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Retained Issue Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE)

What is it?
Retained issue allows Soldiers to keep selected OCIE items based on their permanent change of station (PCS) or expiration term of service (ETS) status. The following three categories apply:

  • PCS retained issue: Those OCIE items that a Soldier will retain until their ETS.
  • Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOE) retained issue: Those OCIE items that a Soldier retains when they move to a MTOE unit. As more inventory becomes available, items change from MTOE retained issue to a PCS retained issue.
  • Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) retained issue: Those OCIE items that are issued based on a Soldier's military occupational specialty (MOS) are retained until a Soldier's ETS.

The increase in OCIE specialty items (e.g., MOS and sized items) has created excess inventory at Army Central Issue Facilities (CIF). This has significantly increased the amount of time a Soldier spends receiving OCIE on arrival to a new duty station. Retaining these items reduces the amount of time spent receiving and turning in OCIE at the CIF.

What is the Army doing?
In October 2005, the Army created the process of central management of OCIE. In 2007, the Army began testing the concept of MTOE regional retained issue of OCIE to identify challenges with Soldiers retaining OCIE during a PCS move. Effective May 1, 2008, the Army implemented the policy of global retention of select OCIE.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?

Soldiers can now, at no-cost to themselves, ship their retained OCIE to their next duty station. Retained issue OCIE is classified as professional books, papers, and equipment (PBP&E) and as such can be shipped as part of household goods (HHG). Freight shipping is authorized when the Soldier and their chain of command anticipate the need for OCIE prior to the arrival of their HHG.

Why is this important to the Army?
Retained issue reduces the issue and turn in of OCIE during PCS moves. This has reduced the workload and inventory at the CIF.

POC: CW4 Mitchell Margeson (703) 614-4493

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