PAI to keep an eye on absentee ballot process
July 28, 2004
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — As part of a service-wide “Personnel Asset Inventory” to be completed by Aug. 15, Army units in South Korea will have voting assistance officers on hand to ensure every soldier has a chance to register for absentee ballots.
According to an 8th Army press release issued Monday, the Army Chief of Staff office ordered all units to conduct a “100 percent accountability” review of all active and reserve soldiers. The review is to be undertaken between July 30 and Aug. 15, the release said.
“The PAI will reconcile and synchronize ‘boots on the ground’ with all active component databases, specifically Enlisted Military Personnel Operations and the Total Army Personnel Database,” the release said.
In South Korea, USFK commander Gen. Leon J. LaPorte augmented the order to include an accounting of all U.S. military and appropriated-fund Defense Department and Department of the Army civilian personnel.
According to 8th Army, the PAI order requires that all units hold a “muster formation” in making their tallies. All personnel — including those on leave, on temporary duty and in confinement — will be counted. Unit commanders will be required to “identify and correct pay discrepancies and suspend the pay for those soldiers whose duty status cannot be confirmed after conducting the required investigation,” the 8th Army release read.
The personnel review also will serve as an opportunity for units to get updated casualty documents, like life insurance forms and emergency contacts, from their soldiers. Commanders also will be required to verify and collect any new citizenship data from soldiers.
Unit Voting Assistance Officers will visit each formation, hand out Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and give soldiers the chance to complete absentee ballot and voter registration forms.
Soldiers are being told to ask their commands or personnel advisors for their unit’s scheduled PAI dates. For more information, they can contact the 8th Personnel Command at DSN 724-8826.