The Army Certification Program was developed by PEO Soldier to evaluate commercial gear to determine if it is acceptable for use by Soldiers in combat. While the Army strives to issue the best gear to our Soldiers, we recognize that many Soldiers augment the gear they are issued with personally purchased items. In such instances, PEO Soldier became concerned that Soldiers may not have sufficient information in order to make a choice on what to buy other than just appearance.
By subjecting commercial items to the performance and testing standards of issue gear, PEO Soldier is able to determine which items will perform satisfactorily. Items which successfully pass such an evaluation are authorized as acceptable for combat use.