Personnel Services Delivery Redesign (PSDR)

Wednesday January 10, 2007

What is it? The Army vision is to streamline personnel support provided through trained Human Resource professionals working directly for and with commanders and Soldiers, in peacetime or war. Unit personnel sections at battalions and brigades will interact directly with Army Human Resources Command and Military Personnel offices, while in active Federal service, to provide personnel management and personnel service support. In peacetime, they will work with their Military Personnel Management Offices at the Joint Force Headquarters -- State. A web-based personnel system is one of the key enablers to ensuring the success of PSDR. Other requirements include satellite communication, a Combat-Service-Support Automated Information Systems Interface bridge to the satellite system, scanners, and Common Access Card readers.

What has the Army done? Significant features of PSDR implementation include:

-Formed a PSDR working group with National Guard Bureau and stakeholders from the states.

-The working group mapped personnel tasks and how they will be performed under PSDR with relevant touch points. This will eliminate redundancies and multiple levels of approvals, and reduce processing times. They identified the legacy systems currently used and system overlaps.

-The Army created three New Organizational Training (NOT) Teams at the Adjutant General School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina to train all three components: Regular Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve to ensure this is applied to the total Army. The teams are made up of a mix of all three components.

What continued efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Work continues on implementation, training and the development of Army National Guard business processes. Synchronization with the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources Systems (DIMHRS) teams is essential to identify any gaps in either or both efforts. PSDR will result in inactivation of ARNG personnel services units and the establishment of AG elements and the S-1 sections. Funds for the system enablers are currently available for 24 brigades and 124 battalions. The ARNG will implement PSDR first in the units scheduled for mobilization in the 07-09 rotational cycles. Funding for training of ARNG soldiers is a concern and alternative methods are being considered.

The first ARNG Brigade to be trained, the 218th Infantry Brigade (Heavy) from the SCARNG will start New Organizational Training in September 2006.

Why is this important to the Army? When fully implemented, PSDR will allow for timely and effective manpower and personnel support for commanders at all echelons to enhance the readiness and operational capabilities of the total force and ensure success across the full spectrum of military operations in peace and in war.


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