Marine recruiters get notebook PCs
- By Bill Murray
- Dec 12, 2000
The Marine Corps is the last of the armed services to give its recruiters
notebook PCs, but officials don't think the machines will transform the
For $2.5 million, the Marine Corps Recruiting Command purchased 1,320
notebook PCs in October, or one for every two recruiters, said Capt. Rob
Winchester, a MCRC spokesman in Quantico, Va. Officials kept the products
at district stations until modems were installed to complement the network
interface cards in the PCs, he said.
MCRC is not standardizing on any single vendor's products, and it obtained
its PCs through Marine Corps Systems Command officials' quarterly blanket
purchasing agreement buys, Winchester said. The BPAs feature products by
Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp. and Micron Electronics
The notebooks run on Microsoft Corp. Windows NT Server 4.0 networks.
Recruiters can download the Electronic Personnel Security Questionnaire,
an automated security applicant-screening tool, as well as automated enlistment
forms, applicant tests, computer-based video clips and the Marine Opportunities
Book, which Winchester described as an encyclopedia-like listing of job
opportunities within the Marine Corps.
The Army deployed more than 10,000 notebooks running the Army Recruiting
Information Support System. But unlike Army officials, who said that they
want to project the image of a high-tech force, the Marines say that they
just want to improve recruiters' effectiveness and efficiency.
Because Marine recruiters have achieved their recruiting goals for 65
consecutive months, they say there's no need to overhaul their process.
In deploying the notebooks, however, they are trying to comply with a paperless
processing initiative from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Winchester
The Marines are working on obtaining remote network connectivity for
the notebooks through dial-up, Digital Subscriber Line or cable modems,
he said. They eventually want to use the notebooks remotely to download
e-mail messages, electronically forward recruiter leads, offer computer-based
training and format applicant forms, which the Army has been doing for more
than a year, Winchester said.