Available only to Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, with caps on how many can participate at one time, 400 or 500 for the Navy. USMAP is a 6000 hour hands-on OJT program where the candidate demonstrates skills to someone who signs off on each skill. 6000 hours is 150 forty-hour work weeks of documented work, but usually takes about two years to complete, at which point you earn a Department of Labor Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship. The brochure has a, "Sample listing of trades available:" At GFI we don't prepare people for "trades" type of jobs, so we don't see it as relevant, but some folks in high places do.
In our 11 years of teaching thousands of Navy, Marines and Coast Guard personnel, we've found only a few people who completed the program, and NO success stories.
the past I only heard one person ever say that the USMAP program was helpful in
his career, so I asked Murphy Greene to tell me how it was helpful as perhaps I
missed something. As CS1 Greene completed the various programs he would proudly
send me the certificates he received. I like to dispense the best advice, so, trying to determine why it helped him and no one else I ever spoke with, I
asked Murphy how it helped him and this was his response:
am writing this statement in reference to the USMAP certifications. My
experience with USMAP was not what I expected. I certified in all categories
of the cooking industry and household management.
I received all of my certifications and got out of the military, none of these
helped because it was a skilled laborer certification and I was looking to be a
manager, not a skilled laborer. I spent 6000 hours on some of these. I started
back in 2003 and finished all of them in 2009. It looks great on my wall but
that's about it. I found that the merchant marines would be a great place to
utilize these certifications for their cook jobs, but for the civilian
hospitality industry, they do not even recognize USMAP or know what this is.
Plus being a “military” apprenticeship program, it doesn’t relate. We need the
same certifications that civilians would get. A military certification or a
military school is not something they can relate to.
How it worked - I documented each task that was completed for that week.
The majority of the time the task may not relate to what you are doing for that
week, so you would have to catch it up whenever you can if you can or go to
another location. It would be hard for sailors on a ship that cannot get the
task done or get anyone to sign off because they are not qualified. So many of
my co-workers at the time did not even want to bother with USMAP. Sometimes
the system would be down so you could not log your hours in. Many times the
person would just forget and therefore never get it done. So it was just a
tremendous hassle all the way around, but I got it and now what?
Murphy Greene, CS1 (Ret)