Military Construction (MILCON): A military construction project is a single undertaking at a military installation
that includes all construction necessary to produce a complete and usable facility at an approved cost equal to or
greater than the amount specified by law (currently more than 0,000). There are several categories of
MILCON projects, such as:
a. Current Mission MILCON: These projects revitalize the existing facility plant by replacing or
upgrading existing facilities, and by alleviating long-standing deficiencies not generated by new missions.
b. Incidental MILCON in support of New Mission: Upgrades of a fuel facility which are part of a larger
conversion or other service initiative are to be funded and done by the service as part of the larger initiative. For
example, if extensive facility construction is required in conjunction with a new base, part of which is the
associated fuel facilities, the fuel facilities construction will be programmed and executed by the service as part of
the overall MILCON for the new base.
c. Unspecified/Urgent Minor MILCON: Unspecified minor construction authority is to be used for
projects which require accomplishment sooner than would be possible if delayed for inclusion in the next regular
MILCON program. These projects fall in the fiscal range of greater than 0,000 but less than
d. Environmental MILCON: MILCON projects with one or more environmental improvement projects
combined to satisfy environmental compliance objectives.
e. Minor Construction: This is the counterpart to MILCON for projects with smaller dollar amounts. A
minor construction project is a single undertaking at a military installation that includes all construction necessary
to produce a complete and usable facility or a complete and usable improvement to an existing facility, with a
total cost less than the specified MILCON threshold authorized by law (currently equal to or less than 0,000).
Role of DESC in MILCON Projects.
a. In October of each year, DESC calls for MILCON submissions for a 5-year FY period beginning 5
years from the fiscal year in which the data call occurs. This is known as the 5-Year Defense Plan. For example,
in October 1993, DESC's data call required MILCON submissions for the 5-year period FY98-02 which includes
the program year of FY 98.
b. In the following February, CINC-JPOs and SCPs (for example, the Army Petroleum Center),
determined to be the appropriate component review/approval chain, will review validate projects and develop
consolidated project priority lists.
c. In the following March, CINC-JPOs and SCPs will forward candidate POL MILCON projects and
consolidated project priority lists to DESC.