Smartphone App Could Help Sailors, Families Easily Access RecordsJanuary 11, 2019 | :
by Monica Levitan
A new app is going to make it easier for sailors to view portions of their training records without having to use government computers.
The beta version of the MyRecord Mobile app that was release last week, gives sailors read-only access to their Electronic Training Jackets through the MyNavy Portal, the Navy’s online, self-service career management website, according to Government Technology.
The Electronic Training Jackets contain important information such as military training records the sailor has completed in addition to college courses and language skills.
According to a recent statement from Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, MyRecord is the Navy’s stepping stone toward giving sailors and their families more access to records and services without using their Common Access Cards (CAC) as a security measure.
The CAC is the standard Department of Defense ID card and is also used to access military computer networks.
In the future, the Navy hopes to allow sailors and their families have equivalent secure digital access that they would expect from their banks, Burke said.
“In time, sailors will be able to conduct all personnel transactions using their mobile device,” Burke added.
In the meantime, sailors and their families will only be able to access certain functions through MyRecord, including aspects of personnel and training information and access to a part of the training jacket in read-only mode. MyRecord also permits sailors to provide feedback instantaneously.
“Our sailors are tech savvy, and when we include them in the process the end result is always a better application,” David Driegert, program manager for the service’s Sea Warrior Program said in a statement. “We want their candid feedback, what they like and dislike about the app and what future capabilities they desire.”
In order to use the app, sailors first have to enable a CAC-free setup in the MyNavy Portal: download a Navy-approved third-party app called Okta Verify; and then download the MyRecord app. Okta Verify allows sailors to create a secure multi-factor authentication account for MyRecord, Government Technology reported.