Glossary of planning terms                 

This page is specifically designed to provide a glossary of definitions for Army/Military planning terms.  Army master planners will find this glossary very useful.


Active Component (AC)
That portion of the US Army comprised of personnel on full-time duty in active military service. The AC
includes Full Time Support (FTS) and Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) personnel authorized to support Reserve Component (RC) units and organizations.

Additive Authorizations

Previously or improperly undocumented derivative units which are reported from the field for inclusion in the Field Derivative (Additive Authorizations) Database.  TDA authorizations for active Army FTS personnel to undocumented RC units are also reported as additive authorizations.  It is incumbent upon the Army Command to submit the proper documentation to DCSOPS (DAMO-FD) for inclusion in TAADS.

Advanced Individual Training (AIT)
Army training of the soldier that immediately follows basic training to develop the skills

needed to perform an initial assignment in an Army organization or unit.

The amount of a given facility category code (CC) in the Facility Planning System (FPS) or Facility Category Group
(FCG) in the Real Property Planning and Analysis System (RPLANS), expressed in an appropriate unit of measure (UM) and calculated
using standard criteria, needed to satisfy the functional demand for that CC or FCG.

Annual Training (AT)
The minimum period of active duty training associated with Reserve Component units and individuals to
satisfy annual sustainment training requirements. AT may be performed during one consecutive period or in increments of one or more days, depending upon mission requirements.

Area Development Guide (ADG)
This is a tool used to establish the "look" of a facility or multiple facilities before the building is designed. The ADG is essentially a picture of the new facility that has been selected and approved by the Real Property Planning Board. When planning a complex of buildings, the ADG can be developed to ensure building designs are consistent and integrated throughout a project area and to ensure compliance with the IDG.

Area Development Plan (ADP)
This is an enlarged portion of site development plans that shows the proposed detailed development of complexes, utility services for a section of the installation, a complex firing range, or a single important building with its associated support elements. This plan may be short-range but could show proposed long-range (10 to 15 years) physical changes. It generally includes roadways, pedestrian paths, parking, utility alignments, and other elements. The Area Development Plan supports an RPMP by addressing and resolving localized comprehensive planning issues. For a proposed facility, an Area Development Plan describes the existing site conditions, facilities servicing the site, function of the facilities and future development, land uses, and transportation routes.

Army Command (ACOM)

To the extent that the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) executes many of the same operational and support functions as a Army Command, the Administrative Assistant to

the Secretary of the Army (SA) is tasked with accomplishing those responsibilities assigned to ACOM commanders.

Army Command ASIP Database Subset

A database consisting of all unit records for each ACOM installation plus all other unit records for units assigned to that ACOM.  It is provided to ACOM as the electronic ASIP.

Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB)
A formal agreement between the Army and eligible entities for acquisition of land or interest in land and/or water rights from willing sellers. This agreement may provide for limiting encroachment on the installation through acquisition of development rights, cooperative agreements, conservation easements, and other means in accordance with applicable laws. Development and implementation of an ACUB may not constitute an acquisition of real property. Conveyances, as authorized by Section 2812, may supplement ACUBs or be executed individually. This agreement:

            • Permits the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of a Military
               Department to enter into an agreement with an eligible entity
               (state, political subdivisions, or private sector conservation
               organization) to address the use of development of real property
               near a military installation for specific purposes; and to accept
               on behalf of the United States any property or interest acquired
               pursuant to such agreements.

            • Provides for the acquisition by eligible entity of all rights, title,
               interest relating to any real property; and sharing of acquisition
               costs by the United States.

            • Requires the eligible entity, only upon the request of the
               secretary of the military department concerned, to transfer to
               the United States the minimum property or interests necessary
               to avoid encroachment from the use or management of the

            • Allows funds appropriated for operations and maintenance or
               research, development, testing and evaluation to be used for
               such agreements for purchase from willing sellers.


Army Criteria Tracking System (ACTS)
Army Criteria Tracking System (ACTS) is the Army's official repository of consolidated space planning and utilization criteria, with references to design criteria sources. It is a multi-command, automated information system that aids planners, programmers, and space utilization managers at installation, Regional, and DA levels. The Master Planner can use the criteria in ACTS to calculate facility requirements for units, organizations,
and installations.

Army Family Housing (AFH)
Includes the management of dwelling units and furnishings for families that are permanently assigned to
an installation and may include management of transient housing for families awaiting permanent quarters or housing for families traveling through the installation.  While the housing manager is similar to a civilian landlord/property manager for dwelling units located within installation boundaries, the AFH program also inspects, keeps records on, and aligns prospective occupants with housing units available on the local economy.  Army Regulation 210-50 establishes policy for Army installation housing

Army Information Management - Headquarters Information (AIM-HI)
One of the uses of the AIM-HI model is to generate projected Base
Operations (BASOPS) requirements in Service Based Costing (SBC) for the active Army and Army Reserve and for Federal support to the Army National Guard.

Army Installation

An aggregation of contiguous or near contiguous, common mission-supporting real property holdings under the jurisdiction of the DOD or a state, the District of Columbia,

territory, commonwealth, or possession, controlled by and at which an Army unit or activity (active, USAR, or ARNG) is permanently assigned.

Army Installation Design Standards (IDS)
Army standards for site planning, buildings, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, landscaping, site elements (such as signage, utilities), force protection, and sustainable design and development for enhancing the installation environment and design. They provide detailed guidance for preparation of the IDG.

Army Location (ARLOC)
An ARLOC is a place in which the Army has an interest. An ARLOC may be a real property site or a location
where Army personnel are based. An ARLOC may also be used to describe a strategic point, an area of logistical interest or some other place, facility or capability which the Army neither owns nor controls.

Army Management Structure (AMS)
The AMS is the official Army framework for interrelating programming, budgeting, accounting and
manpower through a standard classification of Army activities and functions through a series of codes.

Army Program for Individual Training (ARPRINT)
The ARPRINT defines the Army requirements and capabilities for individual training

at established service schools.

