Currently, Soldiers may have to go to multiple locations on an installation to get something updated in their records. Even with personnel action requests, Soldiers may still find themselves going from one place to another. There are a great number of personnel system programs – some of them are automated, and some are manual. So why not streamline the process and bring functions together into a single, modern human resources system, versus using 40 or 50 outdated systems?
Imagine having the ability to initiate personnel transactions on a mobile device, with the process being as easy as using your banking app. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army, or IPPS-A, will transform the Army’s personnel system from the Industrial Age to the 21st century. This system will provide a modern, multicomponent human resources platform to give Soldiers self-service access to personnel and payroll information 24 hours a day, seven days a week through desktop and mobile capabilities.
Pay and time can affect morale. Imagine if the Army could affect these in a more positive manner. Today, the current leave process is manually driven, relies on multiple paper forms and involves numerous agencies. This often leads to inaccuracy in leave being charged as well as a heavy workload on human resource personnel and commanders to manually track Soldiers. The current leave process includes 27 steps from start to finish. The IPPS-A will streamline and automate the leave process, reducing it to only five steps. Additionally, Soldiers can initiate a leave form at any time through a mobile device and track the action until it is signed. No longer will you have to call your S-1 to inquire about the status of your leave request.
Imagine you are getting married. There are a number of actions that may possibly need to take place thereafter, including a change in Basic Housing Allowance status, a name change, or military identification cards for your dependents. With the new system, you will have the ability to upload your marriage certificate into IPPS-A, which will trigger a change in your pay and the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS. Although you will still have to take your dependents to get the physical ID cards, DEERS will already have the required documents.
IPPS-A will improve access, timeliness and accuracy of personnel and pay and will be as easy to use as it is intuitive. As you initiate a transaction, you will be guided the entire way, as the system ensures you provide the necessary information. There will also be a help desk available 24 hours a day so you can receive assistance at any time.
The Army National Guard will be first to use IPPS-A starting in January 2018. Pennsylvania will be the first state, followed by eight fielding groups of the remaining 54 states and territories. Both the active Army and Army Reserve will follow starting in the second quarter of 2019.
Interested in learning more about IPPS-A? Check out the website at https://ippsa.army.mil, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/armyippsa/, or watch us on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/IPPSA.