Field-Expedient Maintenance Experiences of M60-Series Tank Crewmen
ARMY RESEARCH INST FIELD UNIT FORT KNOX KY
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Although most tank crewman duties involve operating rather than maintaining their vehicles, the ability of crewmen to make expedient repairs in the field could be crucial to the crews survival. Preliminary reports suggested that tank crewmen occasionally employ unauthorized field-expedient repairs during training exercises when a mechanic is unavailable. To determine the types and effectiveness of field-expedient techniques, 76 incidents of field-expedient maintenance were collected during interviews with 33 armor NCOs. The incidents were reviewed and grouped into eight categories representing different types of field-expedient techniques. Each of the eight categories represents a generalized maintenance approach that might be useful in a number of emergency situations where expedient repairs are essential.
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