3.0 Human Capital Management
3.1 Army Human Resource System (AHRS)
Fort Belvoir, VA
AHRS is a suite of systems that manage personnel, accountability, and strength accounting.
AHRS provides the war fighter with a state-of-the-art, cost-effective, standardized, and interoperable human resource solution that supports strategic and tactical management of soldiers in a suite of global, networked, interactive, and accurate military personnel systems.
AHRS will transition selected functions to the Integrated Personnel and Pay System (IPPS-A) while continuing to develop and operate those components which complement IPPS-A. AHRS is a system-of-systems providing the tools to locate, manage, and serve the soldier – anywhere in the world.
Products and Services
• Deployed Theater Accountability System (DTAS), the world’s first Enterprise-wide Secret Internet Protocol Router Net work (SIPRNet) personnel accountability system, provides near real-time data on individual personnel status, unit strengths, and deployment history. DTAS is a client-server application that allows tactical units uninterrupted access to their data, while still updating higher headquarters when communications are available. DTAS has a web-enabled component for Theater/Command level personnel to manage units and analyze the data. This visibility is vital in determining the war fighting capability of the Army and subordinate commands within a specific theater. It can operate under battlefield communications environments with limited bandwidth, intermittent connectivity, or within operational constraints while disconnected.
The DTAS Mobile User System hierarchy extends theater level command down to tactical battalions and separate companies, using each unit’s existing computer infrastructure linked to theater. Each mobile system reports on unit personnel and synchronizes with the theater server suite. The theater suite provides deployment history data to the Enterprise suite. The Enterprise suite interfaces with numerous personnel management systems to provide DTAS with descriptive personnel data, eliminating the need for duplicative data entry.
• Tactical Personnel System (TPS) is a stand-alone portable system providing essential personnel functionality to support a commander’s tactical decision-making process by creating a deployable “go to war” personnel strength automated file. TPS functionality provides soldier accountability, personnel manifesting, jump manifesting, and task force and crew building. Units manifest arriving/departing individuals in TPS before arrival or departure. TPS has the ability to export a soldier manifest file as input to the DTAS, allowing mass soldier import at arrival in theater at a port of debarkation.
• The Electronic Military Personnel Office (eMILPO) system is a web-based single database providing real-time update capability, used by the active Army personnel community to manage all active, mobilized soldiers. eMILPO provides information to more than 40 other Army and DoD systems including DTAS, DEERS, ITAPDB, TOPMIS, and EDAS eMILPO’s MyERB module allows every active enlisted soldier to view his or her record online from anywhere in the world. eMILPO’s reporting and analysis tools allow Commanders and staff at all levels to determine unit personnel readiness, OPTEMPO, and current unit status.
3.2 Distributed Learning System (DLS)
Newport News, VA
DLS acquires, deploys, and maintains worldwide distributed learning online courseware to ensure our nation’s soldiers receive critical training for mission success. Through the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) and Army e-Learning, DLS delivers training to more than 1.4 million soldiers and Department of the Army civilians, manages training information, provides training collaboration, scheduling, and career planning capabilities in both resident and non-resident training environments.
Soldier readiness necessitates on-demand training. DLS is the infrastructure that delivers distributed learning and is breaking old training paradigms by bringing training to the soldier anywhere, anytime, 24/7. Using state-of-the-art technology, DLS streamlines training processes; automates training management functions; delivers training using electronic means; and enables military and civilian personnel, training developers, training managers, unit commanders, and training noncommissioned officers (NCOs) to access training using the web.
Distributed learning provides the Army with the capability to obtain the state of readiness necessary to accomplish the Army’s mission and contributes to quality of life by increasing stability for both soldiers and civilians in their personal and professional lives. DLS is dedicated to providing a quality training system to all Army components in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible.
DLS is responsible for fielding multiple training systems simultaneously - the success of each program directly impacting the Army’s ability to meet its training mission. The components that make up DLS bring the Army one step closer to achieving its goal of providing “one-stop-shopping” for training.
Products and Services
• Digital Training Facilities (DTFs) at more than 90 installations worldwide, provide video tele-training, computers, faxes, printers, and high-speed Internet connections.
• Enterprise Management Center (EMC) provides connectivity and technical support to all DTF users and managers, and houses the ALMS.
• ALMS delivers training, manages training information, and provides training collaboration, scheduling, and career planning capabilities.
• Army e-Learning is the primary method for satisfying Army workforce IT requirements. Army e-Learning provides free access to over 5,400 web-based information technology, business, leadership, and personal development courses.
• Deployed Digital Training Campuses (DDTC) provide soldiers access to training during deployments. The DDTC is a mobile, networked system of workstations, servers, and ancillary equipment which allows connecting to the worldwide web via satellite communication for just-in-time training.
3.3 Force Management System (FMS)
FMS designs, develops, and deploys an integrated force management capability that is establishing accurate, consistent, and timely force structure information to the Army force management community.
FMS is tasked to design, develop, deploy and support the integrated force management system for delivering accurate, consistent and timely force structure information to the Army force management community. FMS directly supports the Army Director, Force Management’s mission of: (1) managing and allocating manpower and force structure information; (2) documenting unit models (requirements and authorizations) over time; and (3) providing organizational/force structure solutions. FMS is the Army’s system to support the DoD and Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) J-8 Global Force Management Data Initiative (GFMDI) mandate. DoD J-8 has directed the implementation of Joint User Messaging (JUM) for GFMDI used in the Army Organizational Server (AOS). The GFMDI mandate is directed by the VCJCS and is the foundation of the Army’s Net-centric data environment by establishing the authoritative data source for all Army force structure data in hierarchical format from Department of Army and State National Guard headquarters down to individual billet and equipment authorizations. GFMDI also mandates that all organizational elements including platoons, squads, teams, sections and crews be broken out in support of the Army Force Generation and Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS). This will allow for capability-based force structuring and supports the individual unit identifier paradigm of uniquely tagging all authorizations and organizational structures and relationships with unique enterprise-wide identifiers.
FMS incorporates common software development tools and design and development standards, complying with DoD and Army architecture standards. It provides for browser-based web accessibility, online transaction processing, and online analysis processing capability for users in the community with approved access. The integrated system will provide consistent and standardized data, incorporating Government and industry standards for security. The design also provides for online data warehousing of archive data and streamlined system maintenance.
Products and Services
• Master Force File
• Manpower Budget File
• Consolidated TOE Updates data
• Table of Organization and Equipment
• Modified Table of Organization and Equipment
• Table of Distribution and Allowances
• Structure and Composition
3.4 HR Solutions
Fort Knox, KY
HR Solutions provides efficient, cost effective, innovative and centralized acquisition management and support services to a wide range of customers. By facilitating the contract process, HR Solutions serves as a customer advocate while acting as a liaison between the contractor providing the services and the contracting office.
HR Solutions outlines and provides essential elements necessary to obtain a performance-based task order detailing the customer’s human resources requirements from pre-award to contract closeout. This service frees customers to perform the mission-critical tasks for which they have been trained and minimizes the amount of time spent managing HR services requirements.
Product and Services
Through its multi-functional staff and secure web-based portal, HR Solutions assists with full lifecycle contract support and provides services management expertise to HR initiatives that support customers which include commanders, soldiers, and their families at installations throughout the world. HR Solutions currently provides support in four key mission areas:
• Management and Administrative Support
• Personnel Services and Support
• Recruitment and Retention
• Studies and Analysis
The HR Solutions prime contractors, each of which has been vetted through a competitive process, bid on the performance work statement through Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The entire process, from bid to award, is completed within approximately 90 days, resulting in expedited delivery of critical services.
HR Solutions’ web portal helps customers document and manage their task orders throughout the pre-award and post-award process. This secure portal organizes documentation throughout the life of the task order.
3.5 Installation Management Systems-Army (IMS-A)
IMS-A supports the Army’s mission, strategic goals, and objectives through the application of automation to enhance selected business process associated with managing and operating major Army installations, camps, posts, and stations worldwide. The IMS-A solution to installation management employs five discrete modules to assist commanders to train, equip, deploy, sustain, and transition soldiers.
IMS-A provides automated standard business applications to assist installation commanders manage critical business functions at Army Installations to better support sustaining base operations and deploy soldiers to meet the needs of Army’s war fighters. IMS-A consists of the Installation Support Modules (ISM) system and Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS).
Products and Services
Installation Support Modules (ISMs) consists of four standardized, web-based, custom developed applications packaged into functional modules that integrate day-to-day installation business practices and processes. Three of the modules support HR business functions (In/Out-Processing, Transition Processing, and Personnel Locator); while the fourth module, Central Issue Facility (CIF), supports a key logistics business function — management of Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE). The ISM system operates in a web environment that uses a single centralized database to store all module-associated Army data. The web server architecture supports a graphical user interface, web-based user access, and a consolidated infrastructure in compliance with the AKM Strategic Plan. The database and web/application servers provide a multi-mastered database environment that allows for an Enterprise view of data worldwide. Data replication (almost immediate) between two master sites provides for continuity of operations and back-up and recovery. The data is encrypted and protected using Oracle Advanced Security (OAS) feature. Key ISM customers include commanders, personnel managers, and logistics personnel at installation and higher levels of command throughout the Army. The ISM system enables commanders to train, equip, sustain, deploy, and transition soldiers to meet ARFORGEN ready pool requirements.
• TRANSPROC — Transition Processing — provides an automated, integrated method of data collection and document processing to support transitioning soldiers from active-duty status to retirement, discharge, or release from active duty.
• CIF — Central Issue Facility — provides a standardized Army-wide, automated, user-friendly system for the requisition, receipt, storage, issue, exchange, and return of authorized OCIE at Army installations.
• INPROC/OUTPROC — provides automation support for quickly in-processing soldiers into their gaining installations (i.e., welcoming and bringing individual soldiers and their family members “on board”) and providing information on their deployment eligibility to the gaining unit commanders. Out-processing provides automation support for rapidly out-processing soldiers and their families who are departing an installation to separate from active duty, transferring to another duty station, or departing for temporary duty of 90 or more days at a different location.
• PERSLOC — Personnel Locator - provides automated support for tracking installation military personnel, unit of assignment, and phone numbers. It also provides mail directory service for personnel who have departed an installation or who have recently arrived.
• DISCOVERER — Discoverer is a query tool used to access the databases within the ISM application. It provides the user the capability to find data stored in the ISM database, finding data that meets certain conditions or that falls within ranges to prepare reports from the results of the analysis.
• Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS) provides a standard, integrated system to efficiently assist installation commanders in providing training support for units and schools to schedule and manage valuable training lands and firing ranges. RFMSS is used across a wide spectrum of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps installations and can be used in theaters of operations. RFMSS supports all major range management processes including:
• • Range, training area and airspace scheduling (up to three years in advance)
• • Range control request processing and scheduling conflict resolution
• • Training asset management
• • Automated firing range and training area fire desk operations
• • Automated warning of safety and environmental conflicts
• Production of range, training area and airspace utilization reports
RFMSS has an ad hoc query capability to allow installation range managers and MACOM/HQDA managers the ability to prepare reports on range and training area operations and utilization.
3.6 Integrated Personnel and Pay Systems – Army (IPPS-A)
IPPS-A is the Army’s future Web-based Human Resources management system. Currently under development, IPPS-A will standardize, streamline, and integrate critical soldier personnel and pay data across the:
• Active Army
• Army National Guard
• Army Reserve
IPPS-A will provide a more centralized resource for soldiers, Army leaders, and human resources specialists to access soldier personnel and pay data. By consolidating redundant systems and processes, IPPS-A will help transform the way the Army executes human resources and financial management activities. To achieve this goal, the Army will incrementally deliver IPPS-A capabilities in five releases over the next five years.
Product and Services
IPPS-A will automate many pay procedures and will enable personnel actions to trigger associated pay events across all Army components. IPPS-A will include a self-service capability that will allow soldiers 24/7 access to their personal information. IPPS-A will provide soldiers, Army leaders, and human resources specialists access to a more efficient way to manage soldier personnel and pay information.
IPPS-A will help manage:
• Soldier pay
• In and out processing
• Personnel and pay reports
• Personnel transactions
• Separations and retirements
• Personnel accountability
• Promotion information
IPPS-A will provide:
• A single comprehensive personnel record
• Self-service access
• Data standardization
• Integrated personnel and pay
• Business process standardization
• Cross Component support
• Electronic approvals
• Personnel asset visibility
• Strength management and accounting
• Access to accessions information
3.7 Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)
Fort Detrick, MD
Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) integrates, fields and supports a comprehensive medical information system, enabling lifelong electronic medical records, streamlined medical logistics and enhanced situational awareness for Army operational forces. By accomplishing this mission, MC4 is providing the Army’s solution to presidential and congressional objectives, set forth by Title 10 in 1997, which called for a medical tracking system for all deployed service members.
MC4 is a ruggedized system-of-systems containing medical software packages fielded to operational medical forces worldwide. Comprised of joint software, commercial and government off-the-shelf products, MC4 provides the tools needed to digitally record and transfer critical medical data from the foxhole to medical treatment facilities worldwide.
Deployable medical forces use the MC4 system to gain quick, accurate access to patient histories and forward casualty resuscitation information, as well as to deliver health care services remotely through MC4 telehealth capabilities. The system also provides units with automated tools facilitating patient and item tracking, blood management, medical reporting and medical logistical support. Combatant commanders use the MC4 system to access medical surveillance information, resulting in enhanced medical situational awareness.
Most importantly, MC4 is helping deployed service members. By equipping deployed medical units with automated resources, MC4 helps ensure service members have a secure, accessible, lifelong electronic medical record, which results in better informed health care providers and easier access to VA medical benefits.
1st LT Christopher Jarvis, nurse with the 256th Combat Support Hospital, uses the MC4 system to electronically capture data on a mass casualty victim during pre-deployment training at Fort Lewis, Wash.
MC4 is a groundbreaking system, managing the DoD’s first and most comprehensive battlefield medical recording system, and enabling the capture of more than 17 million electronic patient encounters in the combat zone since 2003. To date, MC4 has also trained more than 62,000 deployable medical staff and commanders, and has fielded 48,000 systems to 2,400 units with medical personnel, including Army National Guard and Reserves, and all active component divisional units in 21 countries.
MC4 remains the most widely-used, comprehensive information management medical system on the battlefield today. MC4’s vision is to be the premier enabler for improved tactical health care and better decision making through the power of information technology.
3.8 Reserve Component Automation Systems (RCAS)
RCAS supports the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) by providing standardized and sustainable automated information solutions that contribute to the increased readiness of the Reserve Component (RC). RCAS is an integrated suite of software products and automated information systems that significantly improve the ability of RC soldiers and units to accomplish day-to-day unit administration. RCAS is “serving the soldier…serving the Nation” through the development and sustainment and enhancement of readiness software products, infrastructure, and hardware solutions.
RCAS provides the Army with the capability to administer, manage, prepare, and mobilize ARNG and USAR forces more effectively. More than 50 percent of the Army’s force structure is in the Reserve Component. RCAS provides a standardized, integrated solution that links approximately 10,500 Guard and Reserve units at approximately 4,000 sites located in all 50 states, three territories, the District of Columbia, and Europe.
Products and Services
RCAS provides a full range of services to support its products including: applications training, an Enterprise service help desk, onsite and remote engineering support, hardware procurement, and refresh initiatives. RCAS training is evolving from an instructor-led, location-dependent style to a dL model, leveraging the benefits of online interactive training modules to quickly bring RCAS users up-to-speed with RCAS software. The dL model encourages a less costly, but highly effective model for ensuring the availability and affordability of training.
The RCAS end user applications fulfill four major functional software capabilities: Mobilization and Readiness, Safety, Personnel, and Force Authorization. In addition, tools for RCAS Administration are integral to the RCAS software suite.
• Mobilization Planning Data Viewer (MPDV) enables units to execute all Phase 1 through 3 mobilization tasks as required in the FORSCOM RC Unit Commander’s Handbook. The Training and Operational Readiness Tracking (TORT) module provides the capability to manage and report on required pre-deployment training tasks.
• Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) supports both air and ground accident report preparation (risk management, system defect analysis, and hazard tracking and management).
• Military Personnel Office Orders (MILPO Orders) automates the generation of personnel orders and other personnel transactions so that associated tasks can be completed quickly and easily.
• Unit Personnel System/Command Management System (UPS/CMS) makes routine personnel actions easier and faster by displaying personnel data down to the unit level.
• Retirement Points Accounting Management (RPAM) accounts for and reports on retirement points for soldiers assigned to the ARNG.
• Unsatisfactory Participation Letter (U-Letter) tracks unsatisfactory training event participation for the USAR and produces an automated notification letter for the soldier as required by Army regulation.
• Integrated Data Viewer – Personnel (IDV-P) is a decision support tool for command leadership at all levels, generating reports for readiness and training, Military Occupational Specialty Qualified (MOSQ), and Noncommissioned Officer Efficiency/ Officer Efficiency Reports.
• Permanent Order System (POS) creates, modifies, disseminates and prints permanent orders for USAR MTOE and TDA units.
• Force Management (FM) enables users to develop strategic plans for current and future RC forces and display and update force management information.
• Organizational Authority (OA) manages unit information and produces reports with information based on stationing plans and reconciliation with FM.
• Authorization and Requirements (A&R) compares authorization document data with force management data to produce a set of checklist reports.
• RCAS Authorization Data for Personnel (RADPer) allows users to manage A&R documents, create management reports, and assign derivatized unit identification codes.
• Full Time Support (FTS) manages and tracks position and budget data related to full time support positions for the USAR.
Data and Voice Modernization
RCAS provides IT infrastructure design and implementation support to the US Army Reserve Command (USARC) for BRAC and new Military Construction (MILCON) projects. RCAS is completing a voice and data network solution which will enable the USAR to converge currently separate data and voice networks into an integrated solution.
RCAS also supports the acquisition activities for the ARNG’s Distributed Learning Program (DLP). DLP efforts are focused on “bringing training to the soldier” using mobile systems and on-line capabilities. In support of this Enterprise, RCAS has finalized the configuration and is fielding the next generation Mobile Distance Learning Classroom (MDLC).
The MDLC is designed as a “classroom in a kit” that will provide the same functionality as the current fixed dL classrooms. The MDLC will provide the flexibility to easily transport and installed at ARNG armories and facilities, providing additional training and mobilization support. The MDLC provides updated video conferencing, and introduces newer digital and high definition technologies to the dL classrooms.