SUBMIT A PRELIMINARY TECHNICAL REPORT ON A ROUND
OF FOREIGN ORDNANCE
1. During the Vietnam War, EOD many times encountered ordnance that had never been seen before.
When this happens it is important that information about the new items be reported through
channels to the intelligence community so they can analyze any new capabilities of the enemy and
get the information to the troops. This same information should be sent to Indian Head for the
development of RSPs. One of your duties as supervisor is to make sure that technical intelligence
reports are made on "first seen" foreign ordnance.
2. Determine technical intelligence value:
a. Once a munition has been reported or discovered by the EOD team, a reconnaissance and a
search of publications has to be performed to determine if the munition is an unknown item.
b. If the munition is unknown to the team members and research of publications turns up no
information, then a Preliminary Technical Report (PRETECHREP) is prepared IAW chapter 7,
section III, para 7-10b, FM 30-16. This report will be submitted to the EOD Control Unit for
distribution to intelligence personnel and other EOD units.
3. The PRETECHREP will be prepared on a DD Form 173 (Joint Message Form) in the following
a. First item on the message form:
Location (Map Reference).
b. Second item:
Type of equipment and/or munition.
Quantity of equipment and/or munition.
c. Third item:
Origin of item(s).
d. Fourth item:
Brief description of item(s).
Distinguishing marks on the item(s).
e. Fifth item:
Name of the commander of capturing unit.