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About Navy Knowledge Online (NKO)



If you have difficulties accessing NKO, you should contact your command for assistance. However, please note that NKO may be offline certain periods of time as security updates continue. Currently NKO requires a CAC card (see links below) for logging in. This is due to the heighten security over the internet. Again, your chain of command should be able to assist you or provide guidance.


Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) is a portal used by active duty, reserve and retired enlisted and officers of the United States Navy. NKO provides information and resources such as career management, personal development, leadership, learning, references and more.

Much of these resources can be used for personal and professional development. For example the Navy e-learning provides courses related to the career and courses that can be used if you retire or get out. The Information Technology (IT) courses are an example of education you can use in several setting including home, work and play.

Allowing Navy retired personnel access to Navy Knowledge Online is one smart strategy the uses to tap into a large pool of knowledge available to current active duty and reserve personnel. By keeping the channels open between retired, active duty and reserve, the communications pipeline stays open and knowledge is shared.

Sharing knowledge is many times done through the Navy Knowledge Online forum. One interesting way of sharing information is through the Community of Practice (COP) program. COP allows people to share best practices, advice and expertise in organizational, functional and operational knowledge in a specific interest group. The focus is on continuous learning, mutual exchange and collaboration.

Navy Knowledge Online is one tool enlisted leaders should use and encourage others to use. When supervisors have a new check-in, they should check to see if they have an account with Navy Knowledge Online. This is a good way to assist new members with personal and professional growth.

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