Protecting government property and equipment used by hundreds of soldiers can be a challenge, especially when there is no central location to store these items. Millions of dollars’ worth of military gear is lost or damaged annually due to improper storage or a lack of storage altogether. The result of these losses is often the dreaded FLIPL.
A Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL) is the procedure used to recover the cost of lost or damaged property. These FLIPL investigations are conducted to determine whether or not a soldier is liable for any lost or misplaced equipment. A tedious and expensive task, a FLIPL takes personnel away from their daily tasks and trainings and can result in months-long involvement of dozens of people.
By confirming that government property and equipment used by soldiers is assigned and accounted for, commanders increase their chance of maintaining supply discipline. With a proper system in place to ensure accountability and security of supplies, avoiding a FLIPL is easy.
Accountability in Action: North Carolina National Guard
Avoiding FLIPLs can be especially challenging for National Guard units that often don’t have a permanent, central storage location for soldiers’ apparel and gear.
For the North Carolina National Guard, a lack of organized storage meant that many of the soldiers in the Guard were required to store their government-issued gear and equipment in their homes. This often resulted in the loss of government property, and in order to determine whether or not a soldier was responsible for this lost equipment, a Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL) was conducted.
The Guard knew they needed a system in place that ensures gear accountability and security of equipment in order to avoid FLIPLs—and the solution came in the form of a locker room in each National Guard Readiness Center throughout the entire state. By creating these locker rooms, valuable equipment could always remain secure and accounted for, saving millions of dollars.
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