Information Papers

Modular Force Conversion

What is it?
The Army is transforming to meet the challenges of the new security environment characterized by persistent conflict with adaptive enemies in complex environments. Army transformation improves the capabilities of Soldiers engaged in the long war against terrorism. Army transformation improves the capability of units to conduct operations across the full-spectrum and meet traditional, irregular, catastrophic, and disruptive challenges. Army transformation improves the capability of the joint force to defend the homeland, deter conflict in critical regions, respond promptly to small-scale contingencies, and swiftly defeat the enemy in major combat operations.

What is the Army doing?
The Army Modular Force reorganizes the Operational Army into modular theater armies, theater support structure, corps and division headquarters, brigade combat teams, and multi-functional and functional support brigades based on standardized organizational designs for the Active and Reserve Components. The Army is reorganizing from a division-based to a modular brigade-based force to achieve three primary goals: increase the number of available brigade combat teams (BCT) to meet operational requirements; create brigade-size combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) formations of common organizational designs; redesign organizations to perform as integral parts of the joint force, making them more effective across the range of military operations and enhancing their ability to contribute to joint, interagency and multinational efforts.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is addressing several priorities as a result of this effort: the size of the Army to meet strategic requirements; the wartime costs of equipment reset and unit readiness; the need to transform and modernize the force; and taking care of Soldiers and their families. With additional resources, the Army will grow from 70 to 76 modular brigade combat teams and approximately 227 support brigades and enabling organizations to meet the increased operational demand.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army views transformation as the continuous evolution of capabilities over time from the current to future force. Army Transformation produces the optimum mix of land capabilities for the joint force, manages risk prudently, and is both affordable and essential for the Nation to win the war today and prepare for an uncertain future.