Is Trucking a Good Choice for Military Veterans?
Have you have ever thought about becoming a professional truck driver? At New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS) we can help you figure out if trucking is the right move for you and your future! Many United States Veterans are eligible to apply for benefits and training with NETTTS tractor trailer school through their GI Bill® Education benefits. If you are a U.S. veteran, training to become a truck driver may be an option for you as you transition back into civilian life.
Through their service, U.S. veterans serve and protect our country, and are specially trained in a number of key areas. During those duties, veterans often acquire a number of situational talents and useful skills that may make them a good candidate to become a professional truck driver. These helpful traits and talents include dependability, leadership, teamwork, and more. Meanwhile, many transitioning veterans are looking for somewhere to put their talents to work. Trucking could be a rewarding option for Military Veterans.
Why Military Veterans Should Consider Truck Driver Career Training
Did you know that many NETTTS students as well as staff are veterans of the U.S. armed forces like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines? Some of the reasons that our professional truckers and former military list as reasons for considering a career in trucking include:
- Education Benefits. NETTTS is one of the schools that has been approved for GI Bill® Education Benefits. If you qualify for the program you can receive up to 36 months of education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) while you get on-the-job training to become a professional truck driver with NETTTS.
- Monthly Stipends. Are you on active duty status? If so, you may qualify for additional monthly stipends from the VA.
- Skip the line. If you have military driving experience and have an authorized Military Skills Waiver, you may be even closer to getting your Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) than you think! Give us a call and we can explain.
- American pride. Every day, truckers across the country help move America’s goods and keep our country running. Like veterans, truck drivers take a lot of pride in what they do for our country.
Why Military Veterans Often Become Commercial Drivers
If you’re a military veteran, you may have more experience than you think, especially if you have operated large military vehicles. Regardless, you may have certain qualities from your experience that can help you become a successful truck driving school candidate.
A lot of the skills and training you had during your military career may help you become a safe and reliable truck driver. These qualities include:
- Situational Awareness – Your experience may have provided you with a situational awareness skill that many civilians don’t naturally hold. Military veterans are often quick on their feet and can make good decisions at a moment’s notice. They may have fast reaction time and be on the defense, which can be an important part of safe driving. Any hazards or sudden changes, detours, or weather or road hazards are quickly and easily figured out.
- Dependability – Veterans are often viewed as trustworthy, responsible, and accountable for their actions. This is important because transporting goods is a big responsibility and requires a level of trust in the team.
Teamwork- Trucking isn’t just about the driver. There are many people involved in each trip, including loaders, dispatchers, managers and many more behind the scene. Veterans often have no problem being a team player to get the mission done.
- Leadership- No matter what your rank was in your military career, veterans may be able to lead by example, which is a valuable trait for new drivers to have.
Logistics- There are a lot of logistics involved with transporting goods, including planning a route that is efficient and cost effective. Your training may help get the job done on time and within all limits set for you.
Focus- Veterans may be able to think clearly even as change occurs around them.
What Military Vets Gain from Driving Commercially
Many carriers in the trucking industry are looking for safe drivers and hard workers. Driving a truck is also not your typical 9 to 5 desk job. If it’s the feeling of freedom, the excitement of being behind the wheel, and the sense of independence that you are looking for, becoming a truck driver just may be for you. Plus, you may have the chance to see more of the country. There may even be the opportunity to become a member of a team driving and hit the road, or of course you may consider to drive locally or regionally, as other drivers do.
On site at every NETTTS campus is a VA Certifying Official. This is a staff member specially trained to assist veterans with using the VA to apply for benefits and training at the school. There is at least one at each of our schools that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Veterans, Trucking Could Be the Right Move for You!
Thank you for protecting our country and our interests, domestic and abroad. Whether you’re looking to transition back to civilian life or are thinking about new career training, the CDL driver training programs at NETTTS may be able to help you get on the road to your next opportunity. Contact us today by finding out more online today or call us at (800) 542-0009 and learn more about how you can start training for your Commercial Driver’s License!
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
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.