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FAQs - San Diego

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. When can I apply for a Student Trainee position?
  2. We expect the announcement to be posted in USAJobs.gov in September 2013.

    Note: You must complete all employment requirements to be considered for the program.

  3. Will I be required to obtain a security clearance or take a physical examination?
  4. Yes, if you are selected for a position you will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

    Yes, you are required to pass a physical and Physical Capacity Exam (PCE) for most positions. You must demonstrate the ability to work safely and possess the ability to perform and comprehend the work tasks associated with the specific trade for which you were offered a position.

  5. Will I have to take a drug test?
  6. The Department of the Navy (DON) had implemented drug testing as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program (DFWP). Drug tests are not required at the start of the program, however, if your full performance position meets the criteria for a "Testing Designated Position" (TDP); you are subject to random drug testing under the DON DFWP. It is mandatory for your continued employment in this position that you refrain from the use of illegal drugs and, when directed, submit to drug testing.

  7. Will I be required to take a test?
  8. In order to be enrolled in the courses associated with the Student Trainee program you must meet Southwestern College's prerequisites. Southwestern College determines your eligibility for placement through a college placement assessment to show you can be placed into ENGL 115 and Math 45 or above.

    Please see the requirements for admission and assessment information.

  9. How much do I get paid?
  10. View the Student Trainee Apprentice Program TriFold for details regarding pay.

  11. Do I have to register for Selective Service?
  12. Yes. If you are a male between 18 and 25 years old, you must register for the Selected Service. You can register by completing a form at the post office. Some high schools have a staff member who serves as a Selective Service Registrar. If you are turning 18, you can go to http://www.sss.gov to register online.

  13. What is the penalty for not registering?
  14. Failure to register is a violation of the Military Selective Service Act and you are ineligible for hire. Conviction for such a violation may result in imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000.

  15. What if I am over 26 and haven’t registered?
  16. Once you reach age 26, it’s too late to register. Even though you may not be prosecuted, you may be denied student financial assistance, federal job training, and most Federal employment unless you can provide convincing evidence to the agency providing that your failure to register was not knowing and willful.

  17. What are my chances of being hired?
  18. The Student trainee Apprentice Program is very competitive. A large number of people apply every year, while only 15 - 30 are hired. Keep Trying!

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