One of the many purposes for preventive maintenance system is to ensure that any qualified personnel have the ability to properly maintain equipment in working order. When procedures are not completed in the manner prescribed by the preventive maintenance system it is referred to as “gundecking”. When “gundecking” is found there are severe consequences that can result from the lack of judgment made. Preventative maintenance system, (PMS), is used to maintain equipment within specifications through preventative maintenance by identifying and correcting potential problems before the equipment or the system becomes inoperable.
PMS provides scheduling and control of the performance of tasks, and description of the method, material, tools, and personnel need for maintenance (slide 4, PowerPoint). PMS is also used in the prevention and detection of hidden failures or malfunctions. The test procedures are used to determine the materials readiness (slide 5, PowerPoint). “Gundecking” is the term used to describe when Sailors take shortcuts or falsifies maintenance procedures (safety center). This is done by marking that maintenance or PMS check has been completed without doing the work, aka “Pencil Whipping”.
This happens when intentionally falsifying logs or records, and filling in the blanks just before an inspection (safety center). The possible consequences of “gundecking” are Article 92, Article 107, and Article 108. Article 92 states “Any person subject to this chapter who has violated or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation. Having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by a member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey and fails to obey the order. Also, is derelict in the performance of his duties; shall be punished as a court martial my direct.
The maximum punishment for Article 92 is dishonorable discharge, forfeiture to pay and allowances, and confinement for two years, or bad conduct discharge, and confinement for six months” (www. about. com). Article 107 states “Any person subject to this chapter who , with intent to deceive ,signs any false record, return, regulation, order, or other official document, knowing it to be false, official statement knowing if to be false, shall be punished as a court martial may direct. The maximum punishment is dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for five years” (www. about. com).
Article 108 states “Any person subject to this chapter who, without proper authority sells or disposes of, or willfully neglects damages, or loses, or also willfully neglects to suffer to be lost, damaged, sold or wrongfully disposed of”. Any military property of the United States, shall be punished as a court martial may direct. The maximum punishment for article 108 is as followed “Of a value of $500. 00 or less, bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowance, and confinement for one year. Of a value of damage more than $500. 00, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for ten years”(www. bout. com). Preventive maintenance components are built into some ordinance systems to help detect faults within the systems (www. navy. mil). Make no mistake about the procedures, preventive maintenance is exactly what it implies: maintain the equipment with regular check-ups to ensure proper operation, very simple (www. geeks. com). Human error or indifference is the root cause for malfunction of our most cherished defenders of the seas. We have no power over those that perform these checkups, but maybe we can lend an ear to those that report abuse of these procedures. Their lives and even ours may depend on it.