Damages, losses and late arrivals plague military household goods shipments, IG says

A mover packs household goods onto a truck in Kaiserslautern, Germany. According to an Inspector General investigation, almost half of household good shipments arrive late and 20% are damaged or lost. STARS AND STRIPES
A mover packs household goods onto a truck in Kaiserslautern, Germany. According to an Inspector General investigation, almost half of household good shipments arrive late and 20% are damaged or lost. STARS AND STRIPES

Damages, losses and late arrivals plague military household goods shipments, IG says

by John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes

STUTTGART, Germany — Nearly half of military household goods shipments arrive late and one in five are damaged in transit or lost, an audit by the Defense Department Inspector General has found.

Some Defense Department personnel, meanwhile, may be venting their frustration with what they say are poor moving services by filing wildly inflated damage estimates, the audit suggested.

One person filed a claim of $1 million for a busted trash can and another tried to claim $1 trillion for unspecified damages, the IG report said. Both claims were denied.

The IG has made numerous recommendations on how the military can improve moving services, which have vexed service members for years.

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