Soldier Enhancement Program

A program by Soldiers for Soldiers

The Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) is an enduring process designed to help the Army move at "the Speed of Industry" to evaluate and type classify existing prototypes or commercially available items that will enhance Soldiers' ability to execute their combat mission.

Over 40% of the PEO Soldier portfolio
originated within SEP

The SEP represents an aggressive effort to identify and procure off-the-shelf items that have the potential to substantially improve weapons and support equipment for our Nation’s Soldiers, focused on our current Warfighting functional areas of fires, mission command, movement and maneuver, sustainability and protection.

Established in 1990
by the National Defense Authorization Act

The purpose of the Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) is to provide general impetus for increasing the combat effectiveness of our dismounted Soldiers. SEP convenes semi-annually to review proposals from Soldiers and industry/civilian proponents, alternating between Fort Belvoir, VA, and Fort Benning, GA.

The program was established in 1990 to “evaluate, test and type classify existing prototypes or commercially available items and to NOT fund lengthy developmental programs or to procure large numbers of major items for use.” The program is pursuant of “lighter, more lethal weapons and munitions for individual infantryman and improved equipment.” The program has continually been funded since 1990 and congruent with Congressional intent utilizing a buy, try and decide methodology to evaluate existing prototypes or commercially available items.

SEP is an enduring process designed to help the Army move at “the Speed of Industry.” SEP funds multiple initiatives, approved semi-annually at the Council of Colonels in September and March:

  • 39 initiatives in FY15
  • 45 initiatives in FY14
  • 11 initiatives in FY13
  • 25 initiatives in FY12

Leveraging existing capabilities within Industry
to enhance our Soldiers

SEP solicits suggestions from individual Soldiers, field commanders, commercial manufacturers, capability and materiel developers. Ideal submissions are government-off-the-shelf (GOTS), commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), or non-developmental items (NDI), that:

Submit a SEP Proposal

If you would like to propose a technology or equipment item, which can be adopted and provided to Soldiers, please complete the form below. You must fill in the boxes marked with an asterisk (*).

Please e-mail us any questions or comments you may have.

Tell us about yourself Please enter your full name. Please enter your email address.Please enter a valid email address. Please enter your phone number.Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter a valid DSN number. Please enter where or how you heard about the Soldier Enhancement Program.
Tell us about your proposed SEP item Please enter the name of the proposed item. Not a concept. The item must be commercially available. Please describe how the item can be used by Soldiers or what it will improve. Please provide the product technical specifications if they are available. Please describe how the item will be better than what is currently available or how the item provides a new capability to Soldiers. Please list where the item is currently available (i.e., service organizations, product website URL, GSA catalog information, NSN).

Thank You

Your SEP proposal has been successfully submitted. If we require any additional information, we will contact you using the information you provided.

We appreciate your input. Your proposal will be considered at the next SEP Council of Colonels. The Council of Colonels meets semi-annually in September/October and February/March.