Spiraling Technology into the Current Force
What is it? The Army identifies combat proven equipment that has been employed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then evaluates these systems for fielding to other units in the Army. A U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command led team, in collaboration with the Army Staff determines which items of equipment are introduced into theater based on the Combatant Commander's stated needs, studies of trends and statistics, and technological solutions presented by industry.
What has the Army done? To date, the Army has identified systems below for potential fielding to the current force:
- Interceptor Body Armor Improvements: Extends protection of vulnerable parts of Soldiers' bodies through Deltoid and Auxiliary Protection.
- Magnified Combat Optical:Increases marksmanship accuracy in all lighting conditions using an optical gun sight for the M-16 family of weapons.
- Improved First Aid Kit:Helps our wounded Soldiers better survive hemorrhaging and airway injuries.
Property Book and Unit Supply Enhanced: Helps supply administrators see and document equipment status and transactions instantly.
- Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Route Clearance Package: Allows Soldiers to clear IEDs from roads while also improving their protection from these deadly devices. The package includes the Buffalo, the Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (RG31), and the Interim Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection System.
- Armored Security Vehicle: A light armored wheeled vehicle with complete armor protection. Helps our Soldiers survive an attack from light machinegun fire and grenades.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? This effort will be conducted annually, or more often, as directed by the Army's Senior Leadership. In its second iteration, the Army has identified systems below for potential fielding to the current force:
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
Army $1000 Referral Bonus Program - Refer a qualified applicant and receive a $1000 Referral Bonus when the applicant completes military training.
The Army has implemented a pilot program which allows Soldiers to refer applicants to recruiters. Soldiers who make referrals may receive a referral bonus for referring anyone who is qualified, has no prior military service in the Armed Forces, and completes military training. Immediate family members do not qualify as a referral. The applicant must enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard, and complete Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Additional details about the program and eligible Soldiers may be obtained at www.usarec.army.mil/smart or www.1800goguard.com/esar.