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U.S. Marine Corps recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait for further instructions Nov. 17, 2017, during bayonet training on Parris Island, S.C. The bayonet assault course is comprised of five simulated enemies that recruits attack with a bayonet attached to the end of their rifles, simulating a close encounter with an enemy. This training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to transform recruits into physically and morally sound warriors. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 12, 2018. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 12 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for approximately 49 percent of male recruits and 100 percent of female recruits in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Maximiliano Bavastro)

The Individual Warfighting Equipment (IWE) portfolio provides Marines with a variety of general purpose support equipment and enables the USMC to develop, procure, and initially sustain equipment that enhances Marines’ combat effectiveness across a broad range of individual and collective capabilities.

Operational Impact
The IWE provides Marines individually issued items that enhance their combat capabilities, have reduced weight, increase energy efficiency and provide a unique capability to the operating forces.

Program Status
Items in the IWE portfolio are in various phases of the acquisitions process ranging from the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase to Operations and Support phase. The IWE consists of multiple projects that provide increased warfighter capability, protection, and sustainment in combat environments. There are more than 100 IWE projects within the Family of IWE. Many of these programs were the result of Universal Needs Statement (UNS) requirements or requests from Marine Corps operating forces. The Family of IWE programs include: Multipurpose Compact Attachable Light (MCAL); Enhanced Bed Net System; Handheld Flashlight; Multi-Purpose Bayonet; Mechanical Breachers Kit; Entrenching Tools; Knee and Elbow pads.

Procurement Profile: N/A Developer/Manufacturer: Ordered through Defense Logistics Agency; Multiple Vendors in Numerous States

Modernization and Technology