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Military Service Technical Training Schools

Military Training Centers

Training plays a key role in all of America’s Military branches.  So whether you’re joining right out of high school or after earning a college degree, you’ll have the opportunity to advance yourself at all stages of your career. Through any of a variety of Training Centers and training programs, depending on your position in the military, your training will be hands-on. Your trainers: the most knowledgeable around, with real-world experience. Your equipment: beyond cutting edge.

No matter what you do or where you go, you’ll get the best training around. Each branch of service uses the best schools to train its personnel. If you choose the Marines or Air Force, do not be surprised if you go to a technical training school that is run by the Navy, and vice versa. In fact, the Navy has been recognized as one of the world’s top training organizations by Training magazine. The magazine’s list evaluated demonstrable results, innovation, and success factors.

Training Centers that Reflect the Mission

If you enlist, your first training will take place at a basic training facility, unique to your branch of the service. While it’s called boot camp, it’s really a huge campus that includes both classroom and lots of hands-on training, and learning to become a member of your branch of the service. When you graduate from “Boot Camp” or “Basic Training” you will move on to your specialty, MOS, or AFSC training. This training is from a few weeks to over a year in length depending on the “job” you have signed up for. No matter what the training, when you finish it, you will be at an apprentice or journeyman level, have one or more certificates, and be ready for more on-the-job training and gaining experience in your trade or specialty.

Advanced and Specialized Training

Through extensive classes and on-the-job training, you will have learned the fundamentals of your chosen technical field. There are numerous opportunities to take on advanced training courses, and they are recommended once you have the basic fundamentals of your job mastered, and have satisfied a minimum time-in-the job requirement.
You could even earn an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. For a list of all training available, you can consult the Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC), of if you are in the Air Force, the Base Education Center will assist you via the Community College of the Air Force.

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Courtesy: U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force


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