Section II. DIRECT SUPPORT PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKS AND SERVICES (PMCS)
5-4. GENERAL. PMCS is performed on the TAP Ensemble components on a quarterly basis, after initial issue, or after
decontamination and laundering. Quarterly PMCS procedures for the M3 TAP Hood, M40 TAP Special Purpose Hood,
M2A1 TAP Boots, M3 TAP Coveralls, M1 TAP Footwear Covers, M3/M4 TAP Gloves, M2 TAP Apron and Clothing Outfit
are described in Table 2- 1. Detailed inspection procedures for the M3 TAP Coveralls are listed in paragraph 5-15.
Record all defects found during the performance of PMCS and the steps taken to correct them on a DA Form 2404,
Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet. Instructions for reporting/correcting noted deficiencies are contained
in DA Pam 738-750.
Section III. MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
5-5. GENERAL. Direct Support maintenance repair functions include service, replace, repair of stitching, seam
strapping and patching of material. Common guidance for those repairs is provided in paragraphs 5-8 thru 5-11 and FM
10-16. Item specific procedures are provided under each unique repair procedure. Laundering instructions are provided
in paragraph 5-7 and 5-18.
5-6. DECONTAMINATION. Decontaminate the TAP Ensemble components IAW procedures in FM 3-5, TM 60A-1-1-11,
or DA Pam 385-61.
5-7. LAUNDERING TAP M3 TAP/M40 TAP SPECIAL PURPOSE HOODS, M2A1 TAP BOOTS, M3 TAP
COVERALLS, M1 TAP FOOTWEAR COVERS, M3/M4 TAP GLOVES, M2 TAP APRON.
This task covers: a. Washing
TAP Ensemble components worn in a contaminated environment will be laundered in accordance
with DA Pam 385-61.
Thermometer (Appendix F, Item 22)
Measuring Cup (Appendix F, Item 7)
Laundry Soap, Powdered (Appendix F, Item 17)
pH Paper (Appendix F, Item 15)
Equipment Condition: N/A
Do not use detergents in place of soap as this may damage the butyl material.
Soak in hot soapy water with an alkalinity of pH 8 to pH 9 at a temperature of 140°F (60°C) for at least one
hour with no agitation.