(5) DS/GS maintenance units.
These units insure that:
(a) Their TMDE when submitted for calibration is operational and
complete with accessories and adapters.
(b) They comply with the calibration provisions of TM 38-750.
(c) They present their TMDE for calibration in accordance with
d. The last concept in the calibration program is "ONE STOP SERVICE."
What this means is that if you or your unit have the responsibility to
calibrate an instrument you also have the responsibility to repair it.
e. A basic philosophy of the U.S. Army is, SHOOT-MOVE-COMMUNICATE.
our weapon systems, be it rifle squad or Pershing battery, cannot fire
cannot sustain its fire, we will fail to accomplish the mission.
cannot move at will, be it by jeep, tank, or helicopter, we will fail
accomplish the mission. If communication is lost, we are lost. We must
all three at all levels to survive.
Successful continual operation of these systems is built on several
blocks. Training, maintenance, and supply are a few. Our interest here is
on the maintenance block. Maintenance is performed by trained specialists
using a variety of tools. If you prefer, you may substitute TMDE for tools.
Now we are getting down to our subject: tools and the complexity and
sophisticated items to maintain them.
Many of today's tools, instead of
performing an action, are used to make a measurement. Basically what this
measurement is, torque, voltage, pressure, etc., is of no specific interest
here; the fact they are used to make a measurement is our interest. For a
measurement to have any value it must be referenced against something.
Example: On a map, using a ruler, you find that it is 3 inches from point A
to point B. Now unless there is a scale reference on this map, the measured
3 inches means nothing except that it is twice a far as an inch and a half.
However, if we have a scale indicating that 1 inch equals 1 kilometer, we
now have a reference, and our 3 inches equals 3 kilometers providing the map
maker's ruler and your rules are referenced to the same length standard.
Now, how does this relate to the maintenance of our tools?
design engineer designs his operational item system for optimum use around
some specified values, whether it be torque for head bolts or a voltage for
an electronic circuit. The manufacturer produces the item/system with these
values. Therefore, to properly maintain this item/system in the field, we
must insure that these values are correct.