PART B - THOROUGH DECONTAMINATION
Thorough Decontamination (Figure 2-1) makes use of two techniques:
Troop and Equipment Decontamination.
Contaminated units of company size or larger set up and operate a Thorough
Decontamination site with assistance from other units. Smaller units do not
have enough people to operate a site, so additional personnel will be
required to take over the setup and operations. This additional support may
come from available chemical platoons.
Because this operation is so resource-intensive, it should be done as part
of reconstitution operations.
Companies conduct Thorough Decontamination
Operations in the brigade support area.
Battalions decontaminate in the
division support area.
Larger organizations decontaminate in the corps
support area. The level of reconstitution determines the support area to be
used. FM 71-100 covers reconstitution operations in detail.
Thorough Decontamination and Reconstitution.
Thorough Decontamination and Reconstitution take place in three separate
A predecontamination staging area is located 1 to 2 kilometers from
the decontamination areas.
The contaminated company gathers here
and is briefed on site layout and operation.