When some military products reach the end of their useful life, they may need to be demilitarized prior to disposal. It will be necessary to dispose of all "discarded" product. Disposal may involve component
and material reclamation and disposal. To some extent, the maintainability engineer can address disposal and reclamation by considering material durability, environmental concerns, statutory regulations governing material disposal, and the methods and locations where reclamation and disposal might be performed during design. Special attention should be paid to the reclamation of precious metals and the disposal of hazardous or radioactive materials. During disposal, Lessons Learned files are updated, and in-depth tear-down analyses are often conducted of selected components to update service life data.