Department of Defense (DoD) Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) is the result of extensive inter-Service collaboration to facilitate credentialing of Service members. All Services recognize 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 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard each have their own Service-specific COOL programs designed to match military occupations to civilian credentials (occupational certifications, licenses, and apprenticeships) and provide resources to help Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen attain these credentials. The Services disseminate this information on their own COOL websites. DoD COOL is the umbrella site providing a single point of access to the Services’ COOL websites.
In addition, DoD COOL includes the following features:
- DoD Civlian COOL — Built from the same mold as its sister sites, DoD Civilian COOL helps federal civilian employees find detailed information on certifications and licenses related to their federal jobs. They can also use DoD Civilian COOL to get background information on credentialing and related topics.
- Military Occupations Explorer — Learn how military occupations related to each other among the military branches, to civilian occupations and to civilian credentials.
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. In 2019, the Coast Guard and DoD Civilian sites completed the COOL team.
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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