Use of Enlisted Personnel as Drivers for Army Officers in Europe

LCD-78-241: Published: Jan 9, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 1979.

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In compliance with a congressional request, GAO reviewed Army operations to determine whether the Army has encouraged its officers stationed in Europe to personally drive administrative vehicles as part of the U-Drive-It Program.

The U-Drive-It policy has not been adequately emphasized by the military in Europe. Drivers have been assigned to officers even when cars have been provided by the program. It is recognized that some officers work while in transit and a chauffeur may be required. In many cases however, enlisted manpower could be better utilized.

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  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The appropriate Army regulations should be amended to specify that taxi service be restricted to the local area of dispatch and that the driver waiting time be minimized by providing drop-off and pick-up service. The idea should be stressed to personnel that the U-Drive-It policy should be the preferred method of dispatch and that vehicles designated as U-Drive-It cars should be used as such. In addition, it was recommended that the Army Audit Agency should periodically evaluate the program's effectiveness and to take immediate action to correct any deficiencies.

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