Letter to the Editor

The Navy Marine Corps Intranet looks like a good candidate for an expose on how to have cost overruns and decrease the service to the end user.

The Marine Corps is not going to NMCI until the first of April 2002, but already we at the field level have lost funding, and with the cost of systems under NMCI, we will be losing PCs as well.

There are more than 1,500 PC users on Parris Island, with around 900 printers of various sizes and speeds. We currently have more than 67 scanners in use around the depot. Under NMCI, the number of PCs drops to 900, printers drop to 200 and scanners drop to 11.

We currently are going into Phase II of the smart card program here, and it requires heavy use of PCs and local-area network connections to track recruits and to keep information on the smart card accurate.

Under NMCI, that might not be possible if the current level of PCs for overhead personnel is kept (high-ranking officers and senior noncommissioned officers not in direct support of recruits).

Also, under NMCI, there was not supposed to have been a reduction in force of civilian personnel in support of IT functions. But it appears now that the only way that there can be money for the payment of NMCI costs is to remove as many civilian employees as possible.

Only a small number will be offered jobs by the contractor. You will be offered a job with the contractor if your name appears on a list that was provided by the director of the Navy some time last year. Otherwise, you have to try and find a new job on your own.

With all of the A-76 studies that are going on, and the reduction of civil service positions worldwide, it looks pretty slim for someone who wants to complete their 20 years of service.

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