About the Study

In 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and funded L&M Policy Research to publish the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) Implementation Study and Feasibility of an Impact Study. This report examines USMAP program operations and the extent to which participants perceive the provided training and assistance supporting greater career success. Data sources included interviews with key staff members and focus groups with USMAP participants and supervisors. In addition, researchers sought to determine the feasibility and possible structure of an impact evaluation.

USMAP provides active-duty service members in the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy with the opportunity to take part in a formalized on-the job training program and also earn a nationally recognized certificate of completion from the US DOL upon program completion. Participants earn wages for their work while simultaneously taking relevant courses or receiving a formal education. The program allows apprentices to receive both experience and training in fields that can lead to greater success both within and outside of military service.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of the annual process to determine the Department’s research priorities for the upcoming year. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform employment and training programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.