3-5. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF BODY ARMOR Continued
h. Ballistic Insert Assembly.
Inspection of ballistic insert.
Carefully examine the insert for any damage. If the insert has been ballistically or physically
damaged in any manner such as evidenced by a hole, or cut, do not repair and do not put the
assembly back into service.
Do not dry ballistic insert near heat or flame.
Examine insert; if it is damp or wet, thoroughly air dry the ballistic insert before it is placed in a new
Inspect the inner and outer yoke supports and inner and outer action back supports for open seams or
open stitching prior to sealing the ballistic inserts into the vinyl casing.
Do not use any defective inserts to repair an item.
Inspect button stitching and spot lamination of filler. If the material in spot laminated ballistic inserts
has become delaminated, or if button stitching on button stitched inserts has become ruptured
resulting in separation of the piles of material, or if internal stiffeners have loosened or become
separated, dispose of the insert. If the ballistic insert does not possess the inner action yoke support,
inner action supports, or internal polyethylene plastic stiffeners, incorporate these features before
utilizing the insert in a repaired item.
If the stock number and size designation on the identification label of the outer shell or the instruction label is in
such condition that it is apparent that it will not retain legibility when subjected to wear after re-issue, a new label
should be incorporated either by stitching over the old label or by use of the adhesive specified in section Ill.
Repair and cleaning will be done by personnel skilled in the particular trade applicable to their duties. Patches
will be tightly sewn or applied and all reseaming will be secure and free of loose or broken threads. Hardware will
work properly and be securely and properly attached. The finished item will be complete, clean, well repaired,
free from all defects affecting its serviceability and appearance.