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Marine Down The Memory Hole

An excerpt from a reader:

     Kind of late to the answer, but USMC records will be of no use in resolving this.  Several years ago, the Corps brought a new automated system (MCRISS) for tracking applicants and recruits.  The change over was not smooth, but once the old sytem was gone, everyone dumped applicant records more than 35 months old.  Those records were also from a computerized system that had been on line for approximately 12 years.  It did not track office visits, it tracked applicants.  Applicants were people who actually took the test for enlistment or for officer candidates.  People who walked in off the streets to shoot the breeze with a recruiter are still not formally tracked.  The resruiter fills out a contact card and does initial screening, ie weight, height, criminal and education background.  Those cards never get entered into an automated system, they are strictly for the recruiter to reference and account for his time to his NCOIC.  The NCOIC reports total number of contacts and the method of contact but never any personally identifiable info to his headquarters ubtil the person becomes an applicant. …..    

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