Flying bullets: DHS uses four times as many bullets per person as the army

On average, each of the approximately 70,000 Department of Homeland Security agents fires 4.3 bullets every day.

Army soldiers fire less than a bullet a day.

Some strange statistics:

“It is entirely … inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition,” Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at a hearing.  ….. 

Chaffetz, who chairs one of the House oversight subcommittees holding the hearing Thursday, revealed that the department currently has more than 260 million rounds in stock. He said the department bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year — among roughly 70,000 agents. 

Comparing that with the small-arms purchases procured by the U.S. Army, he said the DHS is churning through between 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per officer, while the U.S. Army goes through roughly 350 rounds per soldier. ….. “Their officers use what seems to be an exorbitant amount of ammunition,” he said.  ….. 

Nick Nayak, chief procurement officer for the Department of Homeland Security, did not challenge Chaffetz’s numbers. 

There are 2 possible story-lines. Either

  • the DHS agents are poor marksmen and need 4 times as much practice as the soldiers, or
  • DHS agents having practiced so much more are far better marksmen than the soldiers

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