The expanded credentialing opportunities have expanded!

Here's what's new:

  • Credentials Earned and Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy. If you are Navy enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to your enlistment in the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the “Navy Bucks” icon to be funded.
  • Prior Other-Service Enlisted Occupation. If you are Navy enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) enlisted occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the “Navy Bucks” icon to be funded.

These are in addition to the other expanded credentialing opportunities within the Navy COOL program:

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Opportunities for Cross-Rated Sailors

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

As with any credential, Sailors must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

These expanded opportunities add on to the already available credentialing opportunities based on rating, collateral duty, out-of-rating assignment, or current work in a position to which the credential is mapped. If you have questions about the new opportunities, feel free to contact COOL.