Wealth of info in Marine Web site
ARLINGTON, Va. — From a Marine’s gas mask size to his or her physical training scores, retirement plan and salary, the Corps’ high-tech Web service makes personnel information available to Marines via the Internet.
The MarineOnLine Web site, at www.mol.usmc.mil, contains dozens of data fields to aid Marines in keeping track of their military careers.
It also gives them the ability to correct some mistakes with a few strokes at the keyboard, said Lt. Col. Roger Angel, who is in charge of the Web service.
“Inherent to some of the problems [with personnel records] is the ability to view your record,” Angel said. “If you can see what’s in your record, you can get it corrected. … It has solved a majority of problems.”
Marines must register for the service. Once they’re in, they have access to information such as their basic individual record, which lists tours, entry dates and a listing of their billets. It also provides access to their basic training record, which includes pay and leave information, including how much leave they’ve taken and when, their physical fitness test results, promotions and retirement benefits plan.
Safeguards have been installed in the programming to ensure the information is not accessible to unauthorized people, he said.
The system also lists the awards, honors and citations Marines have earned and are entitled to wear. It will even display the correct order in which ribbons must be worn on uniforms.
The Web service started in 1998 as a Marine Corps Reserve effort, and has grown to a Corps-wide effort, available to all active- duty, reserve and retired Marines, said Maj. Steve Simmons, who also works with MarineOnLine.
So, is it popular?
Simmons answered with raw numbers.
Between Nov. 9 and Dec. 9, for example, 5,843 new users registered with the system. There were 63,627 hits to the site in that one-month time frame, and 26,057 changes were made to individual Marine’s information. The total number of updates and transactions made via the Web site since its inception totals 91,856, he said.
“So yeah, we think it’s pretty popular,” he said.
Marines can change some information themselves, such as emergency contact information to include home numbers and addresses, their gas mask or helmet size, e-mail addresses and their stated religion.
Come summertime, services will be expanded to include allowing Marines to put in leave requests via the computer and get answers through the Web service, Angel said.
The site features a Marine locator section: Type in the person’s last name and up pops a screen displaying where the Marine is stationed and a work phone number.
It provides a “lineal list,” which shows Marine rankings and helps in figuring out when a particular Marine might be up for promotion. It also provides a “slate” that displays who in a particular military occupational specialty is transferring and when.