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NEWS | Nov. 26, 2019

NVGs: Purging Applies to All Units

Dear Half-Mast,

I have a question about purging AN/PVS-14 night vision goggles (NVGs). Are the Reserves required to purge semiannually? If so, would we follow the low-usage criteria set in DA Pam 750-8, The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS) User’s Manual (Aug 05) and AR 750-1, Army Materiel Maintenance Policy (Aug 17)? I assume we wouldn’t, but just want to make sure we’re doing the right thing.
Mr. C.W.

Dear Sir,

If a PVS-14 is being used less than 75 hours per year, it meets the low-usage criteria for NVGs in AR 750-1. There’s nothing in the reg that limits this criteria to active duty units. So it applies to all Army units, including the Reserves.

Under the low-usage criteria, the PVS-14 can be serviced annually instead of every 180 days. If at any point the annual usage exceeds or is expected to exceed 75 hours, the equipment needs to be returned to the normal maintenance and service schedules in the TM.
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