FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF CHEMICAL AGENTS
In this lesson you will learn the description of fundamental aspects of
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe fundamental aspects of chemical agents.
Given information and illustrations about chemical
agent terms, properties, classification, duration of
knowledge by responding to the multiple-choice test
FM 3-6, FM 3-8, FM 3-9, FM 3-10 and STP 3-54B2-SM.
An aggressor's perception of United States unpreparedness for chemical
warfare may lead to testing this perception in combat. If this occurs, the
skills and dedication of soldiers, staffs, and commanders will be severely
tried by an enemy possessing an overwhelming numerical superiority.
Chemical agents may, if properly employed, do much toward
neutralizing any numerical advantage the enemy may have, reduce the
effectiveness of combat formations, disrupt rear area operations and troop
movements, restrict the use of key terrain and reduce the combat efficiency
incapacitation, lasting a few hours, to serious illness and injury requiring
months of treatment and convalescence, or death. These effects, depending