Department of Defense Activity Address Code (DoDAAC) Portability enables a commander’s battlefield mobility while conducting split-based operations by allowing units to keep valid Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) requisitions open with the same document number and to reposition shop stock inventory. This improves readiness, reduces the possibility of financial deobligations, maintains the original line of accounting, and unburdens the Soldiers.Deployments and training exercises involve the movement of equipment between gaining and losing DoDAAC via lateral transfers. Units always had the ability to move open maintenance work orders with the equipment but had to cancel the corresponding open repair parts requisitions and reorder the parts on the gaining DODAAC. There also was not a clean process to move shop stock on-hand inventory and retention rates between a deploying and stay-behind storage location (SLOC). DoDAAC Portability solves these issues.Units are already reporting success while using DoDAAC Portability since it was released Dec. 7, 2019. During the months of January and February 2020, over 12,000 lines of on-hand inventory shop stock have been relocated and over 100,000 open requests have been moved with a reservation transfer value of $92,274,198 and a stock transport order transfer value of $13,137,485. Deploying units from 1st Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne, and the National Guard have followed the training instructions, executed DoDAAC Portability, and increased their units’ readiness.Training is available for DoDAAC Portability in the End User Manual Plus, and instructional videos are located on Army Knowledge Online at: DoDAAC Portability Smart Book is also located on the GCSS-Army website. Smart Book helps the unit plan and execute this enhanced capability and assists with the coordination of all stakeholders.DoDAAC Portability’s success requires normal coordination among the property book officer (PBO), maintenance officer, and materiel manager. PBOs will transfer property between the commander’s home station and deployable structures. Materiel managers will execute their current deploy/redeploy procedures to move in and out of an area of responsibility. Using the Move it Workbench, the sustainment manager will set the conditions for the unit supply sergeant and maintenance manager to identify and move open documents. The maintenance manager will also adjust shop stock settings and move on-hand stock inventory between SLOCs. Working together, the unit team moves equipment, open work orders, open requests, and on-hand inventory as part of deploy/redeploy operations.During DoDAAC Portability’s first few months in production, it has proven to be a gamechanger by supporting an expeditionary army and increasing readiness. This capability will prove invaluable for the upcoming exercises and real world deployments as commanders will move and align units based on the mission with the system now being able to respond quickly. The Enterprise Systems Directorate (ESD) team at U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command encourages all units to identify and maintain their permanent home station and deployment structures. Leaders should also familiarize themselves with the steps in DODAAC Portability in order to support their commander’s deployment intent.For more information, visit: Alexander is the chief, Logistics Enterprise System Division, Combined Arms Support Command, whose office is responsible for the development and sustainment of GCSS-Army as the functional lead. He holds a MBA from Colorado Technical University and retired from active duty after 27 years of service as a chief warrant officer 4 property book officer. He is a graduate of Warrant Officer Senior Service Education and Command and General Staff College.--------------------This article was published in the July-September 2020 issue of Army Sustainment.RELATED LINKSArmy Sustainment homepageThe Current issue of Army Sustainment in pdf formatCurrent Army Sustainment Online ArticlesConnect with Army Sustainment on LinkedInConnect with Army Sustainment on Facebook