Veterans: Need Post-Service Career Training? Trucking May Help
The time immediately following discharge is a pivotal time in the life of a military service member. The skills he or she has already learned are in place, and making the decision to enter the job market, seek schooling by using your Veterans Benefits, or both will shape the next several years of their lives.
Military veterans often face a tough road once their time in the service is completed. Many are discharged and immediately encounter difficulty finding a new career path or job. This is particularly troublesome given the service they have provided to their country that they have so much difficulty.
Of course, much of that problem stems from employers not knowing the value of the work soldiers, sailors and Marines performed on a daily basis. In addition to the soft skills-things like discipline, leadership, and any of them learn valuable trade skills, like accounting, mechanics, and construction.
For service members who did spend time operating large vehicles similar to those that run commercially on American roadways, you may have a set of skills that shouldn’t discount. For many former military personnel, particularly those who worked in motor pools or drove military vehicles, training for a Commercial Driver’s License may be a good option to explore.
Driving military vehicles, particularly the large trucks and transports that are commonly operated among the armed forces, afford many discharged service members the opportunity to have learned safe driving habits that may benefit them as a commercial driver. Many trucking companies feature veteran training programs in an effort to attract those with a military background, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), recognizing the potential importance of skilled drivers, even developed and implemented a military Skills Test Waiver, where qualified military personnel can test out of the time and expense of applying for a commercial driver’s license.
The Military Skills Test Waiver form addresses all of the issues of this regulation, including which violations will trigger a denial of the waiver, identifying the vehicles the service member was licensed to drive, and an endorsement by the service member’s commanding officer attesting to a safe driving record.
The point is this: if you are a veteran coming out of your military service, you have options. Military skills can translate easily to job skills whether you’re an infantryman, a military policeman, or in finance. For transport drivers, making the transition to trucking can be as natural as your morning PT or saluting a superior.
NETTTS Director of Career Services, Sarah Packer brings over 15 years’ recruiting and employment experience. Sarah’s previous experience includes serving as a Recruiter for a Health Care company and managing a Human Resources and recruiting team. Sarah is very passionate about assisting our students obtain employment after graduation. Sarah has assisted over 1,000 students obtain employment since she started here at NETTTS.