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    In the interim, are units allowed to contract for ACFT equipment to use for training?


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    Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard, commander of the Army's Center for Initial Military Training told Military.com.

    "We wanted to have the equipment out by Oct. 1 of this year, but there were three protests on the equipment that delayed it," Hibbard said. "We believe we will have it out to all three components, all active-component units ... no later than the end of April and it should be down to the company, troop and battery level by May."

    The Army plans to issue the fitness equipment by region in the U.S. to active, Guard and Reserve units at the same time, Hibbard said.

    "They are doing a regional distribution of equipment, so I think the northeast is the first region to get their equipment; they will start picking their equipment up in December-January," Hibbard said. Then it comes to the southeast, then it goes to the northwest, southwest and the central United States."

    Units based outside of the continental U.S. should receive their equipment when the West Coast regions receive theirs, Hibbard said.

    There are ways individuals can train on their own now and with little to no equipment. Guidance on exercises, drills and sample training aids can be found at www.army.mil/acft. The website also offers other resources such as the Center for Army Lessons Learned Manual, an equipment list and a testing manual.

    The contract that was delayed because of a protest is an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ), not a Requirements Contract so per the FAR the Army does not have to use the IDIQ for all of their needs, but this does not mean the Army is not able to direct you to use the IDIQ contract.  This is not a contracting question, you need to follow the guidance provided by the Army.

     

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