As I have had a chance to go around the world, I realize that we have something very special here [United States of America]. Our freedoms and our liberties are very unique to any other country in the world, and our Army is here to protect those freedoms and protect those liberties. We are an arm of the people and we are an arm of our constitution.
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, at the U.S. Army's 237th Birthday celebration at Times Square in New York City, June 14, 2012.
Army chief celebrates service's 237th birthday in 'Big Apple'
View Gen. Odierno's message to the workforce and video messages and birthday greetings of all senior leaders at the 237th Army Birthday site.
I was always busy overseas somewhere, either coming home or leaving. For 30 years, I never had a chance to go.
- Melvin Bryant, a veteran of both World War II and Vietnam and retired from the Army after 30 years of service, will attend his first Army Ball, June, 16, 2012.
90-year-old WWII, Vietnam veteran prepares for first Army Ball
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Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army
What is it?
The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) is a web-based system that will provide integrated personnel and pay capabilities for the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. IPPS-A will create a comprehensive personnel and pay record for all Soldiers by consolidating redundant and antiquated personnel and pay systems. Through IPPS-A, personnel actions will automatically trigger associated pay changes which will reduce inefficiencies to better serve Soldiers' personnel and pay needs.
What has the Army done?
IPPS-A is currently under development. The Army is overseeing the development of IPPS-A and plans to launch the first of five releases early next year with follow-on releases each year through 2017. The initial release will be comprised of a trusted database, nine new reports and a new Soldier's Record Brief. A team of Army adjutant general and finance corps subject matter experts is guiding the system's development in order to meet the Human Resources (HR) needs of an ever-evolving Army.
What are the Army's plans moving forward?
The Army is moving forward with fielding the organization's first integrated personnel and pay system. The Army plans to subsume more than 50 dated and redundant personnel and pay systems. Through IPPS-A's functionality, the Army plans to allow personnel actions to automatically trigger pay actions. For the first time, IPPS-A will offer the HR community the ability to access personnel and pay information regardless of a Soldier's component status in a comprehensive record.
Why is it important to the Army?
IPPS-A is critical to the successful execution of more efficient and effective HR services. IPPS-A's automatic processes will help reduce errors and streamline Soldier assignment transactions, particularly those transitioning between components. Soldiers will have access to their comprehensive personnel and pay information online for the first time, while providing commanders better access to their Soldiers' information, particularly when leading multi-component units. This comprehensive personnel and pay system allows the HR community to more effectively service the Soldier through consolidation and streamlining of HR business processes.
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology ASA(ALT)
Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS)
Related article: Future system to streamline Army HR and Soldier pay
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