M2/M3 BFV: TROUBLESHOOTING - OD1610 - LESSON 1/PE 1
PRACTICAL EXERCISE 1
Read the scenario and respond to the requirements that follow the scenario.
Your unit is scheduled to participate in operation MASSIVE THRUST. MASSIVE
THRUST is a field training exercise (FTX) designed to pit Army and Air Force
units stationed in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) against an
offensive thrust by aggressor air and ground forces.
The exercise is
scheduled to last for one month, without let up.
For all intents and
purposes, a state of war will exist throughout the whole of the ETO during
Since this exercise is designed to simulate war-type
conditions, the repair of broken and/or "battle damaged" vehicles will
depend on the rapidity of maintenance personnel to troubleshoot and diagnose
malfunctions quickly and accurately.
You are the battalion motor sergeant for a cavalry division.
decided that you will hold several informal question and answer sessions
with the troops in the motor pool in the time remaining before the start of
the exercise. The subject of these sessions is to expand the knowledge of
the troops concerning the techniques of logical troubleshooting, inspecting
and diagnosing malfunctions, and accurately completing the Equipment
Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet (DA Form 2404).
is going to take place during operation MASSIVE THRUST. Then you give the
troops a little background information concerning in-the-field repair of
vehicles and equipment.
This need was first realized in World War II.
During the North African campaign, it was found that Rommel's Afrika Corps
could suffer vehicle and equipment damage and, within a comparatively short
period of time, return these vehicles and pieces of equipment to service.
The Allies were baffled by the German's ability to do this.
reports indicated that the Germans were performing on-site maintenance. In
other words, the German's were fixing their equipment where it broke, unlike