ROM is a concept that is equipment independent. As long as the concept is followed, any number of current
equipment configurations can be used to do a ROM operation. ROM operations can be employed anywhere
on the battlefield where there is a need to rapidly refuel combat vehicles.
The ROM kit consists of enough hoses, valves, and fittings to refuel up to eight combat vehicles at the
same time. The kit takes care of transporting the ROM. Any cargo vehicle with a payload capacity greater
than 1.5 tons can be used. The ROM weighs about 2,900 pounds. It cannot be loaded on the fuel-
transporting semitrailer due to the weight limit of the semitrailer. The main fuel source is the 5,000-gallon
fuel semitrailer (model 969s and M131A5C) using onboard pump and filter/separator. The average flow rate
at each of the eight nozzles, using the fuel semitrailer, is 35 GPM. The area to set up and operate the eight-
point ROM kit is about 550 feet long by 150 feet wide. Multiple tankers can be connected to the ROM kit by
means of a Y- or T-fitting and valves. One tanker will be dispensing fuels through the ROM to refuel
vehicles. The remaining tanker is backup and ready to replace the issuing tanker when it is empty.
NOTE: If conducting multiple tanker operations, fuel should not be received into and dispensed out of the
same tanker at the same time. This would only be possible through top loading, which is a safety hazard.
As a tanker is emptied, the fuel dispensing source is transferred to the backup tanker by the resetting of
the values at the Y and/or T. This will allow fuel issues to continue to the combat vehicles. Fuel semitrailers
can be shuttled to and from the ROM site to maintain a fueling tanker on-site.
PART G - REFUELING OPERATIONS
Site Selection and Signaling. As a petroleum supervisor, your primary responsibilities for planning a
ROM mission and selecting a site are as follows:
ROM site personnel.
Utilization of GPS.
Develop a contingency plan that accounts for security problems, equipment failure, and movement of
vehicles. Make sure that there is enough room on the site to move equipment. Make the most used of
natural cover and concealment. When selecting a ROM site always consider the following safety and
Include a signal system to coordinate the operation. Use signals to start and stop refueling operations and
coordinate the vehicle serials to and from the holding areas. Use the arm and hand signals or flags during
the day. Long distances may require radio communications. At night or in low visibility conditions, use
chemical light or flashlights for signals.
Vehicle Holding and Marshalling Areas Set up these areas at locations before and after the ROM
site. Coordinate areas before the start of the operation. Use the first area (prior to the ROM site) to organize
the march column into serials of vehicles equal to the number of refueling points available. Call the vehicles
forward out of the holding area one serial at a time to move into position to receive the predetermined
amount of fuel. When each serial has received its allotted fuel, it moves to the second holding area (after
the ROM site). In the second holding area, organize the vehicles back into their convoy march elements or
combat formations. Ensure that personnel set up, perform PMCS, operate, and retrieve the equipment used
in the operation. Ensure safety (for example, grounding, bonding, fire extinguishers, no smoking signs, drip
pans, and spill equipment are in place and personnel are familiar with procedures). Ensure personnel are
familiar and equipped with operational control signals (flags, lights, radio) to be used. Man fuel nozzles to
refuel vehicles when convoy personnel (assistant driver or commander) are not available to refuel their own
vehicles. Drivers must always remain in their vehicles. Ensure vehicles safely enter and move through the
ROM site and receive the prescribed amount of fuel.
Document the Quantity of Fuel Used. To document the quantity of fuel issued, use either DA Form
3643 (Daily Issues of Petroleum Products) or DA Form 2765-1 (Request for Issue or Turn-In), depending on