PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Naval Education and Training Command announced Sept. 14, the recognition of the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) as an Innovator and Trailblazer by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the DOL's Registered Apprenticeship Program, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recognized USMAP as an affiliated organization contributing to the readiness of the American worker.
"Registered Apprenticeship plays a critical role in the United States' efforts to out-build, out-educate and out-innovate the rest of the world," said Secretary Solis. "I'm proud of the role that the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program has played for decades in preparing our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman for careers in the 21st century economy."
In place since 1976, USMAP is currently serving more than 60,000 active participants working toward their journeyman certification in 124 trades that correspond to Navy ratings.
Administered by the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), USMAP is open to eligible active duty service members.
"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, 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."
During their apprenticeship, service members document their military duties while working in their rating or military occupational specialties (MOS). USMAP enables documentation of a Sailor's formalized and structured training and combines on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical instruction. All the individual is required to do is regularly document the hours worked in the various skill areas either in a hard-copy log or electronically through the Web and have it verified by their supervisor. The service member submits a report every six months to the program administrator and a final report once their required OJT hours are complete.
"Each apprenticeship varies, but they require between 2,000 and 10,000 hours of on-the-job work and training," said Marybeth Whitney, USMAP senior registrar. "Working a typical 40-hour week, many individuals can complete an apprenticeship within a year. Trades available in the program range from aircraft mechanic to x-ray equipment tester. More than 96 percent of Navy enlisted rates, 85 percent of Coast Guard enlisted rates, and 232 Marine Corps MOS' are eligible for these trade apprenticeships."
USMAP trades apply to virtually all members of the services, including those who have been serving for several years.
"Partial credits for work done before registering for USMAP can be awarded to those who have time-in-service," said Tom Phillips, USMAP certifications and credentialing program lead. "The maximum credit a service member can receive is 50 percent of the required OJT. For example, an E-6 with ten years of service interested in an apprenticeship requiring 8,000-hours can receive a maximum of 4,000 credits toward their certificate, cutting their requirements for hours of logged OJT in half."
"USMAP is about recording and quantifying what you've accomplished," added Phillips. "Service members are already doing the work; it's just a matter of documenting what they already do. Now they have their work 'on the record' and a completed apprenticeship shows significant professional development, and can look good to promotion boards. Certificates can also open doors once a service member decides to hang up the uniform."
Any active duty Sailor, Marine, or Coast Guardsman can become an apprentice as long as they have been designated in a rating, have sufficient time to complete the program while on active duty and possess a high school diploma or GED. The selected trade must be their primary job at their current command.
USMAP is just one of many opportunities for personal and professional growth available to Sailors to earn certificates, licenses and degrees, making them invaluable assets to the Navy. Educational and certification programs are important parts of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiatives, which seek to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
For more information on USMAP, visit: https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil.
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