What are the benefits of an apprenticeship for veterans and service members? What apprenticeship programs exist for service members and/or veterans?

Apprenticeships are viewed as beneficial to both transitioning service members/veterans and employers who are having a hard time finding skilled workers. Civilian apprenticeship programs offer advanced standing or provide credit hours for, military training and experience. Any service member can pursue a skill unrelated to their military training and experience.

United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides active-duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. The benefit to the service is a cross-trained service member with hands-on experience in all aspects of their MOS/rating.   

The DoD SkillBridge initiative is a separate program that allows transitioning service members, within six months of separation, to participate in civilian job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships.  Additionally, the training must offer a high probability of employment and be provided to the Service member at little or no cost.