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Navy Master-at-Arms Eligible to Earn a Certification in Homeland Security

Release Date: 6/20/2008 4:36:00 PM
           By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy's   Master-at-Arms (MA) professionals can now earn formal certification in homeland   security as part of the Navy's free Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL)   program.

COOL gives Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian   certifications and licenses that correspond to their military work experience   and career goals.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for our security   force personnel to not only broaden their military career, but also narrow the   professional gap between them and their civilian counterparts in terms of   professional credentials," said Jose Bautista,   deputy director of MA career management at the Center for Security   Forces. "As of 10 June, there have been over 500 certifications funded through   COOL for personnel in the master-at-arms rating, which makes this a very   exciting inaugural year."

The American College of   Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI) has certified professionals   across America in homeland security since   2003 through its Certification in Homeland   Security (CHS) program.

ACFEI divides the CHS program into five   levels commensurate to various career milestones and work experiences of Sailors   and other security professionals from the public, private, and government   sectors, which includes incident management and first-responder   organizations.

Level I covers disasters and introductory concepts related   to basic emergency preparedness. Level II takes an in-depth look into the world   and weapons of terrorism, where they have been used, how they cause injury, and   what can be done to avoid or minimize harm. Level III discusses the scope of   proactive emergency preparedness and   focuses on involvement in community and coordinated group efforts and emphasizes   leadership. Levels IV and V are advanced levels reserved for those members who   have completed all previous levels.

An additional benefit for MAs who   earn a certification in homeland security includes a CHS membership that   provides access to a network of training resources and a pool of professionals   who work collaboratively to improve homeland security.

The American Board for Certification in Homeland   Security Web site ( provides additional   information into the benefits of earning a certification in homeland security.

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