Ammunition and Explosives:

Improved Controls and Accountability at Fort Bragg

NSIAD-87-44BR: Published: Nov 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed ammunition and explosives (A&E) management at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to determine: (1) the impact of the Army's revised regulations on A&E management; and (2) the reasons for the continued A&E losses at the facility.

GAO found that the Army and Fort Bragg have made, or are making, several improvements in control, management, and accountability procedures for A&E. The Army's major improvement was to reduce the amount of A&E used in training, which should reduce losses from theft; however, the Army continues to find significant amounts of A&E at unauthorized locations. GAO identified weaknesses in: (1) the limited use of inert training devices instead of live A&E; (2) reconciliation procedures which do not provide assurance that A&E authorized for training is actually used; (3) lack of compliance with Fort Bragg's policies and regulations; (4) inadequate Army disciplinary action against soldiers it finds with unauthorized A&E; and (5) insufficient accountability of A&E.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The revised standard in the Training Commission Program was published in DA Pamphlet 350-30, July 1, 1987, effective October 1, 1987.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should continue to reevaluate whether Army commands are using inert devices, especially for C-4 explosives and mines, to the maximum extent practical for training purposes.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: Office of the Secretary

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: A Provost Marshall increased inspections to 2 each month during fiscal year 1987. In addition to physical security checks, the Directorate of Logistics conducted an average of 37 inspections per month for compliance with safety, security, and accountability procedures. These will be increased by 20 percent.

    Recommendation: To improve accountability and controls over A&E, Fort Bragg should: (1) increase inspections on the Fort to instill in personnel the need for strict adherence to Army regulations regarding control and accountability for A&E; and (2) administer penalties to individuals found to have unauthorized ammunition or explosives immediately after training.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: Fort Bragg, NC


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