Glossary of Terms Follow

 

Term   Description
ADS   Acronym that is short for the Arrival and Departure System
ADG   Acronym that is short for Application Development Group
DOS   Acronym that is short for Department of State
PCS   Acronym that is short for permanent change of station
Permanent Change of Station

 

In the United States Armed Forces, a permanent change of station (PCS) is the official relocation of an active duty military service member – along with any family members living with him or her – to a different duty location, such as a military base. A permanent change of station applies until mooted by another PCS order, completion of active duty service, or some other such preemptive event.

This should not be confused with a permanent change of assignment (PCA), which describes the reassignment of active duty personnel to a new unit within the same military post.

This term is also used for other United States government employees, such as a Foreign Service Officer, special agent, diplomats, and other civilian, non-military personnel, being stationed in embassies and consulates around the world.

PCS Request   A PCS may be requested by an employee of post Service Providers. This request is called a PCS Request.
PCS Assignment   Your PCS Assignment is the combined set of records associated to your PCS from your existing location to the new location. These records are the results/data of your Pre-Arrival, Check-In and Check-Out processes. It may contain elements of your Profile but your Profile is disparate data and only Profile data required for processing will be included in the PCS Assignment data.
ADS   Acronym that is short for the Arrival and Departure System
Employee   Employees are any personnel coming or going to a post, mission or other organization using this system.
Service Provider   Service Provider's are any personnel participating in the processing of incoming and/or outgoing employees and granted one or more elevated permissions in the system. 
SP   Acronym that is short for Service Provider
Assignment   For ADS, Assignment represents your relationship to post by virtue of the position officially assigned to you.
     
Post Administrator   A Post Administrator is a Service Provider that has the ability to configure specific aspects of one or more Post's configuration not available to a normal Service Provider.
Mission Administrator   A Mission Administrator is a Service Provider that has the ability to configure specific aspects of one or more Mission's configuration not available to a normal Service Provider or a Post Administrator. Mission in this context is meant to describe the U.S. diplomatic missions to other countries or international organizations as established by the regional bureaus by order of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs and Secretary of State
System Administrator   A System Administrator is a specialized user that has the ability to configure specific aspects of the overall system. 
Microsoft Account    A Microsoft Account may be assigned by an organization (such as DOS or ADG) or may be obtained personally by an individual directly through Microsoft. This system will not accept the usage of personal Microsoft Accounts. One must have a Microsoft Account assigned by either DOS or ADG to use this system. 
Employee Dashboard    The Employee Dashboard is used for transferring employees to manage their profile and PCSs.
Service Provider Dashboard   The Service Provider Dashboard is used for managing arrivals and departures from the post/organization perspective. This is only available to those with one or more Service Provider permissions.
     
     
     
     
     
Pre-Arrival   Processing activities that are targeted to occur before and up to arrival at post/mission/organization.
Check-In   Processing activities that are targeted to occur once you arrive at post/mission/organization.
Check-Out   Processing activities that are targeted to occur prior to leaving up through leaving post/mission/organization.
Assignment Fields   Assignment fields are a list of values associated to an individual's assignment at Post that are mapped to customized fields created by the Post.
ENS   Acronym that is short for Emergency Notification System. This is a generic reference to the specific systems used by each post/mission/organization.
CSV   Acronym that is short for comma-separated values. This is an export format for data that can be imported into spreadsheets or other systems that accept CSV files.
Post   A general term representing localized business operations such as an embassy or consulate.
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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