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