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Frequently Asked Questions - Submethod 32

Listed below are portions of MIL-STD-2073 covering preservation submethod 32 (formerly Method IC-2: container, watervaporproof bag, sealed). This web page identifies the method, types of materials authorized, a graphic illustration, and a link to the School of Military Packaging Technology's 'How To' web documents. If this material does not enhance your understanding regarding this method of preservation, please use either our feedback form to provide recommendations or contact us directly by E-mail us at: DSCC.packaging@dla.mil


illustration of preservation submethod 32
  • How should items that require Method 32 preservation be packaged?

  • Per MIL-STD-2073, 'The item, preserved, wrapped and cushioned as required in 5.2.3.5 shall be enclosed in a close fitting container (box) selected from Table C.I, which in turn shall be enclosed in a sealed waterproof bag conforming to MIL-DTL-117, Type I, Class B, Style 2. When specified, a protective wrap of heavy duty kraft paper or equivalent material (tape sealed) shall be provided to protect the barrier material during handling and storage.'
    [REFERENCE: MIL-STD-2073-1D, paragraph 5.2.3.5.2]

    • NOTE: The packaging requirements (code) in your contract may specify the exact packaging materials to use to protect the item.


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