Navy COOL provides active-duty and Reserve Sailors, whether forward deployed, underway, or ashore, a way to map their Navy education, training, experience, and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations.
Navy COOL’s David Adkins and Bruce Alberque spent 15 days traveling to different military facilities to speak with Sailors about the benefits of Navy COOL. The locations visited included Naval Base Guam; Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; Okinawa, Japan; and Sasebo, Japan.
Alberque and Adkins hosted one-hour briefs during normal working hours at each location. Each brief included a tour of the Navy COOL website and explained the voucher submission process and credentialing eligibility requirements. They also held evening briefs for Sailors working night shift.
“Our goal was to travel to as many bases as possible and tell as many Sailors as possible about the opportunities they have to enhance their military careers, and set themselves up for success in the civilian sector,” said Alberque. “Many Sailors were extremely welcoming and appreciative that the Navy COOL team traveled halfway around the world to speak to them, and our office received a significant increase in the number of voucher requests and phone calls from the areas we visited.”
With 1,875 funded credentialing opportunities available, every enlisted Sailor has at least one credential he or she can earn. More than 1,500 credentialing opportunities are mapped to officer designators.
Navy COOL is currently conducting tours at major fleet concentration areas across the U.S.
The schedule for upcoming COOL brief opportunities is available at http://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/news/briefs.htm.
From Center for Information Warfare Training Public Affairs