WWW.Army.mil reported that soldiers will now be issued a new Individual First Aid Kit or IFAK2. The new, enhanced, kit contains the same treatment supplies as the original kit but adds a second tourniquet CAT, a tactical combat casualty card to annotate what kind of first aid was applied to a wounded soldier, a marker, an eye shield, a rubber seal with a valve for sucking chest wounds, and a strap cutter. Unlike the original IFAK that used a SAW ammo pouch, the IFAK2 has a custom pouch that can be mounted in a variety of places.
The kit is already in Afghanistan in small numbers, as part of a previously initiated limited user evaluation involving 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Polk, La. In September, units at Fort Bragg, N.C., received the kits through the Rapid Fielding Initiative in advance of their own deployment.