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MIL Apprenticeship Program

Military Leadership Apprenticeship Program Information & FAQs

Palomar College now offers a Military Leadership Apprenticeship Program!
  • Active-duty students in the Marine Corps Sergeants School can earn 12-units of FREE college credits for their Sergeants School Education!
  • With these 12 units of credit, along with a 6-unit MIL 199 Work Experience class, you can earn an 18-unit Palomar College MIL Apprenticeship Program Certificate of Achievement, and can continue on to complete your AS degree.
  • You can also earn the General and Operations Manager Apprenticeship Certificates through the state of California and the Department of Labor.
  • Active-duty students who have already completed Sergeants School can also earn their college credits through Credit through Prior Learning!

Check out our FAQs below for more information!

OR Join us for an Information Session every Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm PST via ZOOM! REGISTER HERE!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Active-duty Marines that are currently enrolled in Sergeants School at either Camp Pendleton or 29 Palms.
  • Active-duty or veteran Marines who already completed Sergeants School from any of the Marine Corps academies, or through CDET, can earn the 12-units of MIL Program credit through Credit for Prior Learning. Individuals must be current Palomar College students to qualify.
  • Want to apply to Palomar? Follow our Steps to Enroll page to learn more!

They both fall under the same umbrella! It just depends on how you will complete or have completed Sergeants School training!

If you are going to be attending the academy at Camp Pendleton or 29 Palms: We will walk you through the application process and will enroll you into the MIL 100-103 courses while you are at Sgt School training. Upon completion and once you have returned to your parent command, you will begin your MIL 199 Work Experience course. This course will allow you to log your on-the-job training hours to complete your certificates through Palomar College, the Department of Labor, and the State of California Apprenticeship.

If you have already completed Sgt School training in the past: (whether at one of the academies or through CDET) You will want to go the Credit for Prior Learning route! This will allow you to receive the MIL 100-103 credits through our petition process and then enroll into the MIL 199 course to complete your certificates.

If you are planning on attending Sgt School at an academy other than Camp Pendleton or 29 Palms: We recommend completing the training first and then petitioning for CPL. This can also be done for individuals at Camp Pendleton or 29 Palms if they decide to wait until after Sgt School is completed.

What is Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)?

CPL allows you to receive college credits for work you are already doing! For this program specifically, CPL allows you to receive 12 credits for already completing Sergeant's School Training through Marine Corps University.

How does it work?

If you have already completed Sergeant's School Training (whether in-person or through CDET), you can petition for CPL through the CPL website.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST be a Palomar College Student to be eligible for petitioning for CPL. Please follow our Steps to Enroll page to get started!

Once your petition is approved, you will receive credits for MIL 100, MIL 101, MIL 102, and MIL 103 (12 units).

You will then be enrolled into the MIL 199 Work Experience (6 units) course, where you will log your on-the-job (OJT) training hours to complete your Certificate of Achievement in Military Leadership Apprenticeship through Palomar College and earn your 18 credits.

Completing a total of 2,000 hours will also allow you to receive certifications from the Department of Labor and the State of California in General and Operations Manager Apprenticeship. This can be done by taking MIL 199 multiple times to reach the 2,000 hours.

  • Yes. The 12-units of credit earned through Sergeants School, with the 6-units completed through MIL 199 Work Experience, you can earn an 18-unit Certificate of Achievement in Military Leadership Apprenticeship from Palomar College and will be eligible to continue on with your education to complete your Associates degree.
  • Additionally, you can earn the General and Operations Manager Apprenticeship Certificates through the state of California and the Department of Labor, by taking the MIL 199 class and completing up to 2,000 hours of on-the-job-training.
  • Check out the Palomar Pathways Mapper, Trade and Industry, Apprenticeship - Military Leadership Program for information on mapping out your degree pathway.
  • MIL 199 is a fully online course where you report your on-the-job training hours and reflect upon the learning outcomes in Sergeants School and how they relate to your current job.
  • Six units of this MIL 199 course, can be completed in a semester and completes your 18-unit Palomar College Military Apprenticeship Program Certificate of Achievement.
  • This course can also be repeated multiple times throughout the year to report the  2,000 hours of on-the-job-training needed to receive the General and Operations Manager Apprenticeship Certificate through the state of California and the Department of Labor.
  • No, because this is an apprenticeship program, these college credits are FREE to students enrolled in this program.
Palomar College:

Military Leadership Apprenticeship Program - milprogram@palomar.edu

Or fill out our Contact Us box below!

Marine Corps University- Camp Pendleton:

MIL Program contacts - 

SSgt Juan Rico: jrico@palomar.edu or juan.c.rico@usmc.mil

Melissa Balcombe: mbalcombe@palomar.edu or melissa.balcombe@usmc.mil

Marine Corps University- Twenty-Nine Palms:

 MIL Program contact - GySgt Seth Rhyne: srhyne@palomar.edu or seth.rhyne@usmc.mil