Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT)

Assignment Description


Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) is a program designed for enlisted Sailors to enter into an apprenticeship program that provides apprentice-level formal training and on the job training that leads to a permanent rate/career field within two years. It is a great program for those individuals who are unsure what specific career field interests them at their initial time of enlistment. Every rating belongs to one of the three areas in the PACT Program and has credentials related to them.

LaDR A-PACT LaDR
LaDR E-PACT LaDR
LaDR S-PACT LaDR

Voluntary Education

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

  • Unofficial JST Transcript showing recommended American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommendations for A-PACT, E-PACT, and S-PACT. For informational use only.

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Additional information pertaining to Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) can be found below.

Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT)

The Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) program enlists Sailors into a monitored general apprenticeship program. This program provides apprentice-level formal training and on-the-job training that leads to a viable career field within two years on board their first Permanent Duty Station. It is a great program for people who are unsure what specific career field interests them. PACT provides an opportunity to transition from civilian life to Navy life and to learn about the different jobs available without having to make a specific decision at the time of enlistment.

Starting active duty shows a commitment to the Navy, but trying to choose "the ideal job" in the beginning can be difficult. Some choose to follow in the footsteps of someone they know that did that job years ago while others try and decide based on recruiting information and the Internet. Another excellent way to select the "ideal job" is through the PACT program which has three apprenticeship tracks - Aviation (A-PACT), Engineering (E-PACT) and Surface (S-PACT).

All Navy Recruits starting active duty in or reclassified into the PACT Program will attend an initial apprenticeship course for their specific track and receive follow on assignment to a First Duty Station into a vacant apprentice level job. When initially reporting to the First Duty Station, a rating or specific job eligibility screening will be conducted and an individual career progression plan will be developed and documented in the Navy’s Career Information Management System (CIMS).

The Navy’s PACT Program guarantees the following:

  • Initial Four Year Active Obligation
  • Initial Apprentice Skill Training
  • Career Development Plan with Viable Career Opportunity

Every effort will be made for PACT Sailors to enter a Navy job or rating field through the Navy-Wide Advancement Examination process. PACT Sailors which are not designated into a specific rating or job within 24 months onboard the First Duty Station will be offered the opportunity to attend a Navy “A” technical school provided they maintained PACT Program and “A” technical school eligibility.

PACT guaranteed Sailors must maintain the eligibility requirements:

  • Maintain job eligibility
  • Have no non-judicial punishment with 12 months of attending “A” school
  • Have passed the most recent physical readiness test and be within body composition standards
  • Have no marks on performance evaluations below 3.0
  • Maintain World-Wide assignment eligibility
  • Meet service time obligation after “A” technical school for a follow on job assignment.

Entry into the A-PACT program requires the following:

  • Applicants enlisting in the Airman (A-PACT) apprenticeship must have normal color perception, normal depth perception, and vision correctable to 20/20.

Entry into the E-PACT programs require the following:

  • Applicants enlisting in the Fireman (E-PACT) apprenticeship must have normal color perception.

The PACT Program provides enlistees in the PACT Program guaranteed assignment to one of six homeports upon successful completion of Recruit and Apprenticeship Training. The homeports are geographical area guarantees rather than specific locations and are subject to availability.

PACT homeport choices are:

  • Norfolk
  • San Diego
  • Jacksonville/Mayport
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Hawaii (Sailors with pre-service moral waivers (drug, alcohol, or criminal) are disqualified from overseas assignment for their first duty station).
  • Japan (Sailors with pre-service moral waivers (drug, alcohol, or criminal) are disqualified from overseas assignment for their first duty station).

Click on the PACT Tracks shown at the top of the page to find out more information on the three PACT Programs.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Cross-Rated Sailors

If you have cross-rated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have it funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Enlisted Occupation

If you are Navy enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) enlisted occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to your enlistment in the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

This is an official U.S. Navy websiteUpdated: December 03, 2019
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This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

Navy Bucks

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

Registered Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Go to the Apprenticeship Finder and enter career path or location to find apprenticeship opportunities.