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Hi, 

Hoping someone can help.

In our unit our members earn what we call 'Promotion Points' they earn these by completing trainings, operations etc. I have added a custom field to the Personnel file called promotion points but now i'm looking for some way to implement the following.

What we are trying to achieve is been able to bulk add these points to members, my idea is to have a button/form in the soldiers module which will allow us to select the members and add and remove a certain amount of these points and a reason why they have got the points which will then show in their combat record or service record. I have so far managed to get the field showing on the soldiers module and a button added to the drop down but after looking through the files i'm stumped at how I could create a form to enable me to achieve what I want. A basic overview of the form would be 

List of members

Amount of points awarded

Type of ponts (Combat or Service)

Reason for the points

These points should be added to the already current value and not overwrite them. It would be similar for removing the points except this would simply be a form with the list of members and points to be removed.

I understand this is a highly customizable feature and can understand if support for this would not be available, but i would be grateful for any pointers in the right direction 🙂 

Thanks!

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It seems that this promotion points feature would need to be specifically developed into the system. We don’t currently have a way to handle these points. However, we are aware then many units use this type of system so implementing it into PERSCOM would be a beneficial step for many. 

With that being said, can you provide a thorough and in depth explanation of how you would ideally imagine this system to integrate and we can start working it in? Thanks!

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That sounds awesome,

I'll be sitting down with the unit leaders later on tonight to go through the idea and how it should ideally work. I'll post a reply with an in depth explanation etc shortly!

Thanks 🙂

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On 12/4/2018 at 7:28 PM, Jon Erickson said:

It seems that this promotion points feature would need to be specifically developed into the system. We don’t currently have a way to handle these points. However, we are aware then many units use this type of system so implementing it into PERSCOM would be a beneficial step for many. 

With that being said, can you provide a thorough and in depth explanation of how you would ideally imagine this system to integrate and we can start working it in? Thanks!

Don't forget if you add this, make its use optional. 

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Well, as you may know, software development requires constant rollout and nothing will be perfect when it’s first released. When this feature is released, it will be up to our customers to continue to provide feedback/suggestions on how to better the feature. Without that, software development hangs! So, absolutely the goal is to make everything work for everyone, but there will never be a day when it’s “finished”. But over time we can create a great product!

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So after getting my head around finishing up our new website I have finally had time to sit down and brainstorm how this should work.

Here's what we have come up with so far.

Member attends an event, training etc. After attending the earn a certain amount of points. 

A record admin will then add a combat/service record for the attenended members, we have thought of adding a simple option within the combat record form that says 'Promotion Points' which will accept a numeric value. Once submitting this it will then add a combat record and update the amount of promotion points they have, which should be displayed on their personnel file. We need to make sure the value is updating and not overwriting, i.e they already have 2 points they would get added another 2 so it would make 4 etc. I guess pretty much how a post count works on the forums.

Now onto the management of these points, so within our unit, we take points away for promotions etc, so we ideally need some way of managing these points, so we thought about having this integrated into the soldiers module, a new column should be added that shows the current amount of points, and then on the dropdown for each member a Add promotion points form link and remove promotion points form link should be added. This form would would be like so..

Soldier*

Amount of points*

Reason*

Submit

This would then allow us to add any adhoc points and remove points. This could also be integrated into the checkbox system across multiple members, i.e buttons to add and remove points.

We also looked way into the future and looked at the possibility of been able to have a certain amount of points trigger a certain color of the text of the points on their personnel file and the soldiers module in the admincp, i.e notify of us when ready for promotion, this could tie into the ranks system by defining a value per each rank of the amount of points they need. I.e 50 Points for SGT would trigger the number to go green, any other number that is not tied to a rank would go red. This I think however would require the system to know not to go green say if the member is already a CPL which requires 40 points and they have 45, it would only go green at 50 when ready for their next promotion. However, this is an idea for way into the future.

Hope this somewhat makes sense!

Thanks for this awesome system!

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