Army Reserve Components:

Minimum Essential Equipment for Training Has Not Been Effectively Managed

NSIAD-90-136: Published: May 25, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Army's Minimum Essential Equipment for Training (MEET) program, focusing on: (1) the Army's accuracy in reporting minimum equipment requirements; (2) the extent to which the Army met its requirements; and (3) factors that impeded the Army's ability to meet requirements.

GAO found that the Army: (1) had not adequately identified MEET program requirements; (2) had not kept MEET lists updated, even though MEET included a requirement to update the program annually, resulting in outdated and invalid unit requirement lists; (3) procedures to determine MEET requirements did not ensure that all units were included and reported their critical equipment needs; (4) still did not know the specific items and quantities essential to training its reserve units; (5) could not determine whether MEET lists included all requirements, since it did not adequately retain records; and (6) did not give unit commanders an adequate amount of time to respond to a unit survey. GAO also found that Army officials believed that it had not effectively managed the MEET program since 1987 because the equipment posture of reserve components had significantly improved due to the Dedicated Procurement Program.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army had determined "MEET" is no longer the best means for satisfying minimum equipment needs for its reserve forces. The equipment release priority sequence will take over MEET's function. No further action is necessary.

    Recommendation: In light of the insufficient management attention given to MEET over the last 6 years, the Secretary of the Army should determine whether the MEET program is still the best means for satisfying minimum equipment needs and, if it is, ensure that the program is properly managed. The MEET program should be terminated if the Army is not willing to apply the requisite management attention to it.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army has defined a readiness standard of C3 for equipment on hand as an appropriate measure of minimum equipment essential for training. The equipment release priority sequence will replace MEET and distribute needed equipment to reserve components reporting C4 and C5 for equipment on hand. No further action is needed.

    Recommendation: Whatever system is used to establish priorities for equipment deliveries to Army National Guard and Army Reserve units, the system needs basic information on equipment needs for training. To obtain that information, the Secretary of the Army should establish specific criteria to define the minimum essential equipment needed to train effectively and clearly state the level of training to be supported.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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