Six more states are set to go live this month with the Army’s new human resources system, bringing the National Guard one step closer to fully adopting the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army ahead of its rollout to active and Reserve units.
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin are the latest state Guard organizations to adopt IPPS-A, which was first adopted by Guard units in early 2019.
The Pennsylvania Guard was the first to adopt IPPS-A, which is now live in 27 states.
Ten states or territories will adopt the system in February, including Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining states and territories, which include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico and Utah, will field IPPS-A in March.
Eventually, the Army plans to integrate all one million soldiers of the Army — active, Guard and Reserve — under IPPS-A.
The system is meant to improve transparency and access to soldier records and personnel actions. It will also allow commanders a better way to identify the talents of their troops, including both military and civilian skills.
IPPS-A was developed to standardize and reduce more than 200 human resources and pay systems that were being used across the Army’s three components. Guardsmen have been the first to adopt the system and have played a big role in influencing how the system has been created and modified, according to Army officials.