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.

Introduced in Senate
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.



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

    Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Mar 2nd, 2017