loop at the top of the lower end of the strap (item 1) is
hooked over the metal loop (item 2). The plastic prongs
(item 3) are pushed down through the locked assembly
(item 4) as shown.
Items 5 through 8 in view B of figure 2-19 and item
9 in view A show how to assemble the quick release on
the waist strap.
For sudden release, first pull the tab on the waist
strap (item 8). Follow immediately by pulling up on the
tab on the shoulder strap. (See item 9, view A.) Shift the
load to your right and let it slip off your right shoulder.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
Water repellent treated nylon duck and webbing was
used to fabricate all of the fabric items of equipment.
The entrenching tool carrier is molded of ethylene-vinyl
acetate. The pack frame and cargo shelf are fabricated
from aluminum with solid steel rivets in certain
The equipment can be cleaned by removing mud or
other foreign matter with a brush, damp or dry cloth, or
by scrubbing the exceedingly dirty areas using the
1. Scrape dirt or mud from the equipment with a
flat stick or dull instrument that will not cut the fabric
Figure 2-20.--Poncho worn as raincape.
2. Remove loose dirt from soiled surfaces with a
cloth or soft brush.
3. Wet the surface and apply a warm solution of
detergent, laundry, powdered, MIL-D-12182, Type II
(FSN 7930-252-6797). Scrub with a soft brush, cloth,
Canteen and cup
4. Flush the item thoroughly with clean, warm
water until all of the cleaning solution has been rinsed
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5. Dry the item or equipment away from direct
sunlight, direct heat, and open flames.
The poncho, with hood, is made of waterproof nylon
cloth. It is roughly rectangular in shape with the long
side parallel and the short side slightly curved. The hood
and the opening for the neck are located in the center.
Drawstrings are located at the neck and waist.
Existence/bivouac equipment is designed to
provide you with the minimum necessities while living
You can use the poncho as a rain garment, shelter,
in the field. It is carried in or on the load-carrying
ground cloth, or sleeping bag.
equipment as explained below. Take care of your
The poncho may be worn as a rain cape with the
equipment and it will take care of you. This equipment
arms inside, or it may be worn with the arms outside for
consists of the following items:
freedom of movement (fig. 2-20). To put the poncho on,
slip it over your head. If the poncho is to be worn, adjust
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