Section II. REPAIR PROCEDURES
16-5. MATERIALS I
Materials used in repair of the desert night parka and trousers shall be serviceable materials recovered from similar
salvaged items, when authorized or will be new materials as specified in Section III. New materials will be requisitioned
from stock under the stock number and/or item description and shall conform to the appropriate specification. When not
available from stock, the materials may be purchased locally that conform as closely as possible to the standard sample.
16-6. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
Prior to repair operations, each item shall be inspected by qualified personnel to determine the amount of repair
necessary. Repairs will be made as fully as skills, facilities, funds, and local conditions permit. The sequence of
operations shall be determined by the repairing organization, unless otherwise prescribed.
Inspection. Inspect all items to determine the amount of repairs needed and whether such repairs can be
accomplished within the organization, or evacuate to direct support level of maintenance.
Cleaning. User will keep garments clean, either by individual laundering in warm water with a mild soap or
detergent, or by use of installation laundry facilities.
Organizational Repair. Repair to be accomplished at organizational level will be hand sewing of rips, tears,
loose seams and damaged buttonholes Replacement buttons will match the original buttons in color, design
and size of the type specified in Section III.
Direct Support Maintenance.
(1) Preliminary examination and cleaning. Dirt, mud, dust, spots, stains and other foreign matter will be
removed with a brush or by laundering Rotten Items will be discarded Seams will be tested by grasping
the item with both hands and pulling at right angles to the seams. Areas to be repaired shall be marked
with crayon. Non-specification and personal marks shall be erased or obliterated.
(2) Cleaning. Clothing will be processed in Army laundries in accordance with established cleaning practices
as prescribed in FM 10-280.
(a) Stitching and restitching. Use machine sewing where possible for all stitching and restitching. Backstitch
or bartack all stitching at ends at least 1 inch to prevent raveling. Maintain proper thread tension to
prevent loose stitching and to imbed the lock in the center of the material sewn. When type 401 stitch is
used, place looper thread on the underside. The type of stitch, thread size, and stitches per inch are listed