Life Rafts


Life Preserver Disposal Regulations
DoDM 4160.21 Vol4 Page 113

Turn-In Instructions

Life Rafts and Inflatable Boats

Condemned life rafts and inflatable boats (except solely on the basis of age control criteria) that are in unserviceable condition may be transferred to DLA Disposition Services sites for reutilization by DoD Components only. DLA Disposition Services sites may not transfer, donate, or sell.

Serviceable Life Preservers

Excess serviceable life preservers, life rafts, and inflatable boats, including those that are overage but are in good condition, may be transferred to DLA Disposition Services sites for processing under normal procedures. When determined to be surplus, DLA Disposition Services sites will offer such items in serviceable and overage but otherwise good condition for donation and sale.

Mutilation Required for Floats and Bottoms of Condemned Life Rafts and Inflatable Boats


Inflatable boats may have pressurized containers that need to be depressurized before turn-in. For more information on pressurized containers, please click here

If not reutilized by DoD Components, DLA Disposition Services sites will ensure mutilation of floats on inflatable rafts and boats by completing or requiring slashes in three places; each slash will be at least 12 inches long. Floats on non-inflatable rafts will be severed into three pieces; bottoms will be completely slashed diagonally.


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DD Form 1348-1a


The DD Form 1348-1A the most important document when interacting with DLA Disposition Services. It serves as the receipt for property turned in, and is an important record for auditability. 

Learn how to complete a DDForm-1348-1A .