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 on COOL allows Sailors, including the Reserve forces, 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 Master Chief Electronics Technician - Nuclear Power (SS) James Berhalter, command master chief for the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC). "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 the 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. Users can download the Navy COOL app from the Apple store and Google Play Store at no cost. 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 and there will be an upgrade option -- choose 'upgrade' and download.
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