Paying the front lineThe Canadian Forces’ HRMS system ensures privates and generals from Canada to Afghanistan are paid on time and correctlyBy Todd Humber09/08/2003|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 09/11/2003 It’s 3 a.m. at the Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa. The military’s HRMS system springs into action as data arrives, beamed in from a tent half-a-world away. A lieutenant in the Canadian military on a mission in Kabul has been promoted to the rank of captain at 11:30 a.m. Afghanistan time. An operator in a nearby tent keys the woman’s new rank into the system and that information is sent via satellite to the military’s HRMS in Ottawa.The next time the military runs payroll, the captain can be confident her pay will include the raise that comes with the rank. It’s all part of the unique payroll world of the Canadian military, an organization with payroll needs far removed from those of most in the private sector. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.