CIF USMC is an equipment rental service that offers a gear return process which is meant to be as easy to use as possible, provided the Marines that use it follow the instructions. When Marines follow the rules in regards to their equipment, then everything can move along easily without any delays or difficulties. As part of using CIF USMC properly, it is crucial to know that it would be a mistake to return the equipment you checked out in a broken, damaged, or incomplete state. To say it simply, gear that is checked out should be returned in the same condition it was in when it is first obtained. If a Marine returns everything as good as it was when you first got it, then you can be certain that the return process will go smoothly. Otherwise, each Marine with concerned equipment will have to deal with accounting for any damage, missing parts, or other negative conditions their equipment had sustained.
According to one of the regional managers, Frank Graham, CIF USMC has created a regular working process to help Marines understand what they must do when they come back to return all their gear. The checkout process will move along faster and easier when Marines follow the instructions to a tee. Doing so can save everybody time and energy. This is because each Marine won’t need to come back and check their gear over an additional time before they can finally check out for real.
The best way to prevent more difficulties from arising during this process, is to simply do what needs to be done right the first time, so there is no need to repeat anything. Furthermore, following the directions means that one marine won’t end up wasting anyone else’s time. The equipment will be used in many crucial operations abroad, so it is important that each Marine take excellent care of it to ensure that the next group of Marines will have no issues with their equipment.
Marines should follow all instructions exactly, including cleaning their equipment before bringing it back to check it in. One of the most common problems in cleaning equipment is when a Marine will use a clothes dryer for their flak jacket. If this happens, that same Marine needs to be found and instructed that their flak jacket should only be air dried. It is dangerous and inappropriate to use a dryer, because the machine causes the jacket’s outer covering to shrink, which causes issues with the performance of the jacket.
There is another rule of returning checked out items that all marines should know. This rule states that it is okay to return a product of a different color, as long as it is the exact same piece of equipment. However, if the gear is not in the same exact condition in terms of age or edition as the one that was checked out, then it will not be accepted by CIS USMC.
It is possible for items to turn up as missing or to get destroyed, no matter how much care a Marine puts into his equipment. This, of course, can always be the result of the dangerous condition that the items have to be put through by necessity. When checked out equipment does go missing or gets destroyed, A Marine should bring in a lost or damaged gear statement certified by his commanding officer.