US Marine Corps develops mobile data capture tool to modernise recruitment

Talal Husseini 18 February 2019 (Last Updated February 18th, 2019 15:47)

The US Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) and the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) have partnered to develop a new mobile data capture tool to help modernise the marine corps’ recruitment process.

US Marine Corps develops mobile data capture tool to modernise recruitment
The US Marine Corps has developed a new data capture tool in an attempt to modernise its recruitment process. Credit: US Marine Corps/Joseph Neigh.

The US Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) and the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) have partnered to develop a new mobile data capture tool to help modernise the marine corps’ recruitment process.

The new mobile data capture tool, named the Marine Corps Recruiting Information Support System II (MCRISS II), provides marine recruiters with a comprehensive dashboard to help them across the whole recruitment process – from meeting the applicant to the completion of Marine Corps Boot Camp.

MCRC chief warrant officer and MCRISS II operations officer Christopher Mayfield said: “The dynamics of having marines work directly with MCSC software developers from the beginning was invaluable because we were able to adequately describe and display exactly what marine recruiters wanted in the new system.

“As the project progresses, we have a sufficiently staffed cadre of marines who gather input from users to keep that line of communication open, so it will help us enhance MCRISS II with more capabilities in the future.”

The MCRISS II mobile data capture tool comes with a customisable platform that assists recruiters with their day-to-day tasks, which can be accessed without an internet connection. The tool also uses cloud technology that can be accessed using government-issued devices, such as mobile phones and laptops.

The platform stores information on applicants, from personal information and background history to an individual’s goals and objectives. The data can be used to anticipate whether an applicant is likely to meet the required standards of a US marine, and can also compare candidates.

"We are leveraging industry best practices and their ability to innovate, and we’re taking those innovations and applying them without having to spend programme dollars."

MCSC’s MCRISS II project manager Jason Glavich said: “MCRISS II offers greater convenience and helps marine recruiters maintain their availability and responsiveness, so they can be successful recruiting the next generation of marines. Now that we are using the commercial cloud, our system is more secure, fast and reliable.”

The MCRISS II team expects the entire rollout of the mobile data capture tool to take 12 months, however, Glavich said the team is releasing updates every two to four weeks so that recruiters can start using limited capabilities of the product from March 2019.

“We are leveraging industry best practices and their ability to innovate, and we’re taking those innovations and applying them without having to spend programme dollars,” said Glavich.

“Because this new technology is more secure and it is built on a low-code platform instead of using traditional computer programming, it allows us to provide recruiters with new capabilities at a much faster pace.”

The developers of MCRISS II said that they hope to introduce automation and artificial intelligence to further modernise the recruitment process in the future.

Glavich added: “This predictive analysis will give us a better understanding to determine what’s going to happen, which will help us enhance MCRISS II even more in the future.”