United Services Military Apprenticeship Program SpotLight

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On October 01, 2012 (EST)

We kick off week six of our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series with a look at the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).  USMAP is a formal military training program that provides Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members the opportunity to advance their job skills and earn a Registered Apprenticeship Completion Certificate while still on active duty.

The program offers active duty service members the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship in one of 124 apprenticeable occupations.  Currently there are nearly 64,000 active apprentices enrolled.  Service members are able to choose the trade they pursue as long as it relates to their military occupation.  Upon completion of the program, participants receive a nationally recognized Completion Certificate to help attract employers when a service member returns to the civilian workforce.

USMAP was established in 1999 through the consolidation of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Naval apprenticeship programs.  By 2007, the U.S. Coast Guard was also added, expanding Registered Apprenticeship opportunities to more service members. 

The ability to complete an apprenticeship while still on active-duty is a great opportunity that gives participants a head-start on beginning a civilian career and helps ensure U.S. service members have the skills employers are looking for.  In FY 2011, 5,388 service members completed their apprenticeship requirements and earned a Completion Certificate.

“The partnership that we’ve forged with the DOL clearly demonstrates that our certified Sailors are on-par with their skilled civilian counterparts working in industry,” said Capt. John Newcomer, Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Commanding Officer. “USMAP is part of CPPD’s voluntary education program, which is a conduit for equipping Sailors with strong analytical skills, the ability to make informed decisions and avenues to pursue their life-long educational and credentialing goals. I strongly encourage all Sailors to take full advantage of these opportunities, including participation in USMAP.  Earning the DOL certificate costs the service member nothing, does not normally require working additional off-duty hours, and benefits the service member as well as the command.”

The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator Registered Apprenticeship program during the August 1 “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate” National Education and Action Summit at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act. 

We encourage you to read the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program Fact Sheet for more information.  Also, for more on the Registered Apprenticeship opportunities available through USMAP, be sure to visit: https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil/usmapss/static/usmap.jsp. 

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