Reading and heeding this article will prevent damage to equipment and, more importantly, avoid injury or death.
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Warfighters, according to TACOM ground safety action message (GSAM) 22-010, a recent accident investigation discovered there’s some confusion in units as to when to engage combat latches on up-armored FMTVs.
Bottom line: Always
use the combat latches even in non-combat environments! Failure to do so may result in injury or death of personnel and damage to equipment.
However, to alleviate the confusion, TACOM is replacing the name “combat latches” with “safety latches” in all FMTV A1P2 TMs. Additionally, the words “for combat” will be removed from Table 1 of WP 00009 in all FMTV A1P2 -10 TMs.
List of FMTV A1P2 TMs
TM 9-2320-334-10-1 (Nov 18)
TM 9-2320-334-10-2 (Nov 18)
TM 9-2320-332-10-1 (Sep 19)
TM 9-2320-332-10-2 (Sep 19)
TM 9-2320-337-10-1 (Sep 19)
TM 9-2320-337-10-2 (Sep 19)
TM 9-2320-333-10-1 (Sep 19)
TM 9-2320-333-10-2 (Sep 19)
TM 9-2320-333-23&P (Jun 19)
Also, TMs will state “MUST BE LATCHED”
anytime the vehicle is in use for all up-armored FMTVs. That’s because when the latches are engaged, they keep the heavy armored doors closed in the event of an accident, like a rollover for example.
These TM revisions should be completed by the 4th quarter of 2023.
To read the entire GSAM, grab your CAC and go HERE