b. Actions After Crossing the Area.
Once you determine that your unit has crossed the contaminated area,
you should direct the unit to do the following:
Ensure all soldiers are checked for symptoms. Self-
aid and first aid should be administered as necessary.
Ensure all soldiers check themselves and their buddies
Personal Skin Decontamination Kit to decontaminate
themselves and their equipment.
Ensure all soldiers remain masked until directed to
unmask. Although the unit is clear of the
contaminated area, possible vapor hazards may still
Personnel may decontaminate vehicles with the Operator's
Spray-Down Technique. The Operator's Spray-Down Technique
involves using on-board decon apparatuses (for example, M11
or M13). When using the Mil, decontaminate only the
vehicle parts that will come in contact with the driver and
the occupants, for example, the seats, the steering wheel,
and the gear shift. The Operator's Spray-Down Technique is
most effective when conducted within 15 minutes after
becoming contaminated. Operational Decontamination
consists of two techniques: MOPP-Gear Exchange and the
Vehicle Washdown. The contaminated element conducts the
MOPP-Gear Exchange with the support of its supply section.
A chemical decon squad or the battalion power-driven decon
equipment (PDDE) crew conducts the Vehicle Washdown.
DS2 is both hazardous and corrosive. It can cause severe
blistering of the skin and permanent blindness. Remove it
after 30 minutes of contact time to prevent damage to
Preparation to Cross a Radiologically Contaminated Area.
If your unit must cross a radiologically contaminated area, you should
direct your soldiers as follows:
Designated individuals should report dose reading from