion is found, remove it and clean, paint,
and treat vehicle with the prescribed preservatives.
Touchup painting will be in accordance with TM 43-0139.
17-7 REMOVAL FROM LIMITED STORAGE
If a vehicle is not shipped or issued upon expiration of the limited storage period, process as applicable in accordance
If a vehicle to be shipped will reach its destination within the limited storage period, it need not be reprocessed when
removed from storage, unless necessary because of anticipated in-transit weather conditions.
When the vehicle is to be placed into service, immediately deprocess in accordance with instructions on DD Form 1397.
The height and width of a vehicle, when prepared for rail transportation, must not
exceed the limitations prescribed for particular railroad lines. Whenever
possible, local transportation officers must be consulted about the limitations of
the particular railroad lines to be used for the movement in order to avoid
delays, dangerous conditions, and damage to equipment.
When a vehicle is shipped by rail, every precaution must be taken to see that it is properly loaded, blocked, and securely
fastened to flatcar floor.
Inspect flatcar prior to loading and see that it is in a suitable condition to carry loads safely.
Prepare flatcar for loading by removing debris, previous blocking, nails, and other obstructions. Inspect flatcar for loose or
broken floor planks. If found unsatisfactory, reject car for use.