News: SRBs to be replaced with Official Military Personnel Files
Story by Lance Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - A Service Record Book documents a Marine’s entire career. It is a hard copy of files that has everything needed when Marines report in to a new unit including life insurance and family information.
Marine Corps wide, administrative clerks have started converting the SRB to an online format called an Official Military Personnel File, said Cpl. Quincy L. Alexander, Marine Corps Air Station New River Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron administrative clerk. The OMPF will be accessible to Marines through the Marines Online website.
Service Record Books are going away; it’s going to all be electronic, said Alexander. He said the problem with SRBs is that Marines tend to lose or damage them in transit. They are going to be one less thing Marines will need to keep track of when checking in to new units.
The online files will help in other aspects of Marines lives in addition to checking in. It will also make it easier when Marines go up for boards, said Alexander.
“Instead of having to go to administrative shops, Marines can access all of their information with the click of a mouse,” he added.
The information posted online will be protected and will not be accessible by anyone except that individual Marine unless used for official business or if permission is granted.
The change not only helps individual Marines, but it also greatly helps Marine Corps administrative offices.
If an SRB has errors or needs updating, it could be weeks before the paperwork gets processed and filed. In an OMPF, results are much faster because it skips the hard copy.
Once OMPFs are operational and showing stability, SRBs will be returned to their owners. They will be distributed to their respective units where they will be passed out to the proper Marine.
“A smart Marine will print out hard copies of everything online and keep their SRB up to date,” Alexander said.
While transferring an individual SRB to an OMFP only takes a matter of minutes, the overall process is time consuming.
The air station’s Installation Personnel Administration Center is now changing more than 7,000 records. The transfer should be completed by the end of January or early February, said Alexander.
For more information on SRBs or the transition to OMPFs contact the station IPAC.