The terms ready/available and mission capable refer to the same status: Equipment is on hand and ready to
perform its combat missions. Refer to DA PAM 738-750.
The EQUIPMENT IS NOT READY/AVAILABLE IF: column tells you when your equipment is not mission capable
and why the equipment cannot be used.
Look for signs of a problem or trouble. Listen for unusual noise, clinking, rubbing, or squealing and watch and feel for
unusual shaking or vibration. Be alert when in or around the ASH.
Inspect the ASH to see if items are in good condition. Are they correctly assembled, stowed, and secured; excessively worn,
leaking, or corroded; or properly lubricated? Correct any problems found or notify your supervisor.
The following are checks that are common to all equipment:
Cleaning compound solvent vapors are toxic. Avoid prolonged or repeated breathing of vapors or solvent
contact with skin. Use only with adequate ventilation. Solvent is flammable and should not be used near
open flame. Be sure a fire extinguisher is available.
Keep It Clean. Dirt, grease, oil, and debris only get in the way and may cover up a serious problem. Clean as you work
and as needed. Use cleaning compound solvent (item 3, WP 0061 00) on all metal surfaces. Use soap and water when
you clean rubber or plastic material.
Rust and Corrosion. Check equipment for rust and corrosion. If you find any bare metal or that corrosion exists, clean
and apply a thin coat of lubricating oil (item 12, WP 0061 00). Report it to your supervisor.
Bolts, Screws, and Nuts. Check for looseness and missing, bent, or broken condition. Look for chipped paint, bare
metal, rust, or corrosion around bolt and screw heads and nuts. If you find a bolt, screw, or nut you think is loose, report
it to your supervisor.
Welds. Look for loose or chipped paint, rust, corrosion, or gaps where parts are welded together. If you find a bad weld,
report it to your supervisor.
Electrical Wires and Connectors. Look for cracked, frayed, or broken insulation; bare wires; and loose or broken
connectors. If you find any damaged wires, report it to your supervisor.
Hoses and Fluid Lines. Look for wear, damage, and leaks. Ensure that clamps and fittings are tight. Wet spots show
leaks, but a stain around a fitting or connector can also mean a leak. If a leak comes from a loose fitting or connector,
report it to your supervisor. If something is broken or worn out, report it to your supervisor.
Hinges. Check hinges for security and smooth operation. If you find a problem, report it to your supervisor.
Data Plates. Check data plates, caution, and warning plates for security and legibility. If you find a problem, report it to