For many, the transition from life in uniform to life as a civilian can be challenging. However, many industries are committing to helping veterans make the transition back to civilian life easier. One of those is the trucking industry.
Military veterans enter the civilian workforce with a unique set of skills and experience. The Military Skills Test Waiver Program allows veterans with heavy-duty driving experience to earn a CDL without taking the road test portion of the exam. You’ll need to apply for this program within 12 months of being discharged from your US Military Service. Drivers will still have to take the written portion of the test.
Physical Impairment? You May Still Qualify
Drivers with physical impairments can obtain a Skill Performance Evaluation waiver granted by the FMSCA. This certification allows drivers with missing or impaired limbs to drive commercial motor vehicles across state lines. Drivers must complete on-and-off road activities and demonstrate the ability to safely drive a truck. And, under the recently enacted FAST Act, military veterans will be allowed to have their DOT physical done through the Veteran’s Administration.
Why Choose Trucking?
The trucking industry will need to add more than 4.5 million workers between the years 2014 and 2021. Many trucking companies have shown a long-time commitment to hiring veterans after their military service is complete. Diesel Driving Academy is a proud supporter of our men and women in uniform. Our programs prepare veterans for careers in the civilian workforce, and we partner with trucking companies that regularly hire military veterans.
For more information on why truck driving is a great career for a returning veteran and why we want to give back to those who have served our country, call DDA today! 1-800-551-8900