United Services Military Apprenticeship


The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides service members the opportunity to improve job skills and complete civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty.  USMAP requires no off-duty hours.  It combines on-the-job training and related technical instruction in which you receive practical and technical training.  Each apprenticeship requires 2,000, 4,000, 6,000 or 8,000 work hours to complete.  Upon program completion, the US Dept of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally-recognized “Certificate of Completion”. 

The Department of Labor (DOL) is the Federal agency responsible for the administration of the National Apprenticeship System in the United States. USMAP is the DOL sponsor for all military apprenticeships. All DOL sponsors have a written set of standards that set the guidelines for apprenticeships. These standards are tailored to fit USMAP's military mission.


  • Program is free and requires no off-duty hours
  • Receive national recognition as a DOL apprentice
  • Have documented proof of work experience
  • DOL registered apprentices are sought after by employers

A service member can become an apprentice if you meet all the following requirements: 

  • Are active duty Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy
  • Have sufficient time to complete the program while on active duty
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED 
  • Are assigned to, and are performing duties in, an authorized trade occupation

If you would like to learn more about USMAP, please stop by the Education Center for more information.