b. Disposing of Human Wastes. Use the unit latrine facilities. These facilities
help control problems such as odors from human wastes and pests such as flies. They
are also built to protect water sources from contamination. Handwashing devices are
also provided to help prevent the spread of disease.
(1) In a bivouac of one to three days, straddle trench latrines are usually
constructed. These latrines should also have handwashing devices.
(2) On a march, a cat-hole latrine may be used if other facilities are not
available. The soldier digs a hole about one foot deep, uses the latrine, and
immediately covers the hole with the soil that he removed from the hole.
c. Disposing of Other Wastes. Other wastes such as rubbish should be
incinerated or buried. Usually, burial is used if the unit will be in the field for less than a
week and incineration is used if the unit will be in the field for one week or longer.
9-12. HEARING LOSS
You may not be able to curtail the noise in your work environment, but you can
take some of the following protective measures to prevent damage to your hearing.
a. Wear protective devices such as earplugs, ear canal caps, or earmuffs.
b. Wear protective vehicle headgear when appropriate, such as helicopter crew
helmets and armored vehicle crew helmets.
c. Keep hearing protection devices clean to avoid ear infections.
d. Avoid noise and/or limit the time in noise hazardous areas.
9-13. SKIN INFECTION
Keeping clean is important in preventing disease. It is also important in
preventing skin infections.
a. Bathe frequently. Take a full bath at least once every week. If showers or
baths are not available, wash daily using a washcloth. Be sure to wash your genital
area, your armpits, your feet, and any other areas where you sweat or which become
wet. These areas include between the thighs and, for females, under the breasts.
b. Keep your skin dry. After bathing or as needed, use foot powder on your feet,
especially if you have had fungal infections in the past. Use talcum powder in areas
where wetness is a problem. If talcum powder is not available, use cornstarch as a