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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Only a few hands went up in the air in the Balboni Theater on Monday when Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Myers asked if anyone had ever heard of the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System.

A small number considering the effect the new system will have on the Army in upcoming months.

Myers was one of a five-person team in South Korea this week sent from the Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., to brief soldiers on the system that soon will replace more than 70 Army and Department of Defense personnel and finance systems.

Slated to go into use on March 1, DIMHRS will be a Web-based, one-stop system that will consolidate all soldiers’ personnel and finance records. It will change the way personnel actions, including leave, pay and evaluations, are handled by allowing soldiers and supervisors to enter information into the system, add a digital signature using their ID cards, then forward them to the next person in the chain — all electronically.

Myers said the system would streamline many processes, though soldiers should be aware of some changes.

Under DIMHRS, soldiers no longer will have the option of being paid once a month, Myers said. All soldiers will be paid on the 1st and 15th.

Myers said this would affect incentives like reenlistment bonuses, which currently can be paid within 72 hours.

Soldiers will have the option to pay allotments either once or twice a month. Under the current system, allotments can only come out of a soldier’s check once a month.

Pay changes after promotion or demotion, Myers said, will be immediate, as opposed to the current system in which pay changes may take a month. Myers said this is because personnel and finance transactions will no longer be separate.

Soldiers will be issued identification numbers to help prevent identity theft.

Myers used the briefing to allay fears the system would cut commanders, supervisors and human resources specialists out of the processes.

"DIMHRS is not Skynet," Myers joked.

"It will not become self-aware March 1, 2009, and take over."

Myers said before using the system, which allows for many self-service options, soldiers will have to complete training available at www.armydimhrs.army.mil or ssi.learn.army.mil.

Soldiers can expect to receive their DIMHRS usernames and passwords on their Army Knowledge Online accounts no later than 90 days before the system goes online.

Soldiers who attended the briefing said they think the new system will be a needed improvement.

"I think it could be a good system," said Sgt. Curtis Weese, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 121st Combat Support Hospital. "I just recently put a flight medic packet in and had to resubmit it four times. A system like this will make it a lot easier."


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