PLANNING DECONTAMINATION OPERATIONS
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In this lesson, you will learn the process of decontamination site selection that is appropriate to the
tactical situation, and the specifics on how to plan decontamination operations. The material covers how
to manage the decontamination operation wisely, so that expenditure of time and resources is reduced.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Plan decontamination operations.
You will be given a description of the factors to take into consideration when
planning operational and thorough decontamination operations.
Planning decontamination operations will be made that are appropriate with the
guidelines set forth in FM 3-5 and FM 3-100. To demonstrate competency of the
task, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on the examination.
REFERENCES: The material in this lesson was derived from the following publications: FM 3-5.
NBC Decontamination and FM 3-100, NBC Defense, Chemical Warfare, Smoke and
There are three methods of decontamination which can be used to lessen the impact of an NBC attack:
Immediate, Operational, and Thorough Decontamination. Immediate decontamination is a survival
skill, performed by the individual soldier, that lessens contamination to a level which will permit the
soldier to continue to fight. Operational decontamination is a unit level activity that is performed to
limit spread of contamination and protect uncontaminated areas so they may be used for temporary
MOPP level reduction. Thorough decontamination provides complete