The Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) app for mobile devices received a significant upgrade April 28 with the addition of advancement exam bibliographies (BIBs).
Added to the Navy COOL website last month, BIBs allow Sailors, including the Reserve force, who are preparing for advancement examinations to access their references without the need for a common access card (CAC). The direct links to the Navy COOL website BIBs enhance the functionality of the COOL app for mobile devices.
“Adding the BIBS to the Navy COOL CAC-free website was a major win for the Sailor,” said Command Master Chief James Berhalter, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) command master chief. “Adding that same tool to the Navy COOL app makes it even more convenient, with the ability for active-duty and Reserve Sailors to prepare for advancement exams virtually anywhere.”
According to Keith Boring, Navy COOL program manager, adding BIBs to the app is a major accomplishment, but is just one of the upgrades.
“Many of the documents in the app have been compressed, making downloading it easier,” said Boring. “We’ve also added supporting files for the Learning and Development Roadmaps, Rating Information Cards and Joint Service Transcript files. App users should see noticeable improvements after downloading the update.”
The Navy COOL app is a bring-your-own device tool designed to work on personal devices outside of the NMCI domain.
To find the free Navy COOL app, search “Navy COOL” in app stores or in your web browser. To update the existing Navy COOL app on your mobile device (if you haven’t received a notification), check the page in the device store. There will be an upgrade option you can choose to download the update.
The Navy COOL office is located at the Center for Information Dominance (CID) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Corry Station, Florida, is the Navy’s learning center that delivers information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
NETPDC, located on board NAS Pensacola Saufley Field, Florida, provides products and services that enable and enhance education, training, career development, and personnel advancement throughout the Navy. Primary elements of the command include the Voluntary Education Department, the Navy Advancement Center, and the Resources Management Department.