The training materials were intended to instruct servicemen and women about the use and hazards of depleted uranium munitions. In addition, the training regimen included instructions for soldiers who repair and recover vehicles contaminated by depleted uranium.
Throughout 1996, these videos sat on a shelf, while U.S. soldiers continued to use and work with depleted uranium munitions. In June 1997, Bernard Rostker, The Department of Defense (DoD) principle spokesperson for their investigation of Gulf War hazardous exposures, stated that the depleted uranium safety training program would begin to be shared by a limited number of servicemen and women in July 1997.
STILL TODAY the vast majority of servicemen and women in the U.S. military, and likely in the armed forces of other countries which are developing or have obtained depleted uranium munitions, are unaware of the use and dangers of depleted uranium munitions, or of the protective clothing and procedures which can minimize or prevent serious short-term exposures.
From Information Clearinghouse:
If DU is as harmless as sometimes claimed then what spurred the US Army to make this training video ? (DU is NOT as harmless as various individuals & agencies are claiming !)
I suspect that recent attempts to downplay the dangers of DU are political in nature. It's a misguided cover-up of a severe health threat. The results of DU poisoning are devastating and extremely long term.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 24th, 2009.]