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Airmen encouraged to submit applications before MilPDS upgrade

Posted 10/11/2012   Updated 10/11/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Public Affairs
366th Fighter Wing


10/11/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Air Force officials are encouraging Air Force Airmen who are eligible to retrain in December to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays.

Airmen must accomplish these actions because the Air Force is upgrading and transferring the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Enterprise Computing Center in December. The upgrade project is scheduled to take approximately 23 days to complete, during which time MilPDS will not be available.

"The bottom line is Airmen who want to apply for retraining need to come see the reenlistment shop to fill out the applications," said Chief Master Sgt. John Bolle, 366th Force Support Squadron superintendant. "We're trying to get them to do this before December because on Dec. 1 that system shuts down and there will be no reenlisting or updating at that time."

AFPC officials encourage first-term Airmen to complete retraining applications prior to the quality review process board on Nov. 30 as subsequent quality review processes will be suspended until the MilPDS upgrade is complete.

"It is important first-term Airmen complete applications before the review process board to make sure all their stuff is in the system before MilPDS shuts down," said Bolle. "Pay won't stop for folks while the MilPDS is shut down. We just can't do anything for the month of December, but if there is an emergency by all means come to the military personnel section."

Airmen should continue to work directly with the Total Force Service Center through the myPers website by using the "email us" link on the My Account web page. In all cases, Airmen will continue to receive automated email notifications for case changes and updates.

The Air Force processed about 29,000 retraining applications in 2011.

Reserve and Guard members will receive specific instructions from the Air Force Reserve Command and Air Reserve Personnel Center concerning how the MilPDS upgrade will impact their personnel programs. More information is available on the ARPC public website at http://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil.

MilPDS is the primary records database for personnel data and actions that occur throughout every total force Airman's career. MilPDS is also used to initiate Airman pay actions, maintain Air Force accountability and strength data and support a host of interactions with other Air Force processes and systems that rely on personnel data.

Officials will continue to release additional information and guidance to the Air Force's manpower, personnel, services and pay communities and total force Airmen to continue to educate them on how the service will perform critical personnel and pay tasks during the MilPDS upgrade.

For more information about the MilPDS upgrade, visit the myPers website at http://mypers.af.mil.



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