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MCRISS serves as the Marine Corps’ authoritative data source for accession data and improves the quality of information available to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command by digitizing the entire enlistment and officer accessions processes, which provides recruiting functionality to track the processing of applicants from contact to shipping and beyond. Furthermore, MCRISS affords immediate benefits in man-hour savings by automating data entries and by electronically scheduling applicants for processing for and receiving electronic processing results from the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command. MCRISS interfaces with the Office of Personnel Management to ensure comprehensive security background checks on each applicant, and facilitates key data exchanges with other enterprise systems including the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS), Total Force Data Warehouse (TFDW), Advertising Information Technology System (AITS), Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS), and Operational Data Store Enterprise (ODSE).  

Systematic recruiting establishes procedures for standardization, management/planning, training, and action by focusing the Officer Selection Officer (OSO), Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (SNCOIC), and recruiter on activities and programs. The MCRISS sub-modules RSS and OSS automate the officer and enlisted elements of recruiting at the recruiter/OSO level by replicating systematic recruiting processes and enhancing their efficacy. Use of MCRISS makes the recruiting force more systematic and provides transparency and granularity throughout the process. This effort eliminates redundant data entry and saves our most valuable asset: time.  

MCRISS enables the command and control of systematic recruiting operation across all distributed locations from coast-to-coast. Additionally, through the collection of data, it enables demographic and market analysis to optimize the performance of the recruiting force.  

Operational Impact:

Time is the officer or enlisted recruiter’s greatest challenge and most precious asset. MCRISS-RSS/ OSS, coupled with solid skills and a mastery of systematic recruiting, organize a Marine’s day, week, and month, to make daily operations more efficient. The recruiter can now focus on prospecting, allowing an electronic database to manage variations in execution of a designed prospecting plan.  

Program Milestone Status:

Current endeavors focus on system modernization to fully automate the recruiting process. The programmatic priorities are maintaining cyber security credentials, supporting mandated updates to established DoD policies, implementing functional enhancements to support recruiting business processes, and maintaining key internal/external interfaces that rely on MCRISS data. MCRISS 2.0 is scheduled for release in September 2019.