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Apprenticeship Program Offers Journeyman Status for Marine with Trade Skills

Release Date: 2/14/2005

MCB QUANTICO -- Do you want to "cash in" on the job skills you have attained while in the Marine Corps? All those hours you spent on the flight line, in the motor pool, armory, or computer lab can make you a marketable asset if you take advantage of the Marine Corps United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).

USMAP currently has more than 15,000 active duty participants. More than 22,000 Marines have completed their trade certifications since the program began in 1977 ensuring civilian recognition of skills they learned in the Marine Corps.

USMAPsupports apprenticeship training in 125 occupations such as Airframe Mechanic, Automobile Mechanic, Carpenter, Cook (Hotel & Restaurant), Electrician, Engineer, Equipment Mechanic, Heavy Vehicle Operator, Legal Secretary, Machinist, Photographer, Powerplant Mechanic, Purchasing Agent, Radio Mechanic, Refrigeration Mechanic, and Welder. Of the 300 Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), 257 are covered under USMAP trade/occupations employing apprenticeships.

The goal of the training is to help Marines qualify for employment in a recognized civilian trade and develops highly trained Marines with certified technical skills.

Three new trades have been added to the Navy and Marine Corps approved trade list. The trade Airframe Mechanic, requires completion of 3,100 hours of on the job training and is open to the Navy rating AM and Marine Helicopter Airframe and Fixed Wing Airframe Mechanics. This trade takes the place of Aviation Structural Mechanic. The second new trade is the Powerplant Mechanic, which requires completion of 3,000 hours of on the job training and is open to the Navy rating AD and Marine Helicopter Power Plants and Fixed Wing Power Plants Mechanics. This trade takes the place of Aircraft Engine Mechanic. The last new trade is Internetworking Technician, which requires a completion of 5,000 hours of on the job training and is open to Navy ratings CTM, CTO and IT; Coast Guard ratings TC and TT; and Marine MOS 4066 and 4068.

Another new trade certification program available to Marines and Sailors with aviation related specialties is the Navy/Marine Corps Airframe and Powerplant Program (NMCAPP) Qualification Training Package. This program was established to support a Department of Defense and Department of Transportation initiative to assist military personnel seeking Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification. The NMCAPP is a voluntary program for members of the Navy and Marine Corps and is open to all individuals who have a rank of E-4 or higher and a minimum of 3 years time-in-service. This Qualification Training Package provides step-by-step instructions for obtaining the Armed Forces Certificate of Eligibility through military/civilian training programs and practical on-the-job experience.

For more information on USMAP contact your base MCCS Lifelong Learning program manager, or the Department of the Navy USMAP office at (850) 452-1001 ext 1753 or DSN 922-1001, e-mail You can also visit the USMAP website at

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