Information Papers

Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment

What is it?
Many central issue facilities (CIFs) continue to do business as they have for 30 years. The process takes the average Soldier more than an hour to complete. In addition, there is no automation to support a more modern streamlined approach to the issue of clothing and equipment. The effort to streamline the organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE) process consists of the following initiatives:

Bar coding in CIFs to allow for quicker inventories, more accurate data capture, and streamlined turn-in and issue processes for Soldiers
Scheduling process for individuals and units via the Web to facilitate CIF preparation to issue OCIE to units/individuals when they arrive
Electronic signature in the CIF automation so that Soldier records can be moved throughout the Army with the Soldier and the data can be captured much more effectively
A “My OCIE” link in Army Knowledge Online so that Soldiers can see their clothing records

In addition, a number of business processes will be adjusted or created to improve the process. These include the following:

Moving the Rapid Fielding Initiative into the CIFs to stop duplicative issue and shorten the mobilization timeline.
Purging obsolete and unserviceable OCIE from CIF inventories.
Establishing kits. By using such strategies as bar coding, the CIFs should be able to make kits of non-sized items and either have them ready for the Soldier to pick up or send them to the unit for the Soldier.

What has the Army done?
The Army has several ongoing Lean Six Sigma efforts to maximize these approaches. They have all been tested and funded at installation CIFs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army has established funds and has ongoing development efforts in coordination with Lean Six Sigma efforts. Fielding and implementation plans are being developed in coordination with the automation managers; Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-4, Logistics; Installation Management Command; and the OCIE Central Management Office.

Why is this important to the Army?
These OCIE process initiatives will decrease the time needed for Soldier issue during mobilization and standard CIF visits by 50 percent. In addition, the data capture and accountability will increase by 80 percent at mobilization stations. Most important, all CIFs will be far more customer oriented, which will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the process for Soldiers.