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IPPS-A - Release 3 for Active and Reserve Soldiers

Friday, April 30, 2021

What is it?

Integrated Personnel and Pay System - Army (IPPS-A) is the number one human resources (HR) modernization effort for the U.S. Army. IPPS-A will improve Soldiers’ lives through transparency, pay accuracy and timeliness, and mobile capabilities. IPPS-A’s software suite will integrate personnel and pay functions for over 1.1 million Soldiers from all Army components into one system. It is the first system that provides every Soldier 24/7 access and mobile self-service capabilities via an app.

IPPS-A’s advantages for Army leaders include delivering Total Force visibility to support readiness, talent management and auditability. IPPS-A will provide enhanced decision-making and search-and-match capabilities to leaders, instrumental in maintaining Total Army readiness with an all-volunteer force.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

IPPS-A is the critical enabler for the Army People Strategy and the Army’s transition to a talent management system and a data-rich environment. The Army is

  • Developing and fielding IPPS-A on a phased basis.
    • Release 2 completed fielding to the Army National Guard in March 2020.
    • Release 3 fielding, planned for December 2021, will integrate Active and Reserve components into the system.
    • Release 3 expands HR, talent, data and pay capabilities while subsuming costly legacy systems ensuring auditability and cyber/information assurance compliance.
  • Advising all Active and Reserve Soldiers validate their data in legacy systems from now through November 2021 to avoid delays in pay and ensure successful conversion to IPPS-A.
  • Providing New Equipment Training for Soldiers, HR Professionals and Leaders in spring 2021.
  • Facilitating HR Transformation Summits for installations to provide feedback on the system in summer 2021.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

Release 3 provides a foundation to facilitate the Army Talent Alignment Process across the force. IPPS-A will:

  • Initiate a Total Force Marketplace for assignments.
  • Facilitate the management of assessments.
  • Streamline both career and succession planning.
  • Include the 25 Point Talent Profile with Soldier-professed and Army captured knowledge, skills, behaviors, experience and readiness to present a holistic profile of each Soldier.

IPPS-A will become the authoritative system for payroll operations in Release 4, planned for FY25, and allow personnel transactions to automatically trigger pay changes.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army must modernize to operate effectively in the 21st century. IPPS-A is improving the Army’s data posture and informing the Army Data Plan to enable data-driven decisions. IPPS-A will maximize Soldier talents and fundamentally improve the way the Army manages people. This effort is innovative and represents a revolutionary leap forward in Army HR and IT.


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Focus Quote for the Day

The best thing Soldiers can be doing right now is make sure their records are up to date.

— Lt. Col. John Elko, deployment lead for IPPS-A Training and Deployment

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