>>282R, unit level motor pools, at least in any Army unit I ever served in, were (at best) able to do pretty low level maintenance. Anything that required pulling the engine and anything requiring work on the chassis went to higher.<<
Not now. The IED-proof vehicles have to have the entire power pack pulled to do even the simplest things because they hulls are not open on the bottom and there's no access even with the floorplates removed. If they sent these vehicles to support for that everytime they had to pull a power pack, they'd always be low on these vehicles because at least half but probably more would be in the states at a given time. It only goes to support when the trans has to be separated from the engine and that's only because it's unlikely that that will need to be done most of the time. But pulling the entire power pack will be done at least half the time. These vehicles take top priority and the one I'm writing procedures for requires four people to pull the power pack. There's just not enough guys to do the other work on less important vehicles and so those get shipped to support units and I've already had to visit several of those in the last two years. The backlog is unbelievable. Some equipment on a FIVE YEAR waiting list!! We can't win a war like this. It simply is not possible.
They keep saying this will break out military. It already has broken it. It's like a reel-to-reel tape recorder when the last bit of tape comes off the feed reel and the reel stops turning, you still hear the music playing but not for long. Our military is at that point now.
Here's another reason it's bad: we have been instructed by the govt to tone down our vocabulary and to explain every maintenance and repair procedure as if we were writing a Dick & Jane book. We are no longer to say "Release the belt tensioner" for example. We must now explain how to release it. We cannot assume the field tech knows how. Thinking, "Well, if he needs me to explain something that simple, he shouldn't be touching a vehicle" is no longer permissible. We must explain every little thing in as simple and concise a fashion as possible. Even installing a drive belt with the radiator still on is not to be explained that way because the techs now do not have enough experience to be able to do it, so the whole radiator assembly must be removed just to install a drive belt.
That's what happens when you drop intellectual requirements. And these people are working on that equipment. Guys are putting their lives in the hands of techs who have no idea how to do a runout check or why. And a lot of the components are very hard to get to even for a seasoned tech so imagine what a nightmare this will be for these newbies and flunkies. It's bad.