This battledress overgarment (BDO) protects against vapor and liquid-droplet chemical agents, biological agents, toxins, and radioactive alpha and beta particles. When removed from its vapor-barrier bag, its protective qualities last for a minimum of 30 days (should be replaced after 30 days). Wear time may be extended by the commander when operationally necessary. BDOs worn longer than 30 days present a slightly increased risk to the wearer.
Wear time for the BDO begins when it's removed from its sealed vapor-barrier bag and stops when the BDO is sealed again in its vapor-barrier bag. If the original bag is not available, return the BDO to a bag of similar material and seal with common duct tape. Removing the BDO from its bag - REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME - equates to a day of wear/use. Extending the wear time for the BDO results in additional flexibility for operational and logistical support planning. BDOs provide a minimum of 24 hrs. of protection against exposure to liquid or vapor chemical agent. Change the BDO within 24 hrs. of exposure to a liquid chemical agent. The BDO is not designed to be decontaminated or re-impregnated for re-use.
The material consists of an outer layer of nylon/cotton and an inner layer of charcoal-impregnated polyurethane foam. Due to heavy impregnation of charcoal, some may be deposited on skin and clothing under the BDO, resulting in blackened clothing. This does not reduce the BDO's chemical-protective characteristics or harm the wearer. Do not wash the BDO! Washing removes the charcoal and renders its useless against the harmful agents listed above. This is a non-returnable item.
All Military surplus products are used, the condition of the products varies, and the quantities may be limited. Unfortunately, we can not accept backorders or returns on any surplus products.
Surplus condition scale:
Grade I Used in like new to excellent condition.
Grade II Used in good condition, may show minor use.
Grade III Used in fair condition, will show normal wear and tear from daily use.