Army National Guard: Sharing Unit Training Equipment Would Help Avoid Maintenance Costs
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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The Army National Guard has approximately 38 billion worth of equipment assigned to its 54 separate state and territorial military commands. The equipment is mostly used during peacetime to train units in the event that they are needed to reinforce or replace active force components during wartime. Equipment predominantly used for units 2-week annual training is located at Mobilization and Training Equipment Sites MATES. There are 24 MATES located throughout the United States, and almost half of them will have equipment that belongs to more than one unit. During the last several years, the Guard has spent over 756 million annually to maintain its equipment. However, this amount has not been enough to fund required scheduled maintenance and repairs on equipment that has deteriorated. As a result, the Guard had a maintenance backlog of 2.3 million labor hours as of September 1996. To help reduce this backlog, the Guard developed the Controlled Humidity Preservation Program. The goal of the program is to preserve up to 25 percent of the Guards combat ready ground equipment, including tanks, Bradley fighting Vehicles, self-propelled howitzers, and recovery vehicles, in a controlled humidity environment for up to 5 years. The program will eliminate the need to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the preserved equipment, which will permit the Guard to concentrate its limited maintenance resources on the remaining equipment and gradually reduce the maintenance backlog.
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