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Mask won't fit? Try these solutions.

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MY MASK DOESN'T FIT!

MINE DOESN'T EITHER!

The M40/M42 masks are designed to fit nearly all Soldiers. Fit problems are usually caused by facial size and shape. But what should CBRN specialists do when they have one of these hard-to-fit Soldiers?

First do PMCS and make sure the mask is fitted like it says in TM 3-4240-34623&P

If that doesn't work, try these tips:

* Always use the M41 protection assessment test system (PATS) to test the mask fit.

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* If a small mask is too big to create a good seal, readjust and tighten the head harness, then test with PATS again. Sometimes that's enough to do the trick. If it still flunks, make sure the head harness snaps back when stretched. Replace it if necessary.

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If the mask doesn't fit, refer to TB 3-4240-341-23, which offers fitting solutions. It's on the LOGSA ETM site: https://www.logsa.army.mil/etms or can be provided by the Individual Protection Team Mailbox. Their information is located at the end of the article.

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* Still no fit? Try the M45 land warrior mask. It has an extra small size, NSN 4240-01447-6989, that might do the trick. And the large M45, NSN 4240-01-447-6988, is slightly larger than the M40/ M42 large. In addition, the M45 has interchangeable nosecups in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL that can provide an even better fit. See TM 3-4240-348-20&P.

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If a Soldier must wear an M45 because the M40/M42 doesn't fit, he's authorized to keep the M45 for the rest of his active service. This is authorized by TB 3-4240-341-23. If all these tips fail, it's time to contact the Individual Protection Team: usarmy.detroit.tacom.mbx.ilsc-masks@mail.mil That'll get the experts on the case.

Don't forget the Joint Acquisition CBRN Knowledge System (JACKS) website: https://jacks.jpeocbd.army.mil

The site provides lots of CBRN information.

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Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
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Date:Dec 1, 2014
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