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Army to merge PERSCOM, Army Reserve Personnel Command

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 9, 2003) -- The Army announced today that it will create a single command to perform the functions of the current U.S. Total Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Va., and U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Command in St. Louis, Mo.

PERSCOM and AR-PERSCOM will retain their respective names and unit insignia until a date to be determined, Army officials said.

The new command will integrate the two existing organizations as a multi-component field operating agency under the Army G-1. The Army National Guard will integrate functions, where possible, and the Civilian Personnel Operations Center Management Agency will realign into this FOA at a later date, officials said.

The merger is a result of a recommendation from an Army-level Human Resources Integrated Process Team, or HRIPT, that convened last year. That task force made several recommendations affecting FOA-level operational support that have since been approved by Army Secretary Thomas White.

In February, the G-1 directed the establishment of a multi-component task force to oversee the implementation of the secretary's decision. The Human Resources Transition Task Force will "concentrate on process re-engineering to support mergers and re-alignment," said Lt. Gen. John Le Moyne, the deputy chief of staff, G-1.

The HRIPT recommendations are far-reaching, complex, and involve the active Army, Army Reserve, National Guard, civilians employees and contractors, Le Moyne said.

"This will have long-lasting impacts on our Army's future and our support operations," Le Moyne said of the merger. "This is not an easy task."

"The organizational realignment of PERSCOM and AR-PERSCOM is a historical milestone in Army Transformation," said Lt. Gen. James Helmly, the chief of Army Reserve. "This integration will serve as the foundation for changing the manner in which we care for the Army's most valuable resource and foundation, its people,"

"We are excited about the opportunities this realignment represents and will work energetically to fully realize the immense potential improvement this will bring," Helmly said.

"We see a tremendous opportunity to improve the quality of personnel support to our soldiers, families and civilian workforce as we transform the Human Resource functions of our Army," said Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, the director of the Army National Guard. "We believe we can team where appropriate and integrate some of the personnel systems of all Army components to improve customer service while at the same time protecting the state control of our Army National Guard as exercised by the governors and state adjutants general."

"Establishing a single command for civilian personnel operations will allow for more efficient and effective servicing of the Army's workforce," said David Snyder, the assistant G1 for Civilian Personnel Policy. "While we will face many challenges in making this change, the hard work ahead is the right thing to do for all Army civilian employees worldwide.

"This is an opportunity to demonstrate we are 'The Army' and a step closer to being on the objective when the Objective Force arrives." said Maj. Gen. Dorian T. Anderson, executive agent for the effort, during a discussion with the HR Transition Task Force.

The HRTTF will plan and execute actions related to postal operations, personnel and civilian pay functions, and other human-resource functions.

Other human-resource realignments include: Realigning Civilian Personnel Advisory Centers and Civilian Personnel Operations Centers under CPOCMA; and consolidating policy and operations from all Senior Executive Service personnel under the assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs).

More information on the merger is available on the Web at https://www.perscomonline.army.mil/hrc.

(Editor's note: Information taken from a Department of the Army news release.)



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