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FMID Retention Phase: A Critical Enabler of Army Enterprise Systems

By FMS Public Affairs

Members of the PD FMS Team analyze Army organizational changes using the FMID Retention Tool Suite.
Members of the PD FMS Team analyze Army organizational changes using the FMID Retention Tool Suite.

On July 31, the Force Management System (FMS) announced the successful deployment of the Army Organizational Server’s (AOS) Force Management Identifier (FMID) Retention Phase 1 capability, further enhancing the Army’s implementation of the Global Force Management Data Initiative (GFMDI).

The AOS is the Army’s tool for meeting the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s mandate for the services to provide force structure data that is interoperable, fully hierarchical and reflects historical, present and future Army force structure authorizations. The key attribute of the AOS organizational chart data is its expansive hierarchy spanning from worldwide down through the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and individual billet and equipment authorizations. This master data provides DoD Enterprise IT consumers a stable and complete authorized force structure picture from which to tie personnel, logistics, resourcing and security data.

Due to the unique FMID tagging to each node and relationship in the organization tree, along with the use of publish/subscribe change transaction distribution, DoD Enterprise IT consumers are no longer required to establish their own hierarchy, attach their own primary keys to the data, or identify differences between versions or time slices of organizational charts by internal comparisons.

Consistent and authoritative master data is a critical enabler for the Army enterprise resource planning systems—GCSS-Army (Logistics), GFEBS (Resourcing) and IPPS-A (Personnel)—and provides stable enterprise-wide FMIDs for evolving Army operating and generating units.

Posted November 19, 2013