US Army Human Resources Command - St. Louis (HRC-STL)
US Army Reserve Personnel Command (AR-PERSCOM)
With the merger of all US Army personnel functions into the Human Resources Command in 2003, US Army Reserve Personnel Command continued its operation as an additional location of HRC in St. Louis, being renamed US Army Human Resources Command - St. Louis (HRC-STL),
The US Army Reserve Personnel Command (AR-PERSCOM) managed Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) soldiers. The AR-PERSCOM mission was to conduct or support Human Resource Life-Cycle Management for over one million customers. AR-PERSCOM consisted of over 1,000 civilians and 520 soldiers, of which a majority of the officers were Majors (O4) and noncommissioned officers were Sergeants First Class (E7). The majority of AR-PERSCOM efforts supported the 205,000 Selected Reserve soldiers (TPU, IMA and AGR). AR-PERSCOM worked daily towards assisting them in meeting the minimum mobilization readiness requirements to qualify them to transfer to one of the selected reserve organizations or to fill a valid mobilization requirement.
With the advent of the Reserve Officer Personnel Management Act (ROPMA) in October 1996, it quickly became apparent that the existing management system in the USAR was inadequate in terms of developing the "best qualified" officers who could successfully compete with their active component counterparts in Force XXI and the Army After Next. In the past, success in the USAR was determined by what control group the officer was in. Officers assigned to Troop Program Units or the Active Guard Reserve program were considered "players," while those assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve or the Individual Mobilization Augmentee program were not, regardless of the reason they were in that control group.
The Officer Personnel Management System XXI (OPMS XXI) was the new personnel management system that was expected to groom a generation of US Army Reserve (USAR) officers. It would prepare them for senior leadership and decision-making positions at all levels of the Department of Defense into the year 2025. The Individual Ready Reserve would be used as a temporary "holding cell" for officers who were completing non-resident Professional Military Education courses, or could not actively participate in the Troop Program Unit or Individual Mobilization Augmentee programs due to temporary conditions.
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