The trucking industry is a popular choice for veterans transitioning into civilian careers. Fortunately, there are several government initiatives in place to help ease their transition and many industry-focused programs designed specifically for veterans.
These efforts demonstrate a solid commitment to supporting the men and women who have served our country. However, challenges may still arise during the transition, which is why specialized training programs have been developed.
Let’s explore some of the available initiatives, collaborations, and training programs that can help veterans successfully transition into a rewarding career in the trucking industry:
Government Initiatives and Veteran Support
One key component to supporting veterans in the trucking industry is the various government initiatives in place.
For instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration‘s (FMCSA) Military Skills Test Waiver program allows veterans with relevant truck-driving experience to bypass specific commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills tests. This significantly reduces the time and cost for a veteran to obtain a CDL and transition into a trucking career.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers financial assistance through the GI Bill, which can be used for professional truck driving schools or apprenticeships.
For veterans looking to kickstart their trucking career, applying for financial assistance through the GI Bill or researching the FMCSA Military Skills Test Waiver program may prove helpful. These efforts demonstrate the government’s commitment to the transition and success of veterans in the trucking industry.
Veteran Ready Summit and Industry Collaboration
Industry-wide collaboration is another important factor in helping veterans transition into trucking careers. The Veteran Ready Summit, organized by industry leaders, showcases how companies work together to bridge the gap between military service and the trucking industry.
The summit encourages companies to share best practices, explore partnerships, and discuss strategies to recruit, train, and retain veteran truck drivers.
For veterans interested in joining the trucking industry, participating in events like the Veteran Ready Summit can provide valuable networking opportunities and information about various companies’ efforts to support them during their career transition. This level of collaboration in the trucking industry represents a significant commitment to providing the necessary resources and opportunities for veterans to succeed.
Challenges and Training for Veterans Transitioning to Trucking
Despite the available support, there may still be challenges for veterans transitioning into trucking careers. For instance, adjusting to a new work environment, long hours away from family, or understanding industry regulations can be difficult.
Specialized training programs have been developed specifically for veterans, such as the Professional Truck Driver Institute‘s (PTDI) Military Bridge Program to overcome these hurdles. This program bridges the skills gap between military driving experience and civilian qualification requirements, ensuring veterans can confidently enter the workforce.
Veterans considering transitioning to trucking should research training programs designed specifically for them, such as the PTDI Military Bridge Program, to better adapt to the trucking industry and fully leverage their unique skills and experiences.
Veterans’ Future in Trucking and Commercial Driving with ATC
The trucking industry recognizes the value and potential of veterans, providing numerous support systems to help them transition into a trucking career.
If you’re a veteran considering a career in trucking, we encourage you to explore the many resources available. Visit our website for more information on how we can help you with your career transition.