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GCSS-Army: Wave 1 Fielded

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What is it?

The Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) is a game-changing modernization effort that is improving readiness and operations at every warehouse, supply room, motor pool and property book office in the Total Army. The Army hit a milestone in November 2015, completing the fielding of Wave 1 of GCSS-Army to 14,000 users at 281 Supply Support Activities (SSAs) across the total force. This includes warehouses in the continental United States, around the globe, and at forward deployed locations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What has the Army done?

Fielding is accomplished using the wave approach in order to not shock the supply chain and cause disruption to ongoing operations. The completion of Wave 1 fielding is important as it allows the focus to shift to the much larger Wave 2, which is now about 10 percent complete.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

Wave 2 fielding is scheduled to be complete in 2017. Wave 2 will impact every command and when complete will have nearly 140,000 users. Wave 2 replaces the Property Book Unit Supply-Enhanced and the Standard Army Maintenance System.

Future increments will incorporate other critical log functions, including Aviation Maintenance, Army Prepositioned Stocks and Business Intelligence and Business Warehousing Tools.

Why is this important to the Army?

With GCSS-Army, finance and logistics are being linked for the first time, enabling near real time management of inventories as well as finances. This will provide warfighters with a seamless flow of timely, accurate, and accessible information and assist the Army’s transition to a more expeditionary force. The End of Wave 1 fielding also allows for the retirement of the legacy Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS) and Corps/Theater Automated Data Process Service Center (CTASC). In use for more than 25 years, SARSS was the Army’s retail supply system and CTASC provided SARSS end user support as the link between the retail and national level supply chains. Replacing this system marks a major improvement in Army logistics and will enable the Army to meet congressionally mandated financial auditability standards.


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