Army Range and Training Land Program (RTLP)
This is a centrally managed Army program, under the direction of the HQDA G-3. RTLP

includes the policy and procedure, planning, requirements review and validation, project prioritization, design, acquisition, guidance and assistance, and operation of Army firing ranges and training land.

Army Range and Training Land Program (RTLP) Requirements Module (ARRM)
The ARRM is a module of the Headquarters Real property
Planning and Analysis System (HQRPLANS) reserved exclusively for the use of Army RTLP managers under the direction of the HQDA G-3.  The ARRM module contains data on range and training land assets and allowances based on unit training events that are measured in range days or firing point hours for selected Army sites. The ARRM module is designed to be the starting point for Range

Development Plans (RDP).

Army Reserve Regional Readiness Command
Commands subordinate to the Chief, Army Reserve (CAR) that manage and administer AR matters within specific geographic regions of the United States.

Army Stationing and Installation Plan (ASIP)
Army Stationing and Installation Plan (ASIP) is the official Army database of populations on Army installations worldwide. It provides a consistent look at forces to be supported and insight into potential planning issues. ASIP data is also a basis for Military Construction (MILCON), Installation Status Report (ISR) and Base Operations (BASOPS) service requirements, and is used by the Army Staff as the database of record for installation demographics. The ASIP is a critical contributor to the TAB. It documents populations (units and organizations) in need of infrastructure support on Army installations.

Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS)

An ASIP source database, maintained by DCSPER, which identifies the average student load by installation for each of three categories - permanent change of station, temporary

duty or trainee.

Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM)
ACSIM is the HQDA staff agency responsible for the promulgation of

policy and integration of doctrine pertaining to the planning, programming, execution and operation of Army installations.  The mission includes providing staff supervision to the Installation Management Command (IMCOM), the Community and Family Support

Center (CFSC) and the Army Environmental Center (AEC).

Authorized Levels of Organization (ALO)
Because of the incremental costs of readiness and the response times of war plans, the

Army maintains some units at a higher level of readiness than others.  A unit ALO is commensurate to the primary mission and required availability dates from the war plans.  The Army is the only service that uses the ALO system, and it has a significant effect on unit combat readiness levels and trends.  ALO1 refers to the strength level of a fully resourced unit, while ALO2 and ALO3 refer to reduced personnel profiles, generally at 90% and 80% resourced, respectively.

Automated Range Development Plan (ARDP)
A plan that automates the integration of the RDP, which is the garrison’s prioritized list of range and training land requirements under the HQDA, Deputy Chief of Staff, G–3/5/7 Range and Training Land Program, with other garrison requirements that impact the training mission (for example, natural and cultural resource management requirements, pest management plans, hazardous waste plan, endangered species management plan, land use requirements, etc.) and graphically displays them on the garrison’s ARDP Operational Overlay.  The integration of garrison requirements with the doctrinal training requirement provides the garrison staff with a robust decision making capability, which supports sustainable ranges and development of encroachment mitigation measures. The ARDP also has an encroachment assessment component that should be used to help identify current and potential encroachment challenges.

Aviation Intermediate Maintenance (AVIM)
This is a higher level of aircraft maintenance performed by a specialized unit (usually
company level) that supports several other aviation organizations (usually battalions) that have aircraft and Aviation Unit Maintenance (AVUM) units. Each AVIM unit is uniquely designed to support a certain mix of aircraft in a geographic area or an organization structure. It provides backup AVUM maintenance, and more advanced AVIM level aircraft maintenance using aircraft mechanics of various skills, and more advanced aircraft maintenance equipment. In some rare cases, AVUM and AVIM capability can be found in the same unit. AVIM units often provide space for higher level maintenance, such as depot modifications, that is actually done by contractors temporarily stationed with the AVIM unit.

Aviation Unit Maintenance (AVUM)
This is the level of aircraft maintenance performed by an organization that has aircraft
assigned. Normally, it is a company level unit that provides aircraft maintenance to all of the aircraft in an aviation battalion.  It is manned with aircraft mechanics of various skills, and equipped with specialized equipment for the type of aircraft it supports. In some cases, such as heavy helicopter companies, it is included within the same company as the aircraft.

An Army Base is a base or group of installations for which a local commander is responsible, consisting of facilities necessary for support of Army activities including security, internal lines of communication, utilities, plants and systems, and real property for which the Army has operating responsibility.

Base Operations (BASOPS) costs
Costs that include environmental compliance and conservation, pollution prevention, real property maintenance,  base communications, and other activities vital to accomplishment of the base operations/support mission and to maintain adequate quality of life for our soldiers and their families. These include those support elements and services identified as indirect overhead by DA. Examples of BASOPS requirements include morale, welfare and recreation services; base services support; real estate acquisition and maintenance; facility support services; sustainment (maintenance and repair); minor construction; and environmental compliance. BASOPS requirements do not include operational mission support for tactical units such as training or tactical equipment maintenance, and do not support an exchange of war fighting information.

Base Realignment and Closure Program (BRAC)
This initiative is a series of Department of Defense (DOD) directed studies, personnel and mission realignments, and base closure and sale actions.  The goal of the program is to accomplish those mission realignments and base closures that allow Department of Defense (DOD) to meet mission requirements despite future budgetary reductions.



Basic Training (BT)
Training that transforms Army initial entry trainees into responsible, self-disciplined members of the Army by means of soldier orientation and training in critical combat skills.

Budget Year (BY)
Precedes the Program Year in which funds are made available for construction and follows the design year.  It is the year in which the Army defends the Military Construction Program before the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), OMB, and the Congress, and the year final design is to be substantially completed.

Brigade Combat Team (BCT)
A BCT is an Army organization of approximately 3,500 soldiers and associated equipment that is organized to be self-contained for deployment and combat operations. A BCT may be heavy (with armored vehicles) or light (without armored vehicles). A BCT is commanded by a Colonel and normally is assigned to an Army division headquarters. The term BCT replaces the term Unit of Action (UA). See UA below.


