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Purpose: This training circular (TC) provides a training program for the Kalmar 53,000-pound Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) according to AR 600-55. It provides standardized training and testing in the operation, preventive maintenance, and safety of this vehicle. It stresses hands-on training with very little classroom instruction. It also does not include any theater-unique requirements. During the development of this TC, it was assumed that each driver candidate would have a state driver’s license, have completed accident avoidance training according to TC 21-305, and possess an OF Form 346 (U.S. Government Motor Vehicle Operator’s Identification Card) (stamped as a learner’s permit). The lesson content for this training program is arranged sequentially and separated into the following six chapters:

  • Chapter 4 contains the lesson outline for Course Introduction and HAZCOM Safety.
  • Chapter 5 contains Safety Procedures and Hand and Arm Signals.
  • Chapter 6 contains training for the overall use and familiarization and PMCS of the Kalmar 53,000-pound RT-240 RTCH.
  • Chapter 7 contains training for the Kalmar 53,000-pound RT-240 RTCH (with container).
  • Chapter 8 contains training for the Kalmar 53,000-pound RT-240 RTCH (operation under unusual conditions).
  • Chapter 9 contains the End-of-Course Test (Practice Written Test and Performance Test).

This TC also includes the following appendixes:

  • Appendix A (Slides).
  • Appendix B (Force Protection Annex).
  • Appendix C (60 Rules of Safety for Operating Material Handling Equipment [MHE]).
  • Appendix D (Practical Exercises).
  • Appendix E (Handouts and Worksheets).

All training should be annotated on DA Form 348 (Equipment Operator’s Qualification Record (Except Aircraft)) or ULLS-generated DA Form 348-E (Operator Qualification Record) according to AR 600-55. This program may be used for initial and sustainment training. When used for sustainment training, commanders have the flexibility to choose and arrange training material based on the unit’s mission, driver behavior, and/or accident history. To provide effective training, each instructor should ensure his/her operators are trained and tested to the standards in this TC. Any deviation from the successful completion of these basic standards will only lessen the Soldiers overall driving effectiveness. Graduates of this training program (licensed drivers) should be supervised until they have gained the experience to safely operate the Kalmar 53,000-pound RT-240 RTCH. Drivers should not be placed in situations that may be above their skill level. The supervisor should periodically monitor each driver to observe safe operating procedures and to determine the need for additional training.

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