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e. Inspections. It is the duty of all commanders to make regular and frequent inspections of their motor vehicles and of the operating and mainte- nance activities of their commands. Maintenance in- spections are made as prescribed by FM 25-10, AR 850-15, and TM 9-2810. Immediately upon joining a unit, all officers will be instructed by the next senior officer as to the details of the required in- spections.

f. Maintenance during marches and combat. (1) During marches and tactical operations, every opportunity for performing motor maintenance is utilized. Company automobile mechanics ride at the rear of company transport groupings. During halts, they make preventive maintenance inspections, ad- justments, and minor repairs. When a vehicle breaks down, a company automobile mechanic stops with it in order to diagnose the trouble and repair it, if practicable.

(2) During marches and in combat, the mainte- nance section of the service company is disposed so as to render the most efficient service to the regi- ment. The section usually marches at the tail of the regimental motor column.

(3) Temporary roadside repairs are often made to unserviceable vehicles so that they can reach their destination or the bivouac of the maintenance sec- tion (in regimental train bivouac), where further repairs are made. When a vehicle drops out, it is driven, pushed, or towed to the side of the road and

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