Personnel Files

Army Human Resources Command (HRC) Overview

I have said it before and I will say it again, the United States Army is quite similar to a large corporation. If you want to work for any large corporation, you will first go through Human Resources in that company. It is quite similar with the United States Army. While you won’t go to …

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How to Manage Your Personnel Files and Military Records

Smart Soldiers actively manage their personnel files and records.  This includes evaluation reports, awards, certificates and more.  If you want to get promoted and get the jobs you want, you have to stay proactive and actively manage your career.  Remember that no one else cares as much about your career as you do. I’ve developed a …

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How Can I Ensure My Own Military Records Are Up to Date?

Having an organized system for filing all the important information and documents pertaining to your military career is extremely important.  There are many reasons to stay organized and maintain your personal records.  For one, you will be able to compile packets for promotion/transfers, track down OERs, and have all of your medical and other important …

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ADOS and ADSW Program for Army National Guard Soldiers

If you are currently serving in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, you should consider the ADSW Program.  This stands for Active Duty Special Work.  In the past, it has also been referred to as ADOS, which is Active Duty Operational Support.  In either case, this program is reserved for traditional, one weekend a …

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AR 600-8-2: Suspension of Favorable Personnel Actions Flags

As a Company Commander or small unit leader, you should familiarize yourself with AR 600-8-2.  This Army Regulation covers all aspects of initiating, transferring, and removing Personnel Flag Actions. As a leader, you a responsible for the discipline of your unit.  From my personal experience, I’ve found that FLAGS are a very effective way to handle …

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Unit Manning Report Tips for Small Unit Leaders

The Unit Manning Report, often referred to as the Unit Manning Roster is quite perhaps the most important personnel document a small unit leader can use to track the readiness of their unit. It provides both a snapshot and an in depth analysis of the personnel strength of an Army Unit. When used wisely, this …

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NGB Form 23 Retirement Points Summary Statement

Most Army National Guard Soldiers receive an updated NGB Form 23 each year on their service anniversary or birth month.  This is an automated form generated by the Retirement Points Accounting System.  This statement provides a summary of your years of service, retirement points and estimated retirement pay. I believe the NGB Form 23 is …

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DA Photo Information

Army DA Photo Information

In the Army, Army Reserves and Army National Guard, leaders (Officers and NCOs) are expected to have a current DA Photo. The DA Photo is used to assess a soldiers’ professionalism and appearance.  In most cases, a photo is good for five years. These photos are used for promotion packets, command packets, Soldier/NCO of the Year …

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