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BEST Practices Act
Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act

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A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries, and for other purposes.

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03/02/2017Introduced in Senate

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03/02/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
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Cosponsors (5)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]* 03/02/2017
Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] 12/05/2017
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] 12/05/2017
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] 03/12/2018
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] 07/17/2018

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Armed Services03/02/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (03/02/2017)

Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act or the BEST Practices Act

This bill requires the Department of Defense (DOD), no later than: (1) October 1, 2020, to develop, test, and validate human-based training methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of combat trauma injuries, with the goal of replacing live animal-based training methods; and (2) October 1, 2022, to use only use human-based training methods for such purposes.

The bill prohibits the use of animals in such training after the latter date, but permits DOD to exempt a particular command or training method from human-based training method requirements for up to one year if the human-based methods will not provide an educationally equivalent or superior substitute for live animal-based training methods. Allows exemption periods to be renewed.

DOD shall submit an annual report to Congress regarding the development and implementation of the human-based training methods, including the justifications for any exemptions.