I just interviewed with the local union for a jatc apprenticeship. I'm not going to find out if I made it until august. I got out of the USMC in November and immediately got a job with a small non-union company. I did 1 large commercial build out job with them before my interview so that's all I had as far as experience when they asked. I got a letter of recommendation from the owner of that company saying I was one of his best employees, I also got a letter of recommendation from the USMC commander and both speak very highly of me. I showed up 30 mins early to the interview and the committee seemed to be very impressed with that. Some of the interview questions caught me off guard but I feel like I did pretty good with them. In anybody's experience will being a veteran help me at all? Correct me if I'm wrong, because I have absolutely no idea, but I've been hearing there's a lot of BS involved when selecting for an apprenticeship. For example I don't know anybody who's in the union so that is going to severely hurt my chances. Also I am not working for a union company right now so that could also play a big role. If I do not get selected what should be my next course of action for getting into the trade? Technical college or should I just keep pursuing the apprenticeship route?