Figure 1-9. M256-series chemical agent detector kit.
1-14. CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE OVERGARMENT
The chemical protective overgarment (CPOG) protects the wearer against
contact with chemical agent vapors aerosols, and liquid droplets. It also provides
protection against live biological agents, toxins, and radioactive particles. The
overgarment consists of a two-piece suit (figure 1-10). The jacket has a zippered front;
the trousers have a fly front and zippered legs. The suit is designed to be worn over the
soldier's uniform. The CPOG is not designed to be decontaminated or to be
reimpregnated for reuse. When worn, the CPOG's protective qualities will last for 14
days if it does not become contaminated or become unserviceable (ripped, torn, or
soaked with petroleum products). If the CPOG becomes contaminated with liquid
chemical agent, exchange the overgarment for a new one within 6 hours, if possible.
The exchange is usually performed during detailed troop decontamination. In rain, wear
a poncho or rain gear to protect the CPOG.
Figure 1-10. Chemical protective overgarment.