FORSCOM Mobilization and Deployment Planning System

Thursday July 26, 2012

What is it?

FORSCOM Mobilization and Deployment Planning System (FORMDEPS) is a short-range, current-capability planning system that serves as a framework for centralized planning management of mobilization, deployment, redeployment and demobilization operations. Comprised of five volumes in FORSCOM Regulation 500-3, FORMEDPS provides standardized, CONUS-wide consolidated planning guidance, unit responsibilities and execution instructions.

The planning system is directive in nature, supports Army policy and guidance for mobilization/demobilization planning, and applies to the active Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. FORMDEPS describes mobilization and demobilization relationships of FORSCOM with HQDA, unified commands, Army commands, Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs), Direct Reporting Units (DRUs), National Guard Bureau (NGB), defense agencies, field operating agencies, and subordinate elements.

What has the Army done?

In an effort to consolidate mobilization, deployment and demobilization policies, mission assignments, planning processes and procedures across the Army, FORSCOM has tasked First Army, as the executing agent for mobilization, training support and demobilization planning for Reserve component forces, to assist in re-writing FORMDEPS. The intent of this project is to consolidate FORMDEPS from five volumes to two by streamlining the processes and procedures in effort to align the planning system with the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process. The consolidation is based on mobilization, training support and demobilization experiences of the past decade.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

First Army has transformed pre- and post-mobilization unit training and mobilization/demobilization operations to better respond to the complexity of mission requirements on modern battlefields. FORSCOM will continue to capture the lessons learned from countless unit deployments in an effort to identify, adapt and streamline mobilization and demobilization processes. Integrating and aligning ARFORGEN processes with mobilization/demobilization process changes in FORMDEPS is an important strategy for ensuring future RC readiness.

Why is this important to the Army?

The reserve components comprise more than half of the nation's total Army force. First Army's development and implementation of a new FORMEDEPS tied to the ARFORGEN process will ensure the most relevant and efficient models are being used to manage RC mobilization and demobilization processes. Once published, the new FORMDEPS will be a single-source document providing all of the guidance, policies, procedures, information and requirements necessary to enable all active and reserve component units to complete the alert, mobilization, deployment, redeployment and demobilization process.


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