contamination periodically for at least 12 hours after decontamination, and
watch operators for symptoms of Agent Poisoning.
Thorough Decontamination includes Detailed
Detailed Equipment/Aircraft Decontamination.
Detailed Troop Decon (DTD) is the process of decontaminating individual
fighting equipment to negligible risk levels.
Soldiers will remove
contaminated MOPP Gear to include their protective masks. Protective masks
will be decontaminated and personal equipment will be monitored for decon
This reduces MOPP Levels for extended periods.
contaminated unit conducts Thorough Troop Decon with some technical
assistance from the chemical unit or unit chemical personnel.
Thorough Decon Operations reduce contamination to negligible risk levels.
It restores combat power by removing nearly all contamination from unit and
individual equipment so troops can operate equipment safely for extended
periods at reduced MOPP levels.
A small risk from residual contamination
Thorough Decon could occur: After combat operations, during reconstitution,
and after a passage of lines.
These three situations present different
consideration for management of supplies, resources, and planning decon
PART C - PRINCIPLES OF DECONTAMINATION
The more decontamination you do, the more expensive it is in terms of
resources used to fight the enemy; a commander must expend them wisely. You
can conserve these resources and still sustain combat power by following
these four principles:
Decontaminate as soon as possible.
This is the most important principle of the four. Consider this principle
before you consider any other. Contamination hazards force you into higher
levels of MOPP and immediately begin to degrade your combat power.
sooner the contamination is removed, the sooner you can reduce MOPP levels
and begin restoring combat power.
Decontaminate only what is necessary to continue your mission.
Do not waste precious resources decontaminating everything.
only what is necessary, to sustain combat power.