MilPDS conversion slated for March Published Feb. 1, 2013 By Tech Sgt. Patrick Crumby 188th Force Support Squadron FORT SMITH, Ark. -- MilPDS conversion slated for MarchOn March, 3, 2013, the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency is upgrading MilPDS and migrating to a newer more secure platform called Oracle R12. MilPDS will be unavailable from March 4-27. Airmen's base pay and entitlements (BAH, BAS, Haz Duty, Family Sep, etc.) managed by Air National Guard Financial Management Offices will not be affected. This was originally scheduled in December 2012, but was cancelled. This article will address a list of critical actions which can have an effect on pay. Airmen who have an ETS between Jan. 25, 2013 and April 30, 2013, are advised to reenlist/extend no later than Feb. 22, 2013. All promotions/demotions will need to be updated by Feb. 22 as well. If you have an ETS outside of the upgrade window (April 15) re-enlistment/extensions during this timeframe will not be updated until after the upgrade is complete. Members will not submit a voluntary retirement/separation/discharge/conditional release vPCGR application with an effective date during the month of March 2013. If you have an approved voluntary retirement/separation/discharge/conditional release in the month of March 2013 you have until Feb. 1, 2013, to cancel or change that action, after which you will have to wait until the upgrade is complete. SGLI/FSGLI changes after Feb. 15 will be held and updated after migration is complete. Also, DD214s will not be affected. DEERS/RAPIDS will not be affected. One exception is that marital/dependent changes can be updated in DEERS not MilPDS until upgrade is complete. For officers (OPRs) and AGR (EPRs) your evaluations will not be updated during the downtime. Report on individual personnel (RIP) and point credit summaries (PCARS) will not be available via MilPDS (you can still get one off of vMPF). All other self help applications such as vMPF, vPCGR, PRDA, Air Force Portal will still be available and will not be affected during this upgrade/migration. For further questions about this upgrade, please contact the 188th Fighter Wing Personnel Systems manager, Tech Sgt. Patrick Crumby, at 479-573-5766.