Alternative way to access personnel records
By Dean Hiza – Chief, Army Soldier Records Branch
Many retirees are familiar with accessing their Official Military Personnel Files, or OMPFs, through the Army Human Resources Command’s My Record portal. An alternative method for accessing them is through eBenefits, a web portal operated jointly by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. The eBenefits portal provides 24/7 secure access to the OMPFs of retirees who served after March 31, 1996.
Retirees must have a Premium (Level 2) Department of Defense Self-Service, DS, Logon account to access their OMPFs through eBenefits. Retirees can start the free DS Logon account process by registering through the eBenefits website at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal or at the DS Logon site at https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement/. Click the “Register” button.
Through eBenefits, retirees can retrieve a specific document or their entire OMPF. There is generally a delay of up to two hours between requesting documents and viewing or downloading them. Emails inform retirees when the documents are ready for viewing/downloading.
Retirees who are unable to access their OMPFs electronically through eBenefits or who retired before April 1, 1996, or the next of kin of a deceased retiree, may obtain free copies of a DD Form 214 and/or OMPF by submitting a signed Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. For more information, including where to submit your request for records, refer to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command’s web article at
https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Accessing%20or%20Requesting%20Your%20Official%20Military%20Personnel%20File%20Documents or call 1.888.ARMYHRC (1.888.276.9472).
Army consolidates programs for retired Soldiers, veterans
WASHINGTON — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno approved the reorganization of the Army Retirement Services Office, or RSO, and the Transition Strategic Outreach Office, TSO, under the Soldier For Life Program, SFL, effective Feb. 1. At the same time, SFL was reorganized under the Directorate of Military Personnel Management within the Army G-1.
The moves bring together under one umbrella the three organizations at Department of the Army level that connect transitioning Soldiers to their communities and the employment, education and health resources available to veterans through government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. SFL promotes the mindset that service and a sense of community do not end at separation or retirement.
RSO’s mission of preparing Soldiers for retirement and caring for retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and their Families until death will not be affected by the reorganization. TSO’s employment-focused mission will be consolidated with SFL’s mission, which also has a post-service employment component.
The Soldier For Life Program is based on the Soldier lifecycle. Soldiers start strong, serve strong, reintegrate strong, and ultimately remain strong, as Army ambassadors to their communities. The Soldier For Life concept is a holistic approach to this entire cycle, which ensures veterans connect to resources and their communities as they make the important transition from active duty back to the Army Reserve, National Guard or become Civilian leaders.
Retiree Council meets quarterly
The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The next meeting will be held on July 11, 10 a.m., in the Director of Human Resources Conference Room, Building 41421.
For more information, contact retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are encouraged to visit the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council Facebook page for regular updates, events, and miscellaneous information of interest; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Huachuca-Retiree-Council/357858980975547.
For additional retirement services information, go to the Retirement Services Office website, https://www.ikn.army.mil/apps/IKNWMS/Default.aspx?webId=2230.