WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 21, 2006) - The Army plans to transform the way it manages its human resources by launching the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System in early 2008.

DIMHRS is a secure, self-service Web system that will give Soldiers 24/7 access to personnel data and the ability to update and review key personnel and family information without seeing a personnel specialist.

"DIMHRS is a congressional mandated program sprearheaded by DoD, and will result in the Army significantly transforming the way it delivers military personnel and pay," said Maj. Gen. Carlos (Butch) Pair, Defense Business Systems Acquisitions Executive. "DIMHRS will provide Soldiers significant Web-based self-service capabilities, integrate all components on one database, and significantly reduce workload for commanders and Soldiers."

The self-service system will help Soldiers avoid traditional written or verbal processes that can be time consuming and costly.

DIMHRS will enable Soldiers to initiate requests for: assignments, training, retirement, record updates, awards, family-member travel, transition from the Reserve to Regular Commission, enlistment extensions, various waivers and enlisted commissioning programs.

DIMHRS' self-service capabilities will also allow Soldiers to more efficiently start, stop or modify discretionary allotments and savings bonds; complete an Employee Withholding Request (Form W-4); complete an Employee Reissue W-2 Request; change personal direct-deposit information; and change their state of legal-residence declaration.

"This real-time functionality will decrease processing time for personnel-action requests and improve customer service by virtually turning the personnel-action process into an almost paperless environment," said Sgt. 1st Class Jose Miranda, DIMHRS Clearinghouse NCO.

Soldiers will be able to track the progress of their requests from initial submission to final approval. Electronic signatures, e-mail notifications and automatic routing are also available.

Another key function in DIMHRS is the view-only screen, which lets Soldiers view such personnel and pay items as family member information; Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) and any corrections to their DD Form 214; Service Members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) election; Leave & Earnings Statements and Wage and Tax Statement (Form W-2); Record Brief; currently assigned checklists; a record of civilian and military education, awards, contracts, and evaluations; and a Department of the Army photo.

For more information, visit the Army DIMHRS Program Office's Web site at www.armydimhrs.army.mil or the DIMHRS AKO page at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/308853.