US Army provides Lean Six Sigma training for soldiers

Providing high quality service to soldiers quicker and at less cost is a main priority for military logistics operations. To streamline soldiers' logistic capabilities, members of the United States military stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, are receiving process improvement training, according to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.

The Army brought in a Lean Six Sigma consultant to teach a 40-hour course to soldiers that meets twice a week. Students are taught to follow DMAIC concepts - define, measure, analyze, improve and control - and encouraged to apply these to Army processes.

"Through Lean Six Sigma, soldiers and leaders will learn how to properly manage time and resources while delivering a top quality product," chief warrant officer Jackie Vuorinen told the news source. "This is a program all soldiers can use to save Army resources while providing higher quality products."

Last month, Lean Six Sigma practitioners who helped the Army save money were recognized at a recent ceremony held at the Pentagon. New Jersey-based Program Executive Office Ammunition was recognized for implementing about 20 Lean Six Sigma projects that saved the Army approximately $160 million in fiscal year 2011.  

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