Army clinicians and medics often ask about what the process is for deciding what equipment or supplies end up in a combat medic’s kit or field operating room set. To help explain the process, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency’s Chief of Assemblage Management Division Marie Cochran provided plain-language answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

What is a medical unit assemblage?

MC: Most Soldiers are familiar with sets, kits and outfits – we call them SKOs, for short. These are the packages of medical equipment provided to different units. A unit assemblage, or UA, is a list that describe what is in each SKO. Think of a UA as a recipe card that lists the ingredients of each SKO.