Maintenance and Supply

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Maintenance, Resource Management, Contracting and Supply

The purpose of Army maintenance operations is to generate and regenerate combat power and to preserve the capital investment in combat systems and equipment over their life cycle. Preventive maintenance operations performed by Soldiers in field organizations that preserve the operational condition and inherent reliability of equipment, comprise the most critical of all of the building blocks in the Army The purpose of Army maintenance operations is to generate and regenerate combat power and to preserve the capital investment in combat systems and equipment over their life cycle. Preventive maintenance operations performed by Soldiers in field organizations that preserve the operational condition and inherent reliability of equipment, comprise the most critical of all of the building blocks in the Army.

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Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services, or PMCS, are the checks, service and maintenance performed before, during, and after any type of movement or before the use of all types of military equipment. Most pieces of military equipment have a PMCS chart used to go over every detail needed or noted to ensure the proper function of every mechanical item or non-mechanical surface. A PMCS check is required before, during and after a piece of equipment or vehicle is used. Checks are also done at weekly, monthly, semi-annual, annual, and bi-annual intervals, depending on the specific part. A PMCS is required before a vehicle can be dispatched and before a piece of equipment, such as a weapon, can be issued. A PMCS sheet, as listed above, for vehicles is called a DA 5988E. This sheet is used to write down any deficiency found during the PMCS procedure. The steps taken to perform the PMCS are explained in a Technical Manual and performed by the operator.

 

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