Initially both the NGSAR and any future carbine variant will be prioritized to about 100,000 troops serving in close combat units, mostly infantry and special operations forces. The Army will keep a substantial number of M4s in the arsenal for the rest of the troops as the program fields the new weapons and matures.
“It’s the infantry, still today, that suffers 70 to 80 percent of the casualties [on the battlefield],” Milley said. “I want those kids to have the best, bar none, with nothing held back. We owe it to them, in my opinion. Shame on us if we don’t provide it to them.”