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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic C: Sustain the Force

Subtopic 2: Laundry Advanced System (LADS) Improvements over M-85 Laundry Trailer

Observation Synopsis

Although the fielding of the laundry advanced system (LADS) has had its technical difficulties, it still remains a vast improvement over its predecessor, the M-85 laundry trailer. The disadvantage of the M-85 laundry trailer was the enormous water consumption requirement. A LADS, through a distillation process, recycles water and creates less overall consumption. If both are working at their maximum capacity, LADS uses one-third the amount of water required by the M-85. The capability of LADS has increased laundry service capacity to support 3,500 Soldiers, or a brigade-size element, a two-thirds increase over the M-85. LADS is a highly engineered system, making maintenance at the user-level increasingly difficult for the average 92S MOS Soldier. Although the fielding of LADS has had minor technical difficulties at the user-level, it still remains a vast improvement over the M-85 laundry trailer.


Laundry Advanced System (LADS) Graphic.
Laundry Advanced System (LADS) Graphic.

Lessons Learned

  • LADS uses one-third the amount of water required by the M-85, a major advantage over the old system.
  • The capability of LADS has increased laundry service capacity to support 3,500 Soldiers, or a brigade-size element, a two-thirds increase over the M-85.
  • LADS is a highly engineered system, making maintenance at the user-level increasingly difficult for the average 92S MOS Solider.

DOTMLPF Implications

Materiel and Organization: Field more LADS at the brigade level.

Training: Recommend more user-maintenance instruction provided to 92S MOS Soldiers during advanced individual training (AIT).


M-85 Laundry Trailer Laundry Advanced System (LADS)
M-85 Laundry Trailer Laundry Advanced System (LADS)

Table of Supporting Observations


Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Laundry Advanced System (LADS) Improvements over M-85 Laundry Trailer 10000-14544

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic C-Subtopic 1: Additional Forward Support Battalion (FSB) MTOE Equipment Requirements in OIF
Chapter 4-Topic C-Subtopic 3: Effects of High Saline Content in the Water Table on ROWPU Components




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