Lesson 2/Learning Event 2
TYPES OF INSPECTIONS
Command Inspections. Command inspections are made to ensure proper use of
equipment to maintain supply economy, to ensure compliance with the
established procedures, and to evaluate operational readiness.
inspections are made periodically by unit commanders and/or their superiors.
There are two types of command inspections: formal and informal.
Formal Command Inspections.
This inspection covers all unit
activities. The unit to be inspected is notified in advance. The notice
of the tools, vehicles, and shop. It should also include the date and hour
of the inspection, and the name, rank, and responsibility of each member of
the inspecting party.
The inspection should be conducted rapidly,
thoroughly, and efficiently.
The inspectors should follow a logical
sequence around each vehicle and through the shop. The findings of formal
inspections on all types of equipment are recorded on DA Form 2404 and
compiled for study and corrective action.
Informal Command Inspections.
An informal command inspection may be
made at any time.
No advance notice is given and no set procedure is
This type of inspection provides a better picture of the
conditions within the unit. The commander sees the unit as it is operating
and improper practices and malfunctions are more easily detected.
Annual General Inspections.
Annual general inspections provide commanders
with a continuing assessment of the operational and administrative
effectiveness of their commands. The heads of DA agencies and commanders of
Army field commands and installations that are authorized an inspector
general (IG) on their staff are responsible for making annual inspections of
all elements of their commands, installations, or activities. The overall
annual general inspection objectives are to--
Evaluate management procedures and practices pertaining to personnel,
administration, material, and fund resources.
Identify problems, situations, or circumstances that impair mission
performance, and isolate associated causes.