Airmen promoted in March will get to sew on their new rank, but they won't see their new pay until after the Military Personnel Data System upgrade is complete.
The Air Force is shutting down the database that is the repository for all personnel data and actions for about 23 days in March. That means no updates can be made until the system is brought back on line.
"Unfortunately, until MilPDS is back online, promotions that become effective during this window will not be able to be processed," said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong, Air Force Personnel Center operations division chief, in a press release. "Once the system is available, they can view their promotion data in the virtual Military Personnel Flight application to ensure their promotion information is accurate and updated."
Active-duty airmen who are promoted between March 4 and March 26 should keep an eye on the virtual military personnel flight after MiLPDs is brought back up to make sure their promotion information is updated. Airmen are urged to contact their base personnel section if their promotion information is not updated within 10 days after the upgrade is complete. Base military personnel sections will be responsible for tracking records to avoid overpayments because of promotion cancellations or delay.
Reservists promoted within in the same time frame also must keep their eye on the virtual military personnel flight to make sure their promotion information is updated. They will also have 10 days after the MilPDS upgrade is complete to notify their personnel sections if their information is not updated.
MilPDS was supposed to shut down for 23 days back in December and airmen were warned in September and October to take care of any issues that might impact their paychecks before the system was taken off line. But with the rescheduling of the shutdown, Air Force Personnel Center officials are once again urging airmen to be proactive about addressing actions that impact their pay before the shutdown.
Active-duty airmen who are eligible to reenlist, extend their current enlistment, retire or separate in March are 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 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, Air Force Personnel Center reenlistments branch chief, in a press release. "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 the chance of pay delays is high if their date of separation expires during the upgrade. The Air Force processes more than 60,000 reenlistments and enlistment extensions every year.
AFPC officials are also want active-duty airmen eligible for retirement or who want to request voluntary separation in March to take action before the shutdown. The Air Force processes about 12,000 retirements and 23,000 separations each year.
"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, AFPC retirements and separations branch chief, in a press release. "Typically, airmen can apply for voluntary separation or retirement up to one year out."