Navy program lets sailors earn industry certification

Sailors on shore duty can now earn civilian industry-standard IT certificates under the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet's IT Military Detachment program.

The program, which is run by lead NMCI contractor EDS Corp., answers the Navy's Information Technology for the 21st Century/Integrated Shipboard Network System requirements that sailors have varieties of IT skill sets.

Sailors are selected into the three-year IT MILDET training program after they commit to serving two additional years at sea.

NMCI officials said some sailors have entered the program with no LAN experience and have since earned up to eight civilian IT certifications. The certifications help sailors earn promotions faster.

During the program, sailors receive online training, classroom studies, on-the-job guidance and mentorship programs.

EDS has moved more than 119,710 users onto the NMCI network. Ultimately, NMCI is expected to support voice, video and data communications for nearly 400,000 Navy and Marine Corps users.

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