026 Report Tips for Small Unit Leaders

The 026 Report is an Army Maintenance Report, which lists all deadlined and non-mission capable equipment in a unit.  Typically, there is one 026 Report for each Brigade level organization in the Army.  Within each Brigade, the equipment is listed by the subordinate unit, usually by Unit Identification Code (UIC).

On Active Duty, the report is generated at the Support Operations Office.  The Maintenance Officer works closely with the Shop Officer and Supply Support Activity.  In the Army National Guard, it is normally generated at the Field Maintenance Shop (FMS).

The 026 Report is generated by the SAMS-2 box.  It is interfaced with the SAMS-1 (Standard Army Maintenance System) Box and SARRS (Standard Army Retail Supply System).  These Army information systems update each other (parts ordered, equipment status) and provide current information on the 026 report.

What Information is on the 026 Report?

The 026 Report provides a snapshot of the unit’s readiness posture.  On the report, you will find:

  • Lists all equipment that is currently non-mission capable
  • Lists the current status of each piece of equipment
  • Lists how long each piece of equipment has been dead-lined
  • List the parts on order that are required to fix the equipment

What Small Unit Leaders in the ARNG and USAR Should Know about the 026 Report

  • You can get your report by talking to your unit maintenance section.  They will get it from the FMS Shop or Maintenance Officer.
  • You should review the report each month to track the status of your equipment.  Look for trends such as equipment that has been dead-lined frequently, has been down for a long period of time and/or parts that have been back ordered for a while.
  • Make sure your Shop Officer or Motor Sergeant stays on top of the unit maintenance.  Have them brief you weekly.  Ask them questions.  Be involved.
  • Make sure your PACING items are fixed quickly and aren’t dead-lined very long.
  • Sit down with your Maintenance Technician or Shop Officer and have them give you a class on the ins and outs of the 026 Report, so you are educated and know what you are talking about.
  • Ultimately, all leaders are responsible for their unit’s equipment, from the Team Leader to Brigade Commander level.

Final Thoughts

In summary, all Army leaders must know the real time status of their equipment.  In order to do this, they must be actively involved with their unit maintenance program and they must keep a current copy of their 026 Report.  That way they can review the progress and status of their dead-lined equipment.  And when there is an issue they can address it!

What are your thoughts about the Army 026 Report?  What tips and suggestions do you have for Small Unit Leaders concerning this report?  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think. You can also ask questions and we will do our best to answer them.



chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)
Publisher, Part-Time-Commander.com
Email: mrchuckholmes@gmail.com

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4 thoughts on “026 Report Tips for Small Unit Leaders”

  1. Candace Ginestar

    If you are an XO and don’t know what this report is, now is a good chance to fix that! If you don’t know how to read it, there are people that can teach you. If you have questions, there are people who can answer. I had my maintenance warrant sit down and show me key points that I needed to be able to recognize.

  2. Every small unit leader should have a basic understanding of unit maintenance, so they can maintain a high level of readiness. The 026 Report is a good starting point.

    1. I have to agree with you here, Kathlyn. Many NCOs and Officers think it’s the Maintenance Team’s job to do everything and know everything, but ultimately they are responsible for their own equipment.

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