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Military Construction (MILCON) Program

What is it?
The Army's MILCON Program provides real property assets needed for Soldiers and their Families to work, train, and live. The Army's MILCON program is separated into five appropriations: Military Construction Army (MCA); Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR), Military Construction Army National Guard (MCNG), Army Family Housing Construction (AFHC), and Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). Facilities for Army mission and readiness initiatives such as Army Transformation, Grow the Army (GTA), Warrior in Transition (WT), and Quality of Life improvements are in the Army MILCON Program.

What has the Army done?
The Army has synchronized the MILCON program with its Army Campaign Plan. The FY09 MILCON appropriated funding total is $10.8 Billion-MCA: $4.6 Billion, MCAR: $282.6 Million, MCNG: $883.3 Million, AFHC: $646.5 Million and BRAC: $4.3 Billion. Utilizing FY09 MILCON funding, the Army will add, replace, or upgrade 186 mission, operational readiness, and training support facilities including: ranges (30), training (21), vehicle maintenance/support (16), unit operations facilities (6), Brigade Combat Team complexes/buildings (28), other administrative facilities (16), overseas facilities (10), Army Reserve and National Guard Readiness Centers (31), ammunition supply points (1), roads (7), and other infrastructure (13).

To maintain or improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, the Army through the FY09 MILCON program will: construct barracks (10), Family housing projects (6), dining facilities (7), chapels (6), physical fitness facilities (2), child development centers (4), fire stations and emergency services (3), reception station (1), school age services center (1), medical facilities (2), and a commissary. In addition, the FY09 supplemental request also contains WT complexes (7). With BRAC funding in FY09, the Army will provide $4.3 Billion for construction projects (83) - Active Army (47), Army National Guard (15), and Army Reserve (21).

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The MILCON Program Objective Memorandum FY10 through 15 is designed to complete facilities for GTA, synchronize quality of life and support facilities to meet emerging and changing demands while maintaining the momentum of Army Transformation. Through refined analysis and installation master planning, the program will remain flexible and disciplined enough to respond to emerging operational, weapon system, and other special program real property requirements. There are $33.899 Billion programmed through 2015-MCA: $21.6 Billion, MCAR: $1.7 Billion, MCNG: $3.8 Billion, BRAC: $5.8, and AFHC: $764 Million. MILCON will continue to provide the facilities to sustain our Soldiers and Families. The program ensures the Army's infrastructure capacity will support the preparation of Soldiers for success in current operations, enable Soldiers to Reset to restore readiness and depth for future operations, and transform the Army to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is investing in MILCON at four times the rate of budgets before 2001. This investment is necessary to support readiness, training, and deployment for the Army units transforming to a modern, strategically responsive force ready to meet the demands of the National Military Strategy. The MILCON program does so by supporting the Army Campaign Plan, and enhancing and establishing power generation platforms, power projection platforms, and power support platforms. The MILCON program also provides the necessary living, working, and training facilities to support the additional Soldiers from the GTA Initiative. Furthermore, the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families, and the Army is committed to providing a quality of life for Soldiers and Families that is commensurate with their service. MILCON is one of the tools the Army uses to manage its facilities and their life cycle-renovations, upgrades, and replacements.

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