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Web-based system to handle personnel, finance records

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      Soldiers of all ranks and all three Army components are scheduled to transition to a consolidated personnel and financial management system in March 2009, said Master Sgt. James Stover.

Photo: Master Sgt. James Stover from the Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., talks to Fort McCoy Soldiers about a new Web-based personnel and finance system. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Master Sgt. James Stover from the Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., talks to Fort McCoy Soldiers about a new Web-based personnel and finance system. 
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

      Stover and other personnel from the Human Resources Command (HRC) in Alexandria, Va., visited Fort McCoy June 2-3 to brief the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS) to Fort McCoy personnel. The briefings were presented to Soldiers, senior military leadership and military human resources and finance specialists.

      DIMHRS is scheduled to be implemented in March 2009. Stover said it is a Web-based system that will provide each servicemember with a single, comprehensive record that will feature self-service capabilities and allow servicemembers to update portions of their personal information. Because DIMHRS is Web-based, eligible updates can be made online at any time.

      "This is a cradle-to-grave system," Stover said. "It will keep records for personnel into retirement and beyond. The system will cover active-duty, National Guard and Reserve Army personnel. It is designed to eventually be used by all branches of the armed services."

      HRC personnel are making a number of site visits to present the new system, which was congressionally mandated after lessons learned from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm emphasized problems in the Department of Defense's ability to quickly mobilize a large task force composed of multiple components from the service branches

      One advantage of the system is that it will place the pay and financial records of active-duty and reserve-component personnel into one system. Stover said Reserve Soldiers who are mobilized and deployed  no longer will need to use separate systems for active-duty and Reserve service and financial issues. This also will ensure Reserve Soldiers get full credit for their service.

      "The system has the ability to improve readiness," Stover said. "It also offers better support to Soldiers and commanders, especially those with multicomponent or multiservice organizations."

      DIMHRS currently  is undergoing testing using both positive and negative inputs to ensure its accuracy, he said.

      "For example, a negative entry would be entering data to promote a private first class to the rank of general," Stover explained. "The system should refuse to do this," he said.

      To prepare everyone for DIMHRS implementation, all personnel will receive briefings and training based on the information they need to navigate the new system.

      Ron Weiss, Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Military Personnel Division, said the new system will be a big improvement and provide quality personnel and financial management services to all Soldiers.

      Further training and maintenance training for Soldiers and other affected personnel at Fort McCoy will be provided via distance learning.

      More information about the DIMHRS system can be found on the DIMHRS Web site at http://www.armydimhrs.army.mil.


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