The trucking industry, as a whole, values the contributions to society that members of the military make, and shows it in many ways.
Members and former members of the United States Armed Services have a number of opportunities to choose from that are targeted directly at military and ex-military personnel to help them with CDL training and job placement.
Many companies also have specific initiatives for veterans to take advantage of, as well as giving hiring preference to ex-military applicants.
In many cases, yes. If you have been safely driving CMV's in the military for at least 2 years then that experience can be used instead of having to take the CDL skills test. You will still be required to take the written permit exam, and the endorsement exams.
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FMCSA Skills Test Waiver - This rule gives State Driver Licensing Agencies the authority to substitute 2 years of CMV safe driving experience in military equivalents of CMV's, for the skills test part of the CDL skills test.
FMCSA - Military Skills Test Waiver Program
U.S. Military drivers must apply within one year of leaving a military position requiring operation of a commercial vehicle.
The Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills are Federal programs that help former military personnel and reserves to pay the cost of their educational expenses and tuition.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Information
Official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website with complete information and details on GI Bill benefits.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
You may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.
Text of the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012
Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary, the State may issue a commercial driver’s license to an individual who— operates a commercial motor vehicle; and is not domiciled in a State that issues CDL's.
Find VA-Approved Educational Programs
The VA Apprenticeship/On-The-Job-Training Program assists veterans of the U.S. military and their dependents in learning a new skill or trade
The Montgomery GI Bill is a federal program that helps active duty veterans and reserves of any branch of the U.S. Military pay their educational expenses.
The U.S Chamber Of Commerce sponsor a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. The program offers the entire spectrum of employment services, dealing with job training to job fires and placement.