Navy COOL Updates App
By Carla M. McCarthy, 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 uploaded to app stores, March 28.
With more than 24,000 downloads so far, the app matches the most recent information found on the Navy COOL website.
Navy COOL provides active duty and reserve Sailors, whether forward-deployed, underway or ashore, with a way to map their Navy education, training, experience and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations.
"We're working hard to make this program better and better every day," said Keith Boring, Navy COOL program manager. "One of the things we were able to do with this latest upgrade is to compress the app to make it even easier for Sailors to download and install on their mobile devices and see how they can take advantage of Navy COOL."
Every enlisted Sailor has at least one credential he or she can earn, considering 1,875 funded credentialing opportunities are available. More than 1,500 credentialing opportunities are mapped to officer designators.
Sailors will find updated links to advancement exam bibliographies in the app, and hospital corpsmen, in particular, will now find their bibliographies broken out by specialties.
The update also includes a requirement to install Department of Defense trusted certificates, which allows users to access external DoD and Navy websites from the app.
Sailors can learn more about the app and Navy COOL program through one of Navy COOL's visits to major fleet concentration areas to educate Sailors about the program.
The schedule for upcoming COOL brief opportunities is available at http://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/news/briefs.htm.
The Navy COOL app and all apps developed by the Navy's Sea Warrior Program Office (PMW 240) and Naval Education and Training Command's eSailor teams 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.