Soldiers can now expect to turn in less gear at CIF during PCS moves
February 11, 2009
All Soldiers can now keep some of their issued organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE) when they making a permanent change of station move.
The Army Vice Chief of Staff approved implementation of OCIE central management in October 2005 and approved Modified Table of Organization and Equipment Regional Retained Issue of OCIE in July 2006.
Soldiers can keep items based on two factors .. what the items are, and what unit the Soldier is moving to.
There are three categories of personal equipment that Soldiers can retain:
Aca,!Ac <b><i>Military Occupational Skill items</i></b> are issued to Soldiers based on their MOS and can be retained until they separate from the Army.
Aca,!Ac <b><i>Permanent Change of Station items</i></b> can be kept by Soldiers from the time of issue until they separate from the Army.
Aca,!Ac <b><i>MTOE items</i></b> can be kept by Soldiers moving to an MTOE unit.
To find out exactly what items can and cannot be retained visit the 'MY CLOTHING' portion of your AKO account. The MY CLOTHING link is on the self-service drop down menu on the home page.
Soldiers can keep items that show a "Y" under "PCS TRANS" (PCS Transferable) column. The one exception is if a Soldier is moving to a non-MTOE assignment.
The All Army Activities, or ALARACT, message 092/2008 identifies what items cannot be retained.
Retainable OCIE falls into the category of professional books, papers and equipment. As such, Soldiers can ship their OCIE as part of their household goods.
If a Soldier needs his or her OCIE before the household goods are due to arrive, he or she is authorized to use separate freight shipping.
This new retention policy is important to the Army because it gives Soldiers responsibility for their personal equipment, which instills a sense of ownership and leads to better care of the items.
Additionally, retaining certain items will decrease the amount of time Soldiers spend in- and out-processing at the Central Issue Facility. And finally, retaining items reduces the workload and inventory of the CIF.
Procedures for retaining issued items as well as the list of items themselves will be published yearly to ensure the program continues to benefit Soldiers and the Army.