Us Army Equipment Readiness Report
Why the army needs to have accuracy daily equipment readiness report?
Army is an organized group of trained people that are specialized in protecting national people from foreign threats; this principal function is organized by missions that are given to leaders, so they could achieve those missions with small groups of soldiers that need to use heaps of equipment like weapons, Transportation vehicles, communication systems, several technologic devices and much more. This equipment needs a very organized control of it; plus there is a very big group of people between civilian and soldiers that use daily that equipment, so there must be some one taking care of that control.
The control we are talking about is held by every one inside the Army; this means that besides there are Leaders, Commanders, supervisors, soldiers e.t.c, every single person is responsible of the equipment he or she has, and also responsible for its preventive maintenance and reactive maintenance operations.
So the daily report of equipment readiness is useful for achieve missions with excellent results whenever it takes place, and for taking good care of the invested capital by the Government in buying all that equipment while it is being used.
The daily report includes: preventive maintenance operations that are held by the same soldiers that are using the equipment, which offers the possibility of a good stock of equipment that is going to work when the soldier needs to. And the maintenance operation, that is held by specialists about the specific equipment, which helps government to take care of the investment. However, both of the operations are pointed to achieve missions with excellent results.
This means that the Army has another important function besides protecting the country, that is about taking care of their equipment, so they could be sure they are using good things that are not going to failed while a mission, which could be lethal for them.
The maintenance program is so important for Army, at the point that every leader must program maintenance time to his or her group of soldiers; it also needs training time about maintenance and evaluations and feedback about maintenance of equipment.
This helps Leaders to keep in good status the equipment of his or her team, so the missions will be successful.
The maintenance procedures are organized as SSL (Shop Supply List) that is replacing the PLL (Prescribe Load List) in the general procedure that is known as SAMS (Standard Army Maintenance System), which is documented in Ar policies and step by step guides.
Another part of the maintenance of equipment is the motor pool office, which is in charged of all the vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, trucks e.t.c, from, who is going to drive them to all about the respective maintenance. The drivers need to be well trained, so they will give a good use to those vehicles, so they will give good results in the missions that are going to be assigned.
Finally, the maintenance procedures are divided in steps from guides and training, passing through the preventive procedures to the repairing issues, all these procedures need to be evaluated, and documented, so they will turn into cycle ones which will ensure the success of all the operations with the minimum of error.
- C.A.C United States Army Combined Arms Center. Fort Leavenworth Kansas. n.d. accessed on January 17, 2014.
- Maintenance of supply and equipment. Commanders´ maintenance guide book. Washington D.C Headquarters Department of the Army, 2004. PDF.
- Maintenance Policies and Procedures. Maintenance of supplies and equipment. Department of the Army Headquarters, III Corps and Fort Hood, TX 76542, 2012. PDF