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Army March 3, 2011
Defeat deployment dirt
By Alan Scheckenback
GETTING equipment and gear
properly clean before returning to
Australia after a deployment is a big
job, even if contractors are doing the
A new Force Extraction Cleaning
Manual has been created and released
to make life a little easier for returning
The return of ADF equipment to
Australia is governed by very strict
Australian Quarantine Inspection
Service (AQIS) requirements.
It is the vigilance of AQIS which
prevents unwanted animals, insects,
seeds and diseases coming to Australia
and potentially decimating our agricul-
Nobody enjoys cleaning gear, but
it is in all soldiers' best interests to
make sure there are no animals, seeds,
insects or soil on or in any part of their
The cleaning manual replac-
es the LWP-CSS 4-0-4 Cleaning
and Inspection Procedures -- Force
The new manual is electronic only
and can be accessed on the DRN under
the Defence Logistics Manuals, as
well as the Defence official internet
website under C in the Reports and
The manual has been written as
an agreed minimum standard between
Defence and AQIS.
By cleaning kit in line with the
manual and following the included
checklist, soldiers can minimise their
chances of having their gear flagged
for additional cleaning before it can be
sent back to Australia.
The manual also contains advice
and warnings to help avoid cleaning-
The manual's 97 chapters covers
all vehicles, including variants, and
large pieces of kit which are poten-
To identify a piece of deployable equipment
not listed in the manual, add to the existing
cleaning tips or introduce a newly purchased
piece of equipment, contact the manual edi-
tor by email to NBHADF.CleaningManual@
Dirty business: All equipment, large and small, must be extensively cleaned before returning to Australia. The
new manual, inset, covers major equipment items in detail.
Photo by PO Dave Connolly
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