In many cases, yes. For drivers who already have CDL's, many companies will count driving experience in their hiring. Veterans without CDL's who have military driving experience may be eligible for the Military Skills Test Waiver program.
Drivers with at least 2 years of military driving experience, who finished their service within the last year, are eligible for a waiver from taking the skills portion of the CDL exam. The written part must still be taken.
Veterans who are looking to become truck drivers will normally be eligible for GI Bill benefits, which can help pay for school as well as pay them during their company training. The Veterans Administration also runs an On-The-Job Apprenticeship program.
Many companies participate in official government programs, while many more are either going to, or specifically target veterans in their hiring with their own in-house programs. See above for the link to our list.
Hiring Our Heroes is a program run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help military veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses find employment opportunities.
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle
The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.
What Does The FMCSA Do?
A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.
State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.