USMEPCOM Public Affairs
August 04, 2017
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. -- The United States Military Entrance Processing Command, working with the Defense Digital Service and the Army, recently eliminated the requirement to print nearly a million pieces of paper required to support individual enlistments.
It did so by implementing the all-digital transfer of two required forms crucial to the armed forces enlistment process, the Enlistment Contract (DD Form 4), and the Record of Emergency Data (DD Form 93). The new automated process also ensures the security of each enlistee’s personally identifiable information during transfer, something the use of paper forms could not guarantee.
Instead of capturing each enlistee’s information in a database only to print it out and mail to multiple locations, these documents are now biometrically signed, digitally provided to the Army, and made available to multiple authorized users in real time. In the future, the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard will adopt this secure, paperless data transfer system as well.
During fiscal year 2016, Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, the All-Volunteer Force accessed 224,000 new recruits into its ranks. The forms are required for each individual entering any branch of the military.