What is it?
Retained Issue is a program that authorizes Soldiers to retain certain items of issued clothing and individual equipment when they move from one duty station to another instead of turning it in at the station they are departing. Retained issue of organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE) has been procedurally authorized by the Army for many years. It is specifically authorized by CTA 50-900, Appendix F, and is applicable to a permanent change of station or the end of a tour of service. Traditionally this authorization has been used for items that support specific occupational specialties. Now it is being expanded to include a larger set of items issued to each Soldier in MTOE units. This program will decrease warehouse inventory and thereby reduce sustainment costs by approximately 20 percent per item.
What has the Army Done?
In 2007 the Army tested Retained Issue with a prototype list of items provided to all Soldiers in MTOE units. The Soldiers were allowed to retain these items during a PCS from one MTOE location to another within a region. This pilot program was successful, so much so that the Army plans to extend it to Soldiers worldwide and increase the number of items provided for under the authorization. The only foreseeable limitation to this program is adequate funding to support the proposed expansion.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Program Objective Memorandum for FY10 will be adjusted to allow the issue of all core items to MTOE Soldiers and a subset of core items to all Soldiers. The funding level at that time will drive the extent of retained issue. There is currently no bill to authorize all MTOE Soldiers to retain the items issued to them as they move between MTOE locations in separate regions. For this reason a Global MTOE Retained Issue Program will be implemented in FY08.
Why is this important to the Army?
This program lowers the cost of OCIE support by significantly reducing the number of items that must be turned in to installation Central Issue Facilities. It also supports Soldiers by allowing them to keep certain items throughout their career or until the equipment reaches the end of its serviceable life.
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