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COOL App Empowers Sailors to Manage Their Careers

By Glenn Sircy,
Center for Information Warfare Training Public Affairs


PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Sailors continue to benefit from the Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) program with the latest Navy COOL app update released, Sept. 19.

Navy COOL provides information about licenses and certifications applicable to all Navy occupations, offering resources and funding to help Sailors gain appropriate civilian desired, and in many cases, required credentials. COOL also provides other key resources such as Advancement Bibliographies (BIBs) and Learning and Development Roadmaps (LaDRs).

As recently outlined in a recent All Hands story, “Credentialing provides Sailors with greater flexibility in managing their military careers. In the future, the marketplace detailing environment will draw on Sailors' complete backgrounds, including credentials, when matching them with possible assignments, a key element of the Sailor 2025 Rating Modernization. These changes align with education trends toward ‘stackable’ credentials, which can be a blend of academics, technical training, apprenticeships, certifications and licenses.”

Check out a quick Navy COOL overview video here: https://youtu.be/7Z9sLkuaX_I.

With over 43,000 downloads so far, the app is the No. 1 downloaded app in the Navy’s App Locker.

Some of the updates include:

1) New user experience. The app has been completely redesigned to provide the user the most feature-rich experience available in today's Navy App Locker suite of apps. The experience focuses on a quicker app install and loads only the data you need, when you need it.

2) Enhanced features. The app brings new, enhanced features that include optional searches in "Navy Career Areas" as well as the "In Demand by Career Area." The "Navy Career Areas" search allows the user to find a Navy rating/designator related to major occupational areas (e.g. Aviation, Healthcare, Mariner/Maritime, etc...). The "In Demand by Career Area" search allows the user to find what civilian certifications and licenses are in high demand in civilian occupational areas (e.g. Aviation, Healthcare, Mariner/Maritime, etc...).

3) Consistent user experience. The app provides more content that is consistent with the Navy COOL website at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn. Users can find credentials, LaDRs, Advancement BIBs, United Services Military Apprenticeship Program, and the rest of the resources found on the Navy COOL website, as well as live links and phone contacts to resources and assistance.

“The revised Navy COOL app is a continuation of the Navy's commitment to empower Sailors to meet their personal and professional goals, in an easy-to-use package that is completely mobile ready,” said Michael Talley, Navy COOL program manager. “With over 1,800 funded credentialing opportunities available for enlisted Sailors, and more than 1,600 are mapped to officer designators, there are options for everyone.”

The app can be found on the Navy App Locker website at http://www.applocker.navy.mil or through the new Navy App Locker app, which provides Navy Sailors, civilians, and family members a central location to view mobile applications, review detailed information about Navy-developed apps, and have streamlined access to their device's appropriate app store.

The U.S. Navy Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) produced the app and Tracen Technologies Inc., a company that specializes in integrated mobile and web solutions, was the software developer.

For more information about Navy COOL, visit http://www.cool.navy.mil/ or call (850) 452-6683.

An additional resource, the Navy College Program, provides opportunities to Sailors who are preparing to make the next move in their careers through Navy Voluntary Education (VOLED). For more information about the Navy College Program, visit https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/index.htm or call 1-877-838-1659; DSN 492-4684. Additional information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NavyVoluntaryEducation/.