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Military Apprenticeship Program

What takes 8,000 hours but no extra time, helps advance a military or civilian career, and is completely free? For one Sailor, it’s a United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) certificate.

Machinery Repairman 1st Class Thomas Chaney is a course supervisor and instructor for Advanced Machinery “C” School at Surface Warfare Officer School Learning Site Norfolk.

He earned his U.S. Department of Labor-issued apprenticeship certificate for Inside Machinery in 2007 through USMAP. It took Chaney four years to complete this certificate, and he is currently working on a Locksmith apprenticeship that he is on track to finish within a year.


But how did he accomplish this while doing his job?

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And the hardest thing about the program? Chaney said, “Nothing. There’s nothing hard about the program itself. Situations in a Sailor’s life may make it difficult, but the program itself is pretty easy – it doesn’t have too many flaws.”

Sailors interested in USMAP can get started by going to the program website and finding the right apprenticeship program for their rating. “I always encourage Sailors to enroll in USMAP.  It costs them nothing,” Chaney said.

Besides the cost-free advantage of this apprenticeship program, there’s also the pride – and bragging rights – in Sailors being able say they have thousands of hours of work experience. And they have the USMAP certificate to back it up.

For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/.   For more news from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit: www.navy.mil/local/voledpao/. For more information on USMAP, visit: https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil.

USMAP is 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. Those programs are important parts of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, 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.

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