Military Personnel Data System to undergo overhaul Published Oct. 4, 2012 By Tech Sgt. Patrick Crumby 188th Force Support Squadron FORT SMITH, Ark. -- On Dec. 3 the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency is upgrading the Military Personnel Data System (MilPDS) and migrating to a newer more secure platform called Oracle R12. MilPDS will be unavailable from Dec. 3-26. Airmen's base pay and entitlements (BAH, BAS, haz duty, family separation, etc.) managed by Air National Guard Comptroller Flights will not be affected. The following is a list of critical actions that can have an effect on pay: Airmen who have an ETS between Nov. 15, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2013 are advised to re-enlist/extend no later than Nov. 16, 2012. All promotions/demotions will need to be updated by Nov. 30, 2012. If you have an ETS outside of the upgrade window (Jan. 16, 2013) 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 Virtual Personnel Center Guard-Reserve (vPCGR) application with an effective date during the month of December 2012. If you have an approved voluntary retirement/separation/discharge/conditional release in the month of December 2012 you have until Nov. 15, 2012 to cancel or change that action, after which you will have to wait until the upgrade is complete. SGLI/FSGLI changes after Nov. 15, 2012 will be held and updated after the upgrade is complete. Department of Defense 214s will not be affected. DEERS/RAPIDS will not be affected with the exception of marital/dependent changes, which can be updated in DEERS not MilPDS until the upgrade is complete. For officers and Active Guard-Reserve personnel your evaluations will not be updated during the downtime. Report on Individual Personnel (RIP) and Point Credit Summaries (PCARS) will not available via MilPDS. Members can still access RIPs and PCARs on Virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF). All other self-help applications such as vMPF, vPCGR, PRDA and Air Force Portal will still be available and will not be affected during this upgrade/migration. For additional questions about this upgrade, please contact Tech Sgt. Patrick Crumby, 188th Fighter Wing Personnel Systems Manager, at 573-5766.