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 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 ensure 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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