Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

People Drive Readiness in 3ID

By MAJ Chinyere Asoh
Chief, Human Resources Operation Center
3rd Infantry Division

3rd Infantry Division’s history spans 102 years of the immense sacrifice, heroic battles, and pure determination. The history of the unit laid the foundation for the current day Soldiers, DA Civilians, and Contractors that serve on the Marne team. This article can easily be written on the proud history of the division, but, instead, it will focus on what makes 3ID so great. People! People make 3ID a great unit to serve in with initiatives focused on readiness, modernization and reform (See Figure 1 below).

The 40th Chief of Staff of the Army shared his philosophy in which he stated, “We win by doing the right things the right way; we win with our People, and that is why People Matter!”[1]  A key element in caring for people is readiness. Readiness takes on various forms with areas as intricate as annual personnel records update which include: record of emergency data (DD93), SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES); periodic immunization requirements; physical readiness training sessions and the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). Readiness is a routine initiative that compels each unit to invest in its Soldiers. The continued and dedicated investment leaders make in the readiness of the Soldiers, DA Civilians, and Contractors in 3ID leads to remarkable returns. These returns provide the impetus for modernization efforts within the division.

Modernization efforts challenge the norm because it rears unfamiliarity. Some modernization efforts in the personnel realm include: Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A), Meal Entitlement Maintenance, the new Enlisted Centralized Selection Evaluation Boards replacing promotion boards, and the Assignment Interactive Module 2.0 (AIM 2). These various systems transform the way the HR professional provides support to the Army’s greatest resource – Soldiers. A key effort implemented by the division was the use of the automated Mission Essential Requirements (MER) listing to identify vacancies and advertise the unit and positions available within 3ID using AIM 2. This effort modernized how officers and warrant officers are sought, hired, and received into the division. This initiative directly supports the talent management discussions required in the 21st century. Officers and Warrant officers directly contribute to their hiring process, and units get the best available Soldiers with the requisite knowledge, skills, and behaviors the units seek.

In the G-1, the Strength team created a deliberate plan which included training the unit strength managers on marketplace requirements, conducting professional development sessions to create awareness across the Division, and inviting subject matter experts from Human Resource Command to help with the MER build up. The entire effort was effectively coordinated and executed above standard. The Division achieved an enviable score of 94% across Forces Command (FORSCOM). The focused effort applied by the G-1 Strength team created additional opportunities to channel and sustain reform throughout the Division.

Reform in itself creates turmoil when it is not effectively employed. The goal is not just getting to the fight first, but staying in the fight and winning! With this thought and the continuous training focus on large scale combat operations, HR professionals must be creative in every regard. As 3ID innovates itself to remain relevant to the changing character of war, so must the HR professional supporting the unit. The IPPS-A system will create real-time update opportunities with every Soldier involved in their personnel process. As IPPS-A undergoes refinement before its launch, the 3ID HR professionals are charged with keeping personnel updates current on behalf of every Soldier in the division. The Human Resource Operations Center works closely with the units to ensure Soldier updates are timely and accurate. 3ID received accolades from FORSCOM for an outstanding personnel record, specifically on DD93 and SOES. Despite the accolade, 3ID G-1 remains focused on providing the best personnel support possible to the Rock of the Marne Soldiers.

Soldiers are the Army’s greatest resource; people are an integral part of the success that 3ID enjoys. HR professionals in 3ID are committed to meeting the Soldier, DA Civilian, and Contractor at their point of need in support of the 3ID mission. 3ID remains committed to increasing its large and proud history dedicated to people, with a large focus on readiness, modernization, and reform.

[1] CSA 40 Philosophy, 13 Aug 19

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The Old Guard Prepares for IPPS-A

By CPT Sheena Rubin, Battalion S1

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment is most commonly recognized as The Old Guard (TOG) by many.  We are the oldest active Infantry unit in the Army, serving our great Nation since 1784.  The Old Guard is the Army’s official ceremonial unit, escort to the President of the United States, and is always ready to provide security for the National Capital Region (NCR) in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.  Old Guard Soldiers are known for their exceptional pride in personal appearance and precision in performance.

On Thursday, 28 February 2019, members of the 1st Battalion Human Resources (HR) Section hosted an Adjutant General’s University training session on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.  We started off with a physical fitness competition to build morale and promote esprit de corps amongst all of the Regiment’s S1 Shops.  The course consisted of multiple checkpoints with challenging activities such as buddy carries, tire flips, and water jug carries along a 3-mile loop.  Our Battalion S4, S6, and Retention Sections even participated, showing their support for the AG Corps!

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Human Resource Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers participated in a PT competition before taking part in the unit’s Adjutant General’s Corps University.

The Integrated Personnel & Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) was the topic of this quarter’s AG University.  Our training event was advertised through S1Net and the Potomac Chapter of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) network channels to reach as many HR professionals in the NCR as possible.  Over 100 Army HR Professionals came to Joe Rosenthal Theater for the information brief and live IPPS-A demonstration.  Attendees included service-members from the Regular Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, and Department of the Army Civilians.  It was also noted that Soldiers of various military occupational specialties were present, not just those with AG Corps specific affiliation.

IPPS-A presenters, CW3 Ricardo Estrada and SFC Rosalyn Bennett, HQDA G1, Technology and Business Architecture Integration, Functional Management Division, IPPS-A, made this event an immense success.  Their opening slide show provided an overview of IPPS-A.  It described the program, milestones, fielding timelines, and how IPPS-A will transform Army HR.  The slides that identified the pending changes in military pay and removal of legacy systems sparked the most dialogue from the audience.  Once the slide show was complete, the team transitioned into the IPPS-A demonstration using the software’s live training website.  This realistic view presented all Company Commanders in the room a view of their current HR report options in a new concise dashboard format.  It also revealed to end-users the ability to initiate their own personnel actions through the web-based program.

LTC Allen Kehoe and CSM Robert Carter, 1st Battalion’s Command Team, came out to recognize CW3 Estrada and SFC Bennett for their outstanding work in the HR community.  They each received a Battalion Commander’s coin, certificate of appreciation, and custom print that highlights the unique missions of our unit.  Our leadership acknowledged the importance of data accuracy before the new system goes in effect.  Soldiers will be able to accomplish their mission without making appointments to check on pay inquiries or to update personnel record discrepancies.  The system’s transparency will give Soldiers more time and confidence in the S1 routing process with less physical paperwork.

1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major presents the IPPS-A team with Old Guard plaques for their service in the Army HR Community. Pictured left to right: CPT Jasmine Morgan, CSM Robert Carter (Battalion CSM), SFC Rosayln Bennett, CW3 Ricardo Estrada, CPT Sheena Rubin, and LTC Allen Kehoe (Battalion Commander).

The audience collectively inquired about future distance learning, institutional courses, and on-site home station training opportunities.  The participation during the briefing and follow up requests for supplemental information show that Soldiers realize this HR system will manifest into reality, unlike DMHRS.  IPPS-A is here and The Old Guard is ready!  We look forward to hosting more training sessions in the future.

1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment Battalion S1 Officers and Soldiers after observing a ceremony on historic Whipple Hill. Pictured left to right: CPT Jasmine Morgan (inbound Battalion S1), SPC Amina Carter (Actions Clerk), PFC Cassandra Vargas (Customer Service Clerk) and CPT Sheena Rubin (outbound Battalion S1).

If you are interesting in serving in The Old Guard please visit Old Guard – Join Us! for more information and application criteria.  Defend and Serve!

1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment AG Soldiers in ceremonial uniform outside the newly dedicated Old Guard memorial on Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall, Virginia.
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Update, 2 October 2018

1. AG SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE FALL 2018 ITERATION OF THE AGS CREDENTIALING PROGRAM. The Adjutant General School (AGS) is pleased to announce open enrollment for the Fall 2018 iteration of the AGS Credentialing Program.  Qualified CMF/AOC 42 Soldiers, from all components, may apply for the opportunity to participate in the credentialing program.  Increased opportunities are available during this iteration; Soldiers who previously applied and were not selected are encouraged to reapply. All packets must be uploaded through AMRDEC NLT 25 October 2019 for review and consideration. Visit the following link for more information.  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526333

2. CURRENT iPERMS BATCH PROCESSING STANDARDS. From HRC Army Soldier Records Branch: Batches scanned into the AA/AV Domains in iPERMS are processed within 30 calendar days. Priority is given to batches with “BOARD” in the comment / container field. Board batches are processed within 3 duty days. Ensure only documents for Soldiers who are within the 60 day window of a board are included in Board batches. Audit batches are currently being processed within 30 calendar days.https://www.milsuite.mil/book/message/780621

3. IPPS-A FMD TEAM IS ACTIVELY SEEKING ARMY OFFICERS AND NCOS FOR IMMEDIATE ASSIGNMENT CONSIDERATION.  The Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) Team is actively seeking Army Officers and NCOs for immediate assignment consideration within IPPS-A’s Functional Management Division (FMD), located in Arlington, VA. Visit the following link for qualification and application information. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/message/780650

4. IPPS-A PAY ERROR RESOLUTION GUIDE. From the IPPS-A Team: The purpose of this guide is to outline Pay Error Resolution beginning with Release 2 and set the conditions for enhancements in Release 3 based on the persistent outbound interface between the Integrated Personnel Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) and Defense Joint Military PaySystem-Reserve Component (DJMS-RC) during the transitional period. Research must be conducted to determine where incorrect data resides (i.e. IPPS-A or DJMS-RC).https://www.milsuite.mil/book/message/780653

5. SERVICEMEMBERS’ GROUP LIFE INSURANCE ONLINE ENROLLMENT SYSTEM (SOES) UPDATE. From CMAOD:  As of 24 Sept 2018, the Army has confirmed and certified a total of 766,451 SGLV forms in SOES across all Components: Active Duty 91.34% (427,794), Army Reserve 68.55% (129,832) and Army National Guard 62.44% (208,825). The Total Army is currently 21.11% behind glide path, primarily due to lower certification levels in the Reserve Components for SOES implementation. This is the last SOES weekly report we will send out. If you would like to continue reviewing the weekly numbers you can see them on the CMAOD web page athttps://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Casualty%20and%20Mortuary%20Affairs%20Operations%20Division%20(CMAOD).  It will change to a monthly report.https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-400945#comment-543419

6. MASTER LEADER COURSE (MLC) ATTENDANCE OPPORTUNITIES – FORT DIX NCOA. The Noncommissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) Fort Dix has opportunities for Soldiers in the rank of SFC (non-promotable) to attend the Master Leader Course (MLC) for ATRRS Class 19-001 and 19-002.  USAR-AGR and Regular Army promotable SFC’s must go through HRC’s Schools Branch for support to attend MLC. Non-promotable SFC’s (USAR AGR and Regular Army) can request to attend Class 19-001 as a walk-on.  National Guard Soldiers eligibility is based on current NGB and/or state guidelines. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/message/780714

7. INSTALLATION/COMMAND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

a. FORT BELVOIR: FY19 MILITARY HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONALS SYMPOSIUM ON FORT BELVOIR. HQ INSCOM G-1 is hosting the first FY19 Human Resources Professionals Symposium on Fort Belvoir at Thurman Hall.  This will be a recurring event, therefore HR Professionals are welcomed to provide training ideas, discussion topics, and/or volunteer to train or host. Take a look at the attached flyer and spread the word. The agenda and RSVP instructions are posted at the following link on S1NET.  We look forward to your input and participation. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-500187

8. Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. For research purposes, all ALARACTs are posted on AKO at the following link.https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/550282

a. ALARACT 080/2018, 2018 BIENNIAL SPECIAL DUTY ASSIGNMENT PAY (SDAP) REVIEW AND RECERTIFICATION GUIDANCE, DTG: R 281458Z SEP 18. SDAP is a discretionary monetary incentive, paid to enlisted Soldiers who qualify for and serve in designated special duty assignments that have extremely demanding duties requiring extraordinary effort for satisfactory performance or an unusual degree of responsibility. This ALARACT announces the changes directed and approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) (ASA (M&RA)). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526325

9. Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and Military Pay E-Messages.  All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page athttps://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper. All Military Pay E-Messages are available on the DFAS website at https://dfas4dod.dfas.mil/centers/dfasin/library/milpay.htm.

a. MILPER MESSAGE 18-313, SPECIAL MOS ALIGNMENT PROMOTION PROGRAM (SMAPP), ISSUED: [9/27/2018 9:24:25 AM]. Soldiers may reclassify into specific critical MOS identified in the SMAPP.  Promotion of Soldiers reclassified into a SMAPP-designated MOS will be effective on the date of graduation from the MOS-qualifying school, which occurs after all training phases are completed and the MOS is awarded, provided they are otherwise eligible.  See the message for current SMAPP MOS.https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/18-313

b. MILPER MESSAGE 18-314, FY19 MILITARY GOVERNMENT SPECIALIST (38G) PANEL ANNOUNCEMENT (ARMY RESERVES), ISSUED: [9/27/2018 3:57:31 PM]. This message applies to all (Non-AGR) United States Army Reserve (USAR), National Guard, and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) officer applicants for branch transfer to Military Government Specialist (38G).  It contains officer eligibility and application requirements, selection procedures, and other general information.  https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/18-314

c. MILPER MESSAGE 18-315, FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2019, THE SURGEON GENERAL ADVISORY BOARD, ISSUED: [9/28/2018 9:18:40 AM]. An advisory board is scheduled to convene on or about 12 Dec 18 to recommend candidates for appointment as the Surgeon General, United States Army, and appointment to the grade of lieutenant general. The considered population for the FY19 Surgeon General advisory board includes AMEDD Competitive Category officers in the grades of Colonel and above who are serving on the active duty list serving with a date of rank of 28 Sep 18 or earlier. Officers with a DOR of 29 Sep 18 and later will not be considered by this board.https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/18-315

d. MILPER MESSAGE 18-316, FY19/20 ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (ARSOF) OFFICER ACCESSION PROCESS ANNOUNCEMENT (REGULAR ARMY), ISSUED: [9/28/2018 12:51:19 PM]. This message announces the FY19 Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) Officer Accession Process for Civil Affairs (CA), Psychological Operations (PSYOP), and Special Forces (SF). Eligible officers for FY19 are Year Group(s) (YG) 14-16.  Interested and eligible officers should contact the SORB to begin the application process immediately, as it can take up to 90-days to complete the application process and influence the class date of an A&S Course. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/18-316

e. MILPER MESSAGE 18-317, CLARIFICATION OF MILITARY LEAVE IN COMBINATION WITH PASS, ISSUED: [10/1/2018 1:57:19 PM]. This message supersedes MILPER Message Number 17-316, 4 Nov 17, SUBJECT:  Clarification of Military Leave in Combination with Pass. The purpose of this message is to provide guidance to grant ordinary (chargeable) leave in combination with pass.  Although specific holidays are addressed, the contents of this message apply to any pass period.https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526413

10. FORSCOM WORLDWIDE INDIVIDUAL AUGMENTATION SYSTEM (WIAS) REQUIREMENTS. Visit the FORSCOM WIAS topic on S1NET at the following link.https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/apf/s1net/forscom-wias

a. FORSCOM WIAS HIGH PRIORITY POSITIONS. This post lists positions which are overdue and are critical vacancies. They are considered a priority fill above all of our other requirements due to their overdue status, and we will accommodate a minimum 30 day reporting window for all positions listed. Our full working list of requirements is also attached for full visibility. Please be advised this is a working list that is tasked to our Corps and MSCs and cannot be promised to applicants without a complete packet. We will update this posting bi-weekly to provide the most up to date opportunities. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-502391#comment-542989

11. ARNG/USAR POSITIONS/JOBS AVAILABLE.  S1NET members have posted the following RC position/job vacancy information.  For a listing of all USAR primary vacancies (updated weekly) visit https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-375787. Units/commands who wish to post vacancies on S1NET may do so by following the instructions posted on the front page of the Job Announcements topic at the following link. Those posts which are in the correct location and which are posted in accordance with the instructions provided will be included in a future S1NET Message Summary.      https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/apf/s1net/jobannouncementsmobvacancies

a. GA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OPEN WO POSITIONS, 75 VACANT M-DAY WARRANT OFFICER POSITIONS ACROSS 41 DIFFERENT MOSs.https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-525121

b. 3RD MAIN COMMAND POST (MCP) – OPERATIONAL DETACHMENT, TPU MULTIPLE E4-O5 VACANCIES, FT. HOOD, TX. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-439719

c. 401ST CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION WEBSTER (ROCHESTER), NY & TONAWANDA (BUFFALO), NY: OFFICER AND NCO OPENINGS. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-525222

d. 341ST MMB, TPU, MULTIPLE 1SG VACANCIES, VARIOUS LOCATIONS. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-525366

e. FIRST SERGEANT (1SG) VACANCY – 323RD MI BN, FORT MEADE, MD (TPU). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-525505

f. 157TH CSSB – MULTIPLE TPU CO CDR (O2/O3) VACANCIES – VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-525790

g. 1-304TH TRAINING BATTALION, TPU, WO1-CW2/2LT-MAJ, S-4 OIC VACANCY, LONDONDERRY, NH. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526081

h. COMMAND & STAFF TPU OFFICER VACANCIES WITH 389TH CSSB AT FT TOTTEN, NY. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526117

i. 102D TRAINING DIVISION (MS) HAS MULTIPLE TPU OFFICER/WARRANT OFFICER VACANCIES, FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526303

j. 1-383RD TSBN – TPU VACANCIES (O-3 TO O-4; E-6 TO E-8) – DES MOINES, IOWA. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526375

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