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Soldier as a System

What Is it?
The Army’s Soldier as a System (SaaS) is the implementation of an institutionalized management process that focuses on providing trained and ready Soldiers able to outperform any opponent in the full spectrum of Army, Joint, and coalition force operations within the Army’s current and objective force.

What has the Army done?
The Army has established the SaaS to improve the current capability of all Soldiers, regardless of their military occupational specialties. SaaS establishes a management process to support the development and approval of individual Soldier capability requirements. The SaaS strategy is made up of four capability development documents intended to identify gaps in Soldier capabilities. The first of these documents describes the minimum acceptable capabilities that the Core Soldier requires to perform basic Soldier tasks and battle drills. The SaaS builds on the Core Soldier’s capabilities to meet the capability needs of those Soldiers in the Ground, Air, and Mounted roles. This, in turn, facilitates the development and acquisition of fully integrated Soldier material solutions that are worn, carried, or consumed by the individual Soldier that will provide superior capability to accomplish both individual and collective Soldier tasks and missions.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Work continues to identify the current state of Soldier programs to support the establishment of Core, Ground, Air, and Mounted Soldier Systems within Army Force Generation model requirements.

Why is it important to the Army?
The individual Soldier is, and will always remain, the Army’s center of gravity. SaaS provides a systematic, fully integrated approach to Soldier modernization and will enable all Soldiers to perform minimum essential Soldier tasks and battle drills. The modular system architecture of SaaS allows for individual Soldier mission tailoring that will increase Soldier lethality, survivability, mobility, sustainability, and situational awareness while reducing Soldier load and decreasing Soldier power requirements.

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