Information for Transitioning and Active Duty Veterans

Information for Transitioning and Active Duty Veterans

Airborne soldier at Fort Bragg; photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

What is registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship is a training program designed to meet the needs of the employer by providing the employee with structured on-the-job learning, related instruction and a progressive wage scale. Registered apprentices earn state and national credentials certifying their skills.

Benefits for active duty military

  • The program is free and requires no off-duty hours.
  • Receive recognition for skills learned.
  • Obtain documented proof of work experience earned.
  • Demonstrates your motivation for more challenging military assignments.
  • Build self-esteem.
  • Gain work experience.
  • Good for a lifetime.
  • Become more marketable for future employment with a nationally recognized credential.

Veterans eligible for recruitment to apprenticeship

  • Separated/Retired (honorable discharge)
  • National Guardsmen/Reservist
  • Survivors/Dependents

Using your GI Bill benefits

  • Veterans may apply for benefits if eligible and not receiving wages at the fully trained rate of pay for the occupation.
  • Veterans must be employed with a company that has a registered apprenticeship or on-the-job learning program.
  • Veterans must be registered with the company as an apprentice or trainee.

U.S. Department of Labor VETS Apprenticeship Pilot Program

  • Service members at two N.C. military bases, Fort Bragg and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, also have access to apprenticeship placement counselors through a pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • The counselors¬†provide counseling and apprenticeship placement services. They are working with transitioning service members and their spouses¬†interested in exploring apprenticeship as a post-separation career pathway.
  • The program began in April 2020 and runs into early 2021.¬†Details are here.

Get started

For more information on becoming an apprentice, contact Charlene Sumlin-Cross, ApprenticeshipNC military consultant, at 910-308-9413 or