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NEWS | Feb. 27, 2016

US Army: Going to MARRS

By Sgt. Jonathan Fernandez 204th Public Affairs Detachment

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Are you looking for fuelers to fulfill vehicle readiness? Do you need a company of military police to conduct convoy security?

“Readiness is the most important aspect, and the very reason for this software,” said Lt. Col. Benito E. Rodriguez, the G-37 collective training division chief at U.S. Army Reserve Command. “From a sourcing standpoint, it allows anyone with access to the program to pick a unit that meets the specific criteria to fulfill that particular mission.”

In terms of readiness, this system is revolutionary in the way units operate, plan for, and train for unit collective training events.

“How do we know if that unit is coming at the highest [level] of excellence going into that competitive environment such as a warfighter exercise?” Rodriguez said.

Once a need is identified for a specific mission, the requester is able to search on the MARRS system while inputting certain parameters. The system then pulls all pertinent information from different databases and populates the system with units that fit the mission.

“Readiness is our number one priority and there is no other,” said Capt. Mathew Young, an overseas deployment training manager at U.S. Army Reserve Command. “It contributes to readiness by ensuring our units are getting trained how they need to be trained.”

The new system was put in place three years ago by the National Guard Bureau and later adopted by USARC to replace the “archaic system that was in place,” said the Edmond, Oklahoma native.

As USARC pushes to make this application a norm in the Army Reserve through Rodriguez and Young’s cross continental briefings to partnering and subordinate training personnel, the objective is to have this system in use across the Army components.

“That’s the end goal,” said Young, “to have all three components come together under this system because that’s how we fight our wars.”