Sailors Continue Service Out of Uniform
In the Twenty-First Century Sailor Program, continuum of service provides guidance for Sailors and Marines looking for ways to continue to serve in uniform and once they’ve set aside the uniform.
For this reason, the Navy has devoted a tenant of the Twenty-First Century Sailor Program to “Continuum of Service”, where Sailors have a one-stop shop to review all the things they’ll need to know before they leave active duty life.
According to the official Navy blog, continuum of service aims at ensuring Sailors and Marines are provided the most robust transition support in the history of the service. Whether retraining wounded warriors, providing voluntary education, or helping achieve civilian credentialing, the department will aim to provide personnel every opportunity for personal and professional growth.
The Navy’s Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) program offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian certifications and licenses corresponding to their Navy ratings, collateral duties, and outof-rating assignments. COOL is designed to further develop the personal and professional capabilities of the entire naval force, enhancing force readiness.
Through each of the areas described in the secretary’s address, the Twenty-First Century Sailor and Marine initiative will realign many programs throughout the department and focus their combined efforts to ensure all personnel are mentally and physically prepared for the future fight have the knowledge, skills and support needed to succeed for the remainder of their lives.
“The Twenty-First Century Sailor and Marine initiative is focused on the whole life of the individual and their family’s lives,” said Director, Twenty-First Century Sailor Office Rear Adm. Sean Buck. “When a Sailor’s or Marine’s time in the military ends whether it is after four years or 40, we want your productive life to continue and for you to leave the service in better health, more trained and better educated than when you came in.”
In line with this policy, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi has created the Twenty-First Century Sailor Office here, to encourage, and actively promote the program and all of its tenants to Sailors both on shore and sea duty.
“It’s really important that everyone sit up and take note of this program,” said NAF Atsugi Twenty-First Century Sailor Office Coordinator Chief Master-at-Arms Jeffery Hilarski. “This program has been around for a few years now and unfortunately hasn’t got the attention that something of this magnitude should have, but we’re looking to rectify that now and I can say we’re making huge strides to educate all Sailors here on NAF Atsugi.”
To read more about the Twenty-First Century Sailor Continuum of Service program, check it out here.