equivalents are given in parentheses following the
1-1. Purpose and Scope
dimensions, weights, or other measurements.
This manual provides transportability guidance for
logistic handling and movement of the truck, cargo, 1
1 /4-ton, 6x6, M561, also referred to as the Gama Goat.
The M561 is a light-weight, dual-bodied (tractor and
It provides transportation officers down to division level
carrier), articulated, six-wheel vehicle of aluminum-
and other personnel engaged in or responsible for
unitized construction with selected compartments filled
movement or providing transportation services with
information considered appropriate to safe transport.
wheels for propulsion. It is normally a cargo/personnel
Significant technical and physical characteristics as well
carrier but can be converted to an ambulance, M792.
as safety considerations required for worldwide
The vehicle bodies are equipped with lifting rings,
movement by the various modes of transportation are
body tiedown fittings, cargo tiedowns, tow
When considered necessary, metric
Figure 1-1. Truck, cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 6x6, M561.