Armed Forces News

Soldiers in time will handle all of their personnel and payment issues digitally, if they are not doing so already. The Army announced Aug. 30 that its newly established Integrated Personnel and pay System-Army (IPPS-A) would serve as a single online system for all soldiers — be they active-duty, National Guard or reserve — to use. Before the change, each component managed its own such program. Moving to a fully digital system should eliminate human-error factors common with paper transactions. Accountability should improve as well, the service’s paymasters believe.

Service members requesting leave would simply do so by logging into their account on IPPS-A and filling out an electronic form, using their personal devices or computers.

Implementation will be incremental. Soldiers at Fort Jackson, S.C., are scheduled for an informational town hall later this month.