Problems in Army Vehicle Maintenance

Results of a Questionnaire Survey

by C. R. Harz

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Results and comments of a survey of civilian and uniformed Army maintenance specialists on U.S. Army land vehicle maintenance problems. Responses to the survey indicate deep and serious problems in the Army maintenance system that hamper efficient operations and degrade combat readiness. There are shortages of qualified manpower, poor training and motivation of personnel, inadequate periodic/preventive maintenance of vehicles, lack of use of diagnostic equipment, misuse and abuse of vehicles, unreliable reporting of vehicle status information, and poor management and supervision of maintenance operations. These and other problems are discussed. Major findings of the survey are the dominance of manpower-related problems and the lack of reliable basic data on many facets of the maintenance system.

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