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Total Package Fielding (TPF)

DAU GLOSSARY DEFINITION

Alternate Definition

The Army process used for total system fielding of new and modified equipment. It provides for the concurrent fielding of a materiel system and all its required support. The process aims to minimize the logistics burden of fielding on the gaining command.

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General Information

Overview:

Materiel fielding is the process of planning, coordinating, and executing the deployment of a materiel system and its support. The process is designed to achieve an orderly and satisfactory deployment of a system and its initial support, beginning with the first unit equipped, and continuing until fielding of all planned units is complete.

Army policy covering materiel fielding was updated in 2021.  The series, publication number and title changed from AR 700–142 “Type Classification, Materiel Release, Fielding, and Transfer” to AR 770–2, “Materiel Fielding.” The terms “program, project, and product manager” were replaced with “materiel developer”, or MATDEV, for consistency throughout.

Total Package Fielding (TPF) is the Army standard for materiel fielding. Entrance criteria for materiel fielding include: type classification, materiel release (with the exception of urgent materiel release systems), and completion of all residual actions required in the full rate production acquisition decision memorandum.

TPF is the standard for fielding new or modified materiel systems, and is designed to provide a consolidated support package of equipment and materiel to using units. The TPF support package includes the logistics support products that are required to support the new or modified materiel system such as interactive electronic technical manuals, any ancillary materiel, and authorized stocks for sustainment. TPF does not include the infrastructure, such as facilities required for the unit. Although TPF and New Equipment Training (NET) are usually conducted concurrently, NET is not part of TPF. TPF and NET coordination and constant communication are needed. The MATDEV plans for, acquires, and requisitions the system, and virtually all its support. MATDEVs should follow detailed TPF procedures in DA PAM 770-2, which includes materiel fielding plan (MFP) and materiel transfer plan (MTP) format and instructions. The MFP and MTP are detailed documents broken into nine sections that expand on the summarized descriptions in the Memorandum of Notification (MON) to provide clarity and accuracy, and outline agreements.

Scope:

Since TFP is intended to minimize the logistics burden on gaining units, AR 770-2 directs MATDEVs to take specific actions including: 

  • Coordinating a DA Form 5682 (Materiel Requirements List) with the gaining command and consolidating and shipping the initial issue support items by authorized unit level
  • Coordinating the delivery of packaged support and major end items
  • Conducting a joint inventory with the gaining units prior to fielding
  • Providing customer documentation package required to support property book records requirements

AR 770-2 recognizes that not all fielding efforts are the same. Even though the TPF level of effort for the MATDEV and each gaining command will differ based on the category of TPF, there are three MATDEV responsibilities that are consistent throughout all categories:

(1) Program funds for initial issue materiel provided under TPF

(2) Requisition initial issue materiel

(3) Deliver all TPF materiel to the customer in a coordinated manner and fund all costs for de-processing and fielding of TPF materiel

Funding:

TPF is funded for new or significantly modified equipment that is new to the Army operational inventory. TPF also includes the acquisition of the initial support packages of materiel, including materiel requirements for NET, to successfully operate and maintain the new or modified system when it reaches the using unit. MATDEVs must:

  • Program and budget for TPF funding 
  • Use procurement appropriations or operations and maintenance appropriations, as appropriate, for both production and initial fielding
  • Fund staging sites that are reimbursable and part of TPF funding
  • Provide transportation funds to move the system and its support packages to the fielding site
  • Requisitions all required associated support items of equipment (ASIOE), including fielded end items of support equipment
  • Identify funds or obtain funding for new ASIOE end items not previously authorized, as well as the full complement of associated initial issue items needed to support the ASIOE included in the new weapon system TPF
  • Fund or obtain funding for computer hardware, software resources support, onsite field support, and non-developmental software licenses and technical manual support costs required during the initial fielding
  • Plan and submit requirements for continued funding to address post deployment and production software support procedures, requirements, field support, and responsibilities to meet warfighter mission needs