Improved Vehicle Management Needed at Military Installations in Korea

LCD-78-228: Published: Jun 30, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1978.

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In September 1977, there were about 2,900 vehicles used by the U.S. Forces in Korea to support administrative operations. Excluding shipping costs, the estimated replacement cost of these vehicles was about $23 million. The 8th Army had 1,875 vehicles as of September 1977 which were operated 21 million miles at a cost of $3.9 million, excluding driver and depreciation costs.

The 8th Army's vehicle management was ineffective because it had not followed prescribed management controls over use or adequately reviewed vehicle operations to ensure that all vehicles were needed and effectively used. The following management weaknesses were identified: (1) too many vehicles which contributed to underuse; (2) vehicles assigned and used inefficiently; (3) misuse of vehicles; (4) public transportation not used when possible; and (5) inadequate review of vehicle needs. The 8th Army could save costs by reducing the number of vehicles to the minimum essential for transacting official business, consolidating motor pools where economically feasible, and improving vehicle operations and maintenance procedures. The U.S. Forces in Korea had not corrected deficiencies in motor vehicle operations which had been previously identified.

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