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14. GENERAL. a. Safety equipment aboard a troop
transport includes life preservers, lifeboats, life rafts, life
floats, life nets, ladders, ropes, and lifebuoys. Additional
equipment will be found in lifeboats and life rafts.
Unit commanders will take immediate steps to have the
use of safety equipment explained to all soldiers and to
conduct such drills and training as may be prescribed
for the particular vessel. Instruction will be given in
use of lifeboats, life rafts, life preservers, and the rules
to be followed in abandoning ship. Every man boarding
a vessel is given a life preserver, a life-preserver light, a
whistle, and a pamphlet of safety rules. (See fig. 12.)
Equipment not self explanatory will have printed in-
structions. A single-blade jackknife may also be issued.
b. Each man should check his own equipment, pro-
vide himself with 4- to 3 -inch line of convenient
length, and improvise a canvas or paulin container for
personal essentials needed in an emergency. If canvas
is unobtainable, use sacking or old clothes. A line is
indispensable aboard ship or in the water; in spare time,
use it to practice tying knots and lashings.
15. LIFE JACKETS. a. Description. The life jacket has
cotton tape straps 12 inches long, so placed as to allow
the jacket to be reversed. Each jacket will support at
least 20 pounds downward pull of gravity for 24 hours.
The buoyant material may be cork or' balsa blocks,
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