Impact of Contamination.
a. Impact on Personnel.
For troop feeding, collective protection must be provided, or troops must be withdrawn to a clean area.
Personnel must sleep in full protection and, when possible, under cover. Personnel must be taught to
attend to bodily functions without spreading contamination to inner clothing or their skin.
The wearing of protective clothing makes identification of personnel almost impossible without some
special method of identification. Units will be required to devise expedient identification systems.
Maintenance will be more difficult in a contaminated environment. More time will be necessary to
repair equipment that has been contaminated because it must be decontaminated prior to repair. Using
units are responsible for decontaminating equipment before it is turned in for maintenance. The
receiving maintenance unit will also check for contamination. Separate storage sites within maintenance
areas will be necessary for the storage, decontamination, and disposition of equipment prior to
c. Damaged Facilities.
Rebuilding of damaged facilities is much more difficult and time-consuming when these facilities are
contaminated. Unless the area affected is of vital importance and the damaged facilities cannot be
established elsewhere with less effort, restoration will not normally be undertaken. Consideration
should be given to the use of locally available or requisitioned facilities.
The logistics system will be affected by NBC contamination. Alternate supply routes and modes of
transportation will be of increased importance. Traffic regulation and control measures will be
necessary to prevent the use of contaminated routes. Detours and rerouting will normally extend the
turn-around time of transportation vehicles and reduce mass transportation capability.
Where movement capabilities are reduced, it may be necessary to increase the storage of supplies in
order to prevent shortages caused by the inability to resupply rapidly. Supplies suspected of exposure to
contamination will require detailed inspection, testing, and, if necessary, decontamination prior to use or