Battle Sight Zero Archives
Following are the Battle Sight Zero Archives. Remember to check out the home page slide show for the current BZO items.
June 2017 – New Find & Select Features
Find & Select Search Box Updates
You likely by now have noticed that the Find & Select Related Credentials search box has a new look this month. It also has new features, which will make it easier and faster to use.
Let us know what you think of the new functionality, and as always, if you have comments or suggestions, feel free to contact us.
New Search Features
In response to user feedback, the search box has a new design to make it more intuitive. Only one drop-down list is in view at a time, to make it clear that searches are performed on one category at a time. Click on a category to open the search drop-down, and click X to close it.
You can now sort and filter the drop-down lists. Instead of having separate drop-downs for listing by code or by title, both are combined in the same drop-down and you can sort by one or the other.
You can now filter the list by typing in the text box above the list. The list will display only items matching the text you enter. Note that some special characters are not allowed as search characters, and you can't paste into the search box.
December 2016 – Attention Cyber IT/CSWF Personnel
New Cyber IT/CSWF Management and Qualification Program Has Been Launched
All current Cybersecurity Workforce personnel take note! The new DON Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Program is effective immediately.
SECNAV Manual 5239.2, DON Cyberspace Information Technology and Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Manual has been published. The recently revised SECNAV M-5239.2 is effective immediately and all affected personnel should read it in its entirety.
The familiar Cyber IT/CSWF roles of IAT, IAM, IASAE, and CND have been replaced by thirty-six (36) unique Specialty Areas. Cyber IT/CSWF personnel must attain and maintain qualification for their Specialty Area or Specialty Areas (if assigned to more than one). See the new Cyber IT/CSWF section here on Marine Corps COOL for detailed information.
The Cyber IT/CSWF structure differs significantly from the previous Information Assurance workforce structure in that it now is based upon the actual specialties and proficiencies required by the work, not upon the general area and system/network size. The structure also provides the means to move to a more focused qualification regimen.
This revision identifies MAJOR changes to the DON Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) Management and Qualification Program. The revision:
- Updates and clarifies the position and personnel coding process
- Sets qualifications criteria required of personnel identified as "Core" Cyber IT/CSWF
- Establishes program management procedures
- Details the general cybersecurity training required by all DON authorized users
- Adds Appendix 4, Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce Qualification Matrix, to clarify qualification requirements and options
For more information review the Cyberspace Information Technology and Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Manual in its entirety.
October 2016 – DON Civilian COOL Launch
Department of the Navy Civilian COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) Launches
The Department of Navy (DON) is committed to the professional development of its military and civilian personnel. DON Civilian COOL is the next step in the evolution of DON COOL, which focuses on civilian credentialing opportunities for military Service members in the Navy and Marine Corps. The new site is being developed so that civilian personnel can also identify certifications and licenses that provide professional growth opportunities in their career areas.
DON civilians can find both general information on credentialing as well as specific information on credentials related to their individual federal occupational series. Just like the functionality found on Navy COOL and Marine Corps COOL, after searching on a federal occupational series by either code or title, users will get a list of credentials related to most or some of their job duties. Clicking on a credential title in the list provides detailed information about that credential, including its description, eligibility requirements, exam topics, and recertification requirements.
The US Navy Credentials Program Office, Center for Information Warfare Training is developing DON Civilian COOL in phases. The first phase of development was done in partnership with the US Fleet Forces Command (USFFC). For the initial launch, the site includes the 35 federal occupational series in the USFFC. Additional federal occupational series and credential opportunities will be added on a monthly basis, so check back often.
June 2016 – Invitation from SgtMajMarCor Ronald Green
Invitation from the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Click here for a special letter from the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green.
June 2016 – Master the National Credentials Table
Using the National Certifications and Federal Licenses Table
The main resource on MOS Summary pages is the National Certifications and Federal Licenses table in the Related Credentials section, shown below. (Summary pages are the pages you see when you select an MOS from the Find & Select Related Credentials box and click Go.)
This table is where you can see the credentials related to your MOS. It has many features, such as the filter box on the left, to help you focus on the credentials that most interest you. Many of these features, however, may not be obvious at first glance.
For example, to view only credentials that have been reviewd by a third party to ensure they meet quality standards, use the Accreditation filters. (The ANSI filter is shown in use below.) If you are considering two certifications, one of which is accredited, you may want to choose the one with accreditation.
The following information describes the table's features in detail. Review the list following the graphic for detailed descriptions. Being familiar with how best to use this table can make Marine Corps COOL that much more useful to you.
- Filter box – Check the items in this box to filter the information displayed in the table. A filter works by limiting what you see in the table. For example, if you click the COOL Bucks filter, only credentials with COOL Bucks are displayed (credentials not having COOL Bucks are still there, but they are hidden.) The table is filtered instantly when you check a filter box. Note that by default, the table displays with the Most and Some filters active, so it displays only credentials related to some or most of your MOS job's tasks. (Other credentials in the table are related to your MOS, but not as directly as the Some or Most credentials.) Filters are additive—you can apply multiple filters: "I only want to see credentials with Most, Some and ANSI accreditation." The active filters are shown in the Active Filters list (described below). To clear all the active filters, click Clear All.
- Active Filters – Shows the filters that are currently applied to the table. You can turn off a filter either by checking its box in the filter box, or by clicking the filter's X in Active Filters. If you don't see what you expect to see in the table, make sure there aren't active filters you forgot about.
