Reset is a series of actions to restore and reconfigure units to a desired level of combat capability (commensurate with mission requirements and availability of resources) after returning from contingency operations. These actions consist of cleaning, in specting and repairing equipment, and as well as replacing battle losses, washed out and obsolete equipment. Work is conducted IAW applicable Army maintenance standards (10/20) and aviation Special Technical Inspection and Repair Standards (STIR).
Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are placing tremendous demands on Army equipment and Soldiers. As a result, the Army has initiated a program to reset units returning from deployment. Resetting refers to actions taken to prepare redeploying units for future missions. Resetting units is not a one-time event, for either the Army as a whole or individual units. It is required for all units, regardless of component, every time they return from a deployment. The reset program consists of five elements. Each addresses different unit deployment requirements.
Units and Soldiers are provided training in essential tasks incorporating lessons learned from the operational environment. Soldiers and leaders receive individual training and professional development. Pre-positioned equipment and ammunition stocks are adjusted. If necessary, units are reorganized into the appropriate modular design. Resetting units are not left in legacy designs. Overall unit readiness is returned to Army standards. Through its reset program, the Army is simultaneously supporting current global commitments and transforming itself for future challenges.
Two programs geared for both redeployed and deployed units complement the reset program: the rapid fielding initiative and the rapid equipping force program. These programs are designed to quickly integrate combat systems and equipment for Soldiers into the current force.
The rapid fielding initiative is designed to fill Soldier and unit equipment requirements by quickly fielding commercial, off-the-shelf technology rather than waiting for standard acquisition programs to address shortages. Soldiers receive individual equipment, such as, body armor and ballistic goggles. Units receive equipment based on operational lessons learned, such as, grappling hooks and fiber-optic viewers. Soldiers and units of all components are equipped to a common standard.
The rapid equipping force program uses commercial and field-engineered solutions to quickly meet operational needs. It provides both simple and sophisticated equipment. Examples range from lock shims that open padlocks nondestructively to robotic sensors that explore caves, tunnels, wells, and other confined spaces.
These programs are directly aligned with the Army's people and force transformation strategies. They reflect how the Army cares for its people and prepares units for upcoming training and deployments. They also position the Army to be more responsive to emerging threats and contingencies.
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