Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program: Camp Pendleton Graduation


Today, 16 marines graduate from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program in welding at Camp Pendleton, which is located on the Southern California coast in San Diego CountyThis is the 19th VIP class graduating from Camp Pendleton.

The VIP Program offers high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. Participants in the program receive 18 weeks of accelerated skills training in either welding, HVACR or sprinklerfitting, and earn industry-recognized certifications and college credit as part of their training. Upon graduation, participants gain direct entry into UA apprenticeship programs, which are recognized in the industry as the best in the business.

The VIP program is currently being offered at Camp Lejeune (NC), Camp Pendleton (CA), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (WA), Fort Carson (CO), Fort Hood (TX), Fort Campbell (KY), and Fort Sill (OK). We are also planning to expand to Naval Station in Norfolk, VA and Fort Stewart in Georgia.

To learn more about the VIP Program, visit


Class 19