It's 0500 on 15 May 2008 when the alarm clock goes Off and Yeoman First Class Mark Smith, on board a destroyer engaged in non-combatant evacuations off Fruitopia, wakes up. His first thought: "I wonder if my agent has found a job for me? What's the trusty ol' PDA (personal digital assistant) say?" He plugs into the net and presses the agent icon on the touch screen (after noticing his flashing pay icon—it's payday!). Up pops the agent menu, and, sure enough, the "Assignments" choice appears in boldface, signaling that it contains new information.
The New Enlisted Distribution Management System?
By Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, U.S. Navy, Commander David Ruedi, U.S. Navy, and Tony Cunningham