Military Construction Program
What is it?
The Army’s Military Construction Program provides the Army with the capital assets needed to conduct Army business, train, educate, and provide Soldier and Family support where ever our Soldiers work, train, and live. The Army’s portion of the military construction program is separated into five appropriations: Military Construction Army (MCA); Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR), Military Construction National Guard (MCNG), Army Family Housing Construction (AFHC), and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) -which is addressed separately in the Army Posture Statement. Facilities for Army mission and readiness initiatives such as Army Transformation, Grow the Army (GTA), and Quality of Life improvements are funded through the military construction program.
What has the Army done?
The Army has synchronized the military construction program with its major initiatives: (BRAC), Global Defense Posture Realignment (GDPR), Modularity, and Quality of Life), and the Army Campaign Plan (ACP). With funding through FY08, the Army will have added, replaced, or upgraded facilities for mission and training such as indoor and outdoor ranges (16), base camps (2), training (7), vehicle maintenance/support (2), field maintenance shops (2), Army aviation support (3), unit operations (3), brigade combat team complexes/buildings (10), other administrative facilities (3), overseas facilities (10), Army Reserve Centers (5), Army National Guard Readiness Centers (17), National Guard training complex (1), ammunition supply points (2), roads (3) and other infrastructure (6). To maintain or improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, the Army will have added or renovated barracks (13), Family housing (1), dining facilities (1), and a health clinic (1). Projects requested for 2008 total $4.982 Billion: Military Construction Army: $4.039 Billion, Military Construction Army Reserve: $120 Million, Military Construction National Guard: $404 Million, and Army Family Housing Construction: $419 million.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
The Military Construction Program through 2013 is designed to complete facilities for GTA, synchronize quality of life and support facilities to emerging and changing demand, and maintain the momentum of Army Transformation. Through refined analysis and installation master planning, the program will remain flexible and disciplined enough to respond to emerging operational, weapon system, and other special program real property requirements. There is $27.943 Billion programmed through 2013: MCA: $21.143 Billion, MCAR: $1.6 Billion, MCNG: $3.3 Billion, and AFHC $1.9 Billion. The Military Construction Program will continue to provide the facilities to sustain our Soldiers and Families whose quality matches the quality of their service. The program ensures the Army’s infrastructure capacity is capable of supporting the preparation of Soldiers for success in current operations, enable Soldiers to Reset to restore readiness and depth for future operations, and Transform the Army to meet the demands of the 21st century.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is investing in military construction at four times the rate of budgets before the Global War On Terror began. This investment is necessary to support readiness, training, and deployment for the Army units transforming to a modern, strategically responsive force ready to meet the demands of the National Military Strategy. It does so by supporting the Army’s major initiatives, the Army Campaign Plan, and enhancing and establishing power generation platforms, power projection platforms, and power support platforms. It also provides the necessary living, working, and training facilities to support the additional Soldiers from the GTA. Furthermore, the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families and the Army is committed to providing a quality of life for Soldiers and Families that is commensurate with their service. Finally, the Army has more than 973 million square feet of facilities with a replacement value exceeding $251 Billion. The Military Construction Program is one of the tools the Army uses to manage facility life cycle – renovations, upgrades, and replacements.