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Accessions Information Environment project team
Army replacing recruiting IT system

USAREC Public Affairs
July 11, 2018

FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The U.S. Army is working to replace the antiquated Army Recruiting Information Support System used by U.S. Army Recruiting Command to process applicants for enlistment.

The Accessions Information Environment project team recently submitted solicitation for commercial vendors with the capability to meet the requirements needed to replace the legacy system with an efficient and effective one.

"The significance of the solicitation notice is that the project has matured to a point where USAREC and other Army accessions partners can begin to work with industry to procure a new accessioning system, a full replacement of ARISS," said Master Sgt. Jeffery Crane, AIE project noncommissioned officer, USAREC. "Our team in the field might know ARISS better as Recruiter Zone, Leader Zone and other associated systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command is assisting by spearheading the procurement process to ensure we get the best solution for our team."

The project still has to complete the contracting phase, the design phase and the testing phase prior to launch. As it is developed over time, there will be incremental releases starting in fiscal 2019. The command will provide updates on the progress of the project throughout the duration. Completion is projected for fiscal 2022.

"Army leadership acknowledges we have a major problem with our current systems and their impact on mission accomplishment," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, USAREC commanding general. "The deputy undersecretary of the Army is committed to helping us address this problem, and while there are other stakeholders, he has directed that USAREC is the priority for fielding."

The AIE project is intended to modernize and improve systems and information exchange across all accessions stakeholders, essentially, streamlining information between USAREC, U.S. Army Cadet Command, the National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Reserve Command, U.S. Military Academy, Department of the Army G-1, Human U.S. Army Resources Command, Center for Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the Army Marketing and Research Group.

The ultimate goal is to provide a secure, interoperable, mobile solution that will deliver connectivity/mobility, information sharing/knowledge management and a common operating picture.

Research for the project began in 2014 to identify critical capability gaps in ARISS. The project has identified and documented more than 300 system requirements to ensure all needs are met with one system.

"The outcome of the AIE project will be a system that supports efficient recruiting operations and effective command and control," said Dr. Jonathan Norton, AIE project officer, USAREC. "This will ensure every Army recruiter has the information needed from the Army accessions enterprise to engender commitments, lead future Soldiers, and engage communities in direct contact with young Americans."

To read more about AIE, and view the documentation that industry will use to participate in the competition process, visit https://www.fbo.gov/notices/b2ee6327d2f31efd77e14836258adb90.

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