Understanding your LaDR
LaDR is short for Learning and Development Roadmap. It is updated annually and is a document that outlines training and education milestones for each rating at each pay grade. The LaDR is a tool you can use to optimize your Navy career path and will provide you with guidance toward advanced educational opportunities and professional certifications.
Every Sailor in the U.S. Navy must have and utilize their LaDRs (OPNAVINST 1500.77).
LaDR documents can be combined, covering all the pay grades in a rating, or paygrade-specific within a rating. The easiest way to tell is by looking at the document file name. The combined document for ABE, for example, is "abe_e1-e9.pdf," while the document specific to E4 for ABE is "abe_e4.pdf".
If you want to print your LaDR, you probably want to print the paygrade-specific file, as the combined document is much longer. You can find the paygrade-specific documents via the LaDR icons on Summary page Related Credentials tables. (See "LaDR Icons in the Funded Certifications and Funded Licenses Tables" below.)
LaDRs on COOL
You can view your LaDR in three different places on this website:
On any page, click "Find" on the side of the page, go to the Enlisted Search tab (open by default), then click on the LaDR button. You can then search on and select a specific LaDR document. To view the selected LaDR document, click Go.
On the Summary pages, in the Navy Duties section, the LaDR link is located below the rating picture next to the rating description. This link goes to the combined LaDR documents for the rating.
On Summary pages in the Related Credentials section, there are pay grade icons as depicted above. These icons tell you that the LaDR recommends the credential for Sailors in that pay grade. Hover your mouse over the icon to see more information.
Note that while a LaDR icon means a credential is recommended for that pay grade, Sailors above or below that pay grade can still seek the certification if they are eligible for it.
LaDR icons are also shown under Related Occupations tabs on the Snapshot and Analysis pages.