Benefit Against the Threat: The IFAK increases individual Soldier capabilities to provide Self- Aid / Buddy-Aid and provides interventions for two leading causes of death on the battlefield, severe hemorrhage and inadequate airway. These capabilities increase Soldier survivability during dispersed operations and the expandable pouch allows for METT-C specific “add-ins”.
WARNING: Certain large, well-known military suppliers that shall remain nameless, are selling knockoff "US Army IFAK's" at reduced prices. They are not genuine-issue MIL Spec items. To save money they use inexpensive imported carrying cases made from soft, rubber-coated vinyl with an off-color ACU pattern, and are not built to the correct size standards for US Army IFAK's, nor do they have NSN tags on them. They will be rejected, on the spot, by any Central Issue Facility at turn-in time. Be extremely careful when ordering IFAK's, even from familiar suppliers!
Be Advised: There are multiple different meanings of the term "IFAK," depending on your branch of service! The Army, Air Force, and Marines have very different IFAK's, with completely different sets of components.