1-2. FORMS AND RECORDS
Vehicle Maintenance Forms and Records. The forms and records that must be kept up to
date by operators are those prescribed by DA Pam 738-750.
1-3. DESTRUCTION OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO
PREVENT ENEMY USE
Instructions for Equipment Destruction. Follow procedures given in TM 750-244-6 for
procedures and destruction of tank-automotive equipment to prevent enemy use.
1-4. REPORTING EQUIPMENT IMPROVEMENT
a. Equipment Improvement Recommendations (EIR). EIRs can and must be
submitted by anyone who is aware of an unsatisfactory condition with equipment design
or use. It is not necessary to show a new design or list a better way to perform a
procedure, Simply tell why the current design is unfavorable or why a procedure is
difficult, EIRs can be submitted on Standard Form 368 (Quality Deficiency Report).
Mail directly to: Commander, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, ATTN:
AM STA-MB, Warren. Michigan 48397-5000. A reply will be furnished to you.
b. Equipment Improvement Report and Maintenance Digest. The quarterly
Equipment Improvement Report and Maintenance Digest. TB 43-0001-39 series. contains
valuable field information on the equipment covered in this manual. The information in
the TB 43-0001-39 series is compiled from some of the Equipment Improvement Reports
that you prepared on the vehicles covered in this manual. Many of these articles result
from comments, suggestions. and improvement recommendations that you submitted to
the EIR program. The TB 43-0001-39 series contains information on equipment
improvements, minor alterations. proposed Modification Work Orders (MWOs).
warranties (if applicable). actions taken on some of your DA Form 2028s (Recommended
Changes to Publications), and advance information on proposed changes that may affect
this manual. The information will help you in doing your job better and will help in
keeping you advised of the latest changes to this manual. Also. refer to DA Pam 310-1
Consolidated Index of Army Publications and Blank Forms. and Appendix A,
References. of this manual.
1-5. VEHICLE/BRIDGE CLASSIFICATION
a. Refer to table1-1 to find your vehicle class number. Table columns are as follows:
E - Class number of vehicle with no payload.
C - Class number of vehicle with cross-country payload.
b. Bridges along your route may be marked with a class number, The bridge class
number shows the safe capacity of the bridge. If your vehicle class number is equal to or
less than the bridge class number. the bridge will hold your vehicle. If your vehicle class
number is greater than the bridge class number, your vehicle is too heavy for the bridge:
DO NOT CROSS.
c. For more information, refer to FM 5-36. Route Reconnaissance and Classification.
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