- Table Legend and Help – Click these buttons to view pop-ups explaining what is in the table and and overview of how to use it.
- Print – You can print the filtered view of the table for later reference.
- Text Search – Filter the table for any text you type in the box. If you type "vibration" in the box, the table will display any row containing that word. This is a quick way to find a certification if you know one of the words in its name.
- Column Sort – You can sort by any column by clicking on the heading. If you want to sort by multiple columns, hold down the Shift key when you click on a heading. Sorted columns are indicated by a red triangle, and the sort direction is shown by which direction the arrow points.
- Data Overview and Navigation – The information shown just above and below the table tells you how many total credentials there are, and how many you are currently viewing. If there are multiple pages of data, it shows you which page you are viewing and lets you page forward and backward.
October 2015 – Welcome to the New COOL
Welcome to the New COOL!
The US Marine Corps is a modern, cutting-edge force. To best support today's Marine, COOL must be cutting-edge too. COOL has been completely retooled and revamped to improve your access to the credentialing information that is important to your career. We've built in new features and functionality, such as:
- Responsiveness – the site responds on the fly to your hardware, with purpose-built support for desktops, tablets and phones.
- Interactive credential tables – you now have many more tools at your disposal when looking at credentials related to your Rate, Designator or Collateral Duty. You can apply filters, sort, and search by key words. Once you have your customized list, you can print it and take it with you.
- Reorganized content – All of the supporting information on COOL, from the Credentialing Steps along the top of each page, to the pages you access from the top navigation bar has been redesigned and rewritten to make it easier to understand credentialing and what it means to you. And most importantly, to make it easier for you to understand what you need to do to get a credential.
- Revamped look and feel – It's still COOL, only better. We've made things easier to read, easier to find, and easier to use, whether you're at your desk or on your phone.
Make sure to spend the time to explore your new COOL. Kick the tires, poke around. There is a lot to see and discover. And it's all here to help you become a better, more professional Marine. Let us know what you think– feel free to leave a comment.
August 2015 – TA DECIDE
TA DECIDE Can Help You Choose a College
TA DECIDE is dynamic information and comparison tool designed specifically to aid participants of DoD's Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs. The TA DECIDE engine is fueled by more than 10 recognized and trusted data sources from across the departments of Defense, Education and Veterans Affairs.
It provides a first of its kind experience, uniquely tailored to the needs of the TA participant. We hope TA DECIDE provides you with high value, actionable information on educational costs and outcomes to compare educational institutions that you may be considering.
Visit the TA DECIDE website for more information.
July 2015 – Site-Wide Search
New Site-Wide Search
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the new site-wide search box in the upper right-hand corner of COOL pages. We have been testing the search functionality, and it is now ready for prime time.
You can now search all of Marine Corps COOL for key words and phrases, using the search box at the upper right of COOL pages:
It works as you'd expect– type in a search word or phrase, and you'll see a page of results, including all occurrences on the COOL site. What you might not expect is that the results are organized into three tabs:
- All – Shows all results
- Military Occupations – Only shows results on COOL Rating Summary pages
- Credentials – Only shows results on COOL Credential Snapshot pages
Now it will be easier than ever to find exactly the credentialing information you're looking for. Happy searching!
April 2015 – Maintaining Credentials
Your Credential May Need Maintenance
Did you know that many certifications & licenses require annual maintenance (fees and/or additional training) to keep them current and valid?
To keep your civilian certification current, you may need to pay an annual or routine maintenance fee and/or complete a minimum number of related continuing education activities (such as attend conferences, participate in courses or training, earn additional certifications, read books or guides, etc.). These activities may be referred to as Continuing Education Units (CEU's), Continuing Maintenance Units (CMU's), or something similar. If you do not maintain your credential per the certification agency's guidance, your credential may expire. At that point you might have to re-take the credentialing exam and pay any fees due to be able to recertify.
Credential maintenance may be required for a Marine-specific position or initial/continued employment as a civilian—keeping your credentials up to date is as important as earning them in the first place.
Some examples of certifications that require annual maintenance (not a complete list):
- ABCHS Certified in Homeland Security – requires 30 CEUs over a three-year period
- CompTIA A+ ce – requires 20 CEUs over a 3-year period + $25.00 due annually
- CompTIA Security+ – requires 50 CEUs over a 3-year period + $49.00 due annually
- (ISC)2 CISSP – requires 120 CPE credits over a 3-year period (40/year) + $85.00 due annually
- GIAC certifications – require 36 CPE credits over a 4-year period + $399.00 due once every four years
Following are some common questions related to continuing education units (CEUs):
1. What are Continuing Education Units?
A CEU is a unit of credit equal up to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certifications or licenses. In most cases CEU's are used to maintain certification requirements relevant to the field in which the certification applies.
2. Why Complete CEUs?
Many certifying agencies and certain professions require that practitioners earn a specific number of CEUs per year to ensure that they are up-to-date with current practices in their field. Proof of credits earned is necessary to renew a certification or license. The number of credits required varies by certifying agencies, industry and state. Please check with the certifying agency for CEU requirements for your certification.
3. How to earn CEUs?
CEUs can be earned by attending conferences, completing online courses, completing a college course, passing a related certification exam, attending various certifying agency events and writing a paper or journal article relevant to certification. In most cases training must meet the requirements of the certifying agency; most certifying agencies will have a listing of recommended CEU training located on their website under the general heading of something similar to 'Maintaining Your Certification.'