JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --
Air Force officials are encouraging active-duty Airmen who are eligible to reenlist, extend their current enlistment, retire or separate in March to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections by Feb. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues.
Airmen need to 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 March. The upgrade project is scheduled to take about 23 days to complete, during which time, MilPDS will not be available.
MilPDS is the 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. MilPDS also supports a host of interactions with other active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard systems and processes that rely on this personnel data.
Reenlistments and enlistment extensions
Reenlistment-eligible Airmen or Airmen with permanent change of station or retraining orders should contact their base MPS and initiate their reenlistment or enlistment extension paperwork by Feb. 15.
"Airmen who accomplish their reenlistment or enlistment extension by Feb. 15 should not experience interruptions in their pay because their servicing MPS can process all appropriate transactions prior to the MilPDS upgrade," said Michael McLaughlin, the Air Force Personnel Center reenlistments branch chief. "Getting these personnel transactions completed and into the Defense Finance and Accounting Service system are the fastest means to update an Airman's pay and entitlements, which will reduce the need for DFAS to correct an Airman's pay record."
Airmen can reenlist or extend their enlistment during the upgrade in March, but they may experience additional delays in processing these transactions to DFAS if their date of separation expires during the MilPDS upgrade period.
The Air Force processes more than 60,000 reenlistments and enlistment extensions annually.
Active duty retirements and separations
AFPC officials are also encouraging active-duty Airmen who are eligible to apply for retirement or request a voluntary separation in March to initiate these personnel actions through the virtual Military Personnel Flight application on the myPers website at http://mypers.af.mil as soon as possible.
"While a short-notice separation or retirement can be processed manually, we would like Airmen to be proactive and apply as soon as possible to process their request," said Maj. Michael Meek, the AFPC retirements and separations branch chief. "Typically, Airmen can apply for voluntary separation or retirement up to one year out."
Airmen will notice minimal processing delays if they initiate their retirement or voluntary separation applications before March. Processing these applications early will help base MPSs reduce their backlog of transactions to process after the MilPDS upgrade is completed. Airmen who intend to voluntarily separate or retire can have their approved dates of separation updated and potentially avoid being selected for a deployment or assignment.
The Air Force processes about 12,000 retirements and 23,000 separations annually.
Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members
Air Force Reserve members are not required to take any immediate actions unless they are notified by their MPS. MPSs will receive specific instructions on critical personnel and pay processes related to accessions, unit training assemblies and participation, mobilizations and activations and casualties. These processes will continue to function during the upgrade. Other personnel and pay processes will be held during the cutover period and processed once the upgrade is complete. Servicing MPSs will notify their affected members as soon as possible of any required personnel actions. More information is available on the ARPC public website at http://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil and the myPers website at http://mypers.af.mil.
Air Force 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.