The Marines are going mobile with Tablet PCs

Marine recruiters across the country are getting Tablet PCs to increase their “speed of execution”, according to Brg. Gen. Richard T. Tryon. The best I can tell from the picture, they are using Fujitsu convertible Tablet PCs.



The Marine Corps Recruiting Command began the initial distribution of more than 3,200 new Tablet PC style laptop computers primed to aid recruiting process.

The purpose of the Tablet PCs is not to replace the systematic recruiting process that has made recruiters successful for the past 33 years. The Tablet PC is a tool to enhance systematic recruiting by speeding up the enlistment process of applicants.

“These Tablet PCs will enhance the success of our Marine recruiters,” said Brig. Gen. Richard T. Tryon, commanding general, MCRC. “The systems will help recruiters with speed of execution.”


The Tablet PC is a laptop computer with a rotating screen and a stylus pen that enables recruiters to capture digital signatures. The computer has a special feature where the screen folds down and upright so that the keyboard or mouse doesn’t have to be used, which allows the Tablet PC to operate entirely with the stylus pen.


“These Tablet PCs will replace a lot of the pen and paper methods currently used by recruiters,” said Sgt. Charles J. Fackler, data network specialist, MCRC. “The tablets will offer an automated enlistment package, the capability to fill out security forms, the ability to show advertisements anywhere, as well as the opportunity to check where a recruit is during their training.”