In an effort to ensure that combat vehicles are
combat ready, the Department of the Army established the Combat
Vehicle Evaluation (CVE) program. Under CVE, vehicles are inspected
to identify those most likely to qualify for overhaul at the
depot level because of severe hull damage. Army Regulation
750–1, Army Materiel Maintenance Policy, states—
Combat vehicles that have not reached the prescribed
mileage or hour threshold but are overhaul candidates may be
nominated by the appropriate major command for evaluation.
CVE is administered by the Tank-automotive and Armaments Life
Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) in Warren, Michigan.
A typical evaluation is requested by the installation or division
CVE manager. The TACOM LCMC CVE program also can initiate
evaluations. When requesting CVE evaluation, the unit should
provide model, serial number, USA (U.S. Army) number, overhaul
data, and bumper number to the installation CVE manager.
[The USA number is a vehicle registration number assigned
to each vehicle and piece of equipment in the Army. This
number indicates the vehicle type and serial number of the
equipment.] The installation CVE manager then will contact
the TACOM LCMC CVE office for further information and instructions.
A letter of agreement stating the inspection parameters and
scheduling the inspections is prepared between the installation
or division and the CVE program. The CVE program uses the information
on the models, serial numbers, and other pertinent information
to help determine the number of CVE personnel needed to conduct
A CVE team from the TACOM LCMC travels to the requesting unit’s
location to inspect and evaluate the vehicles and determine
The CVE inspectors look for defects in the hull—dents,
gouges, holes, warping, and broken or fractured welds. They
also look for faults in turret operation and unserviceable,
burned, or oil-soaked wiring harnesses and connectors. The
inspectors document the location, description, and size of
A point system is used to determine if a vehicle qualifies
for depot-level repairs. CVE inspectors use a voice-recognition
device that verbally asks specific questions and assigns point
values to answers. When the tally is completed,
a report of all vehicles inspected, along with the serial numbers
eligible for overhaul, is sent to the command, the vehicles’ item
manager, the overhaul depot, and the unit that owns the vehicles.
Vehicles rated with the required number of points are sent
to the depot for overhaul at a time determined by the major
end item manager.
Nomination of Other Vehicles for Repair
A major command can nominate vehicles not meeting threshold
requirements when the following conditions exist—
• The vehicle is not reparable below the depot level.
• The vehicle has experienced documented excessive maintenance
or supply downtime.
• The vehicle has extensive fire or accident damage.
The CVE program manager alone or the CVE quality assurance
team member and the CVE program manager together will make
CVE is a cost-saving and manpower-reduction program that helps
to ensure that combat vehicles are in top condition by identifying
those vehicles that need major hull depot repairs and informing
the appropriate personnel of needed attention. Anyone who needs
more information on the CVE program should forward all inquiries
by e-mail to email@example.com.
Louis J. Gorenc is an equipment specialist with the Combat
Vehicle Evaluation Team at the Tank-automotive and Armaments
Life Cycle Management Command Integrated Logistics Support
Center. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration
from Concordia College in Michigan.