Soldiers, airmen will have online access to their personnel files in 2008
ARLINGTON, Va. — Beginning in fiscal 2008, soldiers and airmen will be able to view their pay and personnel records online, said Army Maj. Gen. Butch Pair, of the Defense Department’s Business Transformation Agency.
The Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System is intended to be a “seamless union” of existing pay and personnel systems, Pair said Friday.
“That’s a lot of data, and what were going to do is offer that on the Web,” he said.
Pair added that the new system would have “all security systems known to man to enable that this stays clean and untampered with.”
Beginning in fiscal 2008, active-duty and reserve component soldiers and airmen can access those records all around the world from any Defense Department computer with a Common Access Card logon, he said.
The new system will be invaluable for troops working in tandem with other branches of the service, Pair said.
For example, Pair said he knows of one Air Force officer who, while deployed two years ago, was unable to access his personnel records for promotion boards because he was working in a joint task force with the Army.
The new system will allow troops to prepare for promotion boards by making sure that all their badges and medals are included in their personnel records, he said.
“They can begin to influence things earlier and a lot quicker without having to stand in line or making a lot of phone calls,” he said.
The Armed Forces Press Service first reported that the Army is slated to launch the new system in March 2008, followed by the Air Force later that summer.
On Friday, Pair said the Navy and Marine Corps are working on their own program, which might be included in the Army and Air Force system.
“We’re ready to include whoever is willing,” he said.
The Army and Air Force’s new system will necessitate new Leave and Earning Statements for soldiers and airmen, Pair said.
He explained that the system is sold commercially off the shelf, so it is not tailored to the military.
For example, leave will be referred to as “vacation” on the new Leave and Earnings Statements, Pair said.
He also said he is confident troops will be able to understand a change as small as that.
“In my career we’ve been through about three of them [Leave and Earnings Statements], and it’s never been a problem,” Pair said.