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paraffin, or a similar waxy substance to protect the contents from moisture. A wax coating will not provide
protection against insects and rodents. The packager should hot-dip the package in the waxy substance or
apply the hot wax with a brush. CONTAINER CRITERIA
D-67. The outer container protects the contents during exposure to shock, moisture, and other natural
hazards. The ideal container is— Watertight and airtight upon sealing. Noiseless when handled. Handles should not rattle against the body of the container. Lightweight in construction. Equipped with a sealing device that personnel can easily and repeatedly close and open. Resistant to— Shock and abrasion. Crushing pressure. 30 November 2010 TC 18-01 D-11 Appendix D Rodents, insects, and bacteria.
Highly acidic or alkaline soil or water. Stainless Steel Container
D-68. The standard stainless steel container comes in several sizes. Because the stainless steel container is
better than any container the packager could improvise in the field, it should be used whenever possible.
Ideally, he should pack the container at HQ or at a field-packaging center. If personnel must obtain caching
items locally, it is still advisable to use a stainless steel container because it is highly resistant to moisture.
In addition, stainless steel containers do not require an outer wrapping. However, even when using a
stainless steel container, the packager should use a single inner wrapping to protect the contents from any
residual moisture present in the container when he seals it. Field-Expedient Container
D-69. Although Soldiers cannot improvise an ideal container in the field, standard military and commercial
containers can meet caching requirements if Soldiers use care and resourcefulness while adapting them.
First, a container must be strong enough not to puncture and keep its shape through rough handling or
crushing pressure. (Even a slight warping may cause a joint around a lid to leak.) Second, if the lid is not
already watertight and airtight, Soldiers must improvise...
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