Aiming to enhance operational efficiency and resource allocation, the United States Army recently made sweeping changes to its maintenance services for weapons and vehicles.

The service has replaced its conventional practice of conducting maintenance every six months, regardless of the actual need, with a usage-based maintenance system. This shift in approach, proposed by Army Chief of Staff General Randy A. George, is expected to revolutionize how the Army maintains its extensive fleet of vehicles and weapons.

Current Maintenance Practices

Under the current rules, most of the Army’s vehicles, including military trucks, undergo maintenance every six months, irrespective of their usage. This means a vehicle may be subjected to a full-service kit, complete with a new air filter, engine oil, and spare parts, even if it has hardly been used.

As US Army warrant officer Robert Lakes aptly put it, cited by Task & Purpose: