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NEWS | Aug. 9, 2017

Army Reserve training focuses on personnel readiness

By Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris 99th Regional Support Command

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command hosted training for the Interactive Personnel Electronic Records Management System and Automated Record Brief Aug. 24-28 at its headquarters here.

The 99th RSC’s Directorate of Human Resources brought in Army Reserve instructors along with more than three-dozen Soldiers and civilian employees for the week-long training event.

“Traditionally, we run the iPERMS class by itself and just teach how to manage Soldiers’ records, conduct records reviews, scan documents and upload them into the record,” explained Elizabeth Dailey, a contract employee with Veterans Engineering and Technology LLC who serves as an iPERMS instructor.

“In this combined class, I come in and teach them how to do the record update and review, and then the ARB portion kicks in because they can’t do the ARB unless the documents are in iPERMS,” she added.

iPERMS is a system used by Soldiers and human-resources professionals to maintain a secure digital record of a Soldier’s Official Military Personnel File. The ARB offers Soldiers and HR professionals centralized access to personnel information online and provides a snapshot of a Soldier’s military career information.

“The bottom line is that we have to have these records up-to-date. Soldiers have to have their documents in their record be an accurate and true representation of who they are,” Dailey said.

Maintaining a Soldier’s iPERMS record and ARB can have a direct impact on readiness and is key to ensuring America’s Army Reserve remain the most capable, combat-ready and lethal federal reserve force in the history of the nation.

“Personnel records are important for readiness purposes,” said Sgt. 1st Class Herotia Porter, Active Military Management Branch, U.S. Army Reserve Command. “Making sure Soldiers’ records of emergency data and life insurance are current and correct is a vital piece of readiness.”

“If Soldiers are missing orders, if they’re missing awards, if they’ve got fraudulent documents in their records, then that translates to a lower level of readiness simply because we don’t have an accurate view of who we’re dealing with,” Dailey said.