For many years if a person served in the Military they were putting in their time, only to have their lives turned upside down when they left the military. In some cases, in the past you could work all your life at a military trade and then when you leave have to start all over. Well the federal government worked to establish a program where enlisted Servicemembers could talk some or all of their military training and duties and get vocational credit for it and have an advantage when they rejoined the Civilian world. They created the Military Apprenticeship Training program, or USMAPS program. It is a training program that formalizes your experience and gives you a method to capitalize on your training and job service. The Department of Defense, and Senior Officials in each of the five service branches sat down along with officials from Congress and the Department of labor, to devise a program where Servicemembers could receive credit and support for their vocational efforts while in the Service.
The qualifications to enter the USMAPS program are relatively simple. You have to have a HS diploma, or a GED and have the documentation for the USMAPS program filled out, and be serving at your primary job at your command or post. In addition you have to be serving in a job that is on the approved USMAPS apprenticeship list. This sounds like a lot, but it is less than you may think. It simply means owning a HS diploma and participating in a job that qualifies in the military for the USMAPS program. You must be on active duty and have a term of enlistment that allows you to complete the apprenticeship program once you start.
After you complete the training apprenticeship program, you receive both occupational credit that you can utilize in the Civilian world, and a Certificate of Completion, which is awarded to all candidates that successfully complete the program.
The Program is not one that requires any off duty service, and you can receive credit for up to 50 percent of the total job program training hours you complete in the military toward a civilian job training program. If you become involved in the USMAPS program, it is sometimes possible to grandfather in other types of military experience that you have completed in the past and still get credit for them.