Have a military CDL? There's a great career waiting for you with the Dept. of Transportation

Elizabeth Howe
June 12, 2019 - 1:22 pm

Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is launching a pilot program to offer veterans a special job opportunity. 

The department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently accepting applications for its pilot program permitting 18-20-year-olds with a U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver's license to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. Generally, only individuals 21 years old or older are permitted to operate these vehicles on interstates. 

“This program will help our country’s veterans and reservists transition into good-paying jobs while addressing the shortage of truck drivers in our country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  

The pilot program will only allow a limited number of applicants — so if you have the military equivalent of a commercial driver's license, apply sooner rather than later. The program will run for up to three years — safety records for these drivers will help determine whether the program will be extended.

“We are excited to launch this program to help the brave men and women who serve our country explore employment opportunities in the commercial motor vehicle industry. With the nation’s economy reaching new heights, the trucking industry continues to need drivers and have job openings. We encourage Veterans and Reservists to apply and to learn more about this exciting new program,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. 

For more information on the program, visit the FMCSA program page.

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