Field-Expedient Maintenance Experiences of M60-Series Tank Crewmen
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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During combat, tank crewmen may need to employ field-expedient maintenance techniques to repair a malfunctioning tank. Reports of field- expedient maintenance being performed are numerous, but no data have been available on the types of techniques used nor the effectiveness of these techniques. This study collected 76 incidents of field-expedient maintenance from 33 NCOs using the critical incident technique. Fifty of the incidents were used to derive eight categories of field-expedient maintenance. The categories suggest generalizable strategies for making field-expedient repairs. In addition, the specific incidents of field-expedient maintenance on M60-series tanks identified during the study provides information that may be used in designing a program to train tank crewmen to make specific field-expedient repairs.
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