Facts: Personnel Reliability Program

The chemical weapons stockpile stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot was destroyed. The facilities will soon enter closure, following procedures outlined in U.S. Public Law and the relevant environmental permits. Please visit https://www.peoacwa.army.mil/pcapp/ for the most recent information.

With safety as the number one priority, chemical weapons workers require extensive training and must demonstrate the highest levels of personal responsibility.
With safety as the number one priority, chemical weapons workers require extensive training and must demonstrate the highest levels of personal responsibility.

The U.S. Army and its contractors use the utmost care when handling chemical weapons to protect workers, the public and the environment. A major part of this commitment to safety and security is the Army’s Personnel Reliability Program (PRP). The purpose of this program is to ensure that each person who performs duties involving chemical agents meets and maintains the highest standards of reliability.

The Department of Defense’s Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives is responsible for completing stockpile destruction operations by the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty commitment of Sept. 30, 2023. U.S. public law mandates stockpile destruction by Dec. 31, 2023. Most of the workers who store and safeguard chemical weapons at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot are in jobs that require them to maintain PRP standards.

Many of the employees at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) and the PCAPP Static Detonation Chamber complex also have to meet the strict requirements of the PRP.

Determining whether a person qualifies to work in a PRP position includes initial evaluations at the time of hiring and regular evaluations once the person is employed. This evaluation includes medical tests and an extensive background investigation.

The Army uses the following standards, not all-inclusive, and strict requirements to determine if an individual is suitable for the PRP:

  • Physical competence, mental alertness and technical proficiency commensurate with duty requirements
  • Evidence of dependability in accepting responsibilities and effectively performing these responsibilities in an approved manner
  • Flexibility in adjusting to changes in the working environment
  • Evidence of good social adjustment, emotional stability and ability to exercise sound judgment in meeting adverse or emergency situations
  • Positive attitude toward chemical duties and the PRP

To determine whether an individual is suitable for the PRP, the Army looks for potentially disqualifying information. This includes any information regarding, but not limited to, a person’s physical, mental or emotional status. Conduct or character, both on and off-duty and at any time during employment, which may cast doubt about an individual’s ability or reliability to perform chemical duties, is also taken into account.

The PRP helps ensure that workers employed at the chemical weapons destruction plant are reliable, effective and competent to perform the important mission of safely destroying the chemical weapons stockpile.

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