Available training assistance not being used.
Technical experts not consulted on maintenance problems.
No assumptions should be made about what the operator or supervisor/leader knows.
All units must have their own testing and training programs.
The company or unit commander must know what all equipment operators and their leaders know.
All personnel must know what they are checking and what to do when they find a problem.
The supervisor must know what the operator knows.
Should additional training be required, the supervisor should give it or advise the unit commander that
training assistance is required.
Continual testing and training must be provided in order to provide confidence and improved
competence of personnel.
Supervisor Responsibilities. The supervisor has specific responsibilities concerning maintenance training.
Each supervisor must analyze their maintenance training.
The maintenance training plan should then be developed from the analysis.
Personnel skill shortfalls should be identified and the available training courses scheduled.
NCOs must be trained to supervise and conduct the necessary maintenance training.
Since maintenance begins with the equipment operators, supervisors who invest time in operator training
will receive dividends in equipment availability.
First-line leaders require training in inspection techniques for their equipment as well as its operation.
Both formal and on-the-job training assistance is available from the following external sources:
- Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Team (MAIT).
- Direct Support (DS) maintenance unit.
- Army Materiel Command (AMC) Logistics Assistance Office (LAO).
- Exportable training packages.
Licensing. The supervisor must verify that personnel have licenses for the equipment they are operating, if
applicable. In the case of vehicles, instructions for completing licensing of vehicle operators should be
incorporated in the unit SOP. AR 600-55 (The Army Driver and Operator Standardization Program) provides the
basic requirements for a good licensing program. Use FM 21-305 (Manual for the Wheeled Vehicle Driver), FM
21-306 ((Manual for the Track Combat Vehicle Driver), and FM 55-30 (Army Motor Transport Units and
Operation) for more detailed information on licensing vehicle operators. Also consult these publications for
procedures on how to fill out applicable forms.