The Department of Navy (DON) COOL program began as part of a Joint-Service initiative to promote civilian credentialing opportunities for military Service members and it has now been expanded to include civilian personnel. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps have collaborated to share data, research, analysis, and best practices so that all Service members can benefit from credentialing opportunities. All Services have recognized the important role that occupational credentials can play in professionalizing the Force and in enhancing the Service member’s ability to transition to the civilian workforce upon completion of military service. The information gleaned from the military Service-specific COOL initiatives can also apply to civilian personnel.
The COOL initiatives began in 2002 when the Army launched the first COOL web site. In 2006, the Army and Navy entered into an agreement to allow for collaboration on COOL for Soldiers and Sailors. The Navy launched its COOL web site in 2006, and the Marine Corps and Air Force joined the COOL Team and launched their own sites in 2014. Beginning FY17, DON COOL is being expanded to include credentialing opportunities for Department of Navy civilian personnel. Because DON civilian COOL focuses on the broad federal occupational series and not just Department of Navy-centric duties, the information contained in DON COOL can apply to all federal employees.
The collaboration among the Services in implementing their COOL programs is in keeping with Department of Defense guidance to the Services to realize potential future savings and attain greater efficiency and effectiveness by combining joint functionality.
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