Capital Investment Strategy (CIS)
This component of the Real Property Master Plan (RPMP) is the garrison commander’s overall strategy for using and investing in real property to support installation missions and Department of the Army objectives. It describes permanent comprehensive/holistic solutions, as well as short-term actions necessary to correct deficiencies, and meet real property requirements in a method that assures infrastructure reliability and contributes to sustainable development. At a minimum, the CIS will reflect the correction of shortfalls identified in the Installation Status Report (ISR) and the implementation of the facility development requirements identified by the Army Focused Facility Strategy (FFS), but should cover all facility developmental projects associated with an RPMP.

charrette is an intensive workshop that brings together an interdisciplinary team of stakeholders to brainstorm ideas and solutions. The charrette workshop (typically 3-5 days) provides a platform for an ad-hoc, comprehensive yet streamlined process, led by a facilitator. It is highly effective for collaborative, integrated decision-making. The goal is to develop a plan of action that is realistic, cohesive, and attainable.  Army planners engage in various types of charrettes:

            • The planning charrette, which is part of Master Planning.
            • The design charrette, which occurs after Master Planning.
               Charrettes of this type are initiated after ACSIM issues the
               appropriate design directive to USACE.
            • The charrette is also useful for developing the installation’s vision,
               and for analyzing projects, areas, and installation-wide policy.

The Army requires that a planning charrette be conducted for the development of specific MILCON projects. The planning charrette is the process by which all stakeholders - installation staffs, IMCOM Regions, Corps of Engineers Districts, users and commanders - come to a consensus on the content of the programming documentation (DD Form 1391) to be submitted as a valid requirement for a Unit level stationing action to DA for funding consideration.

Community and Family Support Center (CFSC)

The CFSC is a Field Operating Activity (FOA) of the ACSIM responsible for oversight of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs and services. The CFSC also formulates policy, programs and guidance for MWR construction using Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF).

Commercial Activities (CA)
Commercial and industrial facilities that are Government-Owned, Government-Operated (GOGO), or Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) that provide a product or service used primarily by the Government.  For example: laundries, central kitchens, central pastry kitchens, central bakeries and/or meat cutting facilities, dining facilities, and manufacturing and maintenance facilities may be CA.

Configuration Control Board (CCB)
The CCB is a decision making body that identifies and documents functional and physical characteristics, configurations, inter-relationships, priorities and overall functionality of a system or specific configuration item. The composition of a CCB varies, but usually consists of government technical, functional and support representatives. There may be task groups, user groups, work groups or committees that report to the board.

The erection, installation, or assembly of a new facility. (2) The acquisition, expansion, extension, alteration, conversion, or replacement of an existing facility. (3) The relocation of a facility from one installation to another.  (4) Installed equipment made a part of the facility, related site preparation, excavation, filling, landscaping, or other land improvements.

Construction Appropriations Programming Control and Execution System (CAPCES)
CAPCES is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and helps users manage and track military construction project data throughout the planning, programming and budgeting phases of a project.  CAPCES is used for reports to Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and various levels of the Department of Defense (DOD).

Contractor Owned, Contractor Operated (COCO)
A term usually applied to facilities which are provided, operated and maintained by the private sector to support a specific production, repair or maintenance activity.  COCO facilities may remain under the control of the private sector for the life of the activity or Government may retain the option to purchase the facility at an amortized rate.

A change to the interior or exterior facility arrangements so that the facility may be used for a new purpose.  This includes installed equipment made a part of the existing facility.

DD Form 1391
The DD1391 is the programming document used by the Department of Defense (DOD) to submit to Congress requirements and justification in support of funding requests for military construction.

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)
DEERS is a Department of Defense (DOD) database to verify eligibility for military benefits that is maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC). Eligibility is established for soldiers, retirees and eligible family members through enrollment in DEERS and issuance of ID cards.

The removal of existing structures and utilities required to prepare/clear a construction site; the removal of other facilities proposed for disposal in the justification of new construction.

Derivative Unit

An element of a unit which is located at a different installation than its parent unit, also known as a split unit.  Through TAADS, derivative units are documented in the unit

MTOE or TDA by a derivative UIC which is a subset of the parent unit UIC.

Installation / community staff and functional responsibilities are generally allocated on the basis of a directorate system, which commonly includes the Director of Personnel and Community Activities (DPCA); the Director of Plans, Training and Mobilization (DPTM); the Director of Logistics (DOL); the Director of Contracting (DOC); the Director of Information Management (DOIM) and Director of Public Works (DPW).

Director of Contracting (DOC)
The DOC is responsible for installation contracting functions.

Director of Information Management (DOIM)
The DOIM is responsible for the direct management and supervision of the information management staff activities and operational activities in the Information Mission Area.  Some of the services provided by the DOIM include telecommunications, automation, visual information services, records management, and publications and printing services.

Director of Logistics (DOL)

The DOL provides the logistical functions to fulfill the support mission of an installation. The functions include logistical support planning, supply, maintenance, laundry, food service, transportation and related activities, and, in some cases, purchasing and contracting.  The installation is normally the lowest echelon responsible for providing day-to-day logistical support to troop units and other designated customers.

Director of Resource Management (DRM)
The DRM, formerly known as the Comptroller, is responsible for implementing resource management programs of the command.  This office actively coordinates, recommends, and provides professional management analysis, advice, and assistance on the use of installation manpower and dollar resources.

Director of Personnel and Community Activities (DPCA)
The DPCA is responsible for matters pertaining to installation community affairs, families, and education, personnel operations, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs. The programs and services impact directly on the morale, organizational spirit, and development of individual potential of all military, civilian, family member or retired personnel associated with the installation.

Director of Plans, Training and Mobilization (DPTM)
The DPTM is typically responsible for installation plans, operations, training, unit readiness objectives and levels, mobilization planning, force integration, range operations, museums, aviation, NBC activities, training aid support, security / counterterrorism, and establishing command priorities.  The DPTM may also provide Reserve Component (RC) support and Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) support for summer training.

Director of Public Works (DPW)
The DPW is the facilities, utilities, housing, land and general public works manager on most Army installations.  This installation position was formerly called the Director of Facilities Engineering, Post Engineer or Facilities Engineer. The public works business management concept implemented the reimbursement of facilities engineering functions and costs by all units and organizations assigned to an installation.

Distribution Company
A Distribution Company is a relatively new Army Quartermaster organization within the brigade support battalion of the BCT that provides limited storage and distribution of fast moving items of supply (fuel, ammunition, repair parts, rations) to the BCT.

A temporary change in the use of a facility for a specific time period that does not require a change in assigned facility category codes as recorded in real property records.  Any modifications to the facility are minimal, allowing it to be returned to its original function within 72 hours.


Effective Date (EDATE)
The EDATE is the effective date of any change in organization or unit status, such as the activation of a Reserve Component (RC) unit.

Engineer Resources Management Division (ERMD)
This division within the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) organization is responsible for the financial, fiscal and manpower management responsibilities for the directorate. ERMD is responsible for the work request, management and scheduling function, industrial engineering support; controls automated data processing systems for the directorate, and may manage and evaluate the performance of contracts. The master planning branch is located within ERMD at some installations.

Engineering Plans, and Services Division (EPS)
This division within the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) organization provides design and engineering services, planning and programming of engineering projects, real estate and real property management functions, space utilization management, coordination for US Army Corps of Engineers support, traffic engineering, mobilization facilities planning, and may contain the master planning branch.

Enterprise GIS
A GIS that supports all or most functional areas within an organization, regardless of size and/or organizational complexity, that manages and processes large volumes of shared information that supports multiple business operations. It can be accessed and used seamlessly by many users who can be geographically and organizationally dispersed. All users access the same consistent information through local area networks, wide area networks, or the Internet. It often combines geographic data with other data types into a continuous set of information upon which the organization can make better decisions. The users range from the professional GIS power user who needs sophisticated software tools for complex geoprocessing to desktop GIS users who work with commercial off-the-shelf software applications, along with casual users who only need to view and query maps from an Internet browser. The foundation of EGIS is data standards. The architecture of an enterprise GIS should support industry standards in regard to data, communications, application development, and integration tools in order to leverage an organization’s investment in data, information technology, and expertise.

Any interest in land, structure, or complex of structures together with any supporting road and utility improvements necessary to support the functions of an Army activity or mission. A facility includes the occupiable space it contains. Land, training areas, training and testing ranges are considered facilities. The class of facility is identified by a 5-digit facility category code (see DA PAM 415–28). Facility may also be called a real property facility.

Facility Analysis Category (FAC)
A FAC is a numerical code used to classify and categorize real property throughout the Department of Defense (DOD). These 4-digit codes are based on basic Department of Defense functional facility classes.

Facility Category Code (CC)
A category code is a numerical code used to classify and categorize Army real property.  These codes are based on basic Department of Defense functional facility classes. The Army generally uses a 5-digit code to classify and program facilities. Some commands add digits to refine the functional description. DA Pamphlet 415-28 contains the listing and definitions of Army facility category codes.

Facility Category Group (FCG)
A FCG is an aggregation of one or more real property assets that have like functional purpose and the same unit of measure. The roll up of facility category codes into FCGs maintains consistency with the systems presently used for accounting in the Integrated Facilities System (IFS) and the Planning Resource for Infrastructure Development and Evaluation (PRIDE) and provides planners with a sufficiently detailed analysis to support the decision process without creating an unnecessarily complex tool. Each FCG is defined by the make up of the category codes it contains.

Facility Degradation Model (FDM)
The FDM is a HQDA model designed to project the impacts of funding levels for sustaining Army installation facilities over time. The model incorporates the Army inventory included in Installation Status Report (ISR) infrastructure analysis, the associated ISR facility condition rating information and Army-approved degradation rates.

Facility Planning System (FPS)
The Facility Planning System (FPS) module is an automated tool used to
analyze facility allowances and requirements for Army organizations. The
FPS provides valuable reference material about Army organizations, facility
space planning criteria, Army school course data, and other information.

Facility Sustainment Model (FSM)
The FSM is a Department of Defense (DOD) model that calculates the Federal funding required for maintenance and repair of installation facilities over the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) period.

Field Derivative (FD) Database

An ASIP source database, maintained by OICSIM, which contains all non-documented derivative units and locations reported from the field.

Field Maintenance
Field maintenance is a new level of maintenance that forms the lower level of the 2-level maintenance doctrine. In general, it replaces the old organization level and most of the direct support (DS) level. It is found in forward Army units, such as the BCT, and normally is done by Forward Support Companies (FSC) or Field Maintenance Companies (FMC).

Force Structure
A composition and arrangement of personnel, equipment, organizational hierarchy and command and control elements needed to meet an operational or functional objective of the Army. Force structure is subject to continuous revision because of changes in global threat analysis, Army strength, and modernization initiatives. Collectively, Army force structure is managed by The Army Authorization Documentation System (TAADS) and the Structure and Composition System (SACS), which include personnel and logistics management subsystems (PERSACS, LOGSACS).


Garrison Commander (GC)
The individual responsible for the daily operations of the garrison and installation property, and providing for the health, safety, and welfare of the people living and working there. This commander directs comprehensive planning activities necessary to achieve and maintain excellent infrastructure and services.

Geographic Information System (GIS)
A collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, storing, manipulating, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

Government Owned, Contractor Operated (GOCO)
A term usually applied, but not limited to, Army manufacturing installations, such as ammunition plants, which are owned by the Government but occupied and operated by the production contractor.


Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA)

The executive part of the Department of the Army exercising directive and supervisory controls within the Department.  It is composed of the Army Secretariat, the Army General

and Special Staffs, and specified, designated staff support agencies.

Headquarters Executive Information System (HQEIS)
HQEIS is a family of automated engineering management systems that use data collected by installation level real property management systems and other sources. HQEIS contains facilities and cost data for Army installations worldwide, to include both Federal and State Army National Guard (ARNG) installations. HQEIS is updated quarterly from the Integrated Facilities System (IFS) and the Planning Resource for Infrastructure Development and Evaluation (PRIDE) system.

Headquarters Integrated Facilities System (HQIFS)
HQIFS is the HQDA level of the Integrated Facilities System (IFS). HQIFS collects data from installation level real property management systems. HQIFS data from Army installations is incorporated in the HQEIS.
Headquarters Real Property Planning and Analysis System (HQRPLANS)
HQRPLANS provides planners at HQDA, Major Army Commands (MACOM) and Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Regions with an automated tool to assist in determining and analyzing facility allowances and stationing initiatives for all Army bases. HQRPLANS calculates facility allowances at all Army locations worldwide by FCG. The system tracks assets via HQEIS, to include the Army National Guard (ARNG) real property inventory, and calculates facility allowances based on existing and projected force structures as defined in the ASIP. Unit driven allowances are provided by the FPS which bases calculations on unit personnel and equipment. Allowances are also calculated for the on-going Reserve Component training missions at each base.

Host Nation Funded Construction Program (HNFCP)
Any construction program providing facilities in direct support of Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and programs that is funded partially or totally by the host nation where DOD personnel are stationed.

Housing Market Analysis (HMA)
This is a study used by Army Family Housing (AFH) programmers to determine the requirements for housing on an Army installation and the surrounding communities. The planning and programming of housing assets is based upon this regularly updated study.


For the purposes of this regulation, refer to the definition for installation in DA Memorandum DAIM-ZA, 2 December 2005. An installation is defined as an aggregation of contiguous or near contiguous real property holdings commanded by a centrally-selected commander. Installations represent management organizations. An installation may be made of one or more sites. For the purposes of this regulation, installation will also include Army Reserve Regional Readiness Commands.

Installation Design Guide (IDG)
An RPMP document prepared by a garrison that provides specific guidance on an installation's architectural character, and exterior and interior design parameters. All installation improvements, renovation projects, and new construction will comply with the IDG. The IDG will be prepared in accordance with the Army Installation Design Standards posted on the ACSIM Web site, using the model format provided.

Installation Management Command (IMCOM)
A field-operating agency of the Office, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. It provides equitable, effective and efficient management of Army installations worldwide to support mission readiness and execution; enable the well-being of soldiers, civilians and family members; improve infrastructure; and preserve the environment. It is divided into seven Regions for operational purposes.

Installation Management Command Region (IMCOM Region)
An operational subset of the IMCOM that executes IMCOM plans, policies, and guidance.

Installation Status Report (ISR)
Installation Status Report (ISR) is an important management decision support tool for garrison commanders, and is based on the mission commanders' Unit Status Report (USR). The ISR assesses the condition of installation infrastructure, environmental programs, and support services, using established Army-wide standards.

Installation Support Services
Those services provided by the garrison that support the garrison commander, assigned mission units, and tenant agencies in the conduct of their functions.

Integrated Facilities System (IFS)
Integrated Facilities System (IFS) is a Department of the Army Standard Army Management Information System (STAMIS) that has supported the DPW community since 1976. The IFS customer base consists of more than 100 Army installations worldwide, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) installations, and sixteen Army Reserve Centers. IFS addresses the DPW business functions of Real Property, Work Management, Job Cost Accounting, Work Estimating, Supply and Contract Administration.


Land Use Controls (LUC)
LUCs are any type of physical, legal, or administrative mechanism that restricts the use of, or limits access to, real property to prevent or reduce risks to human health, safety and the environment. Physical mechanisms encompass a variety of engineered remedies to contain or reduce contamination and physical barriers intended to limit access to property, such as fences or signs. Legal mechanisms include restrictive covenants, equitable servitudes, and deed notices. Administrative mechanisms include notices, construction permitting, or land use management systems that may be used to ensure compliance with use restrictions. LUCs are used to mitigate either risks associated with exposure to contamination during or residual to cleanup, instead of eliminating those risks by removing or treating the contaminated media to ’unrestricted use’ levels. LUCs may be imposed either during or subsequent to an environmental response conducted under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liabilities Act (CERCLA) or corrective action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The term CERCLA applies to both surplus real property planned for transfer out of Federal control and for active installations. LUCs are established through the coordinated efforts of the installation Master Planner, Environmental Officer, installation staff Judge Advocate, and Director of Plans and Training, and approved by the garrison commander and the IMCOM Region Directorate. Land Use Plans will be annotated to reflect the LUCs and new land use if changed. During Real Property Master Planning of an Army installation, the real property Master Planner must consider limitations on potential uses of land associated with environmental contamination and cleanup. RPMP documentation will track LUCs imposed on installation land until it leaves federal ownership.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Neighborhood Design (LEED®-ND)
The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design. LEED criteria are designed to support that a development's location and design meet accepted high standards for environmentally responsible, sustainable, development. LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration between the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Line Item Number (LIN)
A 6-character alphanumeric identification assigned to a generic nomenclature to describe collectively all National Stock Number (NSN) items possessing the functional capability expressed by the LIN description.  It is used as a basic reference in Army equipment authorization documents.  The LIN of an item of equipment identifies the equipment (or equipment components).  The LIN is assigned to equipment assigned to Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) and Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) units, and is used by the Facility Planning System (FPS) to identify specific equipment that generates a facility requirement.

Logistics Support Agency (LOGSA)
The US Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Activity mission is to deliver relevant logistics solutions through focused analysis to Joint forces, commanders, users, maintainers, developers and managers of current and future combat systems. LOGSA, located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama provides detailed information on Army equipment (dimensions, weight, and cubic footage) authorized in Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) and Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) units that is used by the Facility Planning System (FPS) to generate facility requirements. 
Long Range Component (LRC)
This component of the Real Property Master Plan (RPMP) establishes the environmental baseline, basic framework and specific options for developing and managing real property on the installation. It describes the holistic planning process that is used to formulate the installation development strategy and vision. This includes addressing an integrated strategy for infrastructure assurance to support mission requirements and sustainable development. It also provides the basic real property data upon which other business function plans can be built.

Major Army Command (MACOM)
The command level immediately subordinate to that of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. There are a number of MACOMS in the Army. Each MACOM has command of units, organizations, and activities that share a common mission or function. For the purpose of this regulation, the CAR functions as a MACOM commander with regards to the Real Property Master Planning.

Master Planning Area (outside continental United States, except Alaska and Hawaii)
U.S. Army installations and real property holdings within a specific geographic area that are grouped together and designated as a Master Planning area for development of a single military community or installation.

Master Planning Instructions (MPI)
Master planning implementing information published by ACSIM contains supplemental guidance and procedures for the development of a Real Property Master Plan (RPMP).

Military Construction (MILCON)
The erection, installation, or assembly of a new facility and includes the acquisition, expansion, extension, alteration, conversion, or replacement of an existing facility, as well as the relocation of a facility from one site to another, and includes installed equipment made a part of the facility, site preparation, excavation, filling, landscaping, or other land improvements.

Military Construction, Army (MCA)
MCA is the program by which Army facilities are planned, programmed, designed, budgeted, constructed, and disposed of during peacetime and under mobilization conditions. The program also includes the acquisition of real estate and other supporting activities. Comparable programs exist for the Army Reserve (MCAR) and for the Army National Guard (MCNG).

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
A term used to identify a grouping of duty positions possessing such close occupational or functional relationship that an optimal degree of interchangeability among soldiers exists at any given level of skill.  The FPS uses the MOS to identify specific personnel with relevant MOS codes for facility category code level allowance calculations for Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) units and Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) organizations.

Mission Commander
A commander responsible for the operational mission directed by Headquarters, Department of the Army.

Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOE)
These documents are modifications to the baseline Objective TOE (OTOE) documents that authorize equipment and manpower for deployable Army units.

Modularity is the concept of building Army organizations into Units of Action (UA) or Units of Employment (UE) that are more standard in design and allow force packaging of these units for deployment without regard to the traditional divisional structure and capability. The intent is to create a modular, brigade-based Army that is more responsive to the needs of regional combatant commanders. Modularity is intended to create approximately 45 brigade UAs from the current 33 maneuver brigades in the active Army. See also Brigade Combat Teams (BCT).


Non-additive Authorizations

Positions that are filled by people not accounted for in SAMAS and the Army’s authorized end strength.  Examples are RC personnel authorized for active duty to fill specifically

approved positions and personnel of other Services that are assigned to the unit.

Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF)
NAF funds are generated by the dues, surcharges, certain purchases, and unit fund contributions paid by military personnel. NAF is used to meet the morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) requirements of soldiers and their families.

Objective Table of Organization and Equipment (OTOE)
Also referred to as a TOE, the OTOE is a fully modernized, doctrinally sound organizational design that sets the goal for planning and programming of Army force structure and supporting acquisition systems. The FPS provides authorized facility allowance calculations, as well as personnel and equipment lists, for OTOE units.  Both FPS and the Real Property Planning and Analysis System (RPLANS) also refer to the OTOE as a Standard Requirements Code (SRC).

One Station Unit Training (OSUT)
Initial entry training in which elements of basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) are provided in the same unit, under one cadre for the total period of training. In OSUT, elements of basic training and AIT are either integrated (provided simultaneously) or are non-integrated (provided in distinct basic training / AIT phases).

Operations and Maintenance, Army (OMA)
The Congressionally appropriated funding system for the operation, maintenance and repair of Active Component facilities. Subsets of this function include: operation and utilities; maintenance and repair of real property; minor construction; and engineer support. Comparable programs exist for the Army Reserve (OMAR) and for the Army National Guard (OMNG).

Other Tenants (OT) Database

A database, managed by OACSIM, which is an ASIP source database.  It provides all other authorized permanent tenants at an installation that have not been identified from any

other database.


Planning Resource for Infrastructure Development and Evaluation (PRIDE)
PRIDE is an automated information evaluation system that encompasses life cycle management of real property resources. It is the official source of real property information for the Army National Guard.

Divesting Army utility plants, utility services, family housing, and possibly other BASOPS activities to public/private entities, allowing the Army to concentrate on the functions most critical to core Army missions.  Privatization may or may not involve the leasing, permitting, or transfer of ownership of Army real property.

Program Objective Memorandum (POM)
The primary means for the Army leadership to allocate resources to support Army roles and missions. It translates planning decisions, Office, Secretary of Defense programming guidance, and congressional guidance into a detail allocation of forces, manpower, and funds. It presents the Army’s proposal for a balanced allocation of its resources among centrally managed programs for manpower; operations; research, development and acquisition; and stationing and construction within specified constraints. OSD reviews the POM and modifies it to reflect program decisions. The approved program provides the basis for Army budget estimates.


Range Development Plan (RDP)
The planning of Army firing ranges includes requirements analysis; compliance with range usage objectives; evaluation of alternatives; economic analysis; and incorporation into an installation RDP, as specified in Army Regulation 210-21. The RDP serves as a basis for all project programming.

Range Facility Managers Support System (RFMSS)
An automated tool for managing the use of firing ranges and training land. RFMSS includes an automated range scheduling system and a computer-based noise monitoring system.

Real Property Facility (RPF)
A real property entity consisting of one or more of the following: a building, a structure, a utility system and the underlying land. A real property facility is also referred to as a facility. DA Pamphlet 415-28 contains the listing and definitions of the Army facility category codes that can be used to record a facility in the Real Property Inventory (RPI).

Real Property Inventory (RPI)
A detailed inventory of each reportable item of real property. It serves as the basic source of information for the category, status, cost, area, capacity, condition, use, construction material, and capital improvements for each item of real property as defined by AR 415–28. The RPI is maintained at installation level and in the aggregate at HQDA.

Real Property Master Plan (RPMP)
The garrison commander’s plan for the management and development of the installation’s real property resources. It analyzes and integrates the plans prepared by the DPW and other garrison staff, mission commanders and other tenant activities, higher headquarters, and those of neighboring communities to provide for orderly development, or in some cases, realignment and closure, of real property resources.

Real Property Master Plan Digest (RPMPD)
This component of the RPMP provides the vision, goals and objectives for the management

and development of an installation.

Real Property Planning and Analysis System (RPLANS)
RPLANS is an automated master planning tool that gathers real property data, force structure data, planning criteria, and allowances from standard Army corporate databases.  It is an integral part of the Army’s legacy planning systems along with the Facilities Planning System (FPS), the Installation Status Report (ISR), the Integrated Facilities System (IFS), the Army Stationing and Installation Plan (ASIP), and the Executive Information System (EIS).  RPLANS produces the official Army TAB used in the Short Range Component (SRC), the Long Range Component (LRC), the Capital Investment Strategy (CIS), and the Real Property Master Plan Digest (RPMPD).

Real Property Planning Board (RPPB)
The RPPB consists of members of the command, operational, engineering, planning, and tenant

interests of the installation or community that advises the installation commander on planning decisions. Also known as the Installation Planning Board (IPB).

Region Real Property Planning and Analysis System (Region RPLANS)
Region RPLANS is an integrated, automated planning tool that
provides IMCOM Regions with a UIC level detail view of RPLANS bases within their Region. The Region module is used for reviewing and approving requirement edits, analyzing proposed construction projects and similar management tasks. Approved requirements in the Region module support ISR facility quantity ratings. The Region module provides each IMCOM Region with maximum flexibility to manage the requirement approval process for their assigned RPLANS data sets, to include a variety of options for managing users, requirements and Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs) within the module.

A requirement is a facility quantity/capacity that is determined by the base master planner and used in lieu of a
calculated allowance in facility analysis when the allowance is judged to be inappropriate for a particular unit, site or base. In RPLANS, requirements are initially set equal to the calculated allowance until changed by the base master planner. Requirements are entered in RPLANS through the edit process and submitted to the applicable the IMCOM region or the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for review/approval and, when approved, for subsequent use in HQRPLANS and ISR.

Reserve Components (RC)
Individuals and units assigned to the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve. Marine Corps
Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve who are not in active service, but are subject to call to active duty.

A major, comprehensive, systematic undertaking to completely modernize, renovate, rehabilitate, or, in some cases,
replace and existing facility.

Senior Mission Commander (SMC)
The installation commander responsible for executive level oversight of installation support services. The senior mission commander will be a general officer appointed on orders by HQDA.

Short Range Component (SRC)
This component of a RPMP integrates real property master planning into the Army’s budgetary and
operational planning processes throughout the current POM period. It charts recommended real property master planning activities into the Army’s resource management process.


As defined in DA ACSIM Memorandum DAIM-ZA, 2 December 2005; A site is a physically defined location that can be supported by a legal boundary survey which closes a polygon. It can be owned, leased or otherwise possessed or used. A site may exist in one of three forms: land only; facility or facilities only; or land and all the facilities on it. A site is the sum of all real property at a specific location.

Standard Design
A standard design is a set of drawings and text for a facility type which includes the Army standards, functional
layouts, area requirements, design criteria and critical features.

Standard Installation / Division Personnel System (SIDPERS)
SIDPERS is the Standard Army Management Information System (STAMIS)
for maintaining the personnel records of officers and troops assigned to installations or divisions.

Standard Requirements Code (SRC)
A 12-character unit identifier used by the Army to identify Table of Organization and Equipment
(TOE) units. The SRC is also referred to as the TOE number. The first nine characters of the SRC identify the unit and the last three characters define the ALO of the unit.

Standard Work Center (SWC)
SWC codes are used in the identification of specific job skills in Table of Distribution and

Allowances (TDA) organizations.  These codes are broken out into several functional categories, including administration, command and command support, information systems management, engineering, intelligence, logistics, health services and installation

facilities engineering.

Station Code (STACO)
A STACO is a five-digit code which identifies an ARLOC with which a permanent Army population is associated. 
The STACO may be the same as the ARLOC or a derivative of that same ARLOC.

Status of Resources and Training System (SORTS)

The single automated report within the DOD which provides the National Command Authorities and the Chairman and other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with authoritative

identification, location, and resources information on units and organizations of the United States Armed Forces.

Structure and Manpower Allocation System (SAMAS)

A database, maintained by DCSOPS, which is a source database for the ASIP.  It provides authorized strength and location data for all active Army and RC MTOE and TDA parent

units.  Once a year it produces the official HQDA  record of all planned structure and location changes.  It considers all organic elements of a unit to be collocated and does

not reflect that elements of a unit may be at other locations.

Stryker Brigade / Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT)
The SBCT is a relatively new brigade-size organization of about 3,900
soldiers The SBCT will make use of the new Stryker combat vehicle and high technology C4ISR capabilities that differ from those found in traditional units. The rapidly deployable SBCT can provide tactical flexibility across a wide span of military operations.  The Stryker combat vehicle is a 19-ton, 8-wheeled armored vehicle that is transportable in a C-130 aircraft. There are 10 variants of the vehicle ranging from the infantry carrier to the mortar carrier. Each SBCT will be equipped with over 300 Stryker combat vehicles.


The Term subunit is used to refer to organic elements of MTOE parent units.  For example, the organic subunits of a battalion are its companies.

Supporting Facilities
Items of construction directly related to the primary facility, such as utilities, information systems, and
facilities outside the 5-foot line of the structure, including storm drainage, roads and parking, plant materials, site improvements, demolition, relocation, and recreational facilities.

Sustainable Design and Development
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Because many Real Property Master Planning decisions have long-term impacts, sustainability must be included. The interrelationship between environments, resources consumed, waste products, and use of facilities and land must be carefully designed and developed to preclude permanent damage to the future environment. It is a "cradle to cradle" process that assures future generations the same or better quality of life that we currently experience.

The maintenance and repair portion of sustainment, restoration and modernization. Maintenance and repair of real property includes maintenance and repair of buildings, structures, grounds, utilities systems, etc. within delegated authorization limits to keep them in good working order. It includes regularly scheduled maintenance as well as anticipated major repairs or replacement of components that occur periodically over the expected service life of the facility. It may also include minor construction activities (erection, installation, or assembly of a new facility, addition, expansion, or alteration of existing facilities within delegated authorization limits).

Sustainment Brigade 
A sustainment brigade is a relatively new Army organization that contains a headquarters element commanded by
a Colonel and a variety of units (battalion and below) that provides logistical support to a group of other Army organizations.  The headquarters element includes a signal company and  a medical company.  The assigned units normally include transportation, maintenance, ammunition, and supply battalions and companies.

Sustainment Maintenance
Sustainment maintenance is a new level of maintenance that forms the upper level of the 2-level
maintenance doctrine. In general, it replaces the old general support (GS) and depot levels. It is primarily found behind the forward Army units such as the BCT, and includes specialized Army maintenance units, and may include contractors and CONUS repair at depots or contractor facilities.

Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA)
This is a type of Army authorization document that prescribes the organizational
structure, manpower, and equipment for a non-combat, non-deployable organization. Each document is unique for a particular organization or unit. General support units and most organizations that employ significant numbers of civilians are TDA organizations, such as garrisons.

Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE)
This is a type of Army authorization document that prescribes the required structure,
manpower and equipment for several organization options for a particular deployable Army unit. These options provide a model for fielding a unit at full capability or at a reduced capability if resource constraints so mandate. The TOE also specifies the normal tasks the unit is designed to perform and the capabilities the unit has to accomplish its mission.

Tabulation of Existing and Required Facilities (TAB)
A tabular report of facility assets, requirements, excesses, and shortfalls. The
TAB may be produced at the level of either individual facility category codes or facility activity codes (see AR 415–28 for a description of facility activity codes). RPLANS, which includes entries that reflect actual and specific user/mission real property facility requirements, will be used to produce the TAB. RPLANS-generated TABS are recognized by HQDA as part of the justification of construction programs.

Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV)
TUAVs are an unmanned aircraft-type of equipment rapidly being added to the Army
inventory at various levels and types of units.  The size varies from very small hand-launched TUAVs to larger TUAVs that require small take-off and landing strips.  Their primary missions include reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition using cameras and sensors.  Some models can carry limited weapons.

Tenant Unit, Agency, Activity
A unit, agency, or activity of one command that occupies facilities on an installation of another
command and receives support services from that installation. Tenant activities also include non-Army tenants.

The Army Authorization Documents System (TAADS)
An ASIP source database, maintained by DCSOPS, which identifies manpower authorizations for active Army and RC MTOE and TDA units by UIC.  It also identifies organic elements of a unit, which are located apart from their parent organization, by a derivative UIC.

Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Documentation System (TDS)
The TDS is the FPS source data for information on HQDA-approved
Objective TOEs (OTOE). The OTOE OTOE is a fully modernized, doctrinally sound organizational design that sets the goal for planning and programming of Army force structure and supporting acquisition systems. The FPS provides authorized facility allowance calculations, as well as personnel and equipment lists, for OTOE units.  

Training Evaluation Scheduling System (TESS)
TESS is an automated system that contains information regarding RC units scheduled
for evaluations during AT. It is the ASIP data source for information on Army Reserve unit training populations.

Training, Readiness and Operations Unit Planning Execution and Resourcing System (TROUPERS)
TROUPERS is an automated system that contains information regarding Army National Guard units scheduled for AT. It is the
ASIP data source for information on Army National Guard unit training populations.


Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH)
Housing provided for service members who do not have their dependents living with them.

United States Direct Hire Civilian (USD)
A Federal employee who is a citizen and hired with appropriated funds.

Unit Identification Code (UIC)
A six-character alphanumeric code used to uniquely identify a Department of Defense (DOD) organization.  For Army organizations, the code begins with “W”.  For Army TOE units, the second character is alphabetic, for Army TDA organizations, the second character is numeric. This code is consistent throughout all databases and records pertaining to a given unit.  Air Force organizations begin with “F”, Navy with “N”, and Marine Corps with “M”.

Unit of Action (UA)
A UA is a brigade-size organization currently being formed as a result of the modularity focus of the Army Chief of Staff. It is the combined arms, tactical war fighting element of the new transformed Army. Most brigades in the active Army will convert to a light or heavy UA of about 3,500 soldiers each over the next few years. A heavy UA will contain armor, and both light and heavy will have artillery, engineer, reconnaissance, logistical, signal and intelligence capabilities. A UA is designed to operate in a joint environment. It will normally operate under the command of a Unit of Employment (UE). The UA is self-sustainable for a limited period of time on the battlefield. A UA is also referred to as a Brigade Combat Team (BCT).

Unit of Employment (UE)
A UE is a modular, joint, interdependent, higher level echelon command and control structure that can be
tailored as needed to integrate and synchronize Army, joint and multinational forces. It focuses on major operations and decisive land operations in support of operational and strategic objectives. At the lower level, a UE will be like a division headquarters and control a number of UA. At the higher level, a UE can operate as the senior command and control organization in a theater, such as an Army Forces (ARFOR) component or a Joint Task Force (JTF). In either case, heavy and light UA, as well as units with specific functional capabilities such as aviation, engineer, or sustainment can be added to provide necessary capability.

US Army Force Management Support Agency (USAFMSA)
The USAFMSA mission is to document manpower and equipment requirements and

authorizations for the Army, to provide support, analysis, and discipline for Army personnel, materiel, resource and force management plans and decisions. USAFMSA provides the HQDA-approved Objective Table of Organization and Equipment (OTOE) unit authorization documents to the Facility Planning System (FPS). The FPS provides authorized facility allowance calculations, as well as personnel and equipment lists, for OTOE units.


The garrison commander’s statement on how the installation will develop and improve over the next 20 years to adapt to the modernizing world, the changing Army, and our changing society. It expresses the desired relationship between the installation and the surrounding communities and the desired interaction of installation functions, activities and land uses. It also expresses how the garrison commander will satisfy future mission needs while maintaining excellent stewardship of the environment. Army installations are people as well as land and infrastructure Therefore, the vision should express how quality of life remains a paramount issue in the operation, management and development of the installation.