Marine aviation squadron commanders inaccurately reported readiness, aircraft counts, DoD IG found

A recent audit found that most Marine Corps aviation squadron commanders reviewed by investigators were not accurately reporting their unit?s aircraft readiness, providing inconsistent and unreliable data in their reporting, and Marine aviation officials at higher levels failed to provide clear guidance or oversight on readiness.

Investigators with the Department of Defense Inspector General reviewed 10 F/A-18 and CH-53E squadrons within 2nd Marine Air Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and at 3rd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

The main driver of the misreporting seems to have been an unclear order that outlined when, what and how commanders were to create and submit readiness reports. Also, the lack of proper guidance and oversight by higher level commanders may have exacerbated the problem.