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Unformatted text preview: ize operational personnel with the fundamentals of packaging and enable them to
improvise field expedients for emergency use, this section discusses determining factors, packaging steps,
wrapping materials, and container criteria. DETERMINING FACTORS
D-48. The first rule of packaging is that the packager tailors all processing to fit the specific requirements
of each cache. The cache items determine the size, shape, and weight of the package, the method of
packaging, the recovery process, the cache method, and the use of the cache. For instance, if circumstances
require one man to recover the cache alone, he can carry a container no larger than a small suitcase and no
heavier than 30 pounds. Of course, some equipment precludes small containers, but planners should weigh
the need for larger packages against the difficulties and risks of handling them. Even if more than one
person is available for recovery, planners should divide the material, whenever possible, into separate
packages of a size and weight readily portable by one man. D-8 TC 18-01 30 November 2010 Special Forces Caching D-49. Another important factor for packagers to consider is adverse storage conditions. Any of the
following conditions may be present at the cache site: Moisture. External pressure. Freezing temperatures. Bacteria and corrosive chemicals found in soil and water. Animal life that may pose a hazard, such as burrowing insects and rodents. If planners conceal
the cache in an exterior site, large animals may also threaten it.
D-50. Whether or not the packaging is adequate usually depends upon how carefully the observer analyzed
the conditions at the site and incorporated that information into the package design. For this reason, planners
should determine the method of caching (burial, concealment, or submersion) before constructing the package.
D-51. It is also important for planners to consider how long they need to maintain the equipment cache.
Because planners seldom know when they will need a cache, a sound rule is to design the packaging to
withstand adverse storage conditions for at least the normal shelf life of the cached contents. STEPS IN PACKAGING
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