Lesson 1/Learning Event 4
terrain is crossed only when absolutely necessary and then as quickly as possible; preferably in vehicles
at speeds and intervals that minimize contamination of following vehicles. Decontaminating materials
and time for decontamination must be made available after the area has been crossed. Heavy work-rate
activities of personnel dressed in chemical protective clothing and equipment are planned for the coolest
part of the day, if the situation and mission permit. When positions are occupied, the area should be so
organized that alternate uncontaminated positions can be occupied quickly, if required. Individual
soldiers must be thoroughly trained in the use of the protective measures.
Based on the MOPP level designated by the commander, individuals may have to adapt to requirements
for wearing protective clothing and equipment for extended periods. The amount of time required to put
all of these items on during a chemical attack will usually be longer than the amount of time required to
receive a casualty-producing dose of chemical agent.
Even with MOPP, individuals must remain alert and constantly aware of the chemical threat especially
when duty requirements prevent the wearing of full protective equipment. The individual must
understand the chemical alarms and signals and be proficient in attaining the maximum level of
protection when alerted to a chemical